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Confessions, Anointing of the Sick, or any other need: Call the Parish Office at 317-546-4065.
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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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Holy Heroes Mass prep activities for kids https://www.holyheroes.com/MassPrep-s/57.htm 

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Living with Christ http://www.livingwithchrist.us/#covid 

Liturgy Training Publications https://www.ltp.org/resources-during-crisis 

Find more digital resources on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website at http://www.usccb.org/about/communications/prayer-resources-for-the-coronavirus-crisis.cfm 

COMMUNION SERVICES

ALL COMMUNION SERVICES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

ROSARY

ALL ROSARIES PRAYED IN THE CHURCH BUILDING INCLUDING THE CHAPEL ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE TUESDAY AFTERNOON ROSARY GROUP WHICH MEETS IN THE HOMES IS NOT MEETING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

CONFESSIONS

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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

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. In danger of death, please call our emergency number 317-987-7818.

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LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON MAY 17, 2020

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Read Fr. Tom's Homily for May 10, 2020 (English, Spanish)

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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

MAY - THE MONTH OF MARY

month of maryPOPE 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.

pope francis mothers day

 

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.

Amen.

 

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

Amen.

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.

Download Our New Parish App!

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.

frbeecham 2020 save the dateFr. 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.

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

 

Parish Annual Report

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St. LAWRENCE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

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June2019 MATN Update

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE

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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

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