THE HOLY SEE The Vatican: The Holy See.
THE DIOCESE OF LUBBOCK The official site for the Diocese of Lubbock
TODAY’S READINGS United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides reading for each day.
SAINT OF THE DAY Catholic Saints are holy people and human people who lived extraordinary lives. Each saint the Church honors responded to God’s invitation to use his or her unique gifts. God calls each one of us to be a saint.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH The official Catechism of the Catholic Church. This site is a resource of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. This site contains a wide variety of resources in the Catholic faith.
A.C.T.S. COMMUNITY OF LUBBOCK An ACTS retreat is a three-day, three-night Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners. The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Retreats for men and retreats for women are given separately. Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service, from which the ACTS acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. The retreat takes on the traditions and the atmosphere of the parish community sponsoring it. The retreat facilitates the attainment of a new or deeper relationship with the Lord through:
- Adoration – the call by, acceptance of, and response to God
- Community – the love and caring of each other
- Theology – the study of God through scripture and the Catholic faith
- Service – to God and his people
Each retreat is conducted by a retreat “team” composed of 20-30 individuals who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Chosen by the retreat director, the team organizes the retreat, conducts the retreat talks and activities, and ministers to the needs of the retreatants during the retreat weekend.
GRATEFULNESS Gratefulness.org is a worldwide community dedicated to gratefulness as the core inspiration for personal change, international cooperation, and sustainable activism in areas of universal concern. The purpose is to provide resources for living in the gentle power of gratefulness, which restores courage, reconciles relationships, and heals our earth; and to create a global network of people who practice the art of life as gift.
THE NEW AMERICAN BIBLE Online resource. Access the entire New American Bible online complete with footnotes.
THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS APOSTOLATE This website offers daily Liturgy of the Hours in various languages. The prayers are offered in Adobe Acrobat formats that print as booklets, display on PCs and mobile devices, and ‘Read Out Loud’ on PCs.
CENTER FOR ACTION AND CONTEMPLATION The Center for Action and Contemplation, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded in 1987 by Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, who saw the need for a training/formation center. It would serve as a place of discernment and growth for activists and those interested in social service ministries—a place to be still, and learn how to integrate a contemplative lifestyle with compassionate service. The Center’s purpose would be to serve not only as a forum for peaceful, non-violent social change but also as a radical voice for renewal and encouragement. Envisioned as a faith alternative to the dominant consciousness, offering hope, inspiration and challenge to a despairing world, the CAC today attracts people from around the world—those who seek peaceful, positive alternatives and solutions to the difficult challenges of our often materialistic, irrational and violent world. These people share the CAC vision and understand the constructive message of the Gospel that crosses boundaries of religion, ethnicity, social class and gender. Many individuals seeking direction from and understanding of God’s will and love have found the CAC to be a place of discovery and much more. Sign up to receive Daily Meditations by Fr. Richar Rohr
THE MEDJUGORJE WEB The Medjugorje Web is dedicated to providing information about one of the most amazing and important supernatural events of our time. Since 1981, in a small village named Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing and giving messages to the world. She tells us that God has sent her to our world and, these years she is spending with us are a time of Grace granted by God. In her own words she tells us, “I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God”. All of Blessed Virgin Mary’s messages are available on the site.
SACRED SPACE Daily prayer online. Sacred Space invites you to make a ‘Sacred Space’ in your day, and spend ten minutes, praying here as you sit at your computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.
CATHOLIC RESOURCE CENTER The Catholic Resource Center is a non-profit organization that promotes authentic Catholic Values, through offering and organizing family conferences, parish missions, family retreats and also by producing and freely distributing radio and television programming, and printed and recorded media.
TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE In the 1960’s, concerned citizens around Texas joined their local doctors, lawyers, ministers, and social workers as they testified in Austin in a grassroots effort to protect the long-standing laws of our state that safeguarded the yet-to-be-born child. Because of the common motivation of these citizens, a state organization, Texas Right to Life, was incorporated to strengthen and coordinate their defense of innocent human life.
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (NCR) Established in 1964, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) began as a newspaper and is now a print and web news source that stands as one of the few, if not the only truly independent, journalistic outlet for Catholics and others who struggle with the complex moral and societal issues of the day. Approximately 23% of the U.S. population identifies itself as Catholic, the largest religious body in this country, and NCR is the only significant alternative Catholic voice that provides avenues for expression of diverse perspectives, promoting tolerance and respect for differing ideas.
CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS Catholic World News is an independent Catholic news service staffed by lay Catholic journalists, dedicated to providing accurate world news, written from a distinctively Catholic perspective. With correspondents all around the world, CWNews.com seeks to provide loyal Catholics and other interested readers with all the daily news that affects their Church and their faith.
THE COMING HOME NETWORK INTERNATIONAL The purpose of The Coming Home Network International (CHNetwork) is to provide fellowship, encouragement and support for pastors and laymen of other traditions (Protestant, Orthodox, etc..) who are somewhere along the journey or have already converted to the Catholic Church. The CHNetwork is committed to assisting and standing beside all inquirers, serving as a friend and an advocate.
ETERNAL WORD TELEVISION NETWORK, GLOBAL CATHOLIC NETWORK Mission Statement: EWTN Global Catholic Network is dedicated to teaching the truth as defined by the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church in keeping with the Holy Father’s call for a New Evangelization, EWTN’s mission is to communicate the teachings and the beauty of the Catholic Church and to help people grow in their love and understanding of God and His infinite mercy.
LIFENEWS LifeNews.com is an independent news agency specifically devoted to reporting news that affects the pro-life community. With a team of experienced journalists and reporters, LifeNews.com reaches more than 250,000 pro-life advocates each week via its web site, email news reports, and weekday radio program.
CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY CNA strives to provide free, up-to-the-minute news affecting the Universal Church, giving particular emphasis to the words of the Holy Father and happenings of the Holy See, to any person with access to the internet. CNA takes particular pride in offering free access to its news items to Catholic Dioceses, parishes, and websites in order to increase awareness of the activities of the universal Church and further create a Catholic culture in the life of each of the faithful. Though its focus is spread throughout the world, CNA also keeps a close eye on the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and on news related to the creation of a culture of life.