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I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you...+Philippians 1:3-5






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Seminarians shake hands during a softball game at the Pontifical North American College Aug. 21. The seminary welcomed 72 men from 48 dioceses to Rome in August. (CNS Photo/Robert Duncan)

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Encompassing 25 counties on the Llano Estacado and Rolling Plains of West Texas, the Diocese of Lubbock -- is a church of more than 136,000 Catholics who gather in 62 parish churches.  Ours is a delightfully diverse -- a truly "catholic" -- church.  Please feel free to visit us in person and discover how you might draw closer to Jesus Christ in our midst, living with us a life of sacramental grace and loving service.

May God bless you and grant you prosperity as you live a life of authentic Christian discipleship and stewardship.


Pope will visit 3 African capitals in November
Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic in November, visiting the capital of each country during his visit to Africa. Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the apostolic nuncio in Kenya, told Vatican Radio that the papal tour will begin in Nairobi. The Pope will travel next to Kampala, Uganda; his trip will conclude in Bangui, in the Central African Republic. Details of the Pope’s trip, scheduled for the last week in November, are still being arranged. A full schedule will be made public in October.

Catholic groups say this US bill could fight modern day slave labor
A proposed federal bill to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the corporate supply chain is an opportunity for Catholics to speak up in defense of oppressed people around the world, its supporters say. “As Catholics in the United States, we work to fight human trafficking because it is an affront to the lives and dignity of our brothers and sisters who are its victims,” Catholics Confront Global Poverty said in an Aug. 21 action alert.

Pontifical council publishes holy hour for September 1 prayer for creation
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published a suggested Eucharistic holy hour for the September 1 observance of the World Day of Prayer for Creation. The text includes prayers, Sacred Scripture, and readings from the recent papal encyclical on ecology.

Colombians who flee to Ecuador face discrimination, and fear remains
Carlos Leon and Carmen Barrera thought the worst was over when they escaped the death threats in Colombia. Caught between a gang of extortionists and the owner of the property where he was working as a construction foreman, they left on a plane with their twin daughters, each carrying little more than a change of clothes. The couple's three older children, all in their 20s, would follow. Then came the phone call.

Even Hurricane Katrina couldn't keep this nun out of New Orleans
For Sister Greta Jupiter, SSF, it was an odd sensation driving through New Orleans East in the months after Hurricane Katrina. Her neighborhood was quiet. The power, out. Gone was the familiar white noise of birds chirping. There was no traffic, save for military and first responders. “I felt like I was in the middle of a war zone,” she told CNA. “It was just that devastating.”

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Lord I am not Worthy!
This is an age plagued by self-esteem issues. At the behest of the public schools, the Mass media and the field of psychology, this topic has been front and center for several generations. The general consensus in the City of Man is that everyone needs high self-esteem, deserves high self-esteem and must make high self-esteem the number one priority if we are to attain “happiness.” It is generally believed in this benighted age that one cannot love others unless one loves himself first. However, this type of self-love is an inversion of the self-love Christ calls us to in the second of His twin commandments when he says “love your neighbor as you ought to love yourself.”

Why "House Rules" Are Great for Kids—and Also Parents
Our favorite family dinner is my husband’s homemade pizza—thin crust, topped with mozzarella and parmesan. But whenever that pizza hit the table, the fighting and jealousy would start. Eight little hands would scramble to get the biggest pieces and fill their plates before I had even sat down. One night, frustrated, I exclaimed, “Why are you all so jealous?”  They looked at me, stunned, like I was speaking a foreign language. Finally, a little voice came from the end of the table:
“What’s jealous?” 

Why Horrible Suffering Does Not Disprove God's Existence
Once my wife and I attended a baseball game where our home team was ahead by eight runs in the top of the ninth inning. We decided to leave so we wouldn’t get stuck in the parking lot during the mass exodus after the game. When my wife’s mother called and asked if our team had won, we said it had, but we didn’t know the final score, since we had left early. “Well," she replied, "how do you know for certain they won?”

Why I Left My Parish: A Cautionary Tale
When I decided to get serious about becoming a Catholic I phoned up the Catholic church closest to my house. I made the cardinal mistake of thinking they were all the same. After all, at that point in my faith journey I’d already been intellectually converted to the truth of the Catholic faith without ever having actually been to a Mass (at least,not since understanding what was actually taking place).


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