Parishioners of Christ the King Cathedral actively support many outreach and social justice programs. Among them are those listed at left and below:
The first Sunday of each month is the Basket 52 collection of non-perishable food items for those served by Catholic Charities. The collection basket is in the Gathering Space. Especially needed are non-perishable items, such as canned foods, soups, canned meats, beans, rice, pasta, bread, soap and paper products. Sorry, Catholic Charities cannot accept any frozen food, items that have been opened or health products.
Several times each year, United Blood Services comes to the parish for a blood drive. The dates of these drives are announced in advance in the bulletin and on the website. If you desire to give the gift of life by donating blood at other times, please visit United Blood Services at 2523 48th Street in Lubbock.
The social service outreach for the Diocese of Lubbock is Catholic Charities, formerly Catholic Family Service, Inc. Catholic Charities is committed to living out the Social Gospel as described in Matthew 25: Whenever you did this for one the least important of these, you did it for me.
Catholic Charities takes its mandate from the Diocese of Lubbock to serve people of all faiths, acting always in favor of the poor while challenging oppression and injustice. A United Way agency, Catholic Charities strives to empower those it serves and its volunteers to become all they can become – brothers and sisters in the Lord as members of the Body of Christ.
Programs include emergency assistance, prescription drug and elderly assistance, programs in support of at-risk youth and families, immigration services, counseling services, parent empowerment, nutrition and wellness.
The Catholic Church is involved in the issue of human trafficking on a local, state, national and global stage. At left is the USCCB prayer to Saint Josephine Bahkita for the annual World Day of Prayer for Human Trafficking Victimes. Also, is a link to the Texas Catholic Conference and its efforts in the Texas Legislature and the USCCB and its stand on the issue. Throughout the year, the Faith in Action Committee promotes opportunities for parishioners to become involved in the issue.
Answering our call to discipleship, Christ the King Cathedral is taking an active role in serving the homeless in Lubbock. The Cathedral is a member of South Plains Homeless Consortium and several staff members and parishioners regularly attend its monthly meetings to learn more about the opportunities for ministry to those without homes in our community.
The Social Ministries Commission works with other churches in our community to collect personal hygiene products for the homeless in Lubbock. The collection is in conjunction with Basket 52 on the first Sunday of each month. Items requested are sunscreen, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion, bandages and first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products, brushes and combs. All items must be new and unopened. No over-the-counter medications may be accepted. A special container will be provided for these items next to the Basket 52 collection.
A current project is to build shelters for those living in Paul’s Project at Grace Campus (formerly Tent City). Click here for complete details. Various parish groups support the homeless people living at Grace Campus by bringing the evening meal to the approximately 125 residents.
Additionally, the Cathedral is an affiliated parish with Family Promise, a coalition of churches who support homeless families in Lubbock. Affiliated churches assist the non-profit ministry with financial support, group housing and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with other parishioners for Family Promise, please contact the parish office at 792-6168.
Meals on Wheels
We help Meals on Wheels feed the home-bound, elderly, and disabled community on the weekends. Every month we will be looking for an assigned item to donate to Meals on Wheels. Watch the bulletin for the items requested. With your help we will be able to make a difference for those receiving meals on weekends. Thank you for your support and donations; because of all your help we are able to make a difference for those who need our help!
The Resale Center
Catholic Charities is now operating from a new location for its Resale Center at 1505 34th Street. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Come shop the beautiful new store.
Donations of quality merchandise are accepted only at 2218 34th Street (the original store) from 9:30-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, drop off at the front entrance of the building. (No dumping) Pickups are scheduled by appointment by calling 763-8315.
As you go about replacing furniture, appliances, clothing, etc., please think about the Catholic Charities Resale Center. You can either drop off your “previously owned” items at the center or call 763-8315 for a pick up. Several times each year, the Resale Center truck is available for donations in the parking lot of the Cathedral on Sundays.
Donations of small appliances, good used furniture, household items, toys, non-perishable food and clean used clothing will be accepted and are deeply appreciated.
The Resale Center can always use more volunteers: a morning or afternoon of your time and talent would be a great help to the Center that depends so heavily on volunteers. Contact the Resale Center manager, at 763-8315 to ask how you can help!
The funds from the Resale Center are used to help the poor through Catholic Charities programs and services. Also, Resale Center items are given to families that are struggling.