prolifeGABRIEL PROJECT / PRO-LIFE ACTIVITIES

40 DAYS FOR LIFE

September 23 – November 1, 2020
Sign up for a prayer vigil time and get more info at https://www.40daysforlife.com/indianapolis

The Fall 2020 Vigil is now in progress! Join others in peaceful vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 86th & Georgetown Rd; Mondays-Saturdays 7am-7pm and Sundays Noon-7pm. Parking is available on the shoulder on both sides of Georgetown Rd, just south of Planned Parenthood. Please do not park in the lots of neighboring businesses, including Women's Care Center.

We have expanded our campaign to 24 hours! For those who cannot get to the vigil site during normal vigil hours, or for anyone who wants to take additional hours, we are offering a pray at home option from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and until noon on Sunday. THIS IS NOT TO REPLACE HOURS PRAYING AT THE VIGIL SITE! This is a great option for seniors, those who are sick, those who don't drive and those who are concerned about being exposed to others.

PLEASE HELP US GET 24 HOUR COVERAGE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN!!

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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The dispensation from the obligation to participate at Mass has been extended until further notice.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS WEEKEND

Daylight Savings Time ends next Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 2:00am. Don’t forget to “fall back” and set your clocks back 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday evening.

WEEKEND MASS ROTATIONS

Last names A-K November 8 & November 22
Last names L-Z November 1 & November 15

NO DAILY MASS OCTOBER 19-30, 2020 DURING FR. TOM'S VACATION

We will not have daily Masses Tuesday-Friday this week while Fr. Tom is on vacation. Daily Masses will be celebrated again starting Wednesday, November 4 at 8:15 am.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR OCTOBER 2020: The Laity’s Mission in the Church

We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

All Saints Day Masses October 31/November 1 will be celebrated at all Weekend Masses

All Souls’ Day November 2

Mass in Spanish: Monday, November 2, 7:00 pm
You must register for a ticket to attend Mass. Call Damaris at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 ext 340 or 317-443-1615. We will not have any Masses in English this year.
The church will be open all day for prayer on November 2, All Souls’ Day.

The month of November, especially All Souls’ Day, is a traditional time for visiting graves of loved ones, as is the anniversary of death.

A plenary indulgence is a complete release from the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven (as far as their guilt is concerned.) Only one plenary indulgence may be obtained a day for oneself or a Holy Soul in Purgatory.


Conditions for a plenary indulgence:

  • One must be baptized and in a state of grace.
  • Free from attraction to all sin including venial sin.
  • Receive Sacrament of Reconciliation within 14 days before or after. A single confession may be used for multiple indulgences.
  • Receive Holy Communion each time an indulgence is sought.
  • Pray for the intentions of the Pope – preferably one Our Father and one Hail Mary.
  • Have a general intention to gain the indulgence.
  • Perform the indulgenced work (see below).

The following plenary indulgences are associated with All Souls’ Day:
Visit to a Church or Oratory on All Souls Day
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed piously visit a church, a public oratory or -- for those entitled to use it -- a semipublic oratory. The above indulgence can be acquired either on the day designated above or, with the consent of the Ordinary, on the preceding or following Sunday or the feast of All Saints. The above indulgence is contained in the Apostolic Constitution The Doctrine of Indulgences, Norm 15, with account being taken of proposals made to the Sacred Penitentiary in the meantime. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, according to Norm 16 of the same Apostolic Constitution, that "one Our Father and the Creed be recited."

Visit to a Cemetery
An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.

VOTE!

Don’t forget to vote on November 3!

LISTEN TO FATHER PHIL BOWERS' HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON OCTOBER 25, 2020

October 25, 2020 - English - Fr. Phil Bowers

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REMEMBER THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED IN NOVEMBER

This year we will remember our faithful departed by displaying their names on the TV in the narthex. A basket will be located in the narthex to collect the names of your departed loved ones. Please write their names on one of the pieces of paper and place the paper in the basket.

PRAY THE ROSARY

October is the month of the Holy Rosary

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, 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.

2021 ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH SUNDAY MISSALS

We will once again have the annual St. Joseph Missal available for purchase for $2. Missals will be available beginning in November.

Please join us for a ROSARY RALLY in support of our Local Police on: Saturday, October 31st at 12 noon. Lawrence Police Station (5150 N. Post Rd, Indianapolis 46216 - at their new station by RR crossing in Ft. Ben)

Join Fr. Doug and Deacon Mike from St. Simon and others in front of the police station to pray a Rosary in support of our police. (For questions, contact Greg at 317-220-0736 or Mary at 317-702-9936). 

UPCOMING MASSES FOR SENIORS AGE 65+

Friday, November 6, 2020 5:30pm
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:30pm

Join Father Tom in the main sanctuary of the church.

WIDOWS MASS & CARNATION DISTRIBUTION

Sponsored by St. Joseph Knights of Columbus
November 7, 2020

5:00pm Mass at Saint Lawrence. Attention! The Knights of Columbus want to invite all Saint Lawrence Widows and their families to 5:00pm Mass on Saturday evening November 7. The Knights will not be able to provide dinner this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the Knights will have a carnation for each of the widows following the Mass.

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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