tom schliessman

June 7, 2020

My Brothers and Sisters,

As always, you are all in my prayers.

I encourage everyone to read our Archbishop’s statement “in Wake of Death of George Floyd,” which can be found here.

Last weekend was the fifth Sunday of the month. That Sunday we always dedicate a special collection to help the people who come to our door through our parish chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. I hope you were able to remember them. I hope, also, that all your efforts to help those in need are blessed with a multiplication through God’s graces.

I saw an article on the internet last week with an intriguing title, and so I offer that title to you: “Head Back to Mass Prepared to Unmask Your Heart and Sanitize Your Soul.”
In the past weeks, our Church has celebrated the Resurrection, the Ascension, and Pentecost. The mysteries of our faith – and the Hope they engender – are meant to change our world – for we are a mission people.

Archbishop Thompson, this past week sent out a letter to us – reminding us of Christ’s call for each of us about this basic command of Christ to Go out to the world and teach all nations, baptizing them. In it he says:

“What does it mean to evangelize? What is its purpose, its goal? We sometimes confuse evangelization with catechesis, both rooted in the understanding of what it means to transmit the faith. Each and every baptized member of the Church is called to participate in the three-fold office of Jesus Christ; namely, to teach, preach and sanctify. While catechesis involves the teaching office of transmitting the tenets of the faith, evangelization involves the proclamation of the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ. In order to be properly catechized, one must first become a believer through being evangelized. Ultimate purpose or goal of evangelization is to lead or be led to a personally authentic encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.”

“Our scripture readings throughout the Easter Season have continued to illustrate how the apostles, having been authentically evangelized by their personal encounter with Jesus Christ, and having been sent by Him, go out to make disciples of others.”

“Witness is key to effective, authentic evangelization, and evangelization is about drawing or being drawn to the person of Jesus Christ. As Pope Francis has noted, we must attract others to Jesus Christ by our witness of faith. Authentic witness, as we know from both Scripture and Tradition, necessarily involves both words and deeds. In other words, witness is as much or more about how one lives as it is about what one says. It also means that we must be as concerned about how we proclaim truth as much as the truth itself. Truth in charity!”

Finally, I again announce that Masses are beginning. Weekday Masses have been at their usual times for the past two weeks.
Saint Lawrence will start having weekend Masses at their usual times this coming weekend, June 6 & 7. Archbishop Thompson has granted a Dispensation from the Obligation to attend Sunday Mass until August 15. But even with that, we don’t know at this time how many of you may elect to return immediately. For this reason, along with the need for “social distancing” for the near future, I am asking the following:

Please stagger the weekends you come.
If your Last Name begins with A-K, please come June 6-7.
If your Last Name begins with L-Z, please come June 13-14.
And then come every other weekend.

After a month we will have an idea of how that is working. But presently let us assume this through the summer.

Please come with face masks and hand sanitizer. Collections can be dropped in a box at the main doors going into Church, so we don’t have to be handling a basket everyone else is touching. We have a short video on this here below:

Please continue to pray for each other, and reach out to others as you are able.
And please let us know of your needs.

In Christ the Risen One,


Mis hermanos y hermanas:

Como siempre, están en mis oraciones.

Animo a todos a que lean la declaración de nuestro Arzobispo "En el Despertar de la Muerte de George Floyd", que se puede encontrar en: https://archindy.org/archbishop/racism2020.html

El fin de semana pasado fue el quinto domingo del mes. Ese domingo lo dedicamos una colecta especial para ayudar a la gente que viene a nuestra puerta a través de la Sociedad de San Vicente de Paúl. Espero que hayan podido recordarlos. También espero que todos sus esfuerzos por ayudar a los necesitados sean bendecidos con una multiplicación por las gracias de Dios.

La semana pasada vi un artículo en el internet con un título intrigante, aquí te comparto ese título: "Regresa a la misa preparado para desenmascarar tu corazón y sanear tu alma".

En las últimas semanas, nuestra Iglesia ha celebrado la Resurrección, la Ascensión y Pentecostés. Los misterios de nuestra fe - y la esperanza que generan - están destinados a cambiar nuestro mundo - porque somos un pueblo misionero.

El Arzobispo Thompson, nos envió una carta la semana pasada recordándonos el llamado de Cristo para cada uno de nosotros acerca del mandato básico de Cristo de salir al mundo y enseñar a todas las naciones, bautizándolas. En ella dice:

"¿Qué significa evangelizar? ¿Cuál es su propósito, su objetivo? A veces confundimos la evangelización con la catequesis, ambas arraigadas en la comprensión de lo que significa transmitir la fe. Todos y cada uno de los miembros bautizados de la Iglesia están llamados a participar en el triple oficio de Jesucristo; a saber, enseñar, predicar y santificar. Mientras que la catequesis implica el oficio de la enseñanza de transmitir los principios de la fe, la evangelización implica la proclamación de la Buena Nueva de la Salvación en Jesucristo. Para ser correctamente catequizado, uno debe primero convertirse en un creyente a través de la evangelización. El propósito final o meta de la evangelización es conducir o ser llevado a un encuentro personalmente auténtico con la persona de Jesucristo.”

"Nuestras lecturas a través de la temporada de Pascua han continuado ilustrando cómo los apóstoles,
habiendo sido auténticamente evangelizados por su encuentro personal con Jesucristo, y habiendo sido enviados por Él,
salen a hacer ...discípulos de otros."

"El testimonio es la clave para una evangelización efectiva y auténtica, y la evangelización consiste en atraer o ser atraído por la persona de Jesucristo. Como el Papa Francisco ha señalado, debemos atraer a otros a Jesucristo por nuestro testimonio de fe. El testimonio auténtico, como sabemos tanto por la Escritura como por la Tradición, implica necesariamente tanto palabras como hechos. En otras palabras, el testimonio es tanto o más sobre cómo se vive que sobre lo que se dice. También significa que debemos preocuparnos tanto por cómo proclamamos la verdad como por la verdad misma. ¡La verdad en la caridad!"

Por último, vuelvo a anunciar que las misas han dado inicio. Las misas de la semana han estado en su horario habitual durante las últimas dos semanas.
San Lorenzo comenzará a tener misas de fin de semana en su horario habitual este próximo fin de semana, 6 y 7 de junio. El Arzobispo Thompson ha concedido una dispensa de la obligación de asistir a la misa dominical hasta el 15 de agosto. Pero incluso con eso, no sabemos en este momento cuántos de ustedes pueden elegir volver inmediatamente. Por esta razón, junto con la necesidad de un "distanciamiento social" para el futuro próximo, les pido lo siguiente:

Por favor intercambia los domingos que vengas a Misa.
Los apellidos de la A-K, por favor vengan el 7 de junio
Los apellidos de la L-Z, por favor vengan el 14 de junio
Y luego vengan cada que otro fin de semana.

Después de un mes tendremos una idea de cómo todo está funcionando. Pero ahora adoptemos esto durante el verano.
Por favor, vengan con mascarillas y desinfectante de manos. Las colectas pueden ser depositadas en una caja en la puerta principal de la iglesia, así no tenemos que pasar las canastas que todos estarían tocando. Aquí un corto video de los anterior:

Por favor, continúen orando el uno por el otro, y comuníquese con los demás a medida que puedan.

Y por favor háganos saber de sus necesidades.

En Cristo Resucitado,

fr.tom sig


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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, 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—
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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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