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.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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

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.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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

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Listen to Fr. Vinny's Sunday Homily - September 25, 2022




Our Saint Lawrence PFO trash bag sale is going on now! School families will be asking for orders or you can buy rolls on Thursday September 29th from 12:00pm - 6:00pm in the glass area of the Gym Lobby. You can also purchase trash bags on the first Friday of the month in the School Office. Rolls are $12 each for our white, yellow and blue options. Thank you for your support! 


Appointments are being scheduled now. Sign up after Masses next weekend September 24/25 in the narthex, by calling the Parish Office at 317-546-4065, or by going online at (Church Code: in1800, Church Password: photos). Please do your part and schedule an appointment. We would like to get 100% participation!
Photography Dates: 
Tuesday-Friday    October 4-7 2:00-8:30pm
Saturday October 8 10:30am-4:00pm
No purchase is required. Each family receives a free 8x10 portrait and a free church directory. If you are able to help staff the check-in table during photography sessions, please contact Kim at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 or

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Sandra Hartlieb's new book, "Holy Boldness", is now available on Amazon. You can get it in print or on kindle. “Holy Boldness” is a unique style of Christian writing, combining storytelling, Scripture study, and devotional reflections. Readers will be drawn into the first-person narratives of familiar Biblical women. Examining their stories and reflecting on their encounters with Christ will enable the reader to unlock the mysteries of the transformative moments in their own lives and discover their own spiritual treasures. Go to Amazon books and search for “Holy Boldness.”

Right to Life Celebrate Life Dinner

Be part of the Saint Matthew / Saint Lawrence table at the Celebrate Life Dinner. Call 317-582-1526 to register and mention your home parish. Info online at If you register online, please contact the Right to Life of Indianapolis office at (317) 582-1526 or email to be sure you are on the email list for registration details. The 40th Annual Celebrate Life Dinner will be held Tuesday, October 4, at the Marriott Ballroom, Marriott Downtown Indianapolis, 350 W. Maryland St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner and awards ceremony 6:45 p.m. Keynote by Chuck Donovan 8 p.m. Cost is $75/person. Please call Kim at the Saint Lawrence Parish Office if you would like to attend but cannot afford a ticket.


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.

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:

Sean Hussey Young Adult and College Campus Ministry:

Sr. Nicolette Etienne, OSB Middle School Religion Teacher:

Fr. Patrick Beidelman, Office of Worship:


Abolition of the Death Penalty
We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country


The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard.


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


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



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.



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).


(0.01% gluten content) Please alert the presiding priest before Mass and stand in this priest’s Communion line to receive the host.


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! church code: IN124


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