prolifeGABRIEL PROJECT / PRO-LIFE ACTIVITIES

40 DAYS FOR LIFE Spring Campaign 2021 – February 17- March 28

CLOSING EVENT
Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:00pm Noon
Public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood
8590 Georgetown Rd Indianapolis, IN 46268
Join us as we celebrate (a little early) the end of the 40 Days for Life Spring campaign. Our special guest will be Dr. Haywood Robinson. Since we missed him at the Kickoff, we will now get to hear him at the end of our campaign! Please consider bringing items to support our sponsor The Great Lakes Gabriel Project and their 2 material resource centers. Please consider a financial donation which can be made using their website www.glgabrielproject.org or material donations can be brought to this event also. Items most in need are baby toiletries-including diaper rash cream, diapers in sizes 4 & 5, wipes, pack & plays, sheets, umbrella strollers, high chairs, playmats, winter outerwear up to 2T, boys winter clothes in 2T. We can only accept NEW car seats, Thank you for your generosity! https://www.40daysforlife.com/indianapolis

For More Information Please Contact

Kim Czachura: 317.546.4065 ext. 323   Angela Walker: 317.823.0859


O Mary, Mother of the Unborn, 

protects the gift of human life which your Divine Son has allowed to be given. Give strength and joy to all parents as they await the birth of the precious child they have conceived. Give courage to those who are fearful, calm those who are anxious and guide all of us, with your motherly care, to treasure and protect the miraculous gift of human life. We ask this through your Son,  Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. “I am a feather on the breath of God” As the quote above portrays, we are upheld by the power and purpose of God. Our very existence on earth, from our body’s first breath to its last, when we leave it to return home, is our Father’s choice and happens only by His willing to do so. He who created the universe also created that which is “me”. I do not “have” a soul – I AM a soul, as well as a body. My entire purpose in this life is to find my way back to my Creator.

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of Life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as  a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout our lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen

On Access for All
“All people need and should have access to comprehensive, quality health care that they can afford, and it should not depend on their stages of life, where or whether they or their parents work, how much they earn, where they live, or where they were born. The Bishops’ Conference believes health care reform should be truly universal and it should be genuinely affordable.

-Bishop William F. Murphy, USCCB letter to Congress dated July 17.

Prayer to Our Blessed Mother from Pope Benedict XVI

Let us pray to Mary, Mother of the Lord, so that she will enable us to feel her love as a woman and a mother, in which we can understand all of the depth of Christ's mystery. The Lord bless you all!

-Pope Benedict, XVI

Prayer to Christ Unborn

Dear Lord Jesus in the womb of Blessed Virgin Mary, before your birth You filled the unborn Baptist with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Inspire us to see You in every unborn child. Grant us the perseverance to defend vulnerable human life from  abortion, abandonmnet, experimentation, and all violations. Fill us with reverence for the moment of your Incarnation in Nazareth when the Word became flesh. Amen.

A Pro-Life Prayer for Our President and Public Officials

Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life, move the hearts of all our public officials and especially our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to their care. Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with  extermination by an indifferent society. Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents. You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Imprimatur: January 22, 2009 + Most Reverend Robert J. Baker Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

Life is Precious
“We have great hope in the Lord’s power to heal our land of the painful wound of legalized abortion. Every abortion is a personal tragedy. Its dread impacts falls not only on a little boy or girl, but also on the child’s parents, grandparents, siblings and everyone involved. Knowing that God’s mercy is greater than all of our sins, tonight we pray for all these people. We pray for the conversion of all of those who promote death as a solution to social ills or to an unplanned pregnancy. We pray for legislators, educators, counselors and all health care professionals who put their skills and training at the service of life. We lift up Project Rachel and other post-abortion counseling ministries, pro-life pregnancy centers, and organizations that work every day to usher in a culture of life.”

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali, Vigil Mass for Life, January 21, 2009

Pro Life Rosary to Our Blessed Mother
O Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all, we turn to you today as the one who said “Yes” to Life. Mary, we pray today for all mothers who are afraid to be mothers. We pray for those who feel threatened and overwhelmed by their pregnancy. Intercede for them, that God may give them the grace to say yes and the courage to go on. May they have the grace to reject the false solution of abortion. May they experience the help of Christian people and know the peace that comes from doing God’s will. Amen.

INTERCESSIONS FOR LIFE
For all health care providers: That their work in service to the blind, the lame, and all the sick may be animated by a spirit of charity in truth so as to bring God’s healing to both body and soul and promote a culture of life; We pray to the Lord.

The Church's Tradition
From the earliest traditions of the Church to the present day, the mission of evangelization to which Jesus sent his followers has included healing as a major part. Health care is so important for full human dignity and so necessary for the proper development of life that it is a fundamental right of every human being. Support health care reform that respects the life and dignity of all people from conception to natural death. Get the long-standing teachings of the Church and the latest updates on health care reform – visit www.usccb.org/healthcare

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WEEKEND MASS ROTATIONS

Last names A-K  April 25, May 9
Last names L-Z  April 18, May 2

The dispensation from the obligation to participate at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect until further notice.

LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S EASTER SUNDAY HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON APRIL 11, 2021 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

English - AWAITING RECORDING FROM FR. TOM

Spanish - AWAITING RECORDING FROM FR. TOM

Click the following links to read the homily (EnglishSpanish)

CONGRATULATIONS to the following children, youth, and adults who received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and/or Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass last Saturday evening.

Keaton Aldridge, Bryan Blabuena, Henry Blabuena, Brittaney Castillo, Jose Castillo Jr., Mario Jesús Castillo, Maryjane Castillo, Brian Hall, Lucas Hernández, Brian Julián, Irving Julián, Maritza Julián, Ayane López, Edgar López, Ashley Medina Hernández, Anthony Tellez, Eddy Tellez, Michael Valle, Edwin Velasco, Jesus Velasco

FIRST COMMUNIONS NEXT WEEKEND April 17/18

Our Saint Lawrence School and SMRE students will be receiving First Holy Communion at the weekend Masses.

NEW CONTENT ON MYPARISHAPP

Check out the new Lent button on myParishApp. Check out the new Lent button on myParishApp for Lenten reflections during the Year of St. Joseph. Text “app” to 88202 to get our app

STAY INFORMED AT ST. LAWRENCE

We have adopted a new way of communicating with you. You may receive a message from the new system of our parish, Evangelus. This is not spam.
We encourage you to open the message and follow the link to create a profile and select your preferred form of contact. There will also be groups for you to join if you are a Confirmation or SMRE student or parent. More groups will be added in the future. Visit eva.us/stlindy to sign-up or text “stlindy” to 55321 and let us know if you prefer to receive emails or text messages from us. You can also follow us on Social media and download our parish app as well. Text “app” to 88202 to get our app Thank you for your patience as we get this new system up and running. Some of you have reported problems when texting “stlindy” to 55321 when using an iPhone. We are working to resolve the problem. Please use eva.us/stlindy to sign up if the texting is not working for you.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES: HAPPY EASTER

THANK YOU. Our community changed lives this Lent, and CRS Rice Bowl wants to say THANK YOU! Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to your school or SMRE teacher or to one of the ushers at Mass by April 18 or donate online at crsricebowl.org/give 

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.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR APRIL 2021

Fundamental Rights We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST

The month of April is traditionally dedicated to devotion to Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the real and living presence of Christ—His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—received into our souls with every reception of Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic Lord is the source and summit of our Christian life, the ultimate proof of His infinite love for us.

PARISHIONER IN NEED OF A CAR

One of our parishioners is in need of a car. If you have a car for sale, please call Kim at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 ext 332 or kczachura@saintlawrence.net

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

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.

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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