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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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Mary-Kate Martin, center, a member of Holy Family Parish in Marshall, Wis., is pictured in an undated photo with several of the girls she helps care for at a home in Swaziland. Martin founded Hosea's Heart, an organization that supports girls victimized by abuse and prostitution. (CNS photo/courtesy Mary-Kate Martin)

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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.


Anglicans to join Catholics, Orthodox in prayer for creation
The Church of England’s lead bishop for the environment has called upon Anglicans to join Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in praying for the care of creation on September 1. “It will do us all good to stop, fast, think and pray about the need to care for God's good but fragile creation,” said Rt. Rev. Nicholas Holtam. “We live at a time when human activity has caused a dramatic reduction in the earth’s biodiversity and when people are causing climate change through our profligate use of fossil fuels.”

Prayers To Care For Creation
“As individuals, as institutions, as a people, we need a change of heart to preserve and protect the planet for our children and for generations yet unborn. (Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good, US Catholic Bishops, 2001) “We also urge celebrants and liturgy committees to incorporate themes into prayer and worship that emphasize our responsibility to protect all of God’s creation and to organize prayerful celebrations of creation on feast days honoring St. Francis and St. Isidore.”

Pope Francis: conversion isn't just an appearance – it's a matter of the heart
In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis said that merely obeying the rules isn’t enough to make us holy, but that if we truly want to serve God our conversion has to be deeper, changing the heart. “It's not exterior things which make us holy or not holy, but it's the heart that expresses our intentions, our choices and the desire to do everything out of love for God,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 30.

Parish diversity reflects the changing nature of US society
While many parishes have gone through growing pains as new ways of doing things or ministries are adopted to help the newcomers feel at home, in the end parishioners largely have come to appreciate the diversity in worship, prayers and music. The full spectrum of the Catholic community has become more evident with the migration of Christians from the Middle East. The profiles of once largely unknown Melkites and Maronites, among others, have become more prominent as they take their place in various neighborhoods and the workplace.

Pope Francis in video link with US groups
Pope Francis spoke with American audiences in three different locations on August 31, in a video-link event hosted by the ABC television network. The Pontiff spoke with students at Cristo Rey High School, a Jesuit-run cooperative venture for students in inner-city Chicago; with parishioners in McAllen, Texas, an impoverished town on the Mexican border, and with participants in a Los Angeles program serving the homeless. The "virtual audience" will be broadcast by ABC News on Friday, September 4.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

5 Ways Daily Mass will Change You
For many of us, the idea of making Daily Mass is a luxurious thought. We so quickly dismiss the idea without truly contemplating the real benefits of ‘sacrificing’ a portion of our day. I was one of those people… until I started going to Daily Mass.

The Problem with Pews
For most of the Christian ages, there were no pews, or much seating of any sort. There were proper accommodations for the aged (fewer than than now) and for the infirm (probably more then than now) but churches were temples and not theatres.  One need only look at the Orthodox churches (except where decadence has crept in) or the mosques whose architectural eclecticism echoes their religion’s origin as a desiccated offshoot of Christianity, to see what churches were meant to look like.  The word “pew” comes from the same root as podium, or platform for the privileged, indicating that if there were any pews in the Temple of Jerusalem they were those of the Pharisees who enjoyed “seats in high places.”

Are Jesus and Mary appearing today?
The mainstream media in Sydney was recently abuzz at the report of a number of parishioners from a local Catholic church claiming to have witnessed the lips on an icon of the Virgin Mary moving during Mass. The video, which was filmed on a mobile phone camera by a worshipper, has since been seen hundreds of thousands of times and has attracted, understandably, very mixed commentary. The parish priest came out at the time and clearly stated that if anything did occur it was “a personal experience” and not to be misunderstood as a public miracle.

Have It Abundantly: Getting a Jump Start on Heaven
In this life that is all too often a vale of tears, it’s tempting to see heaven as simply eternal rest, an existence free of all the problems that plague us on earth. The saints, though, show us that it’s so much more: it’s total, freely-offered service, worship, and love of God and neighbor. We get a glimpse at what our glorious destiny can be when we see the supernatural charity lived out by the saints on earth. In John Jesus tells us how He wants us to get a head start on this heavenly existence when He says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (10:10).


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