Catholic Foundation Awards $100,000 in Grants to Diocese, Parishes, Schools and Catholic Organizations
Thanks to the generosity of its donors and to favorable earnings on its investment portfolio, The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lubbock, Inc., has awarded a record number of annual grants, including $85,000 to the Diocese of Lubbock to use in its ministries, and another $15,000 to parishes, Catholic schools and organizations. The 2016 grant recipients are:
- $750 to St. Isidro, Abernathy, to replace old, torn and unstable pew kneelers.
- $500 to St. Anthony de Padua, Anton, to furnishing and paint CCE building.
- $250 to St. Anthony, Brownfield, for Vacation Bible School materials/supplies.
- $250 to St. Theresa, Hale Center, to repaint exterior of rectory.
- $1,000 to Holy Trinity, Hamlin, to seal the metal roof to stop leaking and repair the footings as the foundation of the building deteriorates.
- $500 to St. George, Haskell, for CCE program materials, including AV equipment, books, videos and music.
- $250 to St. Phillip Benizi, Idalou, to help send 13 young men from St. Dominic Columbian Squires #5817 to the 2016 convention in Wylie, Texas.
- $1,000 to Church of the Epiphany, Jayton, to replace water heater and outdated breakers/wiring for kitchen and bathroom.
- $500 to San Lorenzo, Lorenzo, to help the parish meet its obligation for property insurance payment.
- $1,000 to Christ the King School, Lubbock, for Adopt-a-Student Program providing financial assistance for tuition of eligible students.
- $85,000 to Diocese of Lubbock, Lubbock, for its many ministries, including seminarian education, clergy continuing information, faith formation, youth, marriage and family life, vocations, peace and justice.
- $250 to Nurturing Center, Lubbock, for expenses related to presenting Theology of the Body programs in parishes throughout the diocese.
- $500 to Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Ministry of West Texas, Lubbock, for scholarships for those suffering from the trauma of abortion to attend a healing retreat.
- $500 to San Ramon, Lubbock, for new teacher manuals and student books for growing CCE and RCIA programs.
- $500 to St. John the Baptist, Lubbock, for curriculum for child (80-100), adult (150) and parish faith formation. Includes CCE, RCIA and Lenten parish retreat.
- $500 to St. Joseph Church, Lubbock, to purchase LIFETEEN high school youth program/curriculum.
- $500 to St. Theresa, Lubbock, for Jr. and High School CCE Curriculum (Altaration and Encounter programs), renovate the youth lounge.
- $500 to St. Peter the Apostle, Olton, for CCE curriculum and materials (teacher manuals, student handbooks, craft materials, sacramental materials).
- $1,000 to St. Elizabeth, Paducah, toward replacement of heating and cooling ducts throughout church, classrooms and hall.
- $500 to St. Phillip Neri, Pep, for DVD players and updated curriculum for CCE and Vacation Bible School.
- $250 to Sacred Heart, Petersburg, toward replacement of sound system.
- $250 to Holy Cross, Post, to connect water line to the sink in the sacristy.
- $250 to St. Francis of Assisi, Ropesville, toward purchase of a copy machine for church and CCE program.
- $500 to St. Paul, Seagraves, toward laptop and Catechetical DVDs for training of lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, etc.
- $500 to St. James, Seminole, toward purchase of Fireside Catholic Youth bibles for CCE program grades 6 - 12 (92 students).
- $500 to St. Phillip Benizi, Shallowater, toward furnishing CCE building with tables, chairs, TVs, DVD players and a laptop.
- $1,000 to St. Joseph School, Slaton, for Tuition Assistance for 2016-17 School Year.
- $500 to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Snyder, toward purchase of curriculum for 210 CCE students (Pre-K to 11th grade).
- $250 to St. Mary, Spur, toward painting the church and pouring new concrete.
- $250 to Blessed Sacrament, Wilson, toward new carpeting.
“We are pleased to be able to provide funding to 25 different parishes, schools and Catholic organizations covering a wide variety of worthy projects,” said Gary Bellair, foundation chair. “I am grateful to the generous benefactors of the Catholic Foundation who make this possible.”
The Catholic Foundation is a separately incorporated non-profit organization that exists solely to support the parishes, schools and Catholic organizations within the 25-county Diocese of Lubbock. Its focus is to continue to build its assets – currently at $2.6 million – through planned gifts such as estate bequests, annuities, life insurance, investment portfolios and endowment funds to create earnings for the long term support of diocesan ministries, Catholic parishes, schools and organizations.
A current major initiative of the foundation is to create a permanent endowment for the education of seminarians named in honor of the Bishop of Lubbock, Most Reverend Placido Rodriguez, CMF, who has submitted his letter of retirement to Pope Francis last October. The foundation has received more than $100,000 in gifts to date for this endowment fund.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock encompasses 25 counties and a self-identified Catholic population of 136,894. The diocese includes 63 parishes, two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one Catholic health care system and a social service agency, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lubbock, Inc.
More information about establishing an endowment fund to benefit a parish, school, organization or ministry through the Catholic Foundation is available at
or by contacting Managing Director Renée Underwood at 806-792-3943 or