tom schliessman

August 9, 2020

My Brothers and Sisters:

Friday, July 31st, Jim Mann retired. Jim has been our Business Manager for the past 9-and-a-half years. He was a good match for Saint Lawrence, and we will probably still see his face around for the next few weeks of transition. Please keep our Search Committee in your prayers. We are in the final days of interviews for a new Business Manager.

People are asking where we see the weekend Masses going with the opening up of public spaces in our state and city proceeding in fits-and-starts. The short answer is – I don’t know. I am still watching. I think we still have a week before the Archbishop makes a decision about extending the dispensation from the obligation to get to Sunday and Holy Day Masses. At present, that dispensation is until August 15. And whether there is a dispensation or not, we are always reminded that God does not require us to do what we cannot. If we are sick, particularly vulnerable to infection, or are a possible source of infection to others, our responsibility is to stay home.

A week ago I spoke with a parishioner on the phone, who asked me when we would be starting Masses. I responded by saying we had, and described how. This person had missed the postcard we sent out. It was a reminder to me that not everyone has heard about our Masses; even with postcards, emails, the website, word-of-mouth, and myParish App. We have to keep repeating the message. I ask you all to continue to check on parishioners and neighbors, and let them know of our weekend schedule as well as see how they are doing. Thank you.

For those who may have forgotten – I asked that for the time being the spacing in the Church will allow about 100 people per Mass. Because we normally had about 200 per Mass for our English Masses and 350 for our Spanish Masses, we will alternate the weekends we go. We have not updated the schedule over the past 2 months, but the original proposal would look like this today:

Households with names beginning with A-K come every other weekend August 1-2, then next August 15-16.
Households with names beginning with L-Z come every other weekend August 8-9, then next August 22-23.

Of course in our English Masses, we are still averaging about 50 people – which is half our capacity. So if you forget what weekend it is, just come.

And remember, if you are worried that you may still be too close to people, our weekday Masses normally have half a dozen people – sometime 20. You can really socially distance Tuesday through Friday.

One more thing – this coming Friday August 7 at 5:30pm we are having our third “Senior Mass.” Anyone 65 years old or older who has been staying away from Mass because of the dangers of being around large groups who may be in touch with many people - you might find this helpful.

As always, please know of my prayers,

In Christ the Risen One,

Mis hermanos y hermanas:

El viernes 31 de julio, Jim Mann se retiró. Jim ha sido nuestro Gerente de Negocios durante los últimos 9 años y medio. Fue una gran elección para San Lorenzo, y probablemente todavía veremos su cara por las próximas semanas de transición. Por favor, mantengan a nuestro Comité de Búsqueda en sus oraciones. Estamos en los últimos días de entrevistas para un nuevo Gerente de Negocios.

La gente se pregunta a dónde vemos que van las misas de fin de semana con la apertura de los espacios públicos en el estado y como procederá. La respuesta corta es... no lo sé. Sigo estando pendiente. Creo que todavía tenemos una semana antes de que el arzobispo tome una decisión sobre la extensión de la dispensa de la obligación de ir a las misas de los domingos y los días festivos. Actualmente, esa dispensa es hasta el 15 de agosto. Y tanto si hay una dispensa como si no, siempre se nos recuerda que Dios no nos exige hacer lo que no podemos. Si estamos enfermos, particularmente vulnerables a las infecciones, o somos una posible fuente de infección para otros, nuestra responsabilidad es quedarnos en casa.

Hace una semana hablé por teléfono con un feligrés, que me preguntó cuándo empezaríamos las misas. Le respondí diciendo que sí, y le describí cómo. Esta persona había perdido la información que enviamos. Me recordó que no todo el mundo ha oído hablar de nuestras misas; incluso con las postales, los correos electrónicos, la página web, corriendo la voz y mi aplicación parroquial. Tenemos que seguir repitiendo el mensaje. Les pido a todos que continúen pendientes a los feligreses y vecinos, y que les informen de nuestro horario de fin de semana, así como de cómo les va. Gracias.

Para aquellos que pueden haber olvidado - pedí que por el momento el espacio en la Iglesia permita alrededor de 100 personas por misa. Como normalmente tenemos alrededor de 200 por misa para las misas en inglés y 350 para las misas en español, alternaremos los fines de semana en que podamos venir. No hemos actualizado el programa en los últimos 2 meses, pero la propuesta original se vería así hoy:

los hogares con apellidos que empiezan de la A-K vienen cada que otro domingo El 1 y 2 de agosto, y el próximo 15 y 16 de agosto.

Los hogares con nombres que empiezan de la L-Z vienen cada que otro domingo El 8 y 9 de agosto, y el próximo 22 y 23 de agosto.

Por supuesto, en nuestras misas inglés, todavía tenemos un promedio de 50 personas, que es la mitad de nuestra capacidad. Así que si olvidan qué fin de semana es, sólo vengan

Y recuerda, si te preocupa que puedas estar demasiado cerca de la gente, nuestras misas entre semana normalmente tienen media docena de personas, a veces 20. Puedes estar muy distante socialmente de martes a viernes.

Una cosa más - este próximo viernes a las 5:30pm tendremos nuestra tercera "Misa de Personas Mayores". Cualquier persona de 65 años o más que se haya mantenido alejada de la misa debido a los peligros de estar cerca de grandes grupos o que pueden estar en contacto con muchas personas - puede que esta le resulte útil.

Por favor, sepan que siempre están en mis oraciones,

En Cristo Resucitado,

fr.tom sig

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Holy Day (NO Obligation This Year) Saturday, August 15, 2020. We will have one bilingual Mass in English and Spanish at 9:00am.

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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


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, 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


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