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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,

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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

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)

5.3.2020 (English)       5.3.2020 (Spanish)

4.26.2020 (English)     4.26.2020 (Spanish)

4.19.2020 (English)     4.19.2020 (Spanish)

4.12.2020 (English)     4.12.2020 (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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WEEKEND MASS ROTATIONS

Last names A-K March 14, March 28
Last names L-Z  March 21, April 4

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 HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON FEBRUARY 28, 2021

The Spanish audio is forthcoming - AWAITING RECORDING FROM FR. TOM

Click here to read the homily (English and Spanish) from Fr. Tom

FRIDAYS IN LENT: February 19-March 26 in the Church

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

LENTEN GUIDELINES FOR FASTING AND ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT

Ash Wednesday (February 17 this year) and Good Friday (April 2 this year) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS PODCASTS

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis will offer 14 podcasts (available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language) with a reflection on one of the Stations. Each 12-15 minute podcast will be led by Archbishop Thompson or a priest of the Archdiocese and will include an introduction, the name of the station, scripture, a reflection on the station, and an idea for further meditation and action. Podcasts and other Lenten resources may be found at the following link:
https://www.archindy.org/lent/index.html\

LENTEN RESOURCES FROM THE USCCB

Visit the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to find Lenten prayers, resources, and a Lenten Calendar with suggestions for each day in English and Spanish. https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year-and-calendar/lent

LENTEN FISH FRYS - CANCELLED

We will not have Lenten Fish Frys in 2021 due to Covid.

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

sandra hartliebLENTEN STUDY WITH SANDRA HARTLIEB

It’s not too late too join the discussion!!!  Our Administrator of Adult Faith Formation, Sandra Hartlieb, is leading a Zoom discussion of the Pope's Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti on Thursday nights at 7pm. An "in person" study is also available on Mondays at 1pm. Contact Sandra if you are interested: 317-372-5925 or shartlieb@saintlawrence.net

The St. Joseph Knights of Columbus will have their “40 cans for Forty days” food drive again this year.

Bring your non-perishable food items to the narthex. Click here for more information.

Saint Lawrence School Flower Sale

The School PFO flower sale will look a little different this year. We will be holding a 4 day sale April 29th - May 2nd. We will have all our typical plants and flowers, but will not be taking advanced orders. Watch the bulletin for more information next month. Questions can go to Megan Smith mmoloney4@yahoo.com

BUY YOUR TRASH BAGS AND SUPPORT SAINT LAWRENCE SCHOOL

Available First Friday of the month Purchase at School Office (door 1) from 8am-3pm. Next date to purchase: March 5, 2021 Rolls are $10 each and we have white kitchen bags, yellow leaf bags, and 55 gallon blue bags for sale. Our spring fundraiser starts March 29th, school families will be selling trash bags during this week. Thank you for supporting our school!

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REMINDER – Capital & Facility Maintenance Reserve Fund Collection

Next Sunday, March 14 there will be a collection for our Facilities & Maintenance. Please use the red and white envelopes and place your donation in one of the offertory boxes in the narthex.

EXTRA COLLECTION March 13/14: Catholic Relief Services

Next week our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection. Funds from this Collection provide food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to vulnerable people here and abroad. Next week, please give generously to the collection and help Jesus in disguise. Learn more about the collection at: www.usccb.org/catholic-relief Please place your donation in one of the offertory boxes in the narthex. Extra envelopes are available.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES RICE BOWLS: SUSTAINABILITY IN EL SALVADOR

Drought has become a big problem across El Salvador, making it difficult for farmers to produce enough crops to support their families. But new farming techniques—and a new generation of young farmers—are making a difference. What would you do if your livelihood was threatened? How can you support young people in your community and around the world? Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.

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 March 2021

Sacrament of Reconciliation Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

MARCH IS THE MONTH OF ST. JOSEPH

The Church traditionally dedicates the month of March to the special veneration of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19th. "He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife," says St. Bernardine of Siena. "He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.'" Due to St. Joseph's leadership of the Holy Family, he has been declared the protector and patron of the universal Catholic Church.

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.

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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

AROUND TOWN

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