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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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Listen to the Sunday Homily - January 15, 2023

NOTE DUE TO SPACE ISSUES WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING ALL HOMILIES TO A NEW LOCATION - CHECK BACK TO LISTEN TO THE LATEST HOMILIES SOON

English - Fr. Simon

Spanish - Fr. Oscar

GREETER MINISTRY TRAINING Students 8th Grade and Up Saturday, February 11, 2023, after the 5:00pm Mass

Students in grade 8 and up are invited to join a new greeter ministry that Fr. Vinny is starting. Greeters will welcome parishioners and visitors as they enter for Mass on the weekend and be present in the narthex to assist and answer questions until Mass starts.

APPETIZERS AND DRINKS AFTER 5:00PM MASS Saturday, February 11 in the Social Room

Stay after Mass and enjoy appetizers, drinks, and fellowship in the Social Room. Presented by the 5pm Social Group.

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st.lawrence school giving tree 1Giving Tree for Teachers

Catholic Schools Week is a great time to celebrate Saint Lawrence Catholic School. Our faculty and staff are committed to carrying out the mission of the church and sharing the love of Jesus. Many people have asked how they can support the staff and students to accomplish their goals. Now you have a chance to contribute to the great work being done in the school.

 

In the narthex, there is a giving tree loaded with apples.  Each apple contains 1 item from a teacher's wish list. You are invited to grab an apple and help out our teachers by purchasing the item. There will be a box located next to the tree for you to drop off your item. Please secure the apple on the item, so it can be delivered to the correct staff member. You may take as many apples as you would like. The tree will be available through the end of February. We thank you all for your continued support!

START A WILD GOOSE CHASE! Tuesday February 14, 2023 7:00pm The home of Joseph & Rosemary Valvo 7105 Mardyke Lane 317-546-7328

Legend states that some believers in the British Isles used the wild goose to symbolize the Holy Spirit instead of the traditional dove. Unlike the dove, which is calm and gentle, a wild goose will attack you and is in essence wild, untamed, and uncontrolled. In a similar fashion, the Holy Spirit is unpredictable – blowing to and fro like the wind (John 3:8) and coming in power (Acts 1:8), disturbing the status quo and setting the people into a new adventure with God. Come and learn more on February 14! This group will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. www.wildgoosechase.org

holy momentsSHARE YOUR HOLY MOMENTS!

We hope you are enjoying the Christmas gift book, Holy Moments by Matthew Kelly! The author writes, “There are no small acts. No act infused with goodness can ever be considered small. Every act of goodness triggers more goodness. Each act, however small, sets in place a chain reaction of Holy Moments.” 

 

Will you share your Holy Moments with us? Just send an email and we will share your story in the bulletin. Send your Holy Moments to shartlieb@saintlawrence.net You can include your name or choose to be anonymous. Here’s one to get you started.

“My Father died this past year. He was gifted in woodworking. From his possessions, I chose a beautiful handmade wooden box as a memento. I treasured that box and wanted to display it in my home. On the bottom of the box, my Father had imprinted his initials and the year 1947. My son had not seen the box but made an offhand comment that he wished he had something made by his Grandfather. Letting go of my own desire, I wrapped the box as a Christmas gift. When my son opened it, his eyes filled with tears. He rubbed the fine, smooth wood, and noted the inscription on the bottom. His smile was overwhelming as he choked out the words, ‘thank you.’ That was a Holy Moment!” (submitted by anonymous)

World Day for Consecrated Life

Will be celebrated in the Church on Thursday, February 2, 2023, and in parishes over the weekend of February 4-5, 2023. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.

fr.beechem bingo 2023SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 22, 2023 Fr. Beechem’s Buccaneer Bingo!!! Join us!!!

Look for us at Masses March 4/5!  

We are collecting gift cards ($10-$100) and bottles of wine. Drop them off at the Parish or School Office.
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TIME TO BRING IN YOUR PALMS

It’s time to collect last year’s blessed palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday on February 22. Bring your palms to the church narthex during the next few weeks.

2022 TAX STATEMENTS

Year-end tax statements for 2022 will go out in the mail next week. Please call the Parish Office if you do not receive your statement in the next few weeks.

PART-TIME BOOKKEEPER POSITION AVAILABLE Here at Saint Lawrence

Saint Lawrence Parish is seeking a part-time bookkeeper. This position entails working onsite 3-4 days per week.  The bookkeeper will maintain all aspects of accounting, including accounts payable and accounts receivable and monthly profit/loss statements. The bookkeeper is responsible for posting of weekly contributions and generating periodic contribution reports. The bookkeeper will also maintain the membership databases and ensure that all platforms are kept accurate and up to date.
 
Proficiency in Microsoft Office as well as familiarity with database work. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, parishioners, vendors, and the general public are a must as is the ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information. Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to foster the Church’s mission.
     
Applicants should possess basic accounting skills with 2 or more years of bookkeeping experience. Please send your resume and cover letter in confidence to mking@saintlawrence.net
 

UNITED CATHOLIC APPEAL- Returned Envelopes

Some of you have mailed in your United Catholic Appeal envelope to the Archdiocese P.O. box and had your envelope returned. The Archdiocese is experiencing problems with the postal service delivering mail to the P.O. box. If your envelope is returned, please drop it off at the Parish Office or place it in the Sunday collection basket or one of the offertory pillars in the narthex. We will make sure that your envelope reaches the correct office downtown.

LOST AND FOUND

There is a tote in the church narthex full of “Lost and Found” items. If you are missing an item of clothing or a backpack, etc., please see if it is in the tote. All items are eventually given to Saint Vincent de Paul Society. 

parish libraryPARISH 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. Click here to view the library newsletter!

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 FEBRUARY

For parishes. We pray that parishes, placing communion at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.

JANUARY IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY FAMILY

The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family. The special devotion which proposes the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue of all Christian households began in the 17th century. It started almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family was founded in Montreal in 1663, and by the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674. This devotion soon spread and in 1893 Leo XIII expressed his approval of a feast under this title and himself composed part of the Office.

 

On account of the flight into Egypt, this feast has been observed by the Copts from early times. The feast was welcomed by succeeding Pontiffs as an efficacious means for bringing home to the Christian people the example of the Holy Family at Nazareth, and by the restoration of the true spirit of family life, stemming, in some measure, the evils of present-day society.

 

In the words of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, "Nothing truly can be more salutary or efficacious for Christian families to meditate upon than the example of this Holy Family, which embraces the perfection and completeness of all domestic virtues."

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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