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Take, Lord, receive
all I have and possess.
You have given all to me; now I return it...
+Suspice, St. Ignatius of Loyola



Diocese of LubbockPhotos
Bishop Robert M. Coerver celebrated the annual Chrism Mass at Christ the King Cathedral, April 11. The priests of the Diocese of Lubbock concelebrated as well as renewed their commitment to the ordained ministry and to the bishop. 

CATHOLIC CENTER CLOSED: Bishop Coerver has decided to close the Catholic Pastoral Center on Holy Thursday, so the staff and their families may celebrate the fullness of the Easter Triduum. Offices will also be closed on Easter Monday, April 17. The Catholic Center will reopen Tuesday, April 18 for regular hours.

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.


‘Earthly hopes fall down before the Cross,’ Pope tells weekly audience
The Holy Father reminded his audience that the people who greeted Jesus on his triumphal entry into Jerusalem “placed many hopes in Jesus,” including hopes for “manifestations of power and even freedom from enemy occupiers.” Those hopes were dashed, he continued. “The earthly hopes of those people fell down before the Cross.”

Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel to close, as her religious order shrinks
The shrine, which contains relics of St. Katharine Drexel, is located alongside the motherhouse of the order she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The order has been forced to sell properties, primarily because of a drop in the number of members. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who once boasted 600 members, now have only 100, most of them living in retirement.

Vatican stamps mark Pope Benedict's birthday, Fatima apparitions
The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday and important events in the life of the church spanning almost 2,000 years. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office said the stamp sheet celebrating Pope Benedict's April 16 birthday was designed to "offer our affectionate tribute to him."

Fatima seers are holy because of virtue, not visions, cardinal says
“The apparition of the Virgin Mary was an occasion, but it has nothing to do with or has not influenced the reason” Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be declared saints, Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, told Catholic News Service.

The case for (and problem with) "The Case for Christ"
Will viewers be troubled by the vague sexism, racism and cultural bias that these movies represent (unintentionally or not)? If these offenses register, probably. But it’s likely that few people who watch Christian movies are expecting nuance and insight on divisive issues of justice. Rather, viewers are asked to consider only two questions: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, and are you willing to stand for that belief even when the world might think you are mad?

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Last Minute Encouragement For Your Holy Week
We’ve all been called to different vocations, but we are all called to holiness. To illustrate that, I asked a couple of people how they prepared and carried out their Lenten practices. I asked a few questions and my friends gave me their answers below. Take from it what you will and realize that we can all learn and grow from one another as we walk with the Lord—especially as we approach the holiest time of the year.

Holy Thursday: In mercy, poverty is more abundant than wealth
Knowing that hatred stalked his life, on the night before he died, Jesus gathered his apostles and shared his table with them. How the memory of that night must have marked their lives! There would be fellowship and food with the Lord after the resurrection, but the meal that created the nascent church came the night before he died. It was then, in his abasement and indigence, that Jesus proclaimed the resurgence of Israel’s covenant with her ever faithful Lord. 

A Reflection on the Last Words of Christ
The words Christ spoke on the cross are some of the most important in history. Because of how important His Passion was, every word He said was uttered with purpose and significance, such as fulfilling the Messianic prophecies or giving a just reward to the good thief. I am very far from the first and surely will not be the last to reflect on one of the phrases of the God-man near death. 



Catholic Dictionary. Question of the day: Is the analogy of God as a diamond and angels as his facets correct?  Weather: Tue lower 40s   / mid 70s  Wed lower 50s    / mid 60s mid 50s / upper 60s Fri mid 50s upper 70s Sat lower 50s  / lower 90s Sun mid 50s   / upper 80s Mon lower 40s  / mid 70s