Members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (or "Vincentians" ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
We know that we are not alone. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings, and adherence to a basic Rule.
Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is, in fact, an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering, and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 20 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.
The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is infinitely inventive."
Thanksgiving Food Collection
During the month of November, baskets in the narthex and a bin on the parish office porch will be provided for your donations of non-perishable food. Items needed include soup, fruit, mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, vegetables, spaghetti, pasta sauce, cereal, boxed potatoes, rice, and canned meats. This collection will help to stock our food pantry in Fr. Conen Hall for the winter season. Thank you!
If you would like to donate a turkey or make a monetary donation, please call Margaret Rohrbach at (317) 418-6935.
St. Vincent de Paul Annual Report 2019
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St. Vincent de Paul Wish List
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LISTEN TO FR. TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE NOVEMBER 28, 2021
Read the homily (English, Spanish) - AWAITING DOCUMENTS FROM FR. TOM
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
The North Deanery Advent Penance Services will be held November 28-30 at the following locations:
Sunday, November 28 2:00-3:30pm Here at Saint Lawrence Monday, November 29 7:00-8:30pm St. Joan of Arc, 4217 Central Ave. Tuesday, November 30 7:00-8:30pm St. Matthew, 4100 E 56th St.
MASSES TO CELEBRATE OUR LADY, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
The Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation) Masses:
December 7 7:00pm (Multilingual) No 5:30pm Mass December 8 8:15am (English) December 8 Noon (Multilingual) Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States of America. December 8 is also the anniversary of our parish, Saint Lawrence.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Festivities for the December 12 Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of Mexico, the Americas, and the Unborn, are as follows:
Rosary Novenas for Our Lady of Guadalupe December 2-10 at 7:00pm in the Church (Spanish) Rosary on Thursdays is after the 7:00pm Mass.
December 11 Feast Day Celebrated 8:00pm Mass in Spanish 9:15pm Danzas 9:30pm Mañanitas
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.
2022 Annual St. Joseph Sunday Missals
Missals are available in the narthex. Suggested donation is $3.00.
PRAY THE ROSARY AT SAINT LAWRENCE
Sunday: Before the 9am Mass in the Chapel First Friday: 6:30pm in the Chapel (Pro-life rosary) Saturday: Before the 5:00pm Mass in the Church
Survey on the Upcoming 2023 Synod
The Church in central and southern Indiana has joined dioceses around the world in beginning its participation in the preparation for a 2023 meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Catholics across the archdiocese have the opportunity to contribute to the preparation through an online survey. https://tinyurl.com/fev6ku4n
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:
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 NOVEMBER 2021
People Who Suffer from Depression: We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF HOLY SOULS
The Catholic Church dedicates the entire month of November to praying in a special way for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Holy Souls (also called the Faithful Departed) are members of the Church who await the purification of their souls before joining the saints in heaven for all eternity. Specifically, they are referred to as the Church Suffering (the saints in heaven are the Church Triumphant, and the faithful on earth are the Church Militant). The poor souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves or do anything to hasten their entrance into heaven, but we can and ought to pray for them as an act of charity. The feast of the Holy Souls is November 2nd.
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, 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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