tom schliessman

March 5, 2023

Dear Saint Lawrence Family,
In line with the intention behind the National Eucharistic Revival and upcoming Eucharistic Congress (hosted here in Indianapolis in 2024 by the way), our faith always calls us toward constant conversion toward Christ. We can only do this when we let Jesus be as He is - at the center of all things. The last several popes including Pope Francis and our own Archbishop Thompson frequently remind us of this. In fact, Archbishop Thompson's official motto is 'Christ the Cornerstone.'
In the United States, for a lot of complicated reasons, this message from the Second Vatican Council has not always come through clearly. There have been a number of measures, for instance, that were done at many parishes and dioceses supposedly 'in the spirit of Vatican II' that were actually not intended by Vatican II at all and are not supposed by the Vatican II documents. Thankfully, the last few decades have led to greater opportunities to unveil the true gifts of Vatican II in ways that are completely true to the documents our Church Magisterium produced through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Now, we at Saint Lawrence have an opportunity to unveil one of those true gifts: some of you may have heard that I am considering moving the tabernacle to the center of the church Sanctuary, directly behind the altar. That is true. And I would like to make that move at a very liturgically appropriate time. This Easter, starting with the Easter Vigil, we will begin to experience Jesus at the center of our lives in a deeper way, a way true to the core of the Church's existence ever since that first Holy Thursday in about 30 AD: Jesus will be at the center of the Sanctuary.
I will use the duration of Lent as a kind of preaching series to help prepare everyone theologically for this. Meanwhile,
I am happy to help with any questions you may have, theological, practical, and otherwise.
In Christ,
Fr.Vinny Signature for Pastors Corner

Marzo 5, 2023

Querida familia de San Lorenzo,

De acuerdo con la intención detrás del Avivamiento Eucarístico Nacional y el próximo Congreso Eucarístico (que, por cierto, se realizará aquí en Indianápolis en 2024), nuestra fe siempre nos llama a una conversión constante hacia Cristo. Solo podemos hacer esto cuando dejamos que Jesús sea como debe ser El, el centro de todas las cosas. Los últimos Papas, incluido el Papa Francisco y nuestro propio arzobispo Thompson, frecuentemente nos recuerdan esto. De hecho, el lema oficial del Arzobispo Thompson es 'Cristo la Piedra Angular'.
En los Estados Unidos, por muchas razones complicadas, este mensaje del Concilio Vaticano segundo no siempre ha llegado con claridad. Ha habido una serie de medidas, en particular, que se tomaron en muchas parroquias y diócesis supuestamente 'en el espíritu del Vaticano II' que en realidad no fueron pasadas por el Vaticano II en lo absoluto y no se encuentran en los documentos del Vaticano II. Afortunadamente, las últimas décadas han dado lugar a mayores oportunidades para revelar los verdaderos dones del Vaticano II en formas que son completamente fieles a los documentos que nuestro Magisterio de la Iglesia produjo a través de la guía del Espíritu Santo
Ahora, nosotros en San Lorenzo tenemos la oportunidad de revelar uno de esos verdaderos dones: algunos de ustedes pueden haber escuchado que estoy considerando mover el tabernáculo al centro del Santuario de la iglesia, directamente detrás del altar. Eso es cierto. Y me gustaría hacer ese movimiento en un momento litúrgicamente apropiado. En esta Pascua, comenzando con la Vigilia Pascual, comenzaremos a experimentar a Jesús en el centro de nuestras vidas de una manera más profunda, una manera fiel al núcleo de la existencia de la Iglesia desde ese primer Jueves Santo alrededor del año 30 DC: Jesús estará en el centro del Santuario.
Usaré la duración de la Cuaresma como una especie de serie de predicación para ayudar a preparar a todos teológicamente para esto. Mientras tanto, me gustaría ayudarlo con cualquier pregunta que usted pueda tener, teológica, práctica y de otro tipo.Bendiciones en Navidad y Año Nuevo.
En Cristo,

Fr.Vinny Signature for Pastors Corner

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5:00-7:00pm Lenten Diversity Dinner
5:30 pm Stations of the Cross (bilingual)
6:00-8:00 pm Eucharistic Adoration

LENTEN Confessions

CONFESSIONS will not be available Easter weekend April 8/9. Fr. Vinny will have confession times available this week, Palm Sunday weekend, and during Holy Week.
CONFESSIONS will also be available at Fatima Retreat House from 9am-7pm on Monday April 3. No appointment is needed.

Lenten Diversity Dinners: Fridays 5:00-7:00pm LAST WEEK!

LAST WEEK!!! Friday 5:00-7:00pm, at Fr. Conen Hall. March 31: Baked Fish provided by the Parish. Pitch-in meal. Bring a dish to share. No suggested donation on March 31.

Youth Ministry Dessert and Drinks Fundraiser
Last Week to support our youth attending World Youth Day in Portugal! Purchase desserts and soft drinks at the Lenten Dinner or make a monetary donation to sponsor one of our youth. Contact Cari Hall for more info.


Help us provide beautiful flowers in the church this Easter season by making a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one. Use the special envelopes found in your envelope packet or make a donation online


Lent can feel like a long time. Sometimes we’d like to skip right to Easter! But through prayer and sacrifices, we share in Christ’s suffering and prepare for the joy of his resurrection. This Lent, we’ve learned how people in Honduras, the Philippines and Kenya made sacrifices so their families and communities can thrive. How have your Lenten sacrifices helped your family and community and communities around the world? Visit to learn more.


Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is open at Saint Lawrence Catholic School. Our mission is that RAMS are:
Rooted in Catholic values
Acknowledging diversity makes us stronger
Modeling lifelong learning in academics and spirituality
Saint Making
Please contact the office at 317-543-4923 with questions, or click here for more information.  There are many scholarships and financial aid available. We are excited to welcome your children next school year!

fr.beechem bingo 2023FR. BEECHEM'S BUCCANEER BINGO! Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 6pm - 10pm

Early Bird Ticket Prices end next Sunday! Get you tickets now.
Ticket order forms are in the narthex or purchase tickets at the Parish Office.

$50/person before March 31. $55/person after March 31
Reserved tables of 8 are $425.
Ticket includes dinner, beer, wine, soda, water, 10 games of bingo, and reverse raffle entry.
Other games of chance throughout the night. Silent Auction.

We are in need of Gift Cards and bottles of wine! Gift cards ($10-$100) can be dropped off in the drop box in the narthex. Bring your wine to the Parish Office.

Sponsor our event or Sponsor a Teacher! Sponsorships begin at $50. More information can be found in the packets in the narthex.

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There is a tote in the church narthex full of “Lost and Found” items. If you are missing an item of clothing or a backpack, etc., please see if it is in the tote. All items are eventually given to Saint Vincent de Paul Society. 

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Looking for some way to enrich your Lenten experience? There are several Lenten-themed books set aside on the table in the Parish Library available for checkout.  Some are informational, some inspirational, some prayerful;  all are thought provoking.
The library is open between Masses on Sundays.  Please stop in and make a selection.  You will be glad you did!


For a culture of peace and non-violence; We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.


The month of April is dedicated both to devotion to the Eucharist and devotion to the Holy Spirit. This tradition has developed because Easter Sunday often falls in April, and when it does fall in March, the Easter season continues on through all of April. In essence, April is a month of Easter, and during the Easter celebration, we remember the Eucharistic sacrifice Christ gave us and the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which would come after Jesus's resurrection.


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.



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