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Saint Lawrence was one of seven deacons who were in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out, Pope St. Sixtus was condemned to death. As he was led to execution, Lawrence followed him weeping, "Father, where are you going without your deacon?" he said. "I am not leaving you, my son," answered the Pope. "in three days you will follow me." Full of joy, Lawrence gave to the poor the rest of the money he had on hand and even sold expensive vessels to have more to give away.
The Prefect of Rome, a greedy pagan, thought the Church had a great fortune hidden away. So he ordered Lawrence to bring the Church's treasure to him. The Saint said he would, in three days. Then he went through the city and gathered together all the poor and sick people supported by the Church. When he showed them to the Prefect, he said: "This is the Church's treasure!"
In great anger, the Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. "Turn me over," he said to the judge. "I'm done on this side!" And just before he died, he said, "It's cooked enough now." Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and that the Catholic Faith might spread all over the world. After that, he went to receive the martyr's reward.
Saint Lawrence's feast day is August 10th.
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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 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
MAY - THE MONTH OF MARY
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER
O Mary, you always shine on 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, keeping your faith firm. You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
A PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
We praise you, Lord, and bless you, For in a time of horrific war And pandemic plague, You sent us your mother, Our Lady of Fatima.
We sing praises to you, For even in times of sorrow and fear The Earth is still touched by one such as she. And we are reminded, Knowing that whatever war visits itself upon us, Whatever deprivations, Whatever want, Whatever illness, Whatever calamity endured by humankind That may cause us to look to the sky and despair, That your children do not toil in this world apart from your grace, That our prayers are not unheard And we do not go forth without a mother’s love.
Keep us devoted to you, O Lord, Devoted in our prayer, our words and our acts, That all souls in this world may know your compassion, peace, and mercy, That all souls who have departed this world may find salvation.
Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, pray for us. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Laudato Si Week is May 16-24!
This year marks the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. In celebration, he invites us to join Catholics around the world in committing to action that increases our response to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” Visit www.LaudatoSiWeek.org for resources, action items, and to see how Catholics around the world are making an impact.
Celebrate Laudato Si Week with USCCB’s resources by visiting www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/
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, 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, 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
EXTRA COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND: Catholic Communication Campaign, May 23/34, 2020
Next week, our special collection supports the Catholic Communication Campaign. This campaign connects people with Christ in the United States and in developing countries around the world through the Internet, television, radio, and print media. Fully 50% of the money collected remains here in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to fund local communications efforts. Your support helps spread the Gospel message! To learn more, visit www.usccb.org/ccc. Please use the green envelope in your bi-monthly envelope mailing.
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Our new Saint Lawrence Catholic Church app is now available to download for iPhone and Android smartphones. We will have an official launch once public Masses resume, but until then use the app to stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, Fr. Tom’s homilies, our bulletins, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, and much more. Help foster a stronger parish life at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church and better engage the New Evangelization. Download our app today at myparishapp.com, text app to 88202, or search your phone's app store for myParish.
Fr. Beechem's Under the Big Top Bingo - JOIN US FOR BINGO IN 2021
Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Fr. Beechem Bingo Committee has decided not to reschedule the bingo in 2020.
Please join us on SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2021 for our Fr. Beechem’s Under the Big Top Bingo!!!
Thank you to everyone who has already supported us this year. If you’ve already sent in your reservation, we will not deposit your check.
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
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