THANK YOU for your response to our recent renewal program “Insert Program Theme Here”! I am humbled and grateful for your continued commitment to Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. Our parish remains vibrant, engaged, and Christ-centered in the Eucharist and in serving one another because of your generosity. God’s work is never done! Your prayerful response both materially and spiritually is setting the groundwork as we advance our plan for the future and continue our critical ministries and service programs. Saint Lawrence Catholic Church continues to grow as a strong, faith-filled stewardship community because of parishioners like you!
Roman Catholic Province of Indianapolis Lifting of the Dispensation from the Obligation of Mass Effective 11 June 2021
The celebration of the Eucharist at Mass is the source and summit of our life and mission as Catholics.
As of March 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Roman Catholics throughout the entire Province of Indianapolis, which comprises all five dioceses of Indiana, have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. However, with the decrease of cases in our state, the widespread availability of vaccines, and following the guidance of public health officials, we are now able to safely accommodate more parishioners for Masses. Therefore, effective June 11, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass is hereby lifted throughout the state of Indiana.
Except for the unique situations as described below, those who are otherwise healthy are obliged to return to Sunday Mass by the weekend of June 12-13, 2021:
Those who are seriously ill, exhibit flu-like symptoms and/or may have a contagious disease (including quarantine due to exposure). Those who are unable to attend Mass through no fault of their own (e.g. transportation issue). Those who are homebound and/or incapacitated due to age, infirmity, and/or medical restrictions. Those who have compromised health conditions and/or at high risk of contracting the virus. Those who are caretakers of persons who are sick or of persons at high risk of serious illness if they contract the Covid virus.
If you have any questions about any specific needs, concerns, or protocols, you are advised to contact your parish directly. Your pastor, who has the authority to dispense in individual cases, may be helpful in addressing individual fears and concerns.
The obligation to attend Mass is a joyful one, reflecting the very character of who we are as Catholics.
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE Join Father Vinny in the Blessed Sacrament Channel for all Masses and the Main Church for Confessions.
Those who are uncomfortable attending our weekend Masses are encouraged to attend our less crowded Tuesday evening Mass.
Confessions are also available by appointment. Call the Parish Office and leave a message for Fr. Vinny at 317-546-4065. Thursdays 6pm (before the 7pm Mass) First Fridays 8:45am (after the 8:15am Mass) Saturdays 4pm (before the 5pm Mass) Sundays 8am, 5pm (before the 9am and 6pm Masses)
Beginning in Advent, the week of November 27, Fr. Vinny will offer more confession times: Wednesdays: 7:00pm - 8:00pm Fridays: After the 8:15am Mass
Ways to Livestream Weekend Masses
Those who are homebound, exhibiting symptoms of serious illness, in quarantine, have compromised health conditions, are at high risk of contracting Covid-19, or are the caretaker of someone who is at high risk should continue to stay at home. Our Noon and 6pm Sunday Masses will continue to be live-streamed.
View the live stream below on our website:
LIVE STREAM OF MASSES for the 2nd Sunday in Advent
Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm We are closed for lunch from 12:00 pm Noon until 1:00 pm. Other times by appointment.
317-546-4065 (English) 317-443-1615 (Spanish)
The parish office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 24 and 25.
For the Most Current Info, Digital Copies of our Weekly Bulletin, and Copies of Fr. Vinny’s Sunday Homilies
• Click here to listen and view all homilies on our website! • get myParish app for your phone to receive our messages (more info on the next page) • on FACEBOOK visit Iglesia Católica San Lorenzo • send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not been receiving our weekly emails.
Free Online Resources
FORMED – Catholic movies, programs, audio, books www.formed.org Sign up for an account. Choose “I belong to a parish” and select Saint Lawrence.
The following resources are generously being provided by the publishers for free during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Listen to Fr. Vinny's Sunday Homily - November 27, 2022
MASS TIME CHANGE!!!
Tuesday Mass During Advent Only: On November 29 and December 6, 13, and 20, Mass will be at 5:00pm instead of 5:30pm. On Tuesday, December 20 Saint Lawrence will host one of the Simbang Gabi Masses for the Filipino Community.
ADVENT - CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR'S SCHEDULE AT ST. LAWRENCE
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States of America. December 8 is also the Anniversary of our parish, Saint Lawrence.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Festivities for the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of Mexico, the Americas, and the Unborn.
Rosary Novenas to Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayed in the church at 7:00pm in Spanish.
Saturday December 3—Sunday December 11
(Novena on Thursday December 8 will be after the 7:00pm Mass)
Sunday, December 11: Mañanitas starting at 11:45pm in the Church.
Monday, December 12: Feast Day Celebration with Dancers 7:00pm Mass in Spanish
PARISH FAMILY IN NEED OF MEALS
As many of you know, the son of Parishioners Ron & Jenny Flynn, David Flynn, was involved in a very serious automobile accident about 10 weeks ago. He is still in the hospital with serious medical issues and a long, difficult road to recovery. David's wife, Becca, and their 3 children DJ, Derika, and Lainey are in need of meals. There are a few food allergies/sensitivities to keep in mind; Becca does not do well with beef but can have Bison and please no shellfish or cranberries. Please also keep David and the entire Flynn family in your daily prayers. To signup online visit: https://bit.ly/3tz9439 You can also call the Parish Office at 317-546-4065. Thank you so much for your prayers and assistance. The Flynn family is very grateful for their Saint Lawrence family
TRANSPORTATION TO MASS ON SATURDAY
Kevin Wilkes has just moved to the 56th & Post area from Holy Spirit parish. He uses a wheelchair and needs transportation to the Saturday 5:00pm Mass. Please call him at 317-979-7685 if you are able to help.
Purchase Trash Bags and Support Our Saint Lawrence School
Sold on the First Friday of the Month $12/roll Next Sale Date is December 2! 8am-3pm at the Saint Lawrence School Office Come to Door 1 and ring the bell 317-543-4923 Kitchen, leaf, and jumbo 55-gallon bags
Transitioning from Faith Direct to Our Sunday Visitor (OSV)
Saint Lawrence is in the process of switching from Faith Direct to OSV for our online giving. Those already enrolled with Faith Direct should have already received an email with instructions on how to switch. If you did not receive an email, please contact Mel at the Parish Office 317-546-4065. If you are not enrolled in online giving, you are invited to enroll at www.osvhub.com/saintlawrence/giving/funds
2023 ANNUAL ST. JOSEPH SUNDAY MISSALS ARE AVAILABLE
We will once again have the annual St. Joseph Missal available for purchase. The price this year is $4. Missals will be available after Masses.
Mass Celebration in Creole - Selebrasyon Mes Kreyol Legiliz Sen Lawans
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 4:00pm
REMEMBER THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED IN NOVEMBER
This year we will remember our faithful departed by displaying their names on the TV in the narthex. A basket will be located in the narthex to collect the names of your departed loved ones. Please write their names on one of the pieces of paper and place the paper in the basket.
JOB OPPORTUNITY AT SAINT LAWRENCE
The school is in need of a part-time custodian for the afternoon/evening hours Monday-Friday. If you are interested in helping the school in this way or have any questions, please call the school office or email Andy Maxson at email@example.com
The Library will now be open between the Sunday Masses (9:45—11:45 am) on the first 4 Sundays of each month. The Library is located at the north end of the church, past the double doors. Turn right as you leave the sanctuary.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Thank You
Thank you for your generous support last week for the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development! As a parish, we raised funds to support those on the margins who live in poverty in the United States. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to give! Visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections and click “How to Give” under “Resources.”
Resources Regarding the Return to Mass
The Archdiocese Office of Worship and Evangelization has created several videos featuring Archdiocesan speakers that highlight the privilege and joy of being able to celebrate the Eucharist together as the Body of Christ. Each of these very brief videos addresses a specific facet of what a gift and a privilege it is for us to attend Sunday Mass. Please enjoy these videos and share them with others:
For children who suffer. Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for November, inviting everyone to pray for the millions of children who are suffering around the world, especially for those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war.
NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH OF THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on November 2. With the exception of the last two days, the entire month of November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward. The last Sunday, which marks the beginning of Advent, the liturgical color changes to purple, representing a time of penance.
A PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in the faith. O loving mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under thy protection, we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis
PRAYER TO CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift. Help us to care for it and all people, so that we may live in a right relationship-- with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation. Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins. Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected— to our brothers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation, and to future generations. Holy Spirit, the giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us. Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all— individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders. Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home. Amen.
This prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is based on Pope Francis' Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home
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. The 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
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