Pro-Life

prolifeGABRIEL PROJECT / PRO-LIFE ACTIVITIES

“Human dignity is the same for all human beings: when I trample on the dignity of another, I am trampling on my own.”  — Pope Francis, “Message for the Lenten Brotherhood Campaign in Brazil.” © 2014 Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. https://goo.gl/JElrMo “Human dignity is the same for all human beings: when I trample on the dignity of another, I am trampling on my own.”  — Pope Francis, “Message for the Lenten Brotherhood Campaign in Brazil.” © 2014 Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. https://goo.gl/JElrMo Birthline–Breast Feed Clinic of Indianapolis  Birthline is a program of the Office of the Pro-Life and Family Life which provides Baby layettes for needy families. For the past three years, Birthline has been working in conjunction with the Breast Feeding Clinic of Indianapolis. This no-charge clinic meets every Wednesday from 4:00 – 9:00 pm at Catholic Center in the Benedictine room, and is directed by Kathy McCoy, RN, IBCLC. Please contact Jena Hartman at (317) 236-1433 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more

Sidewalk Advocacy Training

Do you feel a calling to be a witness to the sanctity of the life of an unborn baby? Would you like to learn more about how you can participate in this beautiful lifesaving ministry? Please consider attending a “Sidewalk Advocates for Life” training program on July 15, 9a.m.-3 p.m. at the Great Lakes Gabriel Project/First Choice for Women offices in the Polaris Building, 5455 W. 86th St, Suite 121, Indianapolis. Registration is $10 (payable at the door) and includes lunch and materials. No special skills are needed—just a humble desire to reach out in love to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and a willingness to volunteer as a sidewalk advocate or prayer partner outside the Planned Parenthood facility on Georgetown Rd. in northwest Indianapolis after training is completed. To register please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Debra at 317-709-1502.

Upcoming Events

June 21-July4: Fortnight for FreedomJune 21-July4: Fortnight for Freedom
July 7: First Friday Mass at Women’s Care Center, 4901 W 86th St, at 5:00pm in chapel. Light refreshments and tour following mass. Info at 317-509-9596.
July 15: Monthly pro-life Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 8:30am 
July 17: Sidewalk Counselor Training, 9am-3pm, Polaris Building, 5455 W 86th St.
July 22: Faithful Citizens Rosary Crusade –Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. Following the 10:00am Mass. Recitation of the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet as we witness and pray for the protection of Life, Religious Freedom and Holy Matrimony.  For info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For More Information Please Contact

Kim Czachura: 317. 598.1939     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 ON JULY 23, 2017
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NEW MORNING DAILY MASS TIME – 8:15am

Beginning Monday, August 7, 2017 our morning daily Masses and Communion Services will begin at 8:15am instead of 8:00am, Monday-Saturday.

SCHOOL NUTRITION MANAGER JOB OPENING

St. Lawrence School is seeking a cafeteria manager for the 2017-18 school year. The manager performs a variety of job functions essential to the successful daily operation of the school breakfast and lunch programs including supervising food service staff, overseeing the preparation of meals, managing inventory, and maintaining a safe, sanitary and orderly kitchen. Must enjoy working in a school kitchen and fast paced environment. Hours are 6:30am-2:00pm beginning in early August. Competitive pay and benefits.

If you are interesting in joining our team, please contact kprechtel@saintlawrence.net or come to the Parish Office to fill out an application.

earthkeepeers vbsVACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JULY 24-28! REGISTER TODAY!

Pope Francis wants kids to Care for Creation!

"The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth” Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical on the environment. “In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.” 


We can all join Pope Francis in treating the environment better. During this summer’s Vacation Bible School, children ages 4–10 will learn about God’s creation and our role in protecting our planet. VBS will be held 3:00-5:30 p.m. July 24–28 in Father Conen Hall. Cost is $10 per child with a maximum of $25 per family. Scholarships are available. Registration after all Masses on July 8¬9 and 15-16.

 

This year’s theme is EarthKeepers. Join us July 24–July 28 for songs, games, snacks, crafts, Bible stories, and more as we learn about God’s creation and our role in protecting our planet. Click here to view the flyer and the registration form!

 

Food, Craft Item, and Monetary Donations Needed

To donate items or make a monetary donation for this year’s Vacation Bible School, please click here or contact Sarah Stephens at 317-841-8767.

HELP THE HOMELESS

St. Lawrence parishioners have always been very generous with their donations. Thank you very much. Now the pain and discomfort the homeless are suffering leads me to ask for help. We are in need of sun protection products: sun blocks, suntan lotion, sunburn medication, sun hats and sunglasses. Also their feet are a problem Imagine having to walk the streets all day in second hand shoes with all of their earthly belongings in the backpack they carry.

 

We are in need of foot products such as: foot powder, foot lotions, corn and bunion pads, athlete foot medication, nail clippers, pumice stones, elastic bandages, ankle supports, shower shoes, flip-flops, white socks.     

 

None of these items need to be new. They are grateful for partial-filled containers and gently used products. Our ladies also appreciate cosmetics, lipsticks, eye shadow, nail polish, etc.     

 

As usual we are always in need of camping equipment and pots and pans with metal handles and bicycles.     

 

There will be 2 green containers in the narthex to collect donations. If you need the items picked up, call Marilyn Waltman   317-550-9745

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.

PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY WEEK at St. Lawrence

4:30pm every Saturday evening in the Church before 5:00pm mass

8:30am every Sunday in the Chapel before 9:00am mass
1:00pm every Sunday in the Chapel after the noon mass
7:00pm every Monday night in the Chapel
Following daily mass Tuesday-Friday in the Chapel

WELCOME FR. NICOLAS TO ST. LAWRENCE

We welcome Fr. Nicolas Ajpacajá Tzoc who was ordained by Archbishop Joseph Tobin on June 25, 2016. Fr. Nicolas has been appointed associate pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish beginning July 6, 2016 and will also assist with Hispanic Ministry here at St. Lawrence.

CONFESSIONS

Sunday: 8:00-8:45am before 9:00am mass
Sunday: 5:30-5:45pm before 6:00pm mass (español)
Saturday: 4:00-4:45pm before 5:00pm mass
First Friday: 8:30-8:45am after 8:00am mass

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Sunday: 1:00-4:00pm after 12pm noon mass
Thursday: 8:30am-4:00pm after 8am communion service
Friday: 8:30am-3:00pm after 8am mass

COMMUNION SERVICES

In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, except for Holy Days & holidays.

6:45am – Monday thru Wednesday & First Fridays
8:00am – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
5:30pm – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

VESPERS

5:15pm Monday thru Fri - Church Choir Area

AROUND TOWN

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