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Gabriel Project NEW PHONE NUMBER

Gabriel Project has a new toll-free number (833) 937-4968 or (833) WER-4YOU. Please remove magnets and stickers with the old number. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any other questions.

Save the Date: January 21, 2020: Vigil for Life

The Vigil for Life will be on January 21, 2020 from 7:00– 9:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist, 126 West Georgia Street. Join us for an evening of Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, praise and worship music, and prayer for the dignity of all human life.
Registration link: https://vigilforlife2020.eventbrite.com

Save the Date: January 22, 2020 – Indiana March for Life

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana, and Right to Life of Indianapolis invite you to the Indiana March for Life on January 22, 2020. The event includes a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Thompson and Bishop Doherty January 22nd followed by a March to the State Capitol. Make plans to attend. More details to come!
Information is available by calling (317) 236-1521.

Upcoming Events

December 6: Knights of Columbus First Friday Rosary for Life at 6:30pm in Saint Lawrence Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
December 6: First Friday Mass at The Women’s Care Center, 4901 West 86th St., at 5:00 pm in the chapel. Questions? Contact Jenny Hubbard, Director (317) 509-9596
December 19: Pray for an End to Abortion and Sins Against Life before the Blessed Sacrament. 11am-7pm (except during 5:45pm Mass). St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1401 S. Mickley Ave, Indianapolis.

For More Information Please Contact

Kim Czachura: 317.546.4065 ext. 323   Angela Walker: 317.823.0859


O Mary, Mother of the Unborn, 

protects the gift of human life which your Divine Son has allowed to be given. Give strength and joy to all parents as they await the birth of the precious child they have conceived. Give courage to those who are fearful, calm those who are anxious and guide all of us, with your motherly care, to treasure and protect the miraculous gift of human life. We ask this through your Son,  Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. “I am a feather on the breath of God” As the quote above portrays, we are upheld by the power and purpose of God. Our very existence on earth, from our body’s first breath to its last, when we leave it to return home, is our Father’s choice and happens only by His willing to do so. He who created the universe also created that which is “me”. I do not “have” a soul – I AM a soul, as well as a body. My entire purpose in this life is to find my way back to my Creator.

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of Life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as  a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout our lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen

On Access for All
“All people need and should have access to comprehensive, quality health care that they can afford, and it should not depend on their stages of life, where or whether they or their parents work, how much they earn, where they live, or where they were born. The Bishops’ Conference believes health care reform should be truly universal and it should be genuinely affordable.

-Bishop William F. Murphy, USCCB letter to Congress dated July 17.

Prayer to Our Blessed Mother from Pope Benedict XVI

Let us pray to Mary, Mother of the Lord, so that she will enable us to feel her love as a woman and a mother, in which we can understand all of the depth of Christ's mystery. The Lord bless you all!

-Pope Benedict, XVI

Prayer to Christ Unborn

Dear Lord Jesus in the womb of Blessed Virgin Mary, before your birth You filled the unborn Baptist with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Inspire us to see You in every unborn child. Grant us the perseverance to defend vulnerable human life from  abortion, abandonmnet, experimentation, and all violations. Fill us with reverence for the moment of your Incarnation in Nazareth when the Word became flesh. Amen.

A Pro-Life Prayer for Our President and Public Officials

Lord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life, move the hearts of all our public officials and especially our President, to fulfill their responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to their care. Help them in their special leadership roles, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with  extermination by an indifferent society. Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents. You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Mary, the Mother of the living, help us to bear witness to the Gospel of Life with our lives and our laws, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Imprimatur: January 22, 2009 + Most Reverend Robert J. Baker Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

Life is Precious
“We have great hope in the Lord’s power to heal our land of the painful wound of legalized abortion. Every abortion is a personal tragedy. Its dread impacts falls not only on a little boy or girl, but also on the child’s parents, grandparents, siblings and everyone involved. Knowing that God’s mercy is greater than all of our sins, tonight we pray for all these people. We pray for the conversion of all of those who promote death as a solution to social ills or to an unplanned pregnancy. We pray for legislators, educators, counselors and all health care professionals who put their skills and training at the service of life. We lift up Project Rachel and other post-abortion counseling ministries, pro-life pregnancy centers, and organizations that work every day to usher in a culture of life.”

Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali, Vigil Mass for Life, January 21, 2009

Pro Life Rosary to Our Blessed Mother
O Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all, we turn to you today as the one who said “Yes” to Life. Mary, we pray today for all mothers who are afraid to be mothers. We pray for those who feel threatened and overwhelmed by their pregnancy. Intercede for them, that God may give them the grace to say yes and the courage to go on. May they have the grace to reject the false solution of abortion. May they experience the help of Christian people and know the peace that comes from doing God’s will. Amen.

INTERCESSIONS FOR LIFE
For all health care providers: That their work in service to the blind, the lame, and all the sick may be animated by a spirit of charity in truth so as to bring God’s healing to both body and soul and promote a culture of life; We pray to the Lord.

The Church's Tradition
From the earliest traditions of the Church to the present day, the mission of evangelization to which Jesus sent his followers has included healing as a major part. Health care is so important for full human dignity and so necessary for the proper development of life that it is a fundamental right of every human being. Support health care reform that respects the life and dignity of all people from conception to natural death. Get the long-standing teachings of the Church and the latest updates on health care reform – visit www.usccb.org/healthcare

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LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON DECEMBER 1, 2019

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Advent - New Year Schedule

Click here to download the schedule Masses, Reconciliation Services, and Feast Days for Advent, Christmas, New Year and Epiphany!

MASSES TO CELEBRATE OUR LADY, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

The Immaculate Conception
Holy Day – No Obligation This Year
Mass: December 9 8:15am (English)
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States of America. December 8 is also the anniversary of our parish, Saint Lawrence.

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Festivities for the December 12 Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of Mexico, the Americas, and the Unborn, are as follows:

Rosary Novenas for Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 3-11 at 7:00pm in the Church
All are in Spanish except December 6 and 9, which will be bilingual Spanish and English.

December 12 Feast Day
4:30am Mañanitas (Morning Serenade in Spanish) and Breakfast
8:15am All School Mass in English
7:00pm Mass in Spanish
8:15pm Procession, dancing, fellowship in Fr. Conen Hall

 

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PEACE LIGHT CEREMONY AND PRAYER SERVICE Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6:15 pm following the 5:00 Mass

Many volunteers will help spread the light from Bethlehem all over the world. After the flame arrives in NYC on Dec. 7, 2019 a driver will transport the flame from the east coast. It will arrive in the Indianapolis area on Dec. 9 as it travels across the United States. A Peace Light Ceremony will take place here at St. Lawrence Catholic Church! C

Click here to view the flyer and join us for this special event!

NARTHEX TV DISPLAY

We love to feature photos from our groups and from some of our events and happenings hear at Saint Lawrence. If you have photos please send them to Kim at the parish office via email or share on Google. kczachura@saintlawrence.net

 

JOB OPENING - BOOKKEEPER, Saint Lawrence Business Office

Saint Lawrence seeks an experienced bookkeeper to facilitate the accounting for Saint Lawrence. This position is hourly and works typically 35 hours per week, year-round. Minimum of 2 years non-profit accounting, Associate Degree, or combination of both is requested. Experience in church and/or private school environment is desired. Pay is competitive and benefits are available if working over 30 hours per week, 12 months.


Responsible for providing bookkeeping services to the parish and school as a whole or a specific ministry or program. Maintains financial bookkeeping system, including accounts payable, receivable, cash receipts, and payroll. Enter and balance weekly Sunday giving. May assist with budget and development program. Other projects will arise and will need your attention. The applicant for this position must be extremely discreet. Must have the ability to help Parishioners and Vendors find what they are seeking.
Experience with the following software is desirable: PDS Church, PDS General Ledger, PDS School, Microsoft Office, G-Suite, Paylocity.
Position is a direct report to the business manager. Apply to Jim Mann, jmann@saintlawrence.net

REMINDER – CAPITAL & FACILITY MAINTENANCE RESERVE FUND COLLECTION

Next Sunday, December 8 there will be a 2nd collection for our Facilities & Maintenance. Thank you for your continued generosity.

EXTRA COLLECTION – December 7/8, Retirement Fund for Religious

Next weekend, we will have an extra collection to support our retired priests and religious brothers and sisters. Please place your envelope in the regular collection basket. Extra envelopes are available in the narthex.

Sexual Abuse Scandal

The sexual abuse scandal has gripped the Catholic Church for the past thirty years, and continues to wreak havoc even today. It's been a diabolical masterpiece, one that has compromised the work of the Church in every way and has left countless lives in ruins. Many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?"

In this stirring manifesto, Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight. Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today.

 

For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.

 

St. Lawrence has purchased copies of this book for each family in our parish.  If you did not pick one up after Mass this past weekend, please stop by the Parish Office to get your copy!

 

Want to discuss this book? Deacon Tom will lead two book discussions in English:  Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm at St. Lawrence School (enter through door #1), and Sunday, September 22 after the noon Mass (1:15pm) in the Learning Center at Church

HELPFUL INFORMATION REGARDING RECENT NEWS REPORTS ON BREBEUF HIGH SCHOOL AND CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL

This is good material presenting the full wording from the Archbishop's (and the Church's) point of view.


Archbishop Thompson's live streamed meeting with the press at 1:00 p.m., statements regarding frequently asked questions, and Criterion staff members story.

Click here to view the key facts and frequently asked questions

Click here to read our Criterion news story

St. LAWRENCE 2017-18 ANNUAL REPORT

Click here to view the report.

June2019 MATN Update

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Click here to read about the latest update of our Capital Campaign

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. 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

PARISH LIBRARY

Stop in after the weekend masses or visit online by clicking here.

SCHEDULE YOUR MASS INTENTIONS

Weekend Masses are scheduling into August. Daily Masses are available as early as next week. Call Kim at the parish office 317-546-4065 to schedule a Mass intention in memory of a loved one or for the special intention of a loved one. The stipend is $10.

PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY WEEK at St. Lawrence

Sunday: Before the 9:00am Mass in the Chapel and After the Noon Mass in the Chapel
Monday: 7:00pm in the Chapel
Tuesday: 10:00am in private homes. Check calendar.
First Friday: 6:30pm in the Chapel
Saturday: Before the 5:00pm Mass in the Church
The rosary is also prayed in the Chapel following most of our daily Masses.

WEEKEND MASSES

5:00pm Saturday
9am and 12pm Sunday

6:00pm Sunday Latino Mass

DAILY MASS

Monday – No Masses.
Tuesday – 5:30pm (English)
Wednesday – 8:15am (English)
Thursday – 7:00pm (Spanish) with Confessions available from 6:00-6:45pm in English or Spanish.
Friday – 8:15am (English)
Saturday – No daily Mass at 8:15am. We will continue to have our anticipation Mass at 5:00pm.

CONFESSIONS

Saturdays: 4:00-4:45pm before 5:00pm mass

Sundays: 8:00-8:45am before 9:00am mass

Sundays: 5:30-5:50pm before 6:00pm Misa

Thursdays: 6:00-6:45pm before 7:00pm Misa

First Friday of the month: after 8:15am Mass

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, except holidays
Sundays: after 12pm noon Mass to 4pm
Thursdays: 8:30am to 4pm
Fridays: after 8:15 am Mass to 3pm and 6:00-8:00pm
Men’s Adoration: 3rd Sunday of month 9-10pm
Children's Adoration:  Please join us Thursday July 18th at 10:00 am for a children's adoration hour in the chapel. All ages welcome! We will have a play date afterwards, email Megan for more information: mmoloney4@yahoo.com

COMMUNION SERVICES

In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel except for Holy Days and Holidays
6:45am – Monday thru Wednesday & First Friday of Month
8:15am - Thursday
5:30pm – Monday, Wednesday


VESPERS

5:15pm Monday thru Fri - Church Choir Area

AROUND TOWN

Click here to view other happenings, events and programs occurring outside of St. Lawrence but within our community.

 
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