Saint Lawrence was one of seven deacons who were in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out, Pope St. Sixtus was condemned to death. As he was led to execution, Lawrence followed him weeping, "Father, where are you going without your deacon?" he said. "I am not leaving you, my son," answered the Pope. "in three days you will follow me." Full of joy, Lawrence gave to the poor the rest of the money he had on hand and even sold expensive vessels to have more to give away.
The Prefect of Rome, a greedy pagan, thought the Church had a great fortune hidden away. So he ordered Lawrence to bring the Church's treasure to him. The Saint said he would, in three days. Then he went through the city and gathered together all the poor and sick people supported by the Church. When he showed them to the Prefect, he said: "This is the Church's treasure!"
In great anger, the Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. "Turn me over," he said to the judge. "I'm done on this side!" And just before he died, he said, "It's cooked enough now." Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and that the Catholic Faith might spread all over the world. After that, he went to receive the martyr's reward.
Saint Lawrence's feast day is August 10th.
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Listen to Fr. Vinny's Sunday Homily - September 25, 2022
SAINT LAWRENCE SCHOOL TRASH BAG SALES
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!
CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE
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 ucdir.com (Church Code: in1800, Church Password: photos). Please do your part and schedule an appointment. We would like to get 100% participation!
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 email@example.com
SANDRA'S NEW BOOK: HOLY BOLDNESS NOW AVAILABLE!
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 rtlindy.org/home/dinner/ If you register online, please contact the Right to Life of Indianapolis office at (317) 582-1526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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
SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
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.
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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