RCIA - Joining the Faith

rciaEach year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of people are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA.

Interested in the Catholic Faith?
Do you know of someone who is searching, and trying to find God? Do you have a friend, neighbor or spouse who has asked questions about the Catholic Faith? Do you know of someone who maybe went to church as a child but has lapsed in the religious practice? Invite them to join us this fall for information sessions about the Catholic Faith. The journey of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) begins with inquiry – asking questions. For more information contact the Parish Office at 317.546.4065 or Sandra Hartlieb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 317-372-5925.

What are the steps of RCIA?
Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.

The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God's inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church.

The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect.

The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

As a newly initiated Catholic, they continue their formation and education continue in the Period of the Post Baptismal Catechesis, which is also called Mystagogy. This period continues at least until Pentecost. During the period the newly baptized members reflect on their experiences at the Easter Vigil and continue to learn more about the Scriptures, the Sacraments, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In addition they reflect on how they will serve Christ and help in the Church's mission and outreach activities.

What is meant when by coming into full communion with the Church?
Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for already baptized Christians. In most cases, these individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called Candidates, usually participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Although some preparation may be with Catechumens preparing for baptism, the preparation for Candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities. The Candidates may be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil or at another Sunday during the year depending on pastoral circumstances and readiness of the Candidate.


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St. Lawrence Catholic Inquiry Q & A

Want to know more about the Catholic Faith? Know someone who is interested in the Catholic Church? Know someone who wants to return to the Church? Is your Spouse Non-Catholic? Have kids enrolled in Catholic School?

YOU have questions - WE have answers!

Come to an informal meeting. Ask questions - No pressure - No Commitment! Refreshments!

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LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S HOMILY ON APRIL 14, 2019

LISTEN TO FATHER MARTIN'S HOMILY ON APRIL 14, 2019

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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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