Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of people are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA.
What are the steps of RCIA? Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.
The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God's inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church.
The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect.
The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
As a newly initiated Catholic, they continue their formation and education continue in the Period of the Post Baptismal Catechesis, which is also called Mystagogy. This period continues at least until Pentecost. During the period the newly baptized members reflect on their experiences at the Easter Vigil and continue to learn more about the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In addition, they reflect on how they will serve Christ and help in the Church's mission and outreach activities.
What is meant when by coming into full communion with the Church? Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for already baptized Christians. In most cases, these individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called Candidates, usually participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Although some preparation may be with Catechumens preparing for baptism, the preparation for Candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities. The Candidates may be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil or at another Sunday during the year depending on pastoral circumstances and readiness of the Candidate.
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The dispensation from the obligation to participate at Mass has been extended until further notice.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS WEEKEND
Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:00am. Don’t forget to “fall back” and set your clocks back 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday evening.
WEEKEND MASS ROTATIONS
Last names A-K November 8 & November 22 Last names L-Z November 1 & November 15
NO DAILY MASS OCTOBER 19-30, 2020 DURING FR. TOM'S VACATION
We will not have daily Masses Tuesday-Friday this week while Fr. Tom is on vacation. Daily Masses will be celebrated again starting Wednesday, November 4 at 8:15 am.
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR OCTOBER 2020: The Laity’s Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.
All Saints Day Masses October 31/November 1 will be celebrated at all Weekend Masses
All Souls’ Day November 2
Mass in Spanish: Monday, November 2, 7:00 pm You must register for a ticket to attend Mass. Call Damaris at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 ext 340 or 317-443-1615. We will not have any Masses in English this year. The church will be open all day for prayer on November 2, All Souls’ Day.
The month of November, especially All Souls’ Day, is a traditional time for visiting graves of loved ones, as is the anniversary of death.
A plenary indulgence is a complete release from the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven (as far as their guilt is concerned.) Only one plenary indulgence may be obtained a day for oneself or a Holy Soul in Purgatory.
Conditions for a plenary indulgence:
One must be baptized and in a state of grace.
Free from attraction to all sin including venial sin.
Receive Sacrament of Reconciliation within 14 days before or after. A single confession may be used for multiple indulgences.
Receive Holy Communion each time an indulgence is sought.
Pray for the intentions of the Pope – preferably one Our Father and one Hail Mary.
Have a general intention to gain the indulgence.
Perform the indulgenced work (see below).
The following plenary indulgences are associated with All Souls’ Day: Visit to a Church or Oratory on All Souls Day A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed piously visit a church, a public oratory or -- for those entitled to use it -- a semipublic oratory. The above indulgence can be acquired either on the day designated above or, with the consent of the Ordinary, on the preceding or following Sunday or the feast of All Saints. The above indulgence is contained in the Apostolic Constitution The Doctrine of Indulgences, Norm 15, with account being taken of proposals made to the Sacred Penitentiary in the meantime. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, according to Norm 16 of the same Apostolic Constitution, that "one Our Father and the Creed be recited."
Visit to a Cemetery An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.
Don’t forget to vote on November 3!
LISTEN TO FATHER PHIL BOWERS' HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON OCTOBER 25, 2020
This year we will remember our faithful departed by displaying their names on the TV in the narthex. A basket will be located in the narthex to collect the names of your departed loved ones. Please write their names on one of the pieces of paper and place the paper in the basket.
PRAY THE ROSARY
October is the month of the Holy Rosary
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 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, 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
2021 ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH SUNDAY MISSALS
We will once again have the annual St. Joseph Missal available for purchase for $2. Missals will be available beginning in November.
Please join us for a ROSARY RALLY in support of our Local Police on: Saturday, October 31st at 12 noon. Lawrence Police Station (5150 N. Post Rd, Indianapolis 46216 - at their new station by RR crossing in Ft. Ben)
Join Fr. Doug and Deacon Mike from St. Simon and others in front of the police station to pray a Rosary in support of our police. (For questions, contact Greg at 317-220-0736 or Mary at 317-702-9936).
UPCOMING MASSES FOR SENIORS AGE 65+
Friday, November 6, 2020 5:30pm Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:30pm
Join Father Tom in the main sanctuary of the church.
WIDOWS MASS & CARNATION DISTRIBUTION
Sponsored by St. Joseph Knights of Columbus November 7, 2020
5:00pm Mass at Saint Lawrence. Attention! The Knights of Columbus want to invite all Saint Lawrence Widows and their families to 5:00pm Mass on Saturday evening November 7. The Knights will not be able to provide dinner this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the Knights will have a carnation for each of the widows following the Mass.
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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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