mel kingWelcome to our new Business and Facilities Manager, Mel King

Hello, my name is Mel King and I am blessed to serve you as Business and Facilities Manager of Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. I am a lifelong Hoosier, born and raised in Indianapolis. My wife, Cathy, and I have 3 sons, now grown with successful careers (and out on their own.) We are members of St. Luke the Evangelist parish and she teaches P.E at the parish school. I was baptized as an adult about 20 years ago, having learned the faith by helping our sons with their grade school religion homework and researching answers for my grieving father-in-law. Cathy and I are strong advocates for CYO sports, and the valuable life experiences the program provides our youth. Cathy coaches both boys and girls CYO teams and officiates basketball, kickball and volleyball, while I officiate kickball and volleyball.

My formal education is an engineering degree from Purdue supplemented by some business classes at Butler; however, most of my work experience is in nonprofit business management. My last position was with a small parish in Fishers and a protestant church prior to that. In both of these positions, I served in a role very similar to what my responsibilities will be here. I enjoy working with and helping others and look forward to becoming a member of the Saint Lawrence Church and School family.

FAITH DIRECT ELECTRONIC GIVING

Can’t find your checkbook or envelope Sunday morning? Join the parishioners who are using Faith Direct for automated giving to Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. It is secure, convenient and Faith Direct will provide you an offertory card to place in the basket during the collections. There is no cost to you, and the program provides a great benefit to our parish. Sign up today by visiting https://faith.direct/IN124 or call 866-507-8757 (toll-free).

ST. LAWRENCE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY COLLECTION

We have several ways for you to submit your tithing since we are not having public Masses.

  • Mail your contribution to the Saint Lawrence Parish Office, 6944 E 46th St, Indianapolis IN 46226
  • Drop your contribution envelope off through the mail slot in the Parish Office front porch door
  • Use the link to FaithDirect from our Parish website www.saintlawrence.net to make a one-time donation
  • Call Susie Navarro at the Parish Office and arrange to make a credit card donation over the phone at 317-546-4065 ext 323

REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 12,5 2021

Weekly Goal for Sundays: $14,905

Last Sunday, Regular & Electronic Giving: $11,851

Average Weekly Faith Direct Electronic Giving (included above): $4,602

Facilities & Maintenance Fund: $597

St. Vincent de Paul: $


SPECIAL COLLECTIONS:  January 1 thru April 30, 2021

Black & Indian missions $559
Campaign for Human Development $110
Catholic Communications $10
Catholic Home Missions $1435
Catholic Relief Services $781
Catholic University of America $30
Church in Africa $646
Church in Central and Eastern Europe $284
Church in Latin America $947
Education of Future Priests $20
Glenmary Home Missioners $20
Good Friday Collection, Holy Places $255
Peter's Pence $20
Propagation of the Faith $558
Retirement Fund for Religious $50
Rice Bowls $810.91
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus $20
Saint Vincent de Paul 475
World Mission Sunday $32
Total $7,062.91


2021-22 Sundays, Planned Contributions: $775,000

Planned YTD Collections 8/31/2021: $129,170

Actual YTD as of 8/31/2021: $134,517

Facilities & Maintenance Fund Contributions 2021-22 - 2 months: $3,352

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st. lawrenceFree Online Resources

FORMED – Catholic movies, programs, audio, books www.formed.org Sign up for an account. Choose “I belong to a parish” and select Saint Lawrence.

The following resources are generously being provided by the publishers for free during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Holy Heroes Mass prep activities for kids https://www.holyheroes.com/MassPrep-s/57.htm 

Magnificat Online, apps, and MagnifiKids in May https://us.magnificat.net/free 

Give us This Day https://giveusthisday.org/Digital 

Living with Christ http://www.livingwithchrist.us/#covid 

Liturgy Training Publications https://www.ltp.org/resources-during-crisis 

Find more digital resources on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website at http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/prayer-resources-for-the-coronavirus-crisis.cfm 

LISTEN TO FR. TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

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MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK

We will not have our daily 8:15am Mass on Wednesday or Friday this week, September 22 or 24.

Our Sunday Mass schedule is changed for festival weekend, September 26. The Noon Mass will be celebrated in Spanish, and we will not have a 6pm Mass.

Communion Ministers Needed for the Homebound

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed to bring Communion to the homebound of Saint Lawrence and to nearby nursing homes. Could you visit the sick one day a week? Training provided. For more information please contact Fr. Tom at the Parish Office 317-546-4065

FOR THOSE WHO RECENTLY REQUESTED MASS INTENTIONS

Several Mass Stipend envelopes were submitted in the church's offertory collection without any information written on the envelope.
If you requested a Mass recently and have not received notification that your Mass has been scheduled, please contact Kim at the Parish Office kczachura@saintlawrence.net or 317-546-4065 ext 332 so we can schedule your Masses.

ASSISTANCE FOR HAITI AND STATES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IDA

Thank you to everyone who donated to our collection last weekend to assist those affected by the earthquake and storms in Haiti. If you missed the collection, you may still donate online at www.crs.org With regard to assistance for the victims of Hurricane Ida—the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will not be taking up a collection in parishes. Those parishioners who want to donate may do so by sending a check to Catholic Charities-USA, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Suite 400, Alexandria VA 22314 or online at https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/give-to-those-in-need/

Rosary Before Mass at Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 9:00am

Now that we have all of the chairs and kneelers back in the chapel, the rosary is again being recited before the Sunday morning 9:00 Masses each weekend. You are encouraged to come to Mass a little early and join your fellow parishioners in a Rosary. The 5:00 Saturday Evening Rosary is recited in the church while the 9:00 Sunday Morning Rosary is in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

Resources Regarding the Return to Mass

The Archdiocese Office of Worship and Evangelization has created several videos featuring Archdiocesan speakers that highlight the privilege and joy of being able to celebrate the Eucharist together as the Body of Christ.  Each of these very brief videos addresses a specific facet of what a gift and a privilege it is for us to attend Sunday Mass. Please enjoy these videos and share them with others:
                                                                                                  

Sean Hussey Young Adult and College Campus Ministry: https://youtu.be/ql2u4LNVAgo

Sr. Nicolette Etienne, OSB Middle School Religion Teacher: https://youtu.be/qiAUNYBzq2g

Fr. Patrick Beidelman, Office of Worship: https://youtu.be/g2AhSENblaA

Ken Ogorek, Office of Catechesis: https://youtu.be/dH83dD69W60

POPE FRANCIS PROCLAIMS “YEAR OF ST JOSEPH”

Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020, until December 8, 2021. The special year marks the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. The Holy Father encourages all to say a daily prayer to St. Joseph during this special year.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle. We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.

SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS (MATER DOLOROSA) (FEAST DAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2021)

The Church dedicates the month of September to Our Lady of Sorrows, also known as Mater Dolorosa (Mother of Sorrows). This devotion recalls the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in virtue of her perfect union with the Passion of Christ. This was her role in salvation history, and what merited her place as the spiritual Mother of all Christians. This is symbolized by a single sword, or seven swords, piercing Mary's suffering heart, as foretold in Simeon's prophecy. Traditionally the Church meditates on the "Seven Sorrows" of our Blessed Mother: the prophecy of Simeon; the Holy Family's flight into Egypt; the loss of the Child Jesus for three days; the meeting of Mary and Jesus as he carried his cross; Jesus' crucifixion and death; Jesus' sacred body taken down from the cross; and Jesus' burial. The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) is on September 15th.

A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in the faith. O loving mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

 

Under thy protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis

PRAYER TO CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift. Help us to care for it and all people, that we may live in a right relationship-- with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation.


Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins. Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected— to our brothers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation, and to future generations.


Holy Spirit, the giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us. Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all—
individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders.


Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home. Amen.

 

This prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is based on Pope Francis' Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home

Amen.

SCHEDULE YOUR MASS INTENTIONS

Weekend Masses are booked through the end of the year. Daily Masses are available as early as next week. Call Kim at the parish office 317-546-4065 ext 332 to schedule a Mass intention in memory of a loved one or for the special intention of a loved one. The stipend is $10.

 

HOSPITAL VISITATION FROM OUR PRIESTS

Please remember that because of HIPPA rules, hospitals will not call Saint Lawrence and tell us when you are in the hospital. Even if you give the hospital the name of our church, they will not pass on your hospital admission to us. When you are admitted to the hospital, please have a family member call Saint Lawrence (317-546-4065) and let us know of your illness. If you need a priest in an emergency, please use our emergency phone (317-987-7818).

LOW-GLUTEN HOSTS ARE AVAILABLE

(0.01% gluten content) Please alert the presiding priest before Mass and stand in this priest’s Communion line to receive the host.

FAITH DIRECT ONLINE

Giving Fast. Pray. Give up your Envelopes! We invite you to help your parish save money by giving up your offertory envelopes this Lent! Enrolling with Faith Direct will provide St. Lawrence Catholic Church with consistent support and simplify your giving without the wasteful envelopes. Join us in giving up envelopes this Lenten season! www.faithdirect.net church code: IN124

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