PRAY THE ROSARY!!

Have you been troubled by the apparent loss of a just and moral society, or perhaps, some suffering in your family and wanted to help but did not know how? If you are praying the rosary, then you are already helping!

Sr. Lucy of Fatima said the following in 2002 before her death; “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary, to such an extent that there is NO problem, no matter how difficult it is, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, or even the life of peoples and nations that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is NO problem, I tell you no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary” - Sr. Lucy of Fatima.

If you are not already praying the daily rosary, please join all those who are! If you would like to receive a rosary and instructions on praying it, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 317-888-0873r Retreat Schedule

Live Streamed on Zoom www.presentationministries.com 937-587-5464 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WE ARE CALLED TO SERVE

When I was ill you cared for me. What you did for the least of these you did for me. (Matthew 25:35) Throughout Scripture, Jesus calls us to serve. He commands us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide shelter to the homeless and visit the sick. How do you answer Jesus’ call to serve? 

On any given day there are more than one hundred Catholic patients at IU, Riley, and Methodist Hospitals. It is our Catholic tradition to provide daily Holy Communion and fellowship to our hospitalized brothers and sisters. Many of these Catholics have been away from the Church for years. Their hospital stay may well be their only contact with the Church. Like you and me these people will one day come face to face with their God. We have the opportunity to influence each patient in some way and possibly have an effect on their eternal soul.

There is currently an urgent need for volunteers to bring the Eucharist to these patients.

I invite you to prayerfully consider this call to serve. You need not be a current Eucharistic Minister in your parish as volunteers are trained for the hospital and then commissioned. Training is provided by the hospital and chaplaincy service. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteers are needed to serve once a week or as occasional substitutes. Normally it takes two to three hours to visit the patients on any given day. Parking at the hospital is provided for volunteers.
Please contact Deacon Pat Bower at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-313-8010 for additional information.

widow widower support meetingWidow & Widower Support Group

A group for those grieving the death of their spouse or a life partner. Join with others to explore issues experienced by widows and widowers and find ways to cope.

Group meets virtually every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Registration at 317- 746 -0483

GRIEF GROUP

Hosted at Riley funeral home, 6107 S East Street on the 2nd Monday of each month beginning at 6:00 pm. Social distancing guidelines will be observed. Please bring a mask. Please call to register: 317-787-8224.  If you are unable to attend in person, please call us for a link to join via ZOOM.  Sessions are free. All are welcome to attend.

NEW PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR CATHOLICS IN INDIANAPOLIS: Catholic in Recovery Mondays at St. Simon the Apostle 7:00pm

Catholic in Recovery (catholicinrecovery.com) blends the Sacraments with a 12-Step Program to help both those dealing with substance abuse and any addictions and those loved ones of addicts and substance abusers. The Indianapolis chapter meeting is at 7 p.m. every Monday in the Cry Room at Saint Simon the Apostle Church, 8155 Oaklandon Road. When you arrive for the meeting, please enter the church under the big drive-through overhang and turn right to the Cry Room. For more local information or to have someone reach out to you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

BirthlineBIRTHLINE MINISTRY

Material assistance to pregnant women and mothers of infants in need

VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ARE NEEDED!

Contact Keri Carroll at (317) 236 1433 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: archindy.org/humanlifeanddignity/ministries-birthline.html

Ava's Grace (Pregnancy & Infant Loss)

Ava’s grace seeks to bring the rich resources of our faith to bear on the heartbreaking loss of a child. Visit our website for a variety of resources to comfort, encourage, and provide practical information. https://diocesefwsb.org/avas-grace/ or call (574) 234-0687 ext 4110

The monthly support group meets over Zoom
Open to anyone who has lost a baby before or after birth, whether recently or long ago; meets the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM via Zoom. 

Project Rachel Ministry 

If you are suffering after an abortion, you may feel very alone. You may have experienced abortion many years ago and never told anyone. You may be struggling with a more recent abortion. Regardless of the circumstances, healing is possible. If you would like to learn or to register for a retreat, please contact (317) 452-0054 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2023 Serra Club John D. Kelley Vocations Essay Contest

The Serra Club of Indianapolis is sponsoring its 2023 Annual Vocations Essay Contest.  It is open to any Catholic student in grades 7 through 12 in parochial, public or homeschool systems in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The theme for this year’s contest is:  In one way or another, all the saints had a great devotion to the Eucharist.  Moreover, only with the help of the Eucharist did any saint fulfill his or her vocation. Pick a particular saint and describe their relationship with the Eucharist.  How did your saint’s devotion to the Eucharist enable them to fulfill their vocation?  How does this saint’s love of the Eucharist inspire you? For more details and an essay submission form, contact the Parish Office 317-546-4065.  Information is also available from Serra Club member, Dick Cannon, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submitted essays must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 17, 2023.

Now Hiring: Spring & Summer Positions available at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa! 

Located in beautiful Brown County, IN
Positions Available: Spring: Program Staff.  Summer: General Camp Staff, Wrangler, Counselor Mentor, Area Manager, Program Coordinator
Apply at: www.campranchoframasa.org/employment.html
Training is provided. Session Dates May 28-August 4, 2023. 
Opportunity to work 4 or more weeks. Opportunity to work spring into summer. 
Salary: $400 per week plus room and board. Fun, friends, faith and kids… what more could you ask for?
Questions? Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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Visit povertyusa.org to learn more about economic justice, resources for prayer, ways to take action, and how to find a Catholic Campaign for Human Development group here in Indianapolis.
 

marriage encounter

Are you living a busy life and don’t really have time to talk to your spouse?  We have a gift to share with you; it’s called a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.  The Weekend will give you the opportunity to examine your lives together.  A time to share your feelings, hopes, joys and frustrations without the interruption of family commitments, TV, internet and phone calls, rather it is a time to get to know your spouse all over again and rediscover your deep love for each other.  We are planning in-person Marriage Encounter Weekend at Mount Saint Francis Centre for Spirituality, New Albany, from 10-12 February 2023.  Visit www.wwme.org for further information.

Quote from a couple who made a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend:  “Thank you for the most rewarding Weekend of our lives.  We are looking eagerly to many exciting years together.  We wish every young couple could experience a Marriage Encounter Weekend.”

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Castle Nights at Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary February 15, March 15, April 19

High school men are invited to join the Bishop Brute College Seminary Community for Castle Nights. Held once a month during the school year, you can come to one or all to see what life in seminary is like and spend time in prayer and fellowship with our college seminarians. heargodscall.com/brute-nights

e6 catholic mens conferenceE6 CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE

Mark your calendar for the 2023 E6 Catholic Men’s Conference, which will be taking place on Saturday, February 18th 2023, at the East Central High School Performing Arts Center in St. Leon, IN (80 miles southeast of Indianapolis and 35 minutes northwest of Cincinnati).  We cordially invite every man to attend this 8th annual event. Please join us for inspiring talks, confession (available all day), celebration of the Holy Mass and fraternity with fellow men of Christ. We pride ourselves on presenting a quality, substance-driven, inspirational and faith-filled event that will change men’s lives and help equip them to be the man Christ calls them to be. Do not miss this!  More details and tickets are on sale now at www.e6cmc.com

Men's Day of Prayer with Archbishop Charles C. Thompson 

Not sure where God is calling you!? Come discern your vocation with Archbishop Thompson. Open to all single Catholic males (18-50). Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9:00am – 3:00pm at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1347 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, 46202. Register at: heargodscall.com/mens-day-of-discernment  

CATHOLIC CRUISES AND TOURS

www.facebook.com/CatholicCruisesandTours We have many Faith-Based Tours to a variety of destinations: Fatima and Lourdes, The Holy Land, Catholic Italy, European Reformation, The Footsteps of Apostle Paul, Legacy of St. Patrick Want to know more about Catholic Cruises and Tours? Phone: 860-399-1785 or click on the website link www.catholiccruisesandtours.com

 

 

 

 

 


AT THE HIGH SCHOOLS

bishiop chatardBishop Chatard

Summer Camps: www.bishopchatard.org/camps 

 

 

cathedralCathedral High School

Cathedral’s Admissions Office is open and available for questions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office, gocathedral.com/admissions or 317-968-7370.

Helpful links as you continue to research Cathedral:
• 3D Tour of the Innovation Center
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCtaPHwOiMQ&list=PL8j9gAOegfq45qWKiUrofuxvswJkoJPzx&index=9

• Cathedral Course Guide http://lion3.cathedral-irish.org/chscourseguide/
• Student Clubs and Activities https://www.gocathedral.com/on-campus/clubs-activities

logo scecinaScecina High School

Summer Camps: www.Scecina.org/camps 

 

 

 


At the Retreat Houses

PROGRAMS AT BENEDICT INN RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER

1402 Southern Avenue, Beech Grove, IN 46107
www.benedictinn.org 317-788-7581 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS PROVIDENCE SPIRITUALITY & CONFERENCE CENTER & WHITE VIOLET CENTER FOR ECO-JUSTICE

1 Sisters of Providence Road, St Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN 47876
(812) 535-2952
 https://spsmw.org/

FATIMA RETREAT HOUSE

Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 
(317) 545-7681

PRESENTATION MINISTRIES’ OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE DISCIPLESHIP CENTER AND BIBLE COLLEGE

5701 Lawshe Rd., Peebles, Ohio 45660
www.presentationministries.com
513-373-2397 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For the Most Current Info, Digital Copies of our Weekly Bulletin, and Copies of Fr. Vinny’s Sunday Homilies

• Click here to listen and view all homilies on our website!
• get myParish app for your phone to receive our messages (more info on the next page)
• on FACEBOOK visit Iglesia Católica San Lorenzo
• send your email to mhandley@saintlawrence.net if you have not been receiving our weekly emails.

 

st. lawrenceFree Online Resources

FORMED – Catholic movies, programs, audio, books www.formed.org Sign up for an account. Choose “I belong to a parish” and select Saint Lawrence.

The following resources are generously being provided by the publishers for free during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Holy Heroes Mass prep activities for kids https://www.holyheroes.com/MassPrep-s/57.htm 

Magnificat Online, apps, and MagnifiKids in May https://us.magnificat.net/free 

Give us This Day https://giveusthisday.org/Digital 

Living with Christ http://www.livingwithchrist.us/#covid 

Liturgy Training Publications https://www.ltp.org/resources-during-crisis 

Find more digital resources on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website at http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/prayer-resources-for-the-coronavirus-crisis.cfm 

Listen to the Sunday Homily - January 15, 2023

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.

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st.lawrence school giving tree 1Giving 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

holy momentsSHARE 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 shartlieb@saintlawrence.net 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.

fr.beechem bingo 2023SAVE 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.
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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 mking@saintlawrence.net
 

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. 

parish libraryPARISH LIBRARY

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:
                                                                                                  

Sean Hussey Young Adult and College Campus Ministry: https://youtu.be/ql2u4LNVAgo

Sr. Nicolette Etienne, OSB Middle School Religion Teacher: https://youtu.be/qiAUNYBzq2g

Fr. Patrick Beidelman, Office of Worship: https://youtu.be/g2AhSENblaA

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY

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

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.

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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