FIRST FRIDAY ROSARY FOR LIFE December 2, 2022 5:30pm in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Sponsored by: St. Joseph Knights of Columbus. The Knights pray the Rosary for Life every month on the First Friday.
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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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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.
Giving 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
SHARE 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 email@example.com 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.
SAVE 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. License #002510
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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
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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