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KNIGHTS CORNER – January 17, 2021

"The best way to dominate and gain control over people is to spread despair and discouragement, even under the guise of defending certain values. Today, in many countries, hyperbole, extremism, and polarization have become political tools. Employing a strategy of ridicule, suspicion, and relentless criticism, in a variety of ways one denies the right of others to exist or to have an opinion." -
Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti
(On Fraternity and Social Friendship).

The above quote, taken from the new social encyclical penned by Pope Francis, seems to speak directly to recent political events in the United States. Just a week ago, Americans witnessed hundreds of protesters, many of them armed, illegally storm the capitol building in Washington, D. C. in order to disrupt formal proceedings of our government. In something that resembled an armed insurrection, members of our lawful government had to scramble for their safety in the face of a lawless hoard who apparently thought that their political views were the only ones that mattered. In a breath of fresh air, most Americans have condemned the events of a week ago. I believe that Pope Francis' analysis of the gross individualism, polarization, and intolerance of others affecting so many countries today does speak to some of the root causes of our current malaise.

In his new encyclical, Pope Francis points out that the loss of a feeling of solidarity with others, coupled with the gross individualism that pervades modern society, can make people insensitive to the needs and opinions of others. People end up living in their own little bubble, and are less likely to view people who do not live and think as they do as part of the same human family. May we as Roman Catholic Christians heed the advice of the Holy Father and practice human solidarity with others throughout the year 2021. The fate of our fragile republic, and perhaps the future of human civilization, may be in the balance.

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Mike Wininger, Grand Knight Council 529
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About the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and actively defending Roman Catholicism in various nations.

There are 1,883,598 members in nearly 15,000 councils, with 302 councils on college campuses. Membership is limited to "practical" Catholic men aged 18 or older. Membership consists of four different degrees, each exemplifying a different principle of the Order. The Order is a member of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights.

Councils have been chartered in the United States (including the territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam), Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Bahamas, Cuba, Guatemala, Saipan, South Korea, Ukraine, Lithuania, and on US military bases around the world. The Knights' official junior organization, the Columbian Squires, has over 5,000 circles and the Order's patriotic arm, the Fourth Degree, has more than 2,500 assemblies.

For their support for the Church and local communities, as well as for their philanthropic efforts, Pope John Paul II referred to the Order as a "strong right arm of the Church." In 2014, the Order gave over US$173 million directly to charity and performed over 71.5 million man-hours of voluntary service. Over 413,000 US pints (195,000 l; 344,000 imp pt) of blood were donated in 2010.

The Knights were formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works.

K of C # 5290 meets in Fr. Conen Hall cafeteria on the 1st Thursday of the month. We will work to help our parish family any way we can.

If you know any past Grand Knight or family member of a past Grand Knight, please let them know we have personal items for each Past Grand Knight or widow of a past Grand Knight that we would like to give the family.

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St. Lawrence Catholic Church
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Indianapolis, IN 46226-3704
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WEEKEND MASS ROTATIONS

Last names A-K January 31, February 14
Last names L-Z January 24, February 7

LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON JANUAR 17, 2021

The Spanish audio is forthcoming - AWAITING RECORDING FROM FR. TOM

Click here to read the homily (English and Spanish) from Fr. Tom - AWAITING DOCUMENT FROM FR. TOM

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY Monday, January 18, 2021

Parish Office and School Closed

TIME TO BRING IN YOUR PALMS

It’s time to collect last year’s blessed palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday on February 17. Bring your palms to the church narthex during the next few weeks.

EXTRA COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND January 23/24 Church in Latin America

Next week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. For many in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers all present obstacles to practicing the faith. Your support for the collection provides lay leadership training, catechesis, priestly and religious formation, and other programs to share our Catholic faith with those who long to hear the Good News of Christ. To learn more about how your gifts make a difference, visit www.usccb.org/latin-america Please place your donation in one of the offertory boxes in the narthex. Extra envelopes will be available.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY January 18-25, 2021

“Abide in my love… You shall bear much fruit.” (John 15:1-17)
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 was prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp (www.grandchamp.org). The Community is located in Areuse, in the Canton of Neuchtal, Switzerland. The theme, taken from the 15th chapter of the Gospel of St. John, expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
Learn more at: https://www.usccb.org/events/2021/week-prayer-christian-unity 

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 12, 2021 12pm noon – 4:00pm Fr. Beechem’s Bingo Under the Big Top! Join us!

CATHOLIC LACROSSE CLUB

2021 Saints Lacrosse registration is now open. Any North Deanery K-8 student is eligible to play. Please go to www.catholiclax.com to register. Or send questions to info.catholiclax@gmail.com. New players are encouraged to join! Limited spot are available, and registration closes Feb 14

JANUARY - THE MONTH OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR JANUARY 2021

Human fraternity May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

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.

Making All Things New and Financial Contribution Letters

At the end of October, we completed the second full year of our three-year capital campaign “Making All Things New” (MATN). To date, we have received over $1.4 million of the $1.7 million pledged. Just prior to Thanksgiving we sent a mailing to each family summarizing all 2020 contributions received by Saint Lawrence including regular contributions and MATN. Your phone calls have caused us to look at reconciling some allocation differences between our Parish records and Faith Direct. Please note that the MATN contributions listed were just those received in 2020. We will be sending corrected letters and a full capital campaign pledge update after the first of the year. Thank you for your financial support of our Parish.

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, 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.

DOWNLOAD OUR PARISH APP

Our Saint Lawrence Catholic Church app is now available to download for iPhone and Android smartphones. We will have an official launch once public Masses resume, but until then use the app to stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, Fr. Tom’s homilies, our bulletins, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, and much more. Help foster a stronger parish life at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church and better engage the New Evangelization. Download our app today at myparishapp.com, text app to 88202, or search your phone's app store for myParish. 

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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