After 22 small group gatherings and the joyful participation of over 250 parishioners, the listening sessions have recently concluded. I want to thank every one of you who took the time to be present at one or more of these. Thanks especially to you who opened your homes and/or prepared food and thanks to you who volunteered as a scribe or otherwise helped out. And thanks, of course, to God Almighty for guiding whole thing!
As I mentioned throughout this process, I am still aiming to think broadly about the biggest themes I heard throughout the sessions. These are top three themes of what we love here:
1. Our diversity and unity. 2. The welcoming and hospitality – it feels like family/home here. 3. Lifelong friendships and service opportunities.
Meanwhile, parishioners are hoping for:
1. More integration of our diverse cultures and languages. 2. More involvement and engagement of the youngest generations in every aspect of parish life. 3. More integration of the school and parish and deepening of our faith together.
Finally, given how helpful these sessions have been for parish life and fellowship, I plan to continue offering these once or twice a month as we reap the fruits that have come so far.
Blessings in Christ,
Novembre 6, 2022
HACIENDO BALANCE: LOS FELIGRESES HAN HABLADO
Querida familia de San Lorenzo,
Después de 22 reuniones de pequeños grupos y la alegre participación de más de 250 feligreses, las sesiones de escucha han concluido recientemente. Quiero dar las gracias a todos los que se tomaron el tiempo de estar presentes en una o varias de ellas. Gracias especialmente a los que abrieron sus casas y/o prepararon la comida y gracias a los que se ofrecieron como voluntarios para escribir o ayudaron de otra manera. Y gracias, por supuesto, a Dios Todopoderoso por guiar todo esto. Como mencioné a lo largo de este proceso, sigo tratando de pensar ampliamente en los temas más importantes que escuché a lo largo de las sesiones.
Estos son los tres temas principales de lo que amamos aquí:
1. Nuestra diversidad y unidad.
2. Acogida y hospitalidad: aquí nos entimos como en
familia/ en casa.
3. Amistades de por vida y oportunidades de servicio.
Mientras tanto, los feligreses esperan:
1. Mas integración de nuestras diversas culturas e
2. Más participación y compromiso de las jóvenes
generaciones en los aspectos de la vida parroquial.
3. Mayor integración de la escuela y la parroquia
profundizando nuestra fe en común.
Por último, dado lo útil que han sido estas sesiones para la vida parroquial y el compañerismo, pienso seguir ofreciéndolas una o dos veces al mes mientras cosechamos los frutos que han llegado hasta ahora.
Bendiciones en Cristo,
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Listen to Fr. Vinny's Sunday Homily - November 20, 2022
MASS TIME CHANGE!!!
Tuesday Mass During Advent Only: On November 29 and December 6, 13, and 20, Mass will be at 5:00pm instead of 5:30pm. On Tuesday, December 20 Saint Lawrence will host one of the Simbang Gabi Masses for the Filipino Community.
ADVENT - CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR'S SCHEDULE AT ST. LAWRENCE
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States of America. December 8 is also the Anniversary of our parish, Saint Lawrence.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Festivities for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of Mexico, the Americas, and the Unborn.
Rosary Novenas to Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayed in the church at 7:00pm in Spanish.
Saturday December 3—Sunday December 11
(Novena on Thursday December 8 will be after the 7:00pm Mass)
Sunday, December 11: Mañanitas starting at 11:45pm in the Church.
Monday, December 12: Feast Day Celebration with Dancers 7:00pm Mass in Spanish
PARISH FAMILY IN NEED OF MEALS
As many of you know, the son of Parishioners Ron & Jenny Flynn, David Flynn, was involved in a very serious automobile accident about 10 weeks ago. He is still in the hospital with serious medical issues and a long, difficult road to recovery. David's wife, Becca, and their 3 children DJ, Derika, and Lainey are in need of meals. There are a few food allergies/sensitivities to keep in mind; Becca does not do well with beef but can have Bison and please no shellfish or cranberries. Please also keep David and the entire Flynn family in your daily prayers. To signup online visit: https://bit.ly/3tz9439 You can also call the Parish Office at 317-546-4065. Thank you so much for your prayers and assistance. The Flynn family is very grateful for their Saint Lawrence family
TRANSPORTATION TO MASS ON SATURDAY
Kevin Wilkes has just moved to the 56th & Post area from Holy Spirit parish. He uses a wheelchair and needs transportation to the Saturday 5:00pm Mass. Please call him at 317-979-7685 if you are able to help.
Purchase Trash Bags and Support Our Saint Lawrence School
Sold on the First Friday of the Month $12/roll Next Sale Date is December 2! 8am-3pm at the Saint Lawrence School Office Come to Door 1 and ring the bell 317-543-4923 Kitchen, leaf, and jumbo 55-gallon bags
2023 ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH SUNDAY MISSALS ARE AVAILABLE
We will once again have the annual St. Joseph Missal available for purchase. The price this year is $4. Missals will be available after Masses.
Mass Celebration in Creole - Selebrasyon Mes Kreyol Legiliz Sen Lawans
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 4:00pm
REMEMBER THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED IN NOVEMBER
This year we will remember our faithful departed by displaying their names on the TV in the narthex. A basket will be located in the narthex to collect the names of your departed loved ones. Please write their names on one of the pieces of paper and place the paper in the basket.
JOB OPPORTUNITY AT SAINT LAWRENCE
The school is in need of a part-time custodian for the afternoon/evening hours Monday-Friday. If you are interested in helping the school in this way or have any questions, please call the school office or email Andy Maxson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Thank You
Thank you for your generous support last week for the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development! As a parish, we raised funds to support those on the margins who live in poverty in the United States. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to give! Visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections and click “How to Give” under “Resources.”
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:
For children who suffer. Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for November, inviting everyone to pray for the millions of children who are suffering around the world, especially for those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war.
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on November 2. With the exception of the last two days, the entire month of November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward. The last Sunday, which marks the beginning of Advent, the liturgical color changes to purple, representing a time of penance.
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, so 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
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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