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
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
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Free Online Resources
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The following resources are generously being provided by the publishers for free during the Coronavirus outbreak.
NOTE DUE TO SPACE ISSUES WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING ALL HOMILIES TO A NEW LOCATION - CHECK BACK TO LISTEN TO THE LATEST HOMILIES SOON
English - Fr. Simon
Spanish - Fr. Oscar
GREETER MINISTRY TRAINING Students 8th Grade and Up Saturday, February 11, 2023, after the 5:00pm Mass
Students in grade 8 and up are invited to join a new greeter ministry that Fr. Vinny is starting. Greeters will welcome parishioners and visitors as they enter for Mass on the weekend and be present in the narthex to assist and answer questions until Mass starts.
APPETIZERS AND DRINKS AFTER 5:00PM MASS Saturday, February 11 in the Social Room
Stay after Mass and enjoy appetizers, drinks, and fellowship in the Social Room. Presented by the 5pm Social Group.
Giving Tree for Teachers
Catholic Schools Week is a great time to celebrate Saint Lawrence Catholic School. Our faculty and staff are committed to carrying out the mission of the church and sharing the love of Jesus. Many people have asked how they can support the staff and students to accomplish their goals. Now you have a chance to contribute to the great work being done in the school.
In the narthex, there is a giving tree loaded with apples. Each apple contains 1 item from a teacher's wish list. You are invited to grab an apple and help out our teachers by purchasing the item. There will be a box located next to the tree for you to drop off your item. Please secure the apple on the item, so it can be delivered to the correct staff member. You may take as many apples as you would like. The tree will be available through the end of February. We thank you all for your continued support!
START A WILD GOOSE CHASE! Tuesday February 14, 2023 7:00pm The home of Joseph & Rosemary Valvo 7105 Mardyke Lane 317-546-7328
Legend states that some believers in the British Isles used the wild goose to symbolize the Holy Spirit instead of the traditional dove. Unlike the dove, which is calm and gentle, a wild goose will attack you and is in essence wild, untamed, and uncontrolled. In a similar fashion, the Holy Spirit is unpredictable – blowing to and fro like the wind (John 3:8) and coming in power (Acts 1:8), disturbing the status quo and setting the people into a new adventure with God. Come and learn more on February 14! This group will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. www.wildgoosechase.org
SHARE YOUR HOLY MOMENTS!
We hope you are enjoying the Christmas gift book, Holy Moments by Matthew Kelly! The author writes, “There are no small acts. No act infused with goodness can ever be considered small. Every act of goodness triggers more goodness. Each act, however small, sets in place a chain reaction of Holy Moments.”
Will you share your Holy Moments with us? Just send an email and we will share your story in the bulletin. Send your Holy Moments to firstname.lastname@example.org You can include your name or choose to be anonymous. Here’s one to get you started.
“My Father died this past year. He was gifted in woodworking. From his possessions, I chose a beautiful handmade wooden box as a memento. I treasured that box and wanted to display it in my home. On the bottom of the box, my Father had imprinted his initials and the year 1947. My son had not seen the box but made an offhand comment that he wished he had something made by his Grandfather. Letting go of my own desire, I wrapped the box as a Christmas gift. When my son opened it, his eyes filled with tears. He rubbed the fine, smooth wood, and noted the inscription on the bottom. His smile was overwhelming as he choked out the words, ‘thank you.’ That was a Holy Moment!” (submitted by anonymous)
World Day for Consecrated Life
Will be celebrated in the Church on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and in parishes over the weekend of February 4-5, 2023. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.
SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 22, 2023 Fr. Beechem’s Buccaneer Bingo!!! Join us!!!
Look for us at Masses March 4/5!
We are collecting gift cards ($10-$100) and bottles of wine. Drop them off at the Parish or School Office. License #002510
TIME TO BRING IN YOUR PALMS
It’s time to collect last year’s blessed palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday on February 22. Bring your palms to the church narthex during the next few weeks.
2022 TAX STATEMENTS
Year-end tax statements for 2022 will go out in the mail next week. Please call the Parish Office if you do not receive your statement in the next few weeks.
PART-TIME BOOKKEEPER POSITION AVAILABLE Here at Saint Lawrence
Saint Lawrence Parish is seeking a part-time bookkeeper. This position entails working onsite 3-4 days per week. The bookkeeper will maintain all aspects of accounting, including accounts payable and accounts receivable and monthly profit/loss statements. The bookkeeper is responsible for posting of weekly contributions and generating periodic contribution reports. The bookkeeper will also maintain the membership databases and ensure that all platforms are kept accurate and up to date.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office as well as familiarity with database work. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, parishioners, vendors, and the general public are a must as is the ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information. Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to foster the Church’s mission.
Applicants should possess basic accounting skills with 2 or more years of bookkeeping experience. Please send your resume and cover letter in confidence to email@example.com
UNITED CATHOLIC APPEAL- Returned Envelopes
Some of you have mailed in your United Catholic Appeal envelope to the Archdiocese P.O. box and had your envelope returned. The Archdiocese is experiencing problems with the postal service delivering mail to the P.O. box. If your envelope is returned, please drop it off at the Parish Office or place it in the Sunday collection basket or one of the offertory pillars in the narthex. We will make sure that your envelope reaches the correct office downtown.
LOST AND FOUND
There is a tote in the church narthex full of “Lost and Found” items. If you are missing an item of clothing or a backpack, etc., please see if it is in the tote. All items are eventually given to Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
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. Click here to view the library newsletter!
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 parishes. We pray that parishes, placing communion at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.
JANUARY IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY FAMILY
The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family. The special devotion which proposes the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue of all Christian households began in the 17th century. It started almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family was founded in Montreal in 1663, and by the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674. This devotion soon spread and in 1893 Leo XIII expressed his approval of a feast under this title and himself composed part of the Office.
On account of the flight into Egypt, this feast has been observed by the Copts from early times. The feast was welcomed by succeeding Pontiffs as an efficacious means for bringing home to the Christian people the example of the Holy Family at Nazareth, and by the restoration of the true spirit of family life, stemming, in some measure, the evils of present-day society.
In the words of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, "Nothing truly can be more salutary or efficacious for Christian families to meditate upon than the example of this Holy Family, which embraces the perfection and completeness of all domestic virtues."
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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