The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lubbock had reason to celebrate this weekend with three new additions to their Catholic Renewal Center.
"we have definitely wanted to invite everybody to come and see how beautiful everything is and the updates," Said Lucas Flores with the Office of Communications. "We just wanted to, more or less, bring our Catholic family to the center of our church here in our part of west Texas and show them everything that's going on here."
Their first addition, a statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was built in honor of the first Bishop of Lubbock, Michael J. Sheehan.
"it is a beautiful addition," Flores said. "The statue is almost life-size, it's probably as tall as a lot of people, so that was our first addition. We also added a gazebo, which is dedicated to the Knights of Columbus, because they provided a big part of the contribution to help build it."
Finally, a brand new LED sign donated by Covenant Health System.
"We wanted to make ourselves more visible and let people know that we're here," Flores said. "Our office is here for anyone that wants information resources. We're here, right here on 4th street."
Second Bishop of Lubbock Placido Rodriguez said the additions give the center a more spiritual meaning.
"The grounds are much more respected now," Rodriguez said. "Today, even though we have more benches and we have beautiful grounds, the children around the neighborhood, they respect it and don't bother it. So they're welcome to enjoy it, but it also reminds us that this is a holy place."
He said the additions are also a way to bring church members together.
"They know that this is the heart of the Diocese," Rodriguez said. "And a Diocese means this is one local church with one shepherd, one bishop, and that we all form one church."
"We get to bring in people today and actually celebrate that something is happening and let them know, like I said just a while ago, that we're here," Flores said. "Our place is beautiful, and we have retreats here, so it kind of gives a little bit of sanctity to it."
A special area of the grounds was also dedicated to Bishop Rodriguez, named "Placido's Place".