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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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Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF, and members of his Pastoral staff welcome parishioners of the Lubbock Deanery to the Diocesan Catholic Appeal Lubbock Deanery Meeting held at Christ the King Cathedral.

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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.


Vatican to host 'summit' on climate change, development
The focus of the workshop, with more than 60 environmental experts invited, will be the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable development. "The desired outcome is a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, highlighting the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people -- especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations," said a statement by organizers.

Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer
By retiring in 2014, Cardinal George accomplished what he often joked was his aspiration, to be the first cardinal-archbishop of Chicago to step down from the job, rather than dying in office, as his predecessors had. In the last few months the archdiocese had issued a series of press releases about changes in Cardinal George's health status as it declined. At an event Jan. 30 where he received an award from the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal George spoke frankly about living with terminal illness, saying that his doctors had exhausted the options for treating his disease and that he was receiving palliative care.

Pope thanks Papal Foundation for support (Scroll down for English)
The Pontiff thanked the Papal Foundation for its support of various charitable initiatives, particularly the education of seminarians from poor mission dioceses, and expressed hope that during the Jubilee of Mercy, the Foundation’s members experience the “healing and freedom that come from the encounter of forgiveness and gratuitous love offered in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.”

Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome
Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him. The Pope will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of Bl. Junipero Serra, set to be held at the  Pontifical North American College, according to the program sent out with invitations to the event.

Playing organ for New York teams is sports heaven for church musician
In addition to his parish duties, Paul Cartier plays the organ for Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.  With baseball season and hockey's postseason underway, Cartier is a busy man, driving between his home in South Hempstead and his jobs at Our Lady of Hope in Carle Place, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

Getting married? Want to stay married? These Catholics can help
First, learn what love – the heart of marriage – really means, said a group of lay Catholics and theologians who have produced a marriage prep video series. “Many married couples don’t know what love really is. They don’t know how to love. They don’t know what marriage is and they don’t know of the real graces that are present to them in the sacrament to help in their marriage and family life,” Dr. Edward Sri of the Denver-based Augustine Institute said in an April 8 conference call.


Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere

Give Fairy Tales a Chance
The great and wonderful G. K. Chesterton said, “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” There is evil in this world and there are obstacles to goodness, joy, and happiness. That is a cold, hard fact. Fairy tales open our minds to heroes, to powers and forces beyond our own that can defeat any obstacle and any evil. Fairy tales are a primer to the power, wonder, and majesty of God.

Is Marian Devotion Dangerous?
Scripture prophesies and prescribes Marian devotion, and a careful reading of the New and Old Testament together shows that Mary is given a pride of place rarely (if ever) found in Protestant denominations.  But that is not the end of the story. Protestants examining this evidence will sometimes beintellectually convinced, but will encounter a roadblock: isn’t Marian devotion dangerous? Doesn’t it threaten to interfere with our relationship to Jesus Christ? That’s a good question to ask, and I would respond to it in three ways.

Take Me to Church…The Mega-Church, That Is
My best female friend is a non-practicing Catholic. Like many lapsed Catholics, she attends Mass twice a year (Christmas and Easter). Though she has no genuine faith, she at least still appreciates Catholicism culturally, which is why she had a Catholic wedding, is supportive of our celibate priests, and ferries her kids to CCD at her local parish so they can receive the sacraments. She grew up in the church, but as she put it, going to Mass was “more of a tradition than anything else, sort of like putting up a Christmas tree.” She was, as the saying goes, “sacramentalized but not evangelized.”

Friendship in the Trinity: 4 Thoughts on Christian Friendship
The ability to develop friendships is one of the greatest gifts of human nature. Friendship is close to all of our hearts and can dramatically impact our happiness and fulfillment. In order to better understand the nature of friendship and its impact upon us, we must develop a proper understanding of the human person. The study of friendship goes back to the ancient Greeks, particularly Aristotle, who recognized the importance of friendship in both our personal lives and in public affairs. Ultimately, the Greek view of friendship fell short without the Christian insight of sin and grace – and most of all – the understanding that the human person is created in God’s image and likeness. 



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