Pastor's Corner

tom schliessman

December 8, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Please see the following message from our Business Office regarding year-end ways to give.

In Christ Our Lord,

fr.tom sig

 

Dear Parishioners,

It is near the end of the calendar and tax year and we want you to be aware of the different ways, and possibly new ways for you to give of your treasure. All gifts from you are treasured and help Saint Lawrence with its ministries.

We are not tax experts. Please be sure to check with your advisor about the following ways to give.

December 31, 2019 is a Tuesday. All contributions need to be here at Saint Lawrence by midnight the 31st. Please be aware that the following choices can take time and financial institutions are becoming busy with these year-end transactions. Please understand that a transaction can be completed by your financial institution before the 31st, but not be received until after January 1. We always honor the intent of the timing.

A) You can always give via your weekly envelopes and thru Faith Direct for online giving. All gifts to Saint Lawrence will go into the Sunday Giving unless marked otherwise, such as the Making All Things New Capital Campaign, Missions, School, Etc.

B) Consider giving your Required Minimum Distribution directly to Saint Lawrence Church or Saint Lawrence Catholic School. When this gift goes directly to the charity of your choice, you will not pay taxes for those funds (See your tax advisor). These Required Minimum Distributions contributions should be paid directly to Saint Lawrence Catholic Church or Saint Lawrence Catholic School. Do not process thru the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

On December 18, 2015, legislation was signed into law that makes the IRA Charitable Rollover permanent.

Gift Limits. If you are 70-1/2 or older, you can give up to $100,000 directly from your IRA. A husband and wife can each give up to $100,000.

Rollover Recipient. Your rollover gift must be made directly to a public charitable organization from your IRA. Your IRA administrator can issue a check to a parish, school. Also, be sure to inform us of your gift ahead of time so we will know the rollover is from you. Sometimes the check does not include all your giving instructions.

Tax Advantages. The charitable rollover generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you still benefit even if you do not itemize your tax deductions. If you have not taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.

C) Gifts of Stock are always welcomed and should be processed thru the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. When these gifts are processed all proceeds do come to the Parish. The best way to make your stock gifts easy is to use the attached form, which is also available from the Archdiocese website. You can email Jim Mann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Barb Bertsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will send you a link.

Another way to support Saint Lawrence Catholic School is through the Institute for Quality Education. Donations can receive up to a 50% Tax Credit. For more information contact Kimberly Pohovey at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 317-236-1568

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THANK YOU!

Rita Allspaw and Family want to thank all of the parishioners and staff of Saint Lawrence and the ladies who prepared a wonderful luncheon for the funeral of Carl Allspaw. Your prayers and support during this time are much appreciated.

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PACERS NIGHT for Saint Lawrence School Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:00pm Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls

Purchase your tickets online by January 7th at www.pacersgroups.com/bulls or stop by the school office on January 7th between 7:30am and 3:00pm. Come out and see the Pacers at a discounted price. Our school PFO receives a portion of the ticket proceeds. (NOTE: The school office is closed for Christmas break until January 7, 2019.)

St. Lawrence Catholic Church Presents A drama and music program for Lent

Sign up NOW for “on stage” or “back stage”
Performances will be Saturday March 28 - 6:30pm and Sunday March 29 - 1:30pm

Dramatic presentations of stories from the Gospel of Matthew. Creative dance/Sign language to Praise and Worship songs. Singing - Musical Instruments

Hosted by St. Lawrence Faith Formation Commission

Click here for the registration flyer!

More Information: Sandra Hartlieb - shartlieb@saintlawrence.net or 317-372-5925

SAINT LAWRENCE SPIRIT WEAR AVAILABLE

Saint Lawrence School is selling spirit wear: shirts, puffy vests, toddler shirts, fleece blankets, hoodies, and more! Order forms are available on the white flyer rack in the narthex. Please fill out a form and return it with payment to the school office. Orders will be placed on February 21, 2020 and April 3, 2020.

SAVE THE DATE! April 18, 2020 Join us for Fr. Beechem’s Bingo Under the Big Top!

THANK YOU!!!

Our thanks to everyone who supported the Giving Tree Program this Christmas season. Through your generosity, one-hundred children received gifts and fifty-seven families received food boxes and paper products. Food for thirty of the boxes was purchased and assembled by the Goldenaires. In addition, fifty-three families received food boxes and turkeys for Thanksgiving. The food had been donated during the Annual Food Drive by Parishioners and also by Saint Lawrence School and SMRE Students during the month of November. Thirty of these boxes and turkeys were provided by the Goldenaires. May God bless you for helping us to help others during the Season of Sharing and may He continue to bless each of you with His peace throughout the New Year.

Parish Annual Report

Click here to view the Parish Annual Report for 2019

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

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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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