tom schliessman

March 7, 2021

My Brothers and Sisters:

For English Speakers: a few weeks ago I mentioned a change in the Collect, that opening prayer the priest prays before the readings at Mass. Here is the link for a nice article explaining issues in translating and theology that brought about this change. https://www.ncregister.com/commentaries/5-ways-catholics-can-grow-spiritually-from-the-christological-collects-during-lent-2021

Deacon Tom Ward retired from active ministry over a year ago. But we have still been blessed with him helping at funerals, baptisms, baptismal preparations, and simply being in the pews on Sundays. Up until now, we have kept his name on our list of staff on the bulletin. At his suggestion, we are taking his name off the bulletin. He tells me he is working hard to be able to be with us again. In the meantime, I thank all of you who have continued to keep up with him and Donna.

Improvements are always being made on the grounds of Saint Lawrence. Just a couple examples are; speakers in the ceiling of Fr. Conen Hall were discovered to still exist and have been re-connected; work is being done to get a working phone in the Church and the Rectory. Also, members of our Making All Things New Capital Campaign committee are working on the next projects, which include re-roofing the Church and making repairs to the Bell Tower.

New 3-5 year Parish Goals and Objectives have been developed by the Pastoral Council over this past year. They are included as an insert in this week’s bulletin. For the next several weeks the different Commissions and Committees will be looking at them and working out what can be acted on in the coming year. I ask all of you to look over these and consider how you might help work with others in accomplishing them.

May this Lent be a Time of Renewal,

fr.tom sig

Saint Lawrence Catholic Parish Strategic Plan: 2021 3-5 Year Goals and Objectives

 

Goal 1:
Saint Lawrence Catholic Church and School endeavors to grow and retain membership of the parish community.
We will grow active parishioners* and church attendance by 10% annually and maintain a 90% retention of parishioners.
We will grow school enrollment by 10% annually, reaching a capacity of 275 students in K-8 and 40 in preschool and retain 95% of school families.

*Active parishioners attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, complete stewardship cards, and/or are consistent givers of time and talent to the parish.

Objectives
• Identify if all who attend Mass are parishioners
• Explore a registration push, encouraging registration and stewardship
• Work with stewardship commission to develop a stewardship campaign that encompasses school and church families
• A Welcoming Doors Marketing campaign
• Distribute information about our ministries to surrounding neighborhoods
• Partner with other community Churches to help school enrollment
• Exit Survey to those who leave the church and school
• Welcome dinners and opportunities to get involved for new parishioners and school families
• Work toward an inclusive Parish community, so that we are not seen as the Anglo and Hispanic communities

Goal 2: Saint Lawrence Parish community will have streamlined, consistent, inclusive communication, published in a minimum of English and Spanish.

Objectives:
• Complete a comprehensive review of all methods used to currently communicate in the parish
o Facebook (at least 7 groups)
o Bulletin
o My Parish App
o Pastor Corner
o Annual Report
o etc.
• Investigate which parish software is best used to house parishioner information
o PDS
o Faith Direct
o Diocesan Publications
o Etc.
• Identify accurate emails, phone numbers, and home addresses for parishioners and their preferred method of communication
• Create a team of volunteer reporters and photographers to report what happens at events to publish on social media and other parish sites
• Revisit Church and School Branding-- are we using it?

Goal 3: Saint Lawrence Parish will increase its presence in the surrounding community; will increase participation in current parish ministries; and develop and sustain additional ministry groups that meet the needs and interests of all parishioners.

Objectives
• Cultivate a list of current parish ministries and their descriptions
• Include spiritual, fellowship, and community ministries
• Publish ministry list in some fashion (brochure, bulletin, welcome booklet)
• Develop an annual Ministry Fair for parishioners to explore and sample various ministries
• Survey parishioners to discern ministries they may want to be involved in
• Work with leaders of ministries to develop a welcoming mentality for new members
• Increase visibility in larger community
o Parades in Lawrence and Indianapolis
o Crime-Watch Groups
o Be a partner for public meetings
• Define Ministry Chain of Command and articulate which commission oversees which ministry
• Partner with Communication Goal to communicate ways to get involved


Mis hermanos:

El diácono Tom Ward se retiró del ministerio activo hace más de un año. Pero sin embargo hemos sido bendecidos con su ayuda en los funerales, bautismos, preparaciones de bautismo, y simplemente estando presente en la banca los domingos. Hasta ahora, hemos mantenido su nombre en la lista del personal en el boletín. Por sugerencia suya, vamos a retirar su nombre del boletín. Me dice que está haciendo lo posible para poder estar nuevamente con nosotros. Mientras tanto, le doy las gracias a todos los que han seguido pendiente de él y de Donna.

Siempre se están haciendo mejoras en los terrenos de San Lorenzo. Sólo un par de ejemplos serian: se descubrió que los bocinas en el techo de la cafetería del Father Conen todavía existen y han sido re-conectadas; se está trabajando para conseguir un teléfono que funcione en la Iglesia y la Rectoría. Además, los miembros de nuestro comité de la Campaña de Capital "Haciendo Todas las Cosas Nuevas" están trabajando en los próximos proyectos, que incluyen repara el techo de la iglesia y las reparaciones al campanario.

El Consejo Pastoral ha desarrollado nuevas metas y objetivos parroquiales de 3 a 5 años durante este último año. Están incluidos en el boletín de esta semana. Durante las próximas semanas, las diferentes Comisiones y Comités los estudiarán y determinarán lo que se puede hacer en el próximo año. Les pido a todos que los revisen y consideren cómo podrían ayudar a trabajar con otros en su cumplimiento.

Que esta Cuaresma sea un Tiempo de Renovación,

fr.tom sig

Plan Estratégico de la Iglesia Católica de San Lorenzo: Metas y Objetivos de 3 – 5 Años 2021

Meta 1:
La Iglesia y Escuela Católica de San Lorenzo se esfuerza por aumentar y retener a los miembros de la comunidad parroquial.
Aumentar los feligreses activos* y la asistencia a la iglesia en un 10% anual y conservar un 90% de los feligreses.
Aumentar la inscripción en la escuela en un 10% anual, alcanzando una capacidad de 275 estudiantes en K-8 y 40 en preescolar y reteniendo un 95% de las familias de la escuela.

*Los feligreses activos asisten a la Misa de los Domingos y Días Festivos, completan las tarjetas de compromiso, y/o son contribuyentes constantes de tiempo y talento a la parroquia.

Objetivos:
• Identificar si todos los que asisten a Misa están registrados
• Fomentar las registraciones, incitando a las inscripciones y a la mayordomía
• Trabajar con la Comisión de Mayordomía para desarrollar una campaña de mayordomía que abarque a las familias de la escuela y de la iglesia
• Promover la campaña de tener Puertas Abiertas
• Distribuir información sobre nuestros ministerios alrededor de los vecindarios
• Asociarse con otras iglesias de la comunidad para fortalecer la inscripción en la escuela
• Ofrecer una encuesta de salida a aquellos que dejan la parroquia o la escuela
• Cenas de bienvenida y oportunidades de participación para los nuevos feligreses y las familias de la escuela
• Trabajar por una comunidad parroquial inclusiva, para que no se nos vea como las comunidades anglo e hispana

Meta 2: La comunidad de la Parroquia de San Lorenzo tendrá una comunicación ágil, coherente e inclusiva, publicada en un mínimo de inglés y español.

Objetivos:
• Completar una revisión absoluta de todos los métodos utilizados actualmente para comunicarse en la parroquia
o Facebook (por lo menos 7 grupos)
o Boletín
o My Parish App
o Notas del Párroco
o Reporte Anual
o Etc.
• Investigar qué software parroquial es el más adecuado para recibir la información de los feligreses
o PDS
o Faith Direct
o Diocesan Publications
o Etc
• Identificar los correos electrónicos, los números de teléfono y las direcciones particulares de los feligreses y su método de comunicación preferido
• Crear un equipo de reporteros y fotógrafos voluntarios que informen de lo que ocurre en los eventos para publicarlo en las redes sociales y otros sitios de la parroquia
• Revisar si los emblemas de la Iglesia y Escuela comunican a la comunidad

Meta 3: La Parroquia de San Lorenzo aumentará su presencia en la comunidad cercana; aumentará la participación en los ministerios parroquiales actuales; y desarrollará y sostendrá grupos ministeriales adicionales que satisfagan las necesidades e intereses de todos los feligreses.

Objetivos:
• Elaborar una lista de los actuales ministerios parroquiales y sus descripciones
• Incluir los ministerios espirituales, fraternidad, comunidad
• De alguna manera publicar la lista de los ministerios (volantes, boletín, folleto de bienvenida)
• Desarrollar una Feria Ministerial anual para que los feligreses vean y examinen los diferentes ministerios
• Proporcionar una encuesta a los feligreses y así distinguir los ministerios en los que podrían participar
• Trabajar con los líderes de los ministerios para desarrollar una mentalidad de acogida para los nuevos miembros
• Aumentar una mayor visibilidad en la comunidad
• Desfiles en Lawrence e Indianápolis
• Grupos de vigilancia criminal
• Asociarse en las reuniones publicas
• Definir la cadena de mando del ministerio e informar qué comisión supervisa cada ministerio
• Asociarse con el Objetivo de Comunicación para comunicar las formas de participación


Current and Past Issues of Pastor's Corner

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1.24.2021 (English)     1.24.2021 (Spanish)

11.29.2020 (English)   11.29.2020 (Spanish)

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Last names A-K  April 25, May 9
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The dispensation from the obligation to participate at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect until further notice.

LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S EASTER SUNDAY HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON APRIL 11, 2021 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

English - AWAITING RECORDING FROM FR. TOM

Spanish - AWAITING RECORDING FROM FR. TOM

Click the following links to read the homily (EnglishSpanish)

CONGRATULATIONS to the following children, youth, and adults who received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and/or Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass last Saturday evening.

Keaton Aldridge, Bryan Blabuena, Henry Blabuena, Brittaney Castillo, Jose Castillo Jr., Mario Jesús Castillo, Maryjane Castillo, Brian Hall, Lucas Hernández, Brian Julián, Irving Julián, Maritza Julián, Ayane López, Edgar López, Ashley Medina Hernández, Anthony Tellez, Eddy Tellez, Michael Valle, Edwin Velasco, Jesus Velasco

FIRST COMMUNIONS NEXT WEEKEND April 17/18

Our Saint Lawrence School and SMRE students will be receiving First Holy Communion at the weekend Masses.

NEW CONTENT ON MYPARISHAPP

Check out the new Lent button on myParishApp. Check out the new Lent button on myParishApp for Lenten reflections during the Year of St. Joseph. Text “app” to 88202 to get our app

STAY INFORMED AT ST. LAWRENCE

We have adopted a new way of communicating with you. You may receive a message from the new system of our parish, Evangelus. This is not spam.
We encourage you to open the message and follow the link to create a profile and select your preferred form of contact. There will also be groups for you to join if you are a Confirmation or SMRE student or parent. More groups will be added in the future. Visit eva.us/stlindy to sign-up or text “stlindy” to 55321 and let us know if you prefer to receive emails or text messages from us. You can also follow us on Social media and download our parish app as well. Text “app” to 88202 to get our app Thank you for your patience as we get this new system up and running. Some of you have reported problems when texting “stlindy” to 55321 when using an iPhone. We are working to resolve the problem. Please use eva.us/stlindy to sign up if the texting is not working for you.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES: HAPPY EASTER

THANK YOU. Our community changed lives this Lent, and CRS Rice Bowl wants to say THANK YOU! Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to your school or SMRE teacher or to one of the ushers at Mass by April 18 or donate online at crsricebowl.org/give 

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 APRIL 2021

Fundamental Rights We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST

The month of April is traditionally dedicated to devotion to Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the real and living presence of Christ—His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—received into our souls with every reception of Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic Lord is the source and summit of our Christian life, the ultimate proof of His infinite love for us.

PARISHIONER IN NEED OF A CAR

One of our parishioners is in need of a car. If you have a car for sale, please call Kim at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 ext 332 or kczachura@saintlawrence.net

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 12, 2021, 12pm noon – 4:00pm Fr. Beechem’s Bingo Under the Big Top! Join us!

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 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.

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