Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00am. Don’t forget to spring forward and set your clocks ahead 1 hour before you go to bed Saturday evening.
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FRIDAYS IN LENT: February 19-March 26 in the Church
5:30 pm Stations of the Cross (bilingual) 6:00-8:00 pm Eucharistic Adoration 6:00-7:00 pm Confessions
LENTEN GUIDELINES FOR FASTING AND ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT
Ash Wednesday (February 17 this year) and Good Friday (April 2 this year) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS PODCASTS
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis will offer 14 podcasts (available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language) with a reflection on one of the Stations. Each 12-15 minute podcast will be led by Archbishop Thompson or a priest of the Archdiocese and will include an introduction, the name of the station, scripture, a reflection on the station, and an idea for further meditation and action. Podcasts and other Lenten resources may be found at the following link: https://www.archindy.org/lent/index.html\
We will not have Lenten Fish Frys in 2021 due to Covid.
NEW CONTENT ON MYPARISHAPP
Check out the new Lent button on myParishApp. Check out the new Lent button on myParishApp for Lenten reflections during the Year of St. Joseph. Text “app” to 88202 to get our app
LENTEN STUDY WITH SANDRA HARTLIEB
It’s not too late too join the discussion!!! Our Administrator of Adult Faith Formation, Sandra Hartlieb, is leading a Zoom discussion of the Pope's Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti on Thursday nights at 7pm. An "in person" study is also available on Mondays at 1pm. Contact Sandra if you are interested: 317-372-5925 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Joseph Knights of Columbus will have their “40 cans for Forty days” food drive again this year.
Bring your non-perishable food items to the narthex. Click here for more information.
Saint Lawrence School Flower Sale
The School PFO flower sale will look a little different this year. We will be holding a 4 day sale April 29th - May 2nd. We will have all our typical plants and flowers, but will not be taking advanced orders. Watch the bulletin for more information next month. Questions can go to Megan Smith email@example.com
BUY YOUR TRASH BAGS AND SUPPORT SAINT LAWRENCE SCHOOL
Available First Friday of the month Purchase at School Office (door 1) from 8am-3pm. Next date to purchase: March 5, 2021 Rolls are $10 each and we have white kitchen bags, yellow leaf bags, and 55 gallon blue bags for sale. Our spring fundraiser starts March 29th, school families will be selling trash bags during this week. Thank you for supporting our school!
REMINDER – Capital & Facility Maintenance Reserve Fund Collection
Next Sunday, March 14 there will be a collection for our Facilities & Maintenance. Please use the red and white envelopes and place your donation in one of the offertory boxes in the narthex.
EXTRA COLLECTION March 13/14: Catholic Relief Services
Next week our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection. Funds from this Collection provide food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to vulnerable people here and abroad. Next week, please give generously to the collection and help Jesus in disguise. Learn more about the collection at: www.usccb.org/catholic-relief Please place your donation in one of the offertory boxes in the narthex. Extra envelopes are available.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES RICE BOWLS: SUSTAINABILITY IN EL SALVADOR
Drought has become a big problem across El Salvador, making it difficult for farmers to produce enough crops to support their families. But new farming techniques—and a new generation of young farmers—are making a difference. What would you do if your livelihood was threatened? How can you support young people in your community and around the world? Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.
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.
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR March 2021
Sacrament of Reconciliation Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.
MARCH IS THE MONTH OF ST. JOSEPH
The Church traditionally dedicates the month of March to the special veneration of St. Joseph, whose feast day is March 19th. "He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife," says St. Bernardine of Siena. "He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying 'Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.'" Due to St. Joseph's leadership of the Holy Family, he has been declared the protector and patron of the universal Catholic Church.
SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 12, 2021, 12pm noon – 4:00pm Fr. Beechem’s Bingo Under the Big Top! Join us!
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
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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