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RCIA This Week – You’re Invited!

The topic for RCIA this week is “Prayer.” We will explore many aspects of prayer in the life of a Catholic Christian. What is prayer? How do we pray? Does God answer our prayers? I will be posting RCIA topics weekly. If you see a topic of interest to you, PLEASE come! The meetings are Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Learning Center. Contact Sandra Hartlieb for more info: 317-372-5925 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

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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SAINT LAWRENCE SCHOOL TRASH BAG SALES

Our Saint Lawrence PFO trash bag sale is going on now! School families will be asking for orders or you can buy rolls on Thursday September 29th from 12:00pm - 6:00pm in the glass area of the Gym Lobby. You can also purchase trash bags on the first Friday of the month in the School Office. Rolls are $12 each for our white, yellow and blue options. Thank you for your support! 

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE

Appointments are being scheduled now. Sign up after Masses next weekend September 24/25 in the narthex, by calling the Parish Office at 317-546-4065, or by going online at ucdir.com (Church Code: in1800, Church Password: photos). Please do your part and schedule an appointment. We would like to get 100% participation!
 
Photography Dates: 
Tuesday-Friday    October 4-7 2:00-8:30pm
Saturday October 8 10:30am-4:00pm
No purchase is required. Each family receives a free 8x10 portrait and a free church directory. If you are able to help staff the check-in table during photography sessions, please contact Kim at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 or kczachura@saintlawrence.net

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sandra bookSANDRA'S NEW BOOK: HOLY BOLDNESS NOW AVAILABLE!

Sandra Hartlieb's new book, "Holy Boldness", is now available on Amazon. You can get it in print or on kindle. “Holy Boldness” is a unique style of Christian writing, combining storytelling, Scripture study, and devotional reflections. Readers will be drawn into the first-person narratives of familiar Biblical women. Examining their stories and reflecting on their encounters with Christ will enable the reader to unlock the mysteries of the transformative moments in their own lives and discover their own spiritual treasures. Go to Amazon books and search for “Holy Boldness.”

Right to Life Celebrate Life Dinner

Be part of the Saint Matthew / Saint Lawrence table at the Celebrate Life Dinner. Call 317-582-1526 to register and mention your home parish. Info online at rtlindy.org/home/dinner/ If you register online, please contact the Right to Life of Indianapolis office at (317) 582-1526 or email life@rtlindy.org to be sure you are on the email list for registration details. The 40th Annual Celebrate Life Dinner will be held Tuesday, October 4, at the Marriott Ballroom, Marriott Downtown Indianapolis, 350 W. Maryland St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner and awards ceremony 6:45 p.m. Keynote by Chuck Donovan 8 p.m. Cost is $75/person. Please call Kim at the Saint Lawrence Parish Office if you would like to attend but cannot afford a ticket.

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.

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 SEPTEMBER

Abolition of the Death Penalty
We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country

SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS

The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard.

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

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