Confirmation Preparation is open to all high school students in grades 9-12 at Saint Matthew Catholic Church. The full formation program is designed to be a two-year formation process. The first year is spent in either a Religious Education program or a Catholic school to gain a foundational understanding of the faith. The second-year is spent in the Confirmation Preparation Program, which focuses on the Sacrament of Confirmation itself, and concludes with the Sacrament of Confirmation.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and are sealed as witnesses to Jesus Christ. Our program incorporates components to help the candidates learn more about their faith and how to practice their faith through worship and service.
Last Class: October 18, 2020; Confirmation date: November 3, 2020 More info to come! Please continue to pray for our candidates.
Classes have already started via Zoom!
2020-2021 Handouts and General Information
Confirmation Preparation Program Calendar 2020-2021
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The following resources are generously being provided by the publishers for free during the Coronavirus outbreak.
LISTEN TO FR. JULIO'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE June 19, 2022 MASS - The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood
COME HELP US CELEBRATE FR. TOM THIS SUNDAY AT THE NOON MASS AND PARTY AFTER!
Father would love everyone to join the celebration— Lunch following a Multilingual Noon Mass on Sunday, July 3rd in Fr. Conen Hall
If you would like to contribute to the lunch and parish gift, please use the envelopes on top of the offertory boxes in the Narthex.
If you would like to help or have questions, please call the parish office at 317-546-4065. Fr., Tom’s last day at Saint Lawrence is July 6. Click here to view the flyer!
Fr. Tom's last day at St. Lawrence is July 6, 2022
UPCOMING DATES IN JULY
Tri-Parish Mass The tri-parish Mass at St. Matthew is canceled for this year.
Lawrence Parade Look for our school students, staff, and parents in this year’s Lawrence Independence Day Parade.
Vacation Bible School at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church: TEAM JESUS THE HEART OF A CHAMPION! - CANCELED
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.
To everyone who supported our Dine-to-Donates for Ukraine at Chile Verde on Shadeland Avenue during the month of May. $927.66 was donated to Catholic Relief Services to help the people of Ukraine.
EXTRA COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND—June 25/26: Peter’s Pence Collection
Today is the Peter’s Pence Collection, a worldwide collection that supports the work of the Universal Church, including the work of the Holy See and the charitable works of Pope Francis. Take this opportunity to join with Pope Francis and be a sign of mercy to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous today, For more information, visit www.obolodisanpietro.va/en.html
Thank you to everyone who welcomed Fr. Julio Antonio Rodriguez, a member of the Missionary Fraternity of Mary, to Saint Lawrence last weekend. if you would still like to make a donation to the Missionary Fraternity, please make your check payable to Saint Lawrence and place it in an envelope marked “First Mission Appeal.”
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:
The Elderly. We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.
JULY IS THE MONTH OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time.
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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