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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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 the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul: "Charity is infinitely inventive."


SVDP GIVING TREE RESULTS

SVdP wishes to thank the Parishioners of Saint Lawrence for their very generous donations of Gift Cards to our 2020 Giving Tree and Food Pantry. The total of $3,515.was distributed to 104 children with each receiving $35. An additional $500. of Kroger Gift Cards from SVdP Council (given annually to all parishes) plus $330 from our Parishioners were placed in the food baskets given to 46 families along with a Christmas card hand-written by Rosemary Valvo. Special thanks to Helen Dammann who hand-packed Christmas stockings for 70 of the younger children. Another very generous donation of 80 bookbags, filled with school supplies, was donated by Cindy Keough, daughter of Sandra Keogh, and given to the older children. A sincere thanks is extended to Margaret and Kurt Rohrbach, who operate our Food Pantry, for preparing the Food Baskets with the abundance of food items and paper products that you donated. The gratitude of the parents was very evident, when they arrived for the distribution on December 18, due to your extreme kindness.


Volunteer Needs

St. Vincent de Paul urgently needs volunteers at our Food Pantry as members of the National Guard will end their temporary, six-month deployment at the end of September. We are so grateful to the National Guard who have filled a critical gap and provided the workforce needed to keep our Food Pantry open. We have seen dramatic drops in volunteers and cannot continue effectively without more help. SVdP is eager to welcome volunteers regularly to safely distribute food to our neighbors.

We have adapted our operations to prioritize the safety of volunteers and provide food to those in need while following public health guidelines. We need help packing food boxes, repackaging produce and meat, and loading boxes in cars. We can also use more volunteers at our Distribution Center sorting clothing donations. Won’t you please answer the call to help us love our neighbors during this unsettling time to become the hands and feet of Christ so no one goes hungry? Sign up today: http://www.svdpindy.org/i-want-to-help/#time
Should you have a group wanting to volunteer or have questions: Darlene Sweeney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St. Vincent de Paul Annual Report 2019

Click here to view and download the St. Vincent de Paul Annual Report


St. Vincent de Paul Wish List

In spite of all the generous donations we receive from the community, we find ourselves experiencing a shortage in many areas for our neighbors in need. Following is a list of our immediate needs:
• Boy’s Clothing – Sizes 6-18
• Men’s Jeans
• Pots and Pans
• Dishes
• Silverware
• Used Adult Bicycles (we repair them)
Please check your closets, dresser drawers, basements and garages for any of these items you no longer need so we can get them in the hands of those who do. You can drop them off at our dock at 1201 E. Maryland St. Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm. Why have items collecting dust when someone else can appreciate them? Thank you so much for your generosity. Questions? Darlene Sweeney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 317-924-5769 ext. 238.


ONGOING VOLUNTEER NEEDS

  • Be an active member and make home visits.
  • Sing in Resurrection Choir
  • Prepare food for funeral luncheons
  • Be a Mentor for a Changing Lives graduate
  • Volunteer at the Client Choice pantry on 30th street
  • Drive a truck or volunteer at the Distribution center or the
  • Thrift Store: Contact any St. Vincent de Paul member or the Parish Office to learn more or to volunteer.

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Free Online Resources

FORMED – Catholic movies, programs, audio, books www.formed.org Sign up for an account. Choose “I belong to a parish” and select Saint Lawrence.

The following resources are generously being provided by the publishers for free during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Holy Heroes Mass prep activities for kids https://www.holyheroes.com/MassPrep-s/57.htm 

Magnificat Online, apps, and MagnifiKids in May https://us.magnificat.net/free 

Give us This Day https://giveusthisday.org/Digital 

Living with Christ http://www.livingwithchrist.us/#covid 

Liturgy Training Publications https://www.ltp.org/resources-during-crisis 

Find more digital resources on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website at http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/prayer-resources-for-the-coronavirus-crisis.cfm 

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 10, 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

AROUND TOWN

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