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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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Pope Francis is greeted by children with flowers in Santiago de Cuba on Sept. 22, 2015. (L'Osservatore Romano)

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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.


Working document is too negative, Synod fathers say
At the Synod of Bishops, a clear common theme emerged from the reports of small groups that have been discussing the Synod's working document: virtually every group said that the instrumentum laboris was overly preoccupied with the problems of marriage and family life, and did not provide enough encouragement and guidance for the faithful who are committed to living out their vocations in the family.

Chicago shrine seeks help to rebuild after devastating fire
This morning the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago launched an online restoration fund following Wednesday's fire at the church, which collapsed much of its roof. Firefighters responded to the conflagration shortly before 6 a.m. Oct. 7. The following day the shrine, a certified charity, launched a GoFundMe campaign aimed at raising $500,000 for its restoration. In the last nine hours, it has already raised more than $11,000.

Pope, synod join in prayers for peace in Middle East
Gathered with a worldwide representation of bishops, including patriarchs and other bishops from the Middle East, Pope Francis dedicated the morning prayer of the Synod of Bishops on the family to pleas for peace in the Middle East. Opening the synod's session Oct. 9, Pope Francis asked the more than 300 synod participants to devote their day's prayer to "the intention of reconciliation and peace in the Middle East."

At UN, Vatican envoy calls for action against drug trade, human trafficking
In an October 8 address to the UN on the issue of crime, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s representative, emphasized the need to fight illegal drug trade and human trafficking. “Illicit drug abuse destroys the social fabric of individual families, which metastasizes to the community, and leads ultimately to the destabilization of civil society,” the Vatican envoy said. He cited the worlds of Pope Francis, in an address to international drug-enforcement officials: “Drugs are evil, and with evil there can be neither surrender nor compromise.”

Washington resident remembers 'kindness' of former teacher, now pope
One day in early September, Washington resident Yayo Grassi was interrupted by a mysterious phone call while working in his backyard. "I was watering my plants and the cellphone rings, and it says 'caller is not in your contacts,'" Grassi recounted recently from his house in Washington. "So I pick up the phone, and I say 'hello,' and this voice says, 'Hello, is Obdulio there?'" he continued. The only person who ever referred to him by that nickname was his high school literature teacher of some 50 years ago in Argentina -- Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

12 Times Pope Francis Dropped the Mic During His U.S. Visit
Pope Francis will be wrapping up his Apostolic Journey to the United States this weekend…maybe you heard? He visited Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, spoke to Congress and the United Nations, and characteristically, made some surprise moves, as well.  If we could summarize his visit in a brief phrase of some sort, it might sound something like…BOOM. NAILED. IT.  Admit it America, we’ve set the culture bar pretty low lately, but he rocked the house.  He came, he saw, he preached the Gospel.  Here are 12 times Papa Francesco dropped the mic.

"What is Truth?" Said the Scientist to the Theologian.
Last night I dreamt that I was judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and defendant in a trial about my conversion to the Catholic faith.   Here, as best as I can recall (having fudged the details) is an account of that trial.   (I'm not learned in the law, and it was a dream, so beagles, please excuse the deviations from procedure.)

The Synod on the Family – Hope of a Divorcee
It wasn’t that long ago that my husband, children, and I were among those chosen to see Pope Benedict. We sat high up in the nosebleed section but were thrilled to be there. I am certain my children did not understand the significance of the event. I am equally certain I did not understand the significance of the event. The day was a blur of excitement as people cheered, enthusiastically waving yellow bandanas  overhead, the exact message pitiably forgotten in my thrill of just being there.

How to Teach Children the Faith with the… Parish Bulletin!
While instructing our children in “the ways of faith” is our right and our duty, the logistics of how it should be done is not always something that comes naturally or easily to us as parents. Memorization of the key doctrines of the Faith is a foundational way for our children to learn their Faith. However, connecting those doctrines to their “real-life” applications can be a daunting task indeed.



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