reconciliationSacrament of Reconciliation Schedule

First Friday Confessions – Following the 8:15am Mass

Confessions are also available every Saturday night before the 5:00pm mass from 4:00-4:45pm in the Church. Sunday morning before the 9:00am Mass from 8:00-8:45am, Sunday evening before the 6:00pm Misa from 5:00-5:45pm, and Thursday evening before the 7:00pm Misa Mass from 6:00-6:45pm.

Why Do We Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Reconiciliation is a practice of holiness, an action in which we seek Christ's peace and strength, and a sacramental sign in which we come more and more to know God's love.

Without the Sacrament of REconciliation, we are apt to do one of two things: 1) Drift into a life of indifference about our actions as if God doesn't really care what we do, or 2) A life of self disgust about our action in which forgiveness does not take place.

Instead of either indifference or self disgust, when we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation we say to God, "well in spite of all I may say or fancy, this is whatI am really like, so please help my weakness."

Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a fresh start on life. Writer G.K. Chesterson, said that wehn we receive absolution we are only five minutes old. We start afresh with glad hearts and prayerful gratitude.

In confession, the break-through to new life occurs. When sin is hated, admitted and forgiven, there the break with the past is amde. Old things hav passed away. But where there isa break iwth sin, there is conversion. Confession is conversion. Behold, all things become new. Christ has made a new beginning with us. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

What happened to us in baptism is bestowed upon us anew in confession. We are delivered out of darkness into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. This is joyful news! Confession is the renewal of teh job of baptism. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Examination of Conscience
This suggested form for an examination of conscience should be completed and adapted to meet the needs of different individuals and to follow local usage. In an examination of conscience, before the sacrament of penance, each individual should ask himself these questions in particular:

  1. What is my attitude to the sacrament of penance? Do I sincerely want to be set free from sin, to turn again to God, to begin a new life, and to enter into a deeper friendship with God? Or do I look on it as a burden, to be undertaken as seldom as possible?
  2. Did I forget to mention, or deliberately conceal, any grave sins in past confessions?
  3. Did I perform the penance I was given? Did I make reparation for any injury to others? Have I tried to put into practice my resolution to lead a better life in keeping with the gospel?

Each individual should examine his life in the light of God’s word.

I. The Lord says: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart.”

  1. Is my heart set on God, so that I really love him above all things and am faithful to his commandments, as a son loves his father? Or am I more concerned about the things of this world? Have I a right intention in what I do?
  2. God spoke to us in his Son. Is my faith in God firm and secure? Am I wholehearted in accepting the Church’s teaching? Have I been careful to grow in my understanding of the faith, to hear God’s word, to listen to instructions on the faith, to avoid dangers to faith? Have I been always strong and fearless in professing my faith in God and the Church? Have I been willing to be known as a Christian in private and public life?
  3. Have I prayed morning and evening? When I pray, do I really raise my mind and heart to God or is it a matter of words only? Do I offer God my difficulties, my joys, and my sorrows? Do I turn to God in time of temptation?
  4. Have I love and reverence for God’s name? Have I offended him in blasphemy, swearing falsely, or taking his name in vain? Have I shown disrespect for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints?
  5. Do I keep Sundays and feast days holy by taking a full part, with attention and devotion, in the liturgy and especially in the Mass? Have I fulfilled the precept of annual confession and of communion during the Easter season?
  6. Are there false gods that I worship by giving them greater attention and deeper trust than I give to God: money, superstition, or other occult practices?


II. The Lord says: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

  1. Have a genuine love for my neighbors? Or do I use them for my own ends, or do to them what I would not want done to myself? Have I given grave scandal by my words or actions?
  2. In my family life, have I contributed to the well-being and happiness of the rest of the family by patience and genuine love? Have I been obedient by parents, showing them proper respect and giving them help in their spiritual and material needs? Have I been careful to give a Christian upbringing to my children, and to help them by good example and by exercising authority as a parent? Have I been faithful to my husband (wife) in my heart and in my relations with others?
  3. Do I share my possessions with the less fortunate? Do I do my best to help the victims of oppression, misfortune, and poverty? Or do I look down on my neighbor, especially the poor, the sick, the elderly, strangers, and people of other races?
  4. Does my life reflect the mission I received in confirmation? Do I share in the apostolic and charitable works of the Church and in the life of my parish? Have I helped to meet the needs of the Church and of the world and prayed for them: for unity in the Church, for the spread of the Gospel among the nations, for peace and justice, etc.?
  5. Am I concerned for the food and prosperity of the human community in which I live, or do I spend my life caring only for myself? Do I share to the best of my ability in the work of promoting justice, morality, harmony, and love in human relations? Have I done my duty as a citizen? Have I paid my taxes?
  6. In my work or profession am I just, hard-working, honest, serving society out of love for others? Have I paid a fair wage to my employees? Have I been faithful to my promises and contracts?
  7. Have I obeyed legitimate authority and given it due respect?
  8. If I am in a position of responsibility or authority, do I use this for my own advantage or for the good of others, in a spirit of service?
  9. Have I been truthful and fair, or have I injured others by deceit, calumny, detraction, rash judgment, or violation of a secret?
  10. Have I done violence to others by damage to life or limb, reputation, honor, or material possessions? Have I involved them in loss? Have I been responsible for advising an abortion or procuring one? Have I kept up hatred for others? Am I estranged from others through quarrels, enmity, insults, anger? Have I been guilty of refusing to testify to the innocence of another because of selfishness?
  11. Have I stolen the property of others? Have I desired it unjustly and inordinately? Have I damaged it? Have I made restitution of other people’s property and made good their loss?
  12. If I have been injured, have I been ready to make peace for the love of Christ and to forgive, or do I harbor hatred and the desire for revenge?

III. Christ our Lord says: “Be perfect as your Father is perfect.”

  1. Where is my life really leading me? Is the hope of eternal life my inspiration? Have I tried to grow in the life of the Spirit through prayer, reading the word of God and meditating on it, receiving the sacraments, self-denial? Have I been anxious to control my vices, my bad inclinations and passions, e.g., envy, love of food and drink? Have I been proud and boastful, thinking myself better in the sight of God and despising others as less important than myself? Have I imposed by own will on others, without respecting their freedom and rights?
  2. What use have I made of time, of health and strength, of the gifts God have given to me to be used like the talents in the Gospel? Do I use them to become more perfect every day? Or have I been lazy and too much given to leisure?
  3. Have I been patient in accepting the sorrows and disappointments of life? How have I performed mortification so as to “fill up what is wanting to the sufferings of Christ”? Have I kept the precept of fasting and abstinence?
  4. Have I kept my senses and my whole body pure and chaste as a temple of the Holy Spirit consecrated for resurrection and glory, and as a sign of God’s faithful love for men and women, a sign that is seen most perfectly in the sacrament of matrimony? Have I dishonored my body by fornication, impurity, unworthy conversation or thoughts, evil desires, or actions? Have I given in to sensuality? Have I indulged in reading, conversation, shows, and entertainments that offend against Christian and human decency? Have I encouraged others to sin by my own failure to maintain these standards? Have I been faithful to the moral law in my married life?
  5. Have I gone against my conscience out of fear or hypocrisy?
  6. Have I always tried to act in the true freedom of the sons of God according to the law of the Spirit, or am I the slave to the forces within me?

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Last names A-K  April 25, May 9
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The dispensation from the obligation to participate at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect until further notice.

LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S EASTER SUNDAY HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON APRIL 11, 2021 - DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

English - AWAITING RECORDING FROM FR. TOM

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CONGRATULATIONS to the following children, youth, and adults who received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and/or Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass last Saturday evening.

Keaton Aldridge, Bryan Blabuena, Henry Blabuena, Brittaney Castillo, Jose Castillo Jr., Mario Jesús Castillo, Maryjane Castillo, Brian Hall, Lucas Hernández, Brian Julián, Irving Julián, Maritza Julián, Ayane López, Edgar López, Ashley Medina Hernández, Anthony Tellez, Eddy Tellez, Michael Valle, Edwin Velasco, Jesus Velasco

FIRST COMMUNIONS NEXT WEEKEND April 17/18

Our Saint Lawrence School and SMRE students will be receiving First Holy Communion at the weekend Masses.

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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

STAY INFORMED AT ST. LAWRENCE

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CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES: HAPPY EASTER

THANK YOU. Our community changed lives this Lent, and CRS Rice Bowl wants to say THANK YOU! Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to your school or SMRE teacher or to one of the ushers at Mass by April 18 or donate online at crsricebowl.org/give 

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 APRIL 2021

Fundamental Rights We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST

The month of April is traditionally dedicated to devotion to Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the real and living presence of Christ—His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—received into our souls with every reception of Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic Lord is the source and summit of our Christian life, the ultimate proof of His infinite love for us.

PARISHIONER IN NEED OF A CAR

One of our parishioners is in need of a car. If you have a car for sale, please call Kim at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 ext 332 or kczachura@saintlawrence.net

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

Amen.

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.

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