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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.

Adults interested in becoming Catholic or in learning more about the Catholic faith should contact Sandra Hartlieb 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.

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.

Interested in the Catholic Faith?
Do you know of someone who is searching, and trying to find God? Do you have a friend, neighbor or spouse who has asked questions about the Catholic Faith? Do you know of someone who maybe went to church as a child but has lapsed in the religious practice? Invite them to join us this fall for information sessions about the Catholic Faith. The journey of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) begins with inquiry – asking questions. For more information contact the Parish Office at 317.546.4065 or Sandra Hartlieb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-372-5925.

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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LISTEN TO FR. TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE May 22, 2022 MASS - 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER

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Father would love everyone to join the celebration starting with the multilingual Mass at Noon on July 3rd followed by a dinner in Fr. Conen Hall! Click here to view the flyer!

PARISH 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.

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!

cathedral logoCONGRATULATIONS 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), 
Mairead Minch, Kelsey Moore, Nathan Overstreet (Magna Cum Laude), Allyson Piper

Looking for a summer job?

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 amaxson@saintlawrence.net

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.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 22, 2023

Fr. Beechem’s Buccaneer Bingo!!! Join us!!! License #002510

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 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

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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