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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



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People in San Diego demonstrate in support of migrants and refugees Feb. 18. The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States." (CNS photo/David Maung, EPA)

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.


Prayers go out amid confusion, chaos following London attack
Church and government leaders offered prayers in the aftermath of an attack in London on Wednesday afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the incident in Westminster this afternoon,” read a post on Twitter from the news page of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Court rules nature preserve at Catholic shrine is not religious and eligible for taxation
At issue were four sections of the shrine’s 199-acre campus in the southeastern Massachusetts city of Attleboro. On its property sits a chapel, a retreat house and a popular exhibit of Christmas lights that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.

World needs those who can bring God's hope, consolation, pope says
God "never tires of loving us" as he "takes care of us, dressing our wounds with the caress of his goodness and his mercy, meaning, he consoles us and he never tires of consoling us," the pope said during his general audience in St. Peter's Square March 22.

Cardinal Farrell: focus of Amoris Laetitia is preventing marriage divisions
The prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life said that “the four attitudes suggested by the Pope (welcoming, accompanying, discerning, and integrating) give new impetus to the pastoral care of the family and are to be used with everyone, not just in those cases referred to as ‘situations of weakness or imperfection,’ but with regular couples, too.”

Watch this little girl steal Pope Francis' hat

Little Estella lives in Georgia. She was in Rome with her godfather, Mountain Butorac. Waiting in St. Peter’s Square at the general audience, she was invited by a member of the papal security team to go greet the Pope as he came by.

Around the Net -- Catholic Blogosphere

Baptists at the Door!
The other day, some really nice young men, Baptists, came to my front door, and we had a very interesting conversation. I wish I had been better prepared, but I did present to them some Bible verses that they had not thought about before. The rest of this article goes into some of these verses, and hopefully, when they come to your door, you will be better prepared to present to them the Catholic faith as outlined in Scripture. 

The Struggles of Single Moms, Military Wives and Moms: How they Cope
Now that I have been granted an annulment I’ll be marrying my longtime friend of 22 years. He happens to be in the military and I am getting a brand-new perspective on all the challenges that military families face. I am just touching the tip of the iceberg here, but I see some similarities to single motherhood and some unique challenges that are specific to the stress of military life. 

4 Classic Films about the Shroud of Turin Available in One DVD
How much do you know about the Shroud of Turin? Lent (especially the Triduum) is an especially opportune time for Catholics – and anyone of good will, for that matter – to learn more about this iconic relic. After all, it is perhaps the most famous artifact in the field of forensics, at least with deep theological implications, of the last two-thousand years.



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