All buildings on our campus are closed to the public.
Confessions, Anointing of the Sick, or any other need: Call the Parish Office at 317-546-4065.
Holy Water now available on the front porch of the Parish Office. Please bring a container.
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Pastor's Corner

tom schliessman

March 29, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I saw a headline a few days ago that went, “Self-isolation is solidarity.” I laughed. Now this was coming from a secular, somewhat political source, so it sounded a little bit like Orwellian “newspeak.” But from our spiritual background, we know this is a profound paradox. At this time, our inability to receive the Eucharist and the limited access we have to Confession remind us of those who regularly are bereft of these. There are the sick at home, those whose living situations leave them unprepared, those with few priests available such as the regions of the Amazon, and those who are imprisoned and persecuted across the globe. At this time we can take our experiences of separation from the sacraments and from praying in each other’s presence. And use them to share Christ’s cross with those throughout the world and in our midst who regularly are without these means of grace.

In cooperation with the Governor’s most recent directives, we will not have Parish Office Hours during these times. The staff will be working from home as much as possible. We are keeping in touch through the website, email, and Facebook. We are preparing other ways to get information out to you. Please check out the website and follow me on twitter @FrTomS. Holy Water and bulletins are available on the front porch of the Office.

Many of you are asking if I can live-stream Mass. I am at least another week away from this. In the meantime, please check out, at archindy.org, the links to many other Masses that are available online, as well as on TV stations. I am still saying Mass according to our parish schedule, it is simple not public at this time. During these Masses, you are in my
heart and prayers.

This weekend is the 5th weekend of the month, when we have a second collection for Saint Vincent de Paul. At a time like this more people will be asking us for emergency help and going to food banks. Please remember to donate to St. Vincent de Paul if you can.

And thank you for remembering us, as you have been bringing your collection to the Office, mailing checks, using electronic giving through Faith Direct, and other gifts. Contact Susie Navarro if you would like to give through other means, such as by credit card.

Because of your generosity during these lean times, we are able to continue to pay our bills and support our employees.

I had a few enquiries this past week asking what is a Parochial Vicar. It regards something parishioners have seen in the Criterion that Fr. Binu Matthew will be our Parochial Vicar. Fr. Matthew is a priest coming to work in the Archdiocese. He is expected to arrive in a month or two (I have no idea what the recent changes in travel will allow). Fr. Matthew will have an assignment this coming July. But we will provide an immediate assignment and home for him until July.

Parochial Vicar is the term used in canon law for what we normally call an associate pastor; in former times, a Curate or an assistant pastor. Father Martin was my parochial vicar. The Korean priest who takes care of the chapel down the road is officially my parochial vicar. Fr. Matthew will be with us just a short time. During that time we will be getting him acclimated to Indianapolis. He will have some personal things to work on while at Saint Lawrence, such as learning how to drive. I am told I don't have to give him lessons.

I planned on taking a vacation this coming week, during school Spring Break. I have not made any travel plans though. But whether I am near or far, I will be saying Mass.

Here are a couple prayers for this week:

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Heavenly Father, Bless us with a sense of unity in our 3-year Capital Campaign. May our Church Family be generous as we work for the future of our Church and School. Please keep us rooted in your word and work. You have helped us in the past with our necessary resources, again we need your help and blessings. We thank you for this in the precious name of Jesus, Our Lord. Amen

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. LAWRENCE
O St. Lawrence, who in your youth suffered and died for the faith, hear our prayers. With confidence we fly to your aid. Obtain for us deep faith, strong hope, a sincere love of God and neighbor, pure chastity and humble obedience. Inspire us to come to the aid of the poor, the needy, the sick and the afflicted. Lead us on the path of conversion. May God’s Kingdom spread far and wide on earth. Help us in all our needs especially (Insert your special intention here) Finally, grant that we live as worthy people of God, die
a holy death and join you eternally in heaven. Amen.


Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas: 

Hace unos días vi un titular que decía: "El autoaislamiento es solidaridad". Esto venía de una fuente laica, algo política, así que sonaba un poco como "neolengua" orwelliana Pero por nuestro trasfondo espiritual, sabemos que esto es una profunda paradoja. En este momento, nuestra incapacidad de recibir la Eucaristía y el acceso limitado que tenemos a la Confesión nos recuerda a aquellos que regularmente están privados de ellos. Hay enfermos en casa, aquellos cuyas situaciones de vida los toman desprevenidos, aquellos con pocos sacerdotes disponibles, como las regiones del Amazonas, y aquellos que están encarcelados y perseguidos en todo el mundo. En este momento podemos tomar la experiencia de la separación de los sacramentos y para orar en la presencia de unos con otros. Y úsalos para compartir la cruz de Cristo con aquellos en todo el mundo y entre nosotros que regularmente están sin estos medios de gracia.

En cooperación con las recientes medidas del Gobernador, no tendremos horario de oficinas. El personal trabajará desde la casa en lo que más sea posible. Nos mantendremos en contacto a través de nuestro sitio web, correo electrónico y Facebook. Estamos organizando otras formas en que podamos comunicarnos. Por favor, revise la página web y sígame en twitter @Frtoms. Tenemos disponible Agua Bendita y boletines en la puerta de entrada a la Oficina.

Muchos de ustedes me preguntan si puedo transmitir en vivo la Misa. Posiblemente en una semana más. Mientras tanto, por favor echa un vistazo, en www.archindy.org, y encontrara muchos enlaces con misas disponibles en línea, así como en las canales de televisión. Aún sigo celebrando la misa de acuerdo al horario de la parroquia, es muy simple pero no pública por ahora. Durante estas Misas, ustedes están en mi corazón y en mis oraciones.

Esta semana es el 5to domingo del mes, cuando regularmente tendríamos la segunda colecta para San Vicente de Paul. En circunstancias como estas las personas requieren de mayor en situaciones de emergencia hasta de los bancos de alimentos. En lo que cabe a sus necesidades por favor recuerde contribuir con San Vicente de Paul.
Muchas gracias por recordarnos, al traer sus contribuciones a la oficina, enviando sus cheques por correo, utilizando las donaciones electrónicamente con FAITH DIRECT, y otros regalos. Puede ponerse en comunicación con Susie Navarro si le gustaría hacer alguna contribución por tarjeta de crédito.

La semana pasada me preguntaron que era un Vicario Parroquial. Esto en relación a los que unos feligreses vieron en el Criterion de que el Padre Binu Matthew seria nuestro nuevo Vicario Parroquial. Padre Matthew es un sacerdote que viene a trabajar en la Arquidiócesis. Él podría estar llegando en uno o dos meses (no tengo idea si los recientes cambios en los viajes le afectarían). Al Padre Matthew será asignando en julio. Mientras tanto nosotros le daremos asignaciones hasta el mes de julio.

Vicario parroquial es el término usado en el derecho canónico para lo que normalmente llamamos un pastor asociado; en tiempos anteriores, se le conocía como un cura o un pastor asistente. El Padre Martin fue un vicario parroquial. El Padre koreano que cuida la capilla en la calle 46 es oficialmente mi vicario parroquial. El Padre Matthew estará con nosotros por un corto tiempo. Durante ese tiempo le ayudaremos a sentirse cómodo en Indianápolis. Tiene algunas cosas personales en las que tendrá que trabajar mientras este en San Lorenzo, como aprender a conducir. Me han dicho que no soy yo quien debe darle estas lecciones.

Estoy planeado tomar vacaciones la próxima semana de Vacaciones de Primavera. Aunque no tenga planes de viajar. Pero este cerca o lejos, daré inicio celebrando la Misa.
Aquí tengo unas oraciones para esta semana:

CAMPANA CAPITAL
Padre Celestial, bendícenos con un sentido de unidad en nuestra campaña capital de tres años. Te pedimos que nuestra familia eclesial sea generosa como trabajamos para el futuro de nuestra iglesia y escuela. Mantennos arraigados en tu palabra y en tu obra. Nos has ayudado antes dándonoslos recursos necesarios. Necesitamos de tu ayuda y bendición una vez más. Te damos gracias, en el precioso nombre de Jesús, Nuestro Señor. AMEN

NOVENA A SAN LORENZO
Oh San Lorenzo, que en tu juventud sufriste y moriste por la fe, escucha nuestras oraciones. Danos una fe profunda, firme en la esperanza. Un amor sincero a Dios y al prójimo, a la castidad y la humildad obediente. Inspíranos, ayudar a los pobres, a los necesitados, a los enfermos y a los afligidos. Guíanos por el camino de la conversión. Que Dios todopoderoso, se extienda por todo el mundo y nos ayude en todas nuestras necesidades (intención especial) Finalmente, concédenos que vivamos dignamente como hijos de Dios, con una santa muerte, y así unirnos eternamente en el cielo. Amén 

                                                            En Cristo Nuestro Señor,

fr.tom sig 

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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 kczachura@saintlawrence.net

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.

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.

CONFESSIONS

CONFESSIONS CURRENTLY ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. PLEASE CALL THE PARISH OFFICE TO SCHEDULE
317-546-4065.

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.

LISTEN TO FATHER TOM'S HOMILY AT ST. LAWRENCE ON MARCH 29, 2020

Click here to view all homilies!.

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! mmoloney4@yahoo.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.

frbeecham 2020 save the date

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 minchkeith@sbcglobal.net 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.
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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.

June2019 MATN Update

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

AROUND TOWN

Click here to view other happenings, events and programs occurring outside of St. Lawrence but within our community.

 
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