Reconciliation

reconciliationSacrament of Reconciliation Schedule

First Friday Confessions – Following the 8:15am Mass

Confessions are also available every Saturday night before the 5:00pm mass from 4:00-4:45pm in the Church. Sunday morning before the 9:00am Mass from 8:00-8:45am, Sunday evening before the 6:00pm Misa from 5:30-5:45pm, and Thursday evening between the 5:30 and 7:00pm
Masses from 6:00-6:45pm.

Why Do We Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Reconiciliation is a practice of holiness, an action in which we seek Christ's peace and strength, and a sacramental sign in which we come more and more to know God's love.

Without the Sacrament of REconciliation, we are apt to do one of two things: 1) Drift into a life of indifference about our actions as if God doesn't really care what we do, or 2) A life of self disgust about our action in which forgiveness does not take place.

Instead of either indifference or self disgust, when we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation we say to God, "well in spite of all I may say or fancy, this is whatI am really like, so please help my weakness."

Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a fresh start on life. Writer G.K. Chesterson, said that wehn we receive absolution we are only five minutes old. We start afresh with glad hearts and prayerful gratitude.

In confession, the break-through to new life occurs. When sin is hated, admitted and forgiven, there the break with the past is amde. Old things hav passed away. But where there isa break iwth sin, there is conversion. Confession is conversion. Behold, all things become new. Christ has made a new beginning with us. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

What happened to us in baptism is bestowed upon us anew in confession. We are delivered out of darkness into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. This is joyful news! Confession is the renewal of teh job of baptism. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Examination of Conscience
This suggested form for an examination of conscience should be completed and adapted to meet the needs of different individuals and to follow local usage. In an examination of conscience, before the sacrament of penance, each individual should ask himself these questions in particular:

  1. What is my attitude to the sacrament of penance? Do I sincerely want to be set free from sin, to turn again to God, to begin a new life, and to enter into a deeper friendship with God? Or do I look on it as a burden, to be undertaken as seldom as possible?
  2. Did I forget to mention, or deliberately conceal, any grave sins in past confessions?
  3. Did I perform the penance I was given? Did I make reparation for any injury to others? Have I tried to put into practice my resolution to lead a better life in keeping with the gospel?

Each individual should examine his life in the light of God’s word.

I. The Lord says: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart.”

  1. Is my heart set on God, so that I really love him above all things and am faithful to his commandments, as a son loves his father? Or am I more concerned about the things of this world? Have I a right intention in what I do?
  2. God spoke to us in his Son. Is my faith in God firm and secure? Am I wholehearted in accepting the Church’s teaching? Have I been careful to grow in my understanding of the faith, to hear God’s word, to listen to instructions on the faith, to avoid dangers to faith? Have I been always strong and fearless in professing my faith in God and the Church? Have I been willing to be known as a Christian in private and public life?
  3. Have I prayed morning and evening? When I pray, do I really raise my mind and heart to God or is it a matter of words only? Do I offer God my difficulties, my joys, and my sorrows? Do I turn to God in time of temptation?
  4. Have I love and reverence for God’s name? Have I offended him in blasphemy, swearing falsely, or taking his name in vain? Have I shown disrespect for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints?
  5. Do I keep Sundays and feast days holy by taking a full part, with attention and devotion, in the liturgy and especially in the Mass? Have I fulfilled the precept of annual confession and of communion during the Easter season?
  6. Are there false gods that I worship by giving them greater attention and deeper trust than I give to God: money, superstition, or other occult practices?


II. The Lord says: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

  1. Have a genuine love for my neighbors? Or do I use them for my own ends, or do to them what I would not want done to myself? Have I given grave scandal by my words or actions?
  2. In my family life, have I contributed to the well-being and happiness of the rest of the family by patience and genuine love? Have I been obedient by parents, showing them proper respect and giving them help in their spiritual and material needs? Have I been careful to give a Christian upbringing to my children, and to help them by good example and by exercising authority as a parent? Have I been faithful to my husband (wife) in my heart and in my relations with others?
  3. Do I share my possessions with the less fortunate? Do I do my best to help the victims of oppression, misfortune, and poverty? Or do I look down on my neighbor, especially the poor, the sick, the elderly, strangers, and people of other races?
  4. Does my life reflect the mission I received in confirmation? Do I share in the apostolic and charitable works of the Church and in the life of my parish? Have I helped to meet the needs of the Church and of the world and prayed for them: for unity in the Church, for the spread of the Gospel among the nations, for peace and justice, etc.?
  5. Am I concerned for the food and prosperity of the human community in which I live, or do I spend my life caring only for myself? Do I share to the best of my ability in the work of promoting justice, morality, harmony, and love in human relations? Have I done my duty as a citizen? Have I paid my taxes?
  6. In my work or profession am I just, hard-working, honest, serving society out of love for others? Have I paid a fair wage to my employees? Have I been faithful to my promises and contracts?
  7. Have I obeyed legitimate authority and given it due respect?
  8. If I am in a position of responsibility or authority, do I use this for my own advantage or for the good of others, in a spirit of service?
  9. Have I been truthful and fair, or have I injured others by deceit, calumny, detraction, rash judgment, or violation of a secret?
  10. Have I done violence to others by damage to life or limb, reputation, honor, or material possessions? Have I involved them in loss? Have I been responsible for advising an abortion or procuring one? Have I kept up hatred for others? Am I estranged from others through quarrels, enmity, insults, anger? Have I been guilty of refusing to testify to the innocence of another because of selfishness?
  11. Have I stolen the property of others? Have I desired it unjustly and inordinately? Have I damaged it? Have I made restitution of other people’s property and made good their loss?
  12. If I have been injured, have I been ready to make peace for the love of Christ and to forgive, or do I harbor hatred and the desire for revenge?

III. Christ our Lord says: “Be perfect as your Father is perfect.”

  1. Where is my life really leading me? Is the hope of eternal life my inspiration? Have I tried to grow in the life of the Spirit through prayer, reading the word of God and meditating on it, receiving the sacraments, self-denial? Have I been anxious to control my vices, my bad inclinations and passions, e.g., envy, love of food and drink? Have I been proud and boastful, thinking myself better in the sight of God and despising others as less important than myself? Have I imposed by own will on others, without respecting their freedom and rights?
  2. What use have I made of time, of health and strength, of the gifts God have given to me to be used like the talents in the Gospel? Do I use them to become more perfect every day? Or have I been lazy and too much given to leisure?
  3. Have I been patient in accepting the sorrows and disappointments of life? How have I performed mortification so as to “fill up what is wanting to the sufferings of Christ”? Have I kept the precept of fasting and abstinence?
  4. Have I kept my senses and my whole body pure and chaste as a temple of the Holy Spirit consecrated for resurrection and glory, and as a sign of God’s faithful love for men and women, a sign that is seen most perfectly in the sacrament of matrimony? Have I dishonored my body by fornication, impurity, unworthy conversation or thoughts, evil desires, or actions? Have I given in to sensuality? Have I indulged in reading, conversation, shows, and entertainments that offend against Christian and human decency? Have I encouraged others to sin by my own failure to maintain these standards? Have I been faithful to the moral law in my married life?
  5. Have I gone against my conscience out of fear or hypocrisy?
  6. Have I always tried to act in the true freedom of the sons of God according to the law of the Spirit, or am I the slave to the forces within me?

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

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PASSION PLAY

The Saint Lawrence Catholic School 8th Grade will present a Passion Play at 10:15am on Good Friday, April 19, in Fr. Conen Hall. All are invited. Confessions will also be available in the church beginning at 10am.

LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Members of our Hispanic Community will present a Living Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm on Good Friday, April 19 in the Church. All are invited.

GOOD FRIDAY DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

The Divine Mercy Novena begins Good Friday, April 19, and continues through Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28. Copies of the Novena are available in the narthex.

ENCOUNTER OUR NEIGHBORS

We encounter Jesus this week in Jerusalem, a community he knew well. We prayerfully enter our own communities too, encountering those who are hungry and thirsty, and those who need our help. How does our Lenten journey motivate us to serve those we meet in our daily lives? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.

Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land April 19, 2019

Pope Francis has asked our parish to support Christians in the Holy Land. Through the Good Friday Collection, you join with Catholics around the world to stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.
When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace in a troubled land. In these challenging times in the Middle East, your support means that our church will conduct parish ministry, provide Catholic education, feed the hungry, build housing for Christians, maintain shrines and operate refugee centers in the Holy Land. Christians, along with all of the clergy and religious who serve in the Holy Land, will deeply appreciate your prayers and financial help! The political, religious and military challenges in the Holy Land are more complex than ever. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. Like Simon of Cyrene, you can help carry the cross under very difficult circumstances in the Holy Land. Please be Generous! For info about Christians in the Holy Land, visit myfranciscan.org/good-friday

WHY DO WE COVER THE IMAGES AND CROSSES IN THE CHURCH DURING LENT?

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STATE SENATOR RUCKELSHAUS TO ADDRESS CATHOLIC BUSINESS EXCHANGE April 19, 2019

Indiana State Senator John Ruckelshaus will address the April Catholic Business Exchange. His topic will be: Following Catholic Principles: Keeping Politics Civil in Tumultuous Times.
The event is Friday morning, April 19, at the North Side Knights of Columbus. Mass starts at 7am and the program will be finished by 9am. Cost for the program includes a great breakfast and is $15 in advance for members and $21 for non-members. Registration is required. To register, pay online and for more info, visit www.catholicbusinessexchange.org

40 CANS FOR 40 DAYS FOOD DRIVE

St. Joseph Council Knights of Columbus and Cub Scout Pack 427 will collect non-perishable food items for the Saint Lawrence SVdP food pantry through Easter Sunday, April 21. Baskets will be set up in the narthex to collect the food items. Click here to view the flyer.

CHECK OUT ALL OF THE LENTEN RESOURCES

at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/index.cfm

BASIC CHRISTIAN MATURITY WORKSHOP

9 weeks beginning April 23, 2019 Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm in the Social Room
Open to all interested in continued Life in the Spirit.
Questions? Contact Joseph Valvo 317-546-7328

St. LAWRENCE 2017-18 ANNUAL REPORT

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2019 SAINT LAWRENCE PICTORIAL DIRECTORY

Photo Session Sign-up Now in Progress Online! or Sign up after Masses April 6/7 in the Narthex or Sign up at the Fish Fry April 5 or April 12

Be included in the new Saint Lawrence Catholic Church Pictorial Directory. All photography sessions will meet in the Learning Center in the Church.

Session times:
Monday-Friday 1:00-8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm
Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

How to schedule:
• Use the link from our website www.saintlawrence.net
• Go to:booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yvrz5cvm or click the above image to get to the scheduling site.
• Sign up in the narthex after Masses April 6/7
• Sign up at the Fish Fry on April 5 or 12
• Call or email Kim at the Parish Office 317-546-4065 ext 332 or kczachura@saintlawrence.net

Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled session. Free 8 x 10 standard print and copy of Pictorial Directory for every family who has a photo taken. No fees for having a photo session and no purchase required. All photos available to view and purchase immediately after photo session. Allow 1 hour for entire session: photography, viewing, purchase of extra photos.
We are also in need of volunteers to help check people in for their photo sessions. If you can help please contact Kim at the Parish Office kczachura@saintlawrence.net or 317-546-4065 ext 332

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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE

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

fr beechemFr. Beechem’s Boot Scootin’ Bingo

Join us in Fr. Beechem Gym, April 27, 2019 6:00-Midnight  

Doors open at 5:30pm. Bingo begins at 7:30pm.

Tickets now on sale at Parish and School Office! $40/person (until April 7); $45/person (after April 7), Reserved tables of 8 for $350.

Includes dinner catered by Jugs, beer, wine, soft drinks, 10 bingo games, entry into the reverse raffle for a Smart TV, pizza and fellowship following bingo. Extra opportunities: silent auction, 50/50 raffle, pull tabs, a chance on a hand-crocheted Rams afghan

 

You do not have to attend the event to participate in the following raffles. Purchase raffle tickets at the Parish or School Office.

50/50 tickets are available before the event at the Parish Office. You do not need to attend the event to win. Last year’s winner took home over $1000.

Take a chance on a beautiful Saint Lawrence Rams blanket crocheted by our own Sr. Cathy Ann Lepore (contact the Parish Office to purchase a chance to win) or on Pacers Tickets to the April 1 game (check today’s bulletin flyer for information).

ONLINE AUCTION begins April 22, 2019.  Keep checking the bulletin for more info.

Questions? Contact Siobhan Minch at 317-416-9182 or minchkeith@sbcglobal.net

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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

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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