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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 autographs a surfboard during a meeting of Scholas Occurrentes at the Vatican May 29. The Scholas Occurrentes organization, which the pope also supported as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, promotes a "culture of encounter" through art, sports and technology. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

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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.


Prayer intentions of Pope Francis for June 2016
The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francies for June 2016. The Pope's universal intention is: "That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find, even within the huge cities of the world, opportunities for encounter and solidarity." His intention for evangelization is: "That seminarians and men and woman entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission."

Catholics join outrage over sale of sacred Native American items
Native Americans say a French auction house should return their sacred objects set to go on sale, and they have an ally in Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, N.M. “My first reaction to this story was one of great sadness. It's tragic that this desire for personal profit from the sale of sacred objects is the ultimate goal,” Bishop Wall said. “These objects are sacred to the pueblo people and they belong to the whole community.”

Church needs courageous women like Mary, pope says at morning Mass
The church needs the service of the many women who continue to follow Mary's example of courage and service despite the odds, Pope Francis said. Women who serve with joy to bring their families forward in life, to ensure their children's education and who "face so many adversities and who heal the sick" are courageous, the pope said May 31 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Pope mourns death of child migrant
Pope Francis met with 400 children on May 28 and lamented the death of a child migrant. The children were traveling from Rome to Calabria on the “children’s train,” an initiative sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Culture. “We children promise that we will welcome anyone who arrives in our country: we shall never consider anyone who has a different skin color, or who speaks a different language, or who professes a different religion from ours, a dangerous enemy,” stated a letter that Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the pontifical council’s president, read to the Pope.

Family Treasures: Helping and Celebrating Grandparents 
As a link between past and future, it is the grandparents who plant the seed, knowing full well they may not see the fruit of their harvest. They plant anyway. Sue and Marv Prins have grandchildren in Milwaukee—an eight-hour drive from home. Facebook and phone calls help shrink the distance, but Sue, who lives with a chronic illness, reasons, “I probably won’t live to see my grandchildren as adults. So what I do is show them, whenever I get the chance, that I’m not afraid to try new things simply because I may be limited. I feel that is the most important thing for me to pass on to them. As Jesus says, ‘Do not be afraid.’ So I’m not. It sends a message to my kids, too.”


Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

7 Lessons From the Visitation
Let's consider a few things here: First, Mary is pregnant. Second, she didn't jump in her SUV, stop at Dunkin Donuts for an Iced Coffee on the way and arrive a few hours later. More than likely she walked....over the hills....for hours, if not days. Third, Mary is pregnant. Ooops, I said that already....might be because I never did anything in haste when I was pregnant. In actuality, I don't do much in haste when I am not pregnant.

How to Face the Loneliness of Summertime
Yeah, not to be a downer, but summer isn’t all Australian Gold and beach volleyball for everyone. For many it’s actually a season of intense loneliness and isolation. All your friends are on vacation for weeks at a time, there’s nothing to do; and if you have kids, adjusting to having them home 24/7 is driving you crazy. Don’t even get us started on the pressure to craft and maintain a “beach body” before May hits, even if you live nowhere remotely close to a coastline.

The Couch or the Confessional?
The couch. It sounds like a great place to work things out. Most of us can picture in our minds a cartoon, television show or movie where a character sat in therapy, deeply analyzing every aspect of his life as he tried in vain to “fix” all his psychological issues. These scenes make us laugh. But I would like to assert that “the couch” is no laughing matter.

What’s the Best Way to View Reality?
One’s perception of reality has an immense effect on one’s life. It is through this lens that one finds his or her identity, interacts with others, and, overall, comes into contact with the reality that one perceives. We could accurately diagnose many of the worlds problems today as stemming from incorrect notions or perceptions of reality that some persons or groups hold. These false testimonies are ideologies that, much like the Theological heresies, do much damage to the existence of mankind.



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