Pastor's Corner

tom schliessman

October 14, 2018

Dearly Brothers and Sisters:

Thursday, October 4th, we had an evening Mass in Thanksgiving for all of you – the benefactors of the Making All Things New Capital Campaign. It has been a month since our “Celebration Weekend,” which launched our 3-year pledge drive. There were 120 people at the Mass; and as one of my staff observed, about 2/3 were from our Spanish Speaking members. Fr. Martin gave a wonderful homily on St. Francis’ Magnanimity – so much so I am trying to use the word more. Again, thank you for your generosity, and know of our continued prayers.

At the Mass of Thanksgiving, we asked for and received feedback from people’s experiences of Bi-lingual Masses which should help us in making them better in the future. The feedback continued into the weekend (I had one couple tell me the plusses and minuses they have experienced. It concluded with the one spouse saying it was harder to follow the Mass, and the other spouse saying it could be followed pretty well).

I have been consulting our Pastoral Council for the past few months on a topic that has been brought up with increasing regularity over the past few years – having a regular Bi-lingual Mass on the weekends. I have asked them to continue to talk to everyone about possibilities. I have consulted my Pastoral staff as well. We have gotten a lot of responses covering a large number of concerns and hopes along this topic. And we have gotten to the point where it seems time to bring it up to the parish at large for a larger discussion. We are working out how to begin with a basic one or two question survey.

Bi-lingual Masses are not the only way to bring together – in daily life as well as in spiritual fact – a parish increasingly intercultural. But the Liturgy is where our “theological rubber hits the road.”

One of the interesting topics that have been brought up when speaking of bi-lingual Masses is that some people have VERY strong opinions about using a little bit of Latin (not Spanish, not English, but Latin) in the Mass. 4 of the questions that I have heard are:

  • Why are we learning a Latin setting for some of our Mass parts like the Gloria and the Holy, Holy, Holy? Because it is one of the ways we can pray together in multi-cultural Masses. Latin is the Mother-tongue of our Church. It is appropriate at Masses in any language, and so to learn it in Masses that are said in English or Spanish means we are also able to pray together when we are at one Mass.
  • Did not the Church get rid of Latin! No. The Church has constantly encouraged the congregation to know some parts of the Mass in Latin.
  • Are we only doing Latin now? I don’t know where this question is coming from. Saint Lawrence has had, since long before I got here, a laudable practice of several Mass Settings. Since the new translation of the Roman Missal in 2011, we have learned a number of musical renditions. I don’t know how someone would think learning one setting means abandoning all the others.
  • People are telling us they are leaving the parish because of Latin! What about the Budget? What about the Capital Campaign? I heard this question twice; once fearfully, the other in a more threatening tone. This is another question I do not understand. We have been slowly learning this one Latin Mass Setting over the past year. That was before and during the Campaign pledging process. It seems to me those who have committed to supporting the church already know that sometimes the Lamb of God or the Mystery of Faith will be in Latin, and sometimes in the vernacular set to different tunes.

A big shout out to all our grade school football players and cheerleaders at last week’s Homecoming games. Thanks to all the coaches, leaders, Scouts, Sports Committee and PFO folks who put together the whole afternoon. And I am sure I forgot many groups – thank you all.

This is the time of year when we the Rite of Acceptance at Sunday Masses. This weekend, at the 6pm Mass, we are having the Rite of acceptance for ~10 youth who are preparing for the Easter Sacraments. Please keep them in your prayers.

Please pray, also, for our youth this coming Saturday. We are having the 1st Reconciliation Retreat and Confessions.

In Christ, In prayer,

fr.tom sig

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PRAY THE ROSARY AT SAINT LAWRENCE

October is the month of the Holy Rosary.

Sunday: Before the 9am Mass in the Chapel
After the Noon Mass in the Chapel
Monday: 7:00pm in the Chapel
Tuesday: 10:00am in private homes. Check the calendar for location.
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.

NOTES FOR FR. PAT DOYLE OR FR. JOHN MAUNG

Should you want to send a note or letter to either Fr. Pat Doyle or Fr. John Maung, please send it to him through the Archdiocesan Office of Clergy, and they will be certain that he receives it.

Rev. <Name of priest>
c/o Office of Clergy – Room 301
1400 N Meridian St
Indianapolis IN 46202

SAINT LAWRENCE SCHOOL TRUNK OR TREAT Thursday, October 25, 2018

Cars may enter the parking lot at 6 PM to decorate and set up. Trick-or Treating will begin at 6:45 PM!  Come decorate your car, pass out candy and enjoy the fun! There will be music, door prizes and the 8th grade haunted hay ride. The 8th grade will also be selling concessions to support their trip to Washington DC.  If you can’t attend but want to help please donate a bag of candy! Donations may be dropped off to the school office!

WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM

Andrea Abrajan-Tlatoa, Angel Alducin-Meza, Kofi Austin, Angelo Church, Alison Cuevas-Ramirez, CJ Darmaalianto, Gabriela Garcia-Gomez, Melissa Garcia Gomez, Dylan Garcia Ruiz, Adrian Jaramillo Xique, Leah Martinez Ayala, Isaac Mixquitl, Melanie Mixquitl-Correa, Diana Muñiz Marin, and Amy Reyes who were baptized at Saint Lawrence in the last month.

JOINED IN HOLY MATRIMONY

Congratulations to the following couples who were married here at Saint Lawrence in the last few months: Esteban Toshua & Andela Tello Vazquez and Piers Kirby & Rocio Garcia.

MEN’S ADORATION GROUP 3rd Sunday of every Month 9-10pm

Join us in the chapel next Sunday, October 21 for an hour of silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

JOIN SUNSET CLUB - Fellowship for Age 55+

That can you get for 25¢ these days? If you come to the Social Room on Monday afternoons, you can spend 3-3½ hours with a very good group of people while playing “bid Euchre”. We start playing at 12:30pm.  Questions? Call Phyllis Kroll at 317-537-2332 or Margaret Bingham at 317-547-7261. If no one answers, leave a message and we will call you back.

2nd COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND – OCT 20/21

World Mission Sunday – Calling all Mission voices! Next Sunday, we are called to be part of the Church’s missionary efforts, supporting mission priests, religious Sisters and Brothers, and lay catechists who provide loving service to those most in need. As Catholics around the world – here at home and in the missions – gather at the Eucharist around the table of the Lord, let us...
PRAY for the Church’s worldwide missionary work OFFER financial HELP through The Society for the Propagation of the Faith for vulnerable communities throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.

SMRE (Sunday Morning Religious Education)

Registrations open until the end of September. For more information please call Claudia Diaz at the parish office. 317-546-4065 ext 336

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

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

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
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 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

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