PARISH OFFICE HOURS
The Parish Office is closed to the public. Some staff will be working in the office through the week and may be able to assist you. Please call ahead and leave a message on the parish voice mail if no one answers the phone 317-546-4065. You may also email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLIC MASSES AT ST. LAWRENCE AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF INDIANA
Based on the recommendations from health officials concerning the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bishops of Indiana have asked all parishes in Indiana to suspend all public Sunday and weekday Masses effective March 18 until further notice. We will not be celebrating any public Masses at Saint Lawrence until we receive permission from Archbishop Thompson. In addition, Archbishop Thompson has suspended all other liturgical services and gatherings of the faithful effective March 18 until further notice. This includes prayer groups, rosaries, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Communion Services, and all other groups meeting in the Church building.
ALL COMMUNION SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
ALL ROSARIES PRAYED IN THE CHURCH BUILDING INCLUDING THE CHAPEL ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
CONFESSIONS CURRENTLY ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. PLEASE CALL THE PARISH OFFICE TO SCHEDULE
ALL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
Please call the Parish Office at 317-546-4065 if you need Fr. Tom to anoint you.
LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON MARCH 29, 2020
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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 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
St. Lawrence School Update
Dear Friends in Catholic Education,
As we begin another week of providing the best Catholic education and formation possible in light of the inability to do so in our wonderful school, please know that each of you remain in our daily prayers. Attached you will find a letter from Gina Fleming, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Office of Catholic Schools. Click here to read the letter.
May God bless you and your family always.
Sarah Jean Watson
ST. LAWRENCE FPO SPRING FLOWER SALE - LAST CHANCE!
Just in time for Mother’s Day Did you miss our deadline to order flowers? Good news, the deadline has been extended!! We have a few items still available. A flat of mixed impatiens or mixed petunias ($18 flat/$9 half flat) and $20 Hanging baskets - Shade basket, Proven Winner combo basket, or Ivy Geranium basket (Red, Rose or White). Please call, text or email Megan Smith by March 31st to place an additional order! Thank you! email@example.com 317-910-7216.
EXTRA COLLECTIONS MARCH 22 AND 29
Since we are not celebrating public Masses, please consider mailing your donations to the Saint Lawrence Parish Office, 6944 E 46th St, Indianapolis, IN 46226. You may also drop off your donation through the front porch door mail slot at the Parish Office or make a donation online by clicking here.
March 22: Catholic Relief Services
March 29: Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa
March 29: Saint Vincent de Paul – Saint Lawrence Conference
OPPORTUNITY TO DREAM
Young people must be provided good nutrition to be able to pursue their dreams. Did you have the opportunity to dream? What can you do to give young people the opportunity to dream? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.
NEW DATE!!!!!! Join us in Fr. Beechem Gym on Saturday May 2, 2020 6:00-11:00pm
Doors open at 5:30pm.
Bingo begins at 7:30pm.
Tickets now on sale at the Parish Office!
$40/person (until April 1); $45/person (after April 1)
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 after bingo. Extra opportunities: silent auction, 50/50 raffle, pull tabs, other games of chance.
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.
ONLINE AUCTION is April 14-16, 2020
Keep checking the bulletin for more info.
Questions? Contact Siobhan Minch at 317-416-9182 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
We are collecting donations of gift cards ($10-$100 value) and bottles of wine/spirits. Please bring your donations to the Parish Office.
Parish Annual Report
Click here to view the Parish Annual Report for 2019
Sexual Abuse Scandal
The sexual abuse scandal has gripped the Catholic Church for the past thirty years, and continues to wreak havoc even today. It's been a diabolical masterpiece, one that has compromised the work of the Church in every way and has left countless lives in ruins. Many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?"
In this stirring manifesto, Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight. Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today.
For Catholics questioning their faith, searching desperately for encouragement and hope, this book will offer reasons to stay and fight for the Body of Christ.
St. Lawrence has purchased copies of this book for each family in our parish. If you did not pick one up after Mass this past weekend, please stop by the Parish Office to get your copy!
Want to discuss this book? Deacon Tom will lead two book discussions in English: Wednesday, September 18 at 7pm at St. Lawrence School (enter through door #1), and Sunday, September 22 after the noon Mass (1:15pm) in the Learning Center at Church
HELPFUL INFORMATION REGARDING RECENT NEWS REPORTS ON BREBEUF HIGH SCHOOL AND CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL
This is good material presenting the full wording from the Archbishop's (and the Church's) point of view.
Archbishop Thompson's live streamed meeting with the press at 1:00 p.m., statements regarding frequently asked questions, and Criterion staff members story.
Click here to view the key facts and frequently asked questions
Click here to read our Criterion news story
St. LAWRENCE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT
Click here to view the report.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE
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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