At St. Lawrence, we believe that our faith is a journey. It is a living, growing part of our lives. Each member of our parish ought to have opportunities to develop, enrich, and sustain a rich and vibrant Catholic Faith.
Like all living things, a living faith needs nourishment. It is maintained by:
Frequent reading of the Word of God
Involvement in the community life and mission of the Church personal prayer
Participation in the works of mercy and justice service to the poor
The fulfillment of our human obligations in family and society.
Faith in Action
“It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us…” These words sent in a letter to the Gentile Christians beautifully acknowledges the work of the Holy Spirit in guiding the new Church. Whether the Gentiles must first become Jews, through circumcision, in order to become Christian, was the first major controversy of the early Church. A great debate on the matter took place in Jerusalem, but finally the “apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church” came to a decision. In the Gospel, Jesus comforted the disciples about His leaving by telling them that the Father would send the Advocate – the Holy Spirit – to teach and guide them. It is apparent from the Acts of the Apostles that the infant Church was led by the Holy Spirit. We also, must allow our decisions to be formed through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Consider how you can make better use of your gifts given by the Holy Spirit.
Something to Ponder
The Gospel passage is from Jesus’ farewell address to the disciples. Ponder on these beautiful statements of comfort: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,” “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” More than ever, we need this reassurance from Jesus. The peace that Jesus gives cannot be destroyed by hatred, or wars, or sickness, or death.
WHAT DO CATHOLICS BELIEVE?
Do you know someone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? RCIA is a beautiful, spiritual process where adults are invited to learn about our faith. Adults have the opportunity to learn what the Church believes and teaches, reflect on scripture, and deepen their prayer life as they discern if the Catholic way of life is right for them. You might be interested in attending even if you are already Catholic. It’s a great opportunity to increase your knowledge about our Church’s history and beliefs.
Here is a testimony from Brian Hall, who participated in RCIA and joined the Catholic Church this past Easter Vigil: “I was always searching for a church after college… I fell in love with Catholicism when I found out about its rich traditions [and] that you’re building a relationship with Christ by going to Mass. I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be… I can actually say with my whole heart the entire process has changed me, and receiving Communion was the pinnacle.”
Happy New Year! Well, it’s not January, but August/September is a new year for school and for religious programs at our parish. Saint Lawrence parishioners have FREE access to FORMED.org – The Catholic Faith on Demand website. You can find family movies, audios, books, and a variety of videos on topics of our faith. There are 3 easy steps to Sign Up on FORMED:
Enter our parish zip code - when you're on the sign-up page, you will see a box that asks for your info - type in 46226 and it will go immediately to our church - click on the box with our church name
Enter your name and email - once you do this - you should be taken right to the FORMED page! You can scroll down to see programs, or go to the search box for particular topics. Good luck!! - hope you find this a great resource for you and your family!
For the Most Current Info, Digital Copies of our Weekly Bulletin, and Copies of Fr. Tom’s Sunday Homilies
• Click here to listen and view all homilies on our website! • follow Fr. Tom on twitter @FrTomS • 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 email@example.com if you have not been receiving our weekly emails.
Free 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.
LISTEN TO FR. TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE May 22, 2022 MASS - 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER
Read the homily (English, Spanish) - AWAITING DOCUMENTS FROM FR. TOM
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.
No Mass on Thursday, May 26
We will not have our daily Mass on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00pm. We also will not have confessions on Thursday, May 26 at 6:00pm.
ST. JOSEPH ICON AT MASS: Sunday, May 29, 2022 Noon Mass
The St. Joseph Chapter of Knights of Columbus will have an Icon of St. Joseph at the Noon Mass next Sunday, May 29. Please join the Knights for prayer after the Mass.
TRI-PARISH MEMORIAL DAY MASS Monday, May 30, 2022 9:00am at St. Andrew the Apostle 4052 E. 38th Street
The Annual Tri-parish Memorial Day Mass will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle, 4052 E 38th St, on Monday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served after Mass in the St. Andrew social hall. The Parish communities of Saint Andrew, Saint Lawrence & Saint Matthew celebrate together three times a year on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Begin your holiday festivities with Mass!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following Saint Lawrence Parishioners/School Graduates who are graduating from Cathedral High School this weekend!
Olivia Barr, Curtis Heisserer, Haleigh Kolosso (Cum Laude),
Saint Lawrence Catholic School is looking for a high school or college student interested in helping with the school cleaning and preparation throughout the summer. If you are interested, please contact Principal Andy Maxson at 317-543-4923 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAINT LAWRENCE LADIES TEA IS BACK! Sat. June 4, 2022 10:30am - 2:30pm Fr. Conen Hall: OUR THEME IS ANGELS
Please invite the “Angels” in your life! Mothers, Daughters and Nieces (teens and older), Neighbors and Friends! Our speaker is Brenda Ray from the Holy Family Shelter. Click here to view and flyer and RSVP Form!
23 school year is now open! Registration is open through May 13, 2022 for both current and new students. Register online through our website here.
DINE-TO-DONATE FRIDAYS IN MAY AT CHILE VERDE AND HELP SUPPORT THE UKRAINIAN FAMILIES
Join us for a tasty meal (or two!) at Chile Verde where 30% of your bill will go directly back to Catholic Relief Services to support their efforts in providing for the immediate needs of Ukrainian families and refugees! Click here to view the flyer.
Lost and Found
If you have lost items or left them behind when you have gone to church, please check the Lost and Found bin in the church narthex. All items will be given to St. Vincent de Paul or disposed of by June 3.
HELP NEEDED FINDING HOUSING
One of our parish families is in need of a house to rent as soon as possible, preferably in Lawrence or on the East side. They prefer 2 bedrooms and a basement. If you know of available housing or can help, please call the Parish Office 317-546-4065.
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:
POPE FRANCIS ANNOUNCES THE YEAR OF THE FAMILY FROM MARCH 19,2021 TO JUNE 26, 2022
Pope Francis established the Year of the Family on March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. This marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, which means "The joy of love" and explores the beauty and joy found in family life. The Year of the Family will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father. Pope Francis established the Year of the Family to help strengthen faith and live God’s joy more fruitfully in family life.
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR MAY
Faith-Filled Young People We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.
MAY IS THE MONTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The month of May is the "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady," and it is the occasion for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance" (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).
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, 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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