tom schliessman

July 17, 2022

The Parishioners have spoken.  Here is what I am hearing…
Dear Saint Lawrence Family,
It has been great to get to know many of you already and I am looking forward to more!  I just want to give you an update about the input I have received from the small group gatherings.  These have been a great time, thanks to our wonderful hosts who have stepped up and to those of you who have come already.  
So far, I see a few themes emerging.  In particular, parishioners like yourselves are grateful for:
1. The wonderful diversity and unity of this community for so many years.
2. The welcoming, inclusive, family feel of Saint Lawrence Parish and School.
3. Lifelong friendships through ministry and involvement at Saint Lawrence.
Meanwhile, parishioners are hoping for:
1. More involvement and engagement of the youngest generations in every aspect of parish life: volunteering, worship attendance, vocations, etc. and more new volunteers across the board.
2. Deepening the Catholic identity and practice of the school AND communicating that to the Parish.
3. More re-opening from COVID across the board, especially toward greater connectedness among Latinos, English-speakers, and people of other cultures.
Again, thank you all for your willingness to share and to help the Parish forward.  Next week, I will make available some of the detailed notes from each of the meetings.   Please let me know what I can do to improve the process going forward.  
Blessings in Christ,
Fr. Vinny
P.S.: I’m looking forward to meeting and seeing more of you at the reception gatherings following each Mass next weekend July 23-24 and thank you for those too!
Los feligreses han compartido.  Esto es lo que he oído...
Querida familia de San Lorenzo,
Ha sido estupendo conocer a muchos de ustedes, ¡y espero seguir haciéndolo!  Quiero ponerles al día sobre las participaciones que he recibido de las reuniones de los grupos pequeños.  Gracias a nuestros maravillosos anfitriones que se han ofrecido y a los que ya han venido, este ha sido un gran momento.  
Hasta ahora, veo que están surgiendo algunos temas.  En particular, los feligreses como ustedes están agradecidos por:
1. La increíble diversidad y unidad de esta comunidad durante tantos años.
2.   El ambiente acogedor, inclusivo y familiar de la Parroquia y la Escuela de San Lorenzo.
3.   Amistades de toda la vida a través del ministerio y la participación en San Lorenzo.
Mientras tanto, los feligreses esperan:
1. Una mayor participación  y compromiso de las generaciones más jóvenes en todos los aspectos de la vida parroquial: voluntariado, Asistencia a la Misa, vocaciones, etc., y un mayor número de nuevos voluntarios en general. 
2. Profundizar en la identidad y la práctica católica de la escuela Y comunicándolo a la Parroquia.
3. Más reapertura después de COVID en todos los ámbitos, especialmente hacia una mayor conexión entre latinos, angloparlantes y personas de otras culturas.
De nuevo, gracias a todos por su disposición a compartir y ayudar a la Parroquia a avanzar.  La próxima semana, haré algunas notas detalladas de cada reunión.   Por favor, háganme saber qué puedo hacer para mejorar el proceso a medida que avanzamos.  
Bendiciones en Cristo,
P. Vinny
P.D.: Estoy deseando conocer y ver a más de ustedes en las reunión de bienvenida después de cada misa el próximo fin de semana, 23 y 24 de julio, ¡y gracias por ellas también!

Current and Past Issues of Notes from the Pastor (formerly Pastor's Corner)

7.17.2022 (English)     7.17.2022 (Spanish)

7.3.2022 (English)       7.3.2022 (Spanish)

5.22.2022 (English)     5.22.2022 (Spanish)

5.15.2022 (English)     5.15.2022 (Spanish)

5.1.2022 (English)       5.1.2022 (Spanish)

2.27.2022 (English)     2.27.2022 (Spanish)

1.9.2022 (English)       1.9.2022 (Spanish)

12.19.2021 (English)   12.19.2021 (Spanish)

9.26.2021 (English)     9.26.2021 (Spanish)

9.19.2021 (English)     9.19.2021 (Spanish)

8.15.2021 (English)     8.15.2021 (Spanish)

7.25.2021 (English)     7.25.2021 (Spanish)

6.13.2021 (English)     6.13.2021 (Spanish)

6.6.2021 (English)       6.6.2021 (Spanish)

5.16.2021 (English)     5.16.2021 (Spanish)

3.7.2021 (English)       3.7.2021 (Spanish)

2.14.2021 (English)     2.14.2021 (Spanish)

1.24.2021 (English)     1.24.2021 (Spanish)

11.29.2020 (English)   11.29.2020 (Spanish)

10.18.2020 (English)   10.18.2020 (Spanish)

8.9.2020 (English)       8.9.2020 (Spanish)

7.12.2020 (English)     7.12.2020 (Spanish)

7.5.2020 (English)       7.5.2020 (Spanish)

6.21.2020 (English)     6.21.2020 (Spanish)

6.14.2020 (English)     6.14.2020 (Spanish)

6.7.2020 (English)       6.7.2020 (Spanish)

5.24.2020 (English)     5.24.2020 (Spanish)

5.10.2020 (English)     5.10.2020 (Spanish)

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4.26.2020 (English)     4.26.2020 (Spanish)

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3.29.2020 (English)     3.29.2020 (Spanish)

3.22.2020 (English)     3.22.2020 (Spanish)

3.15.2020 (English)     3.15.2020 (Spanish)




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Upcoming gatherings in English are:

Saturday, September 10 at 7:00pm
Friday, September 16 at 6:00pm
Saturday, September 17 at 12:00pm Noon
Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00pm


Saint Lawrence School is in need of NEW boys’ and girls’ socks and boys’ and girls’ underwear sizes 3T-12. If you are able to help, please bring your donation to the school office, parish office, or church narthex. School starts on August 8.


Cafe Assistant Position Open:  Are you looking for school hours?  Like cooking?  Are you interested in learning new skills and being part of our school nutrition team?  Then consider applying for the Food Prep position open at Saint Lawrence School.  Opportunity exists to train as a manager.  Hours are generally 6:30 am-1:30 pm on school days but we can work with you on a schedule.  Full-time benefits include health insurance, and sick and holiday pay.  Hourly wage is competitive. Contact for more information and to apply. School starts on August 8.     


The Library will now be open between the Sunday Masses (9:45—11:45 am) on the first 4 Sundays of each month. The Library is located at the north end of the church, past the double doors. Turn right as you leave the sanctuary.

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:

Sr. Nicolette Etienne, OSB Middle School Religion Teacher:

Fr. Patrick Beidelman, Office of Worship:


Small Businesses We pray for small and medium-sized businesses; in the midst of economic and social crisis, may they find ways to continue operating, and serving their communities.


The month of August (Overview - Calendar) is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th-century Catholic piety has been assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue. This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions, Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart. On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August


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


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



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