adult faith formationAdult Faith Formation - It’s not just for kids!

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.

sandra hartliebFaith in Action
Jesus’ disciples still haven’t quite understood His message and purpose! Being afraid to ask about Jesus’ declaration of His death, they simply put it aside and move on to a more selfish topic: “who’s the greatest?” Jesus knows their thoughts and declares that the “one who wished to be first will be the servant of all.” Then, He surprises them yet again with His embrace of a small child. In the ancient world, children were seldom noticed. Jesus wants the disciples to know that their relationship with Him grows from their encounters with others – especially the ones who are ignored or seem less important. We can see in this example the Christian concept that we should treat each person as if Jesus Himself were in front of us. Picture Jesus in your mind each time you encounter a cashier or waiter or mother with whining kids in the store.

Something to Ponder
We continue to read from the Letter of St. James this week. Ponder his rebuke, “you ask but you do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend on your passions.” They have forgotten Jesus’ prayer, “not my will, but Yours be done.” Do we tend to plead with God for our own desires? Do we forget that God may have a better plan for us?


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 one's prayer life as you discern if the Catholic way of life is right for you. 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.

The RCIA sessions will be held in person and on zoom. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Sandra Hartlieb at 317-372-5925 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.”

For information in Spanish, please contact Damaris Bergeron at:

317-546-4065 ext 340 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


FORMED

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:

Visit http://signup.formed.org/- just copy this address into your browser and it will take you directly to the sign-up page

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!

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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 FR. TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

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Read the homilies (English, Spanish)

MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK

We will not have our daily 8:15am Mass on Wednesday or Friday this week, September 22 or 24.

Our Sunday Mass schedule is changed for festival weekend, September 26. The Noon Mass will be celebrated in Spanish, and we will not have a 6pm Mass.

Communion Ministers Needed for the Homebound

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are needed to bring Communion to the homebound of Saint Lawrence and to nearby nursing homes. Could you visit the sick one day a week? Training provided. For more information please contact Fr. Tom at the Parish Office 317-546-4065

FOR THOSE WHO RECENTLY REQUESTED MASS INTENTIONS

Several Mass Stipend envelopes were submitted in the church's offertory collection without any information written on the envelope.
If you requested a Mass recently and have not received notification that your Mass has been scheduled, please contact Kim at the Parish Office kczachura@saintlawrence.net or 317-546-4065 ext 332 so we can schedule your Masses.

ASSISTANCE FOR HAITI AND STATES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IDA

Thank you to everyone who donated to our collection last weekend to assist those affected by the earthquake and storms in Haiti. If you missed the collection, you may still donate online at www.crs.org With regard to assistance for the victims of Hurricane Ida—the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will not be taking up a collection in parishes. Those parishioners who want to donate may do so by sending a check to Catholic Charities-USA, 2050 Ballenger Ave., Suite 400, Alexandria VA 22314 or online at https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/give-to-those-in-need/

Rosary Before Mass at Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 9:00am

Now that we have all of the chairs and kneelers back in the chapel, the rosary is again being recited before the Sunday morning 9:00 Masses each weekend. You are encouraged to come to Mass a little early and join your fellow parishioners in a Rosary. The 5:00 Saturday Evening Rosary is recited in the church while the 9:00 Sunday Morning Rosary is in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

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

Ken Ogorek, Office of Catechesis: https://youtu.be/dH83dD69W60

POPE FRANCIS PROCLAIMS “YEAR OF ST JOSEPH”

Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020, until December 8, 2021. The special year marks the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. The Holy Father encourages all to say a daily prayer to St. Joseph during this special year.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle. We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.

SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS (MATER DOLOROSA) (FEAST DAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2021)

The Church dedicates the month of September to Our Lady of Sorrows, also known as Mater Dolorosa (Mother of Sorrows). This devotion recalls the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in virtue of her perfect union with the Passion of Christ. This was her role in salvation history, and what merited her place as the spiritual Mother of all Christians. This is symbolized by a single sword, or seven swords, piercing Mary's suffering heart, as foretold in Simeon's prophecy. Traditionally the Church meditates on the "Seven Sorrows" of our Blessed Mother: the prophecy of Simeon; the Holy Family's flight into Egypt; the loss of the Child Jesus for three days; the meeting of Mary and Jesus as he carried his cross; Jesus' crucifixion and death; Jesus' sacred body taken down from the cross; and Jesus' burial. The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) is on September 15th.

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

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

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