Pastor's Corner

tom schliessman

November 19, 2017

Dearly Beloved,

I am gone this weekend through next weekend.  I will be with family.  This coming Tuesday, the 19th, I will be in Pierre, South Dakota for the funeral of a cousin of mine.  I was born in Pierre (Pronounced like the word “peer”), and I still have relatives from both sides of my family living in South Dakota.  

Fr. Martin is taking all 4 of the Masses for each weekend.  Please keep him in your prayers.  And as always, I am praying for all of you. 

Thanksgiving we have one Mass at 9am.  It will be bi-lingual, which I decided on months ago before we were blessed with Fr. Martin as our Associate Pastor.  As always, I encourage everyone to come.  Fr. Martin will bless food at Mass.  Please bring an item that will be on your table that day, and the food will be blessed at Mass.  In the past I have put out cans of cranberries for people to take home for the table, but that will not occur this year. 

Regarding bi-lingual Masses, one of the reasons we are learning some of our sung Mass parts (The Holy, Holy, Holy; the Memorial Acclamation; the Lamb of God, and soon the Gloria) is for times we have bi-lingual Masses.  It is always nice to have several Mass settings, and with both languages used in our Masses at St. Lawrence knowing parts in Latin, bi-lingual Masses will not be ones in which we are struggling through such intimate parts. 

It is good to reflect on the possibilities of different languages anyway.  A couple weeks ago St. Lawrence hosted the Archdiocesan annual St. Martin de Porres Mass.  That Mass was labeled “bi-lingual,” but some of the Mass parts were in other languages as well.  And the Universal Prayers were said in 6 different languages.  It was great!  Mass as we normally have it with one major language already allows for up to 4 languages.  The vernacular, Hebrew in the Amen and the Alleluias, the option of the Greek Kyrie, and we sometimes have Latin in the Agnus Dei.  Even our “ordinary” Masses remind us that we are a world-wide, multi-generational Church, we are CATHOLIC.  

As you read this “Pastor’s Corner” (I know with Fr. Martin keeping you on the edge of your seat, you are not doing so during the homily), NCYC (The National Catholic Youth Conference) is either finishing up, or just finished.  I hope all of us have been praying for our young Catholics during this time. 

Two weeks ago, the gospel reading included the line, “…call no man your father.”  And even though it seems obvious what Our Lord meant, I had a parishioner ask for more reasoning, more references, to give his brothers and sisters in Christ in other denominations.  I refer you to the following article, click here.   The whole article is good.  But down in the last half of the article, when the author talks about the Gospel, he goes into detail about one way to approach this.  I hope you find it helpful. 

Remembering All Our Departed in Prayer,

fr.tom sig

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LISTEN TO FATHER MARTIN'S HOMILY ON NOVEMBER 19, 2017

THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

Will be available in the church for the month of November for you to enter the names of your loved ones.

EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINE

Items for the November 26 bulletin are due on Wednesday, November 15, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

MEN’S ADORATION GROUP

The St. Lawrence Men’s Adoration Group meets the third Sunday of every month from 9 to 10pm in the chapel.

Please join us for an hour of silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. We will meet next on Sunday, November 19

ST. JOSEPH MISSALS

St. Joseph Annual Missals will be available again this year for $2 each. Keep listening to the announcements at Mass.

ANNUAL FOOD COLLECTION

During the month of November, baskets will be provided in the narthex for your donation of non-perishable food. Items especially needed are pork & beans, peanut butter, jelly, rice, soups, spaghetti & sauce, fruit, tuna & canned meats. This collection also helps to stock our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Fr. Conen Hall to serve the needy in the Saint Lawrence area during the coming year. If you would like to donate a Thanksgiving turkey or make a monetary donation, please call Rita Huck at (317) 849-1929. Thank you for all donations.

SUPPLIES NEEDED NATIVITY DISPLAY

Our Sunday Morning Religious Education and School children will have a nativity display in the narthex this Christmas. Donations of small white LED Christmas lights, brown and green Spanish Moss (for crafts) and animal figurines are needed. Please drop them off in the narthex or at the Parish Office.

PARISH LIBRARY

Stop in after the weekend masses or visit online www.librarything.com/catalog/STLLibrary

HELP SAINT LAWRENCE SCHOOL

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SchoolStore –schoolstore.net and use code 117976

ST. LAWRENCE SCHOOL BOOK FAIR

St. Lawrence School’s Library will host its annual Scholastic BOOK FAIR November 30–December 4. Parishioners and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend! This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for books for your children, grandchildren, or other special person. Scholastic Books supplies a “store” of new books and supplies. 

 

Proceeds (50% of total sales) will be used this year to purchase new classroom and Library/Media resources. The fair will be held in the school Library/Media Center and will be open for sales as follows:

 

Thursday, November 30 7:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 1 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m
Sunday, December 3 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Monday, December 4 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. ONLY

 

Please note the SUNDAY hours - Stop in to shop before or after mass and avoid the mall crowds!


Cash, checks, charge cards or debit cards will be accepted. Please enter the school building by the main entrance (Entrance #1) during school hours and by the playground doors (Entrance #5) after school hours. Thanks for your support!


If you are unable to attend in person, you may shop online until December 4th at: scholastic.com/bf/saintlawrence and click on the “shop online” icon. Orders will be shipped to St. Lawrence School – you will be called when they arrive!

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

WEEKEND MASSES

5:00pm Saturday
9am and 12pm Sunday

6:00pm Sunday Latino Mass

DAILY MASS

8:15am Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday
5:30pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:00pm Thursday (Spanish)

CONFESSIONS

Thursdays: 6:00-6:45pm before the 7:00pm Misa 
Saturday: 
4:00-4:45pm before 5:00pm Mass
Sunday:
8:00-8:45am before 9:00am Mass
Sunday: 5:30-5:45pm before 6:00pm mass (español)
First Friday: after the 8:15am Mass

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Sunday: After the Noon Mass to 4:00pm
Thursday: After the 8:15am Mass to 4:00pm
Friday: After 8:15am Mass to 3pm
Men's Adoration: 3rd Sunday of the month 9-10pm

COMMUNION SERVICES (In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel)

Except 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

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