tom schliessman

November 29, 2020

My Brothers and Sisters:

The National observance of Thanksgiving is this week. It would take several pages to thank everyone for everything you do for Saint Lawrence; and for others in the name of Saint Lawrence and Our Lord Jesus Christ. And it would be well worth those pages.

I will simply write: Thank You. May Thanksgiving Day be prayerful and peaceful – no matter how many or few people are physically present to you.

Advent begins this weekend; a new Liturgical Year begins. As I have suggested in the past, this is a good time to read the first two chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, which give the accounts of events leading to the Birth of Christ. It is also a good time to read the Gospel of Mark. I say that because, in our three-year cycle of Sunday readings, this year most of our gospel readings will be working through Mark. Mark is the shortest of the gospels and is very fast-paced.

One thing I noticed back in Lent and Easter – with the lessening of hymns being sung at Mass, I was missing some of the regular environment that helped me enter into those holy seasons. I have found myself singing hymns as part of my private prayer – something I haven’t done in the past. It has helped.

I encourage you to sing hymns at home. Play Advent songs and Christmas Songs in the car and when time permits. Needing to limit singing in Church because of how the Coronavirus spreads do not mean our singing cannot go beyond the church walls. In fact – our entire faith is to go beyond the church walls. Let us make up at home what we have to fast from for the time being in Church.

Finally – We are going to have a slightly different schedule for the coming Holy Day. December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is on a Tuesday this year. We will have 3 Masses available:

  1. Monday, December 7 at 7pm - multi-lingual with an emphasis in Spanish.
  2. Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30am – no Musician – trying to be short to get everyone going to work or school out on time. We have no idea how many people to expect – but this may be a good Mass for those worried about being in crowds.
  3. Tuesday, December 7 at Noon. In the past this Mass has not been crowded – it also may be a good Mass for those worried about being in crowds.

In Christ the Risen One,

Hermanos y hermanas:

Esta semana fue la celebración de nacional de Acción de Gracias. Se necesitarían varias páginas para agradecer a todos por todo lo que han hecho y hacen por San Lorenzo; y por otros en nombre de San Lorenzo y Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y valdrían la pena esas páginas.

Simplemente escribiré: Gracias. Que el Día de Acción de Gracias haya sido un día de oración y paz, sin importar cuantas personas se encontraran reunidas.

El Adviento comienza este fin de semana; un nuevo año litúrgico comienza. Como he sugerido en el pasado, es un buen momento para leer los dos primeros capítulos de los Evangelios de Mateo y Lucas, que dan los relatos de los eventos que llevaron al nacimiento de Cristo. También es un buen momento para leer el Evangelio de Marcos. Digo esto porque, en nuestro ciclo de tres años de lecturas dominicales, este año la mayoría de nuestras lecturas de los evangelios funcionarán a través de Marcos. Marcos es el más corto de los evangelios, y es muy rápido.

Una cosa que noté en Cuaresma y Pascua - con la disminución de los cantos que se cantan en la misa, me faltaba algo del ambiente regular que me ayudaba a entrar en esas estaciones santas. Me encontré cantando cantos como parte de mi oración personal, algo que no había hecho en el pasado. Me ha ayudado.

Te animo a que cantes himnos en casa. Toquen canciones de Adviento y de Navidad en su carro y cuando el tiempo se los permita. La necesidad de limitar el canto en la Iglesia por la propagación del Coronavirus no significa que nuestro canto no pueda ir más allá de las paredes de la iglesia. De hecho, toda nuestra fe debe ir más allá de las paredes de la iglesia. Hagamos en casa lo que nos tenemos que privar por el momento en la Iglesia.

Finalmente - tendremos un horario ligeramente diferente para el próximo Día Santo. El 8 de diciembre, la fiesta de la Inmaculada Concepción, este año es un martes. Tendremos 3 misas disponibles:

  1. Lunes, 7 de diciembre - 7pm - multi-lingual con énfasis en Español.
  2. Martes, 8 de diciembre - 6:30am – no Música – tratando de ser breve para que todos vayan al trabajo o a la escuela a tiempo. No tenemos idea de con cuánta gente contaremos, pero esta puede ser una buena misa para los que procuran estar entre menos gente.
  3. Martes, 8 de diciembre 12:00 mediodía. En el pasado esta Misa no sido muy asistida – también seria una Buena Misa para aquellos que evitan estar entre menos gente.

En Cristo Resucitado,

fr.tom sig

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EXTRA COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND January 23/24 Church in Latin America

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Human fraternity May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.


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.

Making All Things New and Financial Contribution Letters

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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 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.
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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—
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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.

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