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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Reconciliation

reconciliationSacrament of Reconciliation Schedule

First Friday Confessions – Following the 8:15am Mass

Confessions are also available every Saturday night before the 5:00pm mass from 4:00-4:45pm in the Church. Sunday morning before the 9:00am Mass from 8:00-8:45am, Sunday evening before the 6:00pm Misa from 5:00-5:45pm, and Thursday evening before the 7:00pm Misa Mass from 6:00-6:45pm.

Why Do We Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

The Sacrament of Reconiciliation is a practice of holiness, an action in which we seek Christ's peace and strength, and a sacramental sign in which we come more and more to know God's love.

Without the Sacrament of REconciliation, we are apt to do one of two things: 1) Drift into a life of indifference about our actions as if God doesn't really care what we do, or 2) A life of self disgust about our action in which forgiveness does not take place.

Instead of either indifference or self disgust, when we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation we say to God, "well in spite of all I may say or fancy, this is whatI am really like, so please help my weakness."

Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a fresh start on life. Writer G.K. Chesterson, said that wehn we receive absolution we are only five minutes old. We start afresh with glad hearts and prayerful gratitude.

In confession, the break-through to new life occurs. When sin is hated, admitted and forgiven, there the break with the past is amde. Old things hav passed away. But where there isa break iwth sin, there is conversion. Confession is conversion. Behold, all things become new. Christ has made a new beginning with us. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

What happened to us in baptism is bestowed upon us anew in confession. We are delivered out of darkness into the kingdom of Jesus Christ. This is joyful news! Confession is the renewal of teh job of baptism. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Examination of Conscience
This suggested form for an examination of conscience should be completed and adapted to meet the needs of different individuals and to follow local usage. In an examination of conscience, before the sacrament of penance, each individual should ask himself these questions in particular:

  1. What is my attitude to the sacrament of penance? Do I sincerely want to be set free from sin, to turn again to God, to begin a new life, and to enter into a deeper friendship with God? Or do I look on it as a burden, to be undertaken as seldom as possible?
  2. Did I forget to mention, or deliberately conceal, any grave sins in past confessions?
  3. Did I perform the penance I was given? Did I make reparation for any injury to others? Have I tried to put into practice my resolution to lead a better life in keeping with the gospel?

Each individual should examine his life in the light of God’s word.

I. The Lord says: “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart.”

  1. Is my heart set on God, so that I really love him above all things and am faithful to his commandments, as a son loves his father? Or am I more concerned about the things of this world? Have I a right intention in what I do?
  2. God spoke to us in his Son. Is my faith in God firm and secure? Am I wholehearted in accepting the Church’s teaching? Have I been careful to grow in my understanding of the faith, to hear God’s word, to listen to instructions on the faith, to avoid dangers to faith? Have I been always strong and fearless in professing my faith in God and the Church? Have I been willing to be known as a Christian in private and public life?
  3. Have I prayed morning and evening? When I pray, do I really raise my mind and heart to God or is it a matter of words only? Do I offer God my difficulties, my joys, and my sorrows? Do I turn to God in time of temptation?
  4. Have I love and reverence for God’s name? Have I offended him in blasphemy, swearing falsely, or taking his name in vain? Have I shown disrespect for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints?
  5. Do I keep Sundays and feast days holy by taking a full part, with attention and devotion, in the liturgy and especially in the Mass? Have I fulfilled the precept of annual confession and of communion during the Easter season?
  6. Are there false gods that I worship by giving them greater attention and deeper trust than I give to God: money, superstition, or other occult practices?


II. The Lord says: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

  1. Have a genuine love for my neighbors? Or do I use them for my own ends, or do to them what I would not want done to myself? Have I given grave scandal by my words or actions?
  2. In my family life, have I contributed to the well-being and happiness of the rest of the family by patience and genuine love? Have I been obedient by parents, showing them proper respect and giving them help in their spiritual and material needs? Have I been careful to give a Christian upbringing to my children, and to help them by good example and by exercising authority as a parent? Have I been faithful to my husband (wife) in my heart and in my relations with others?
  3. Do I share my possessions with the less fortunate? Do I do my best to help the victims of oppression, misfortune, and poverty? Or do I look down on my neighbor, especially the poor, the sick, the elderly, strangers, and people of other races?
  4. Does my life reflect the mission I received in confirmation? Do I share in the apostolic and charitable works of the Church and in the life of my parish? Have I helped to meet the needs of the Church and of the world and prayed for them: for unity in the Church, for the spread of the Gospel among the nations, for peace and justice, etc.?
  5. Am I concerned for the food and prosperity of the human community in which I live, or do I spend my life caring only for myself? Do I share to the best of my ability in the work of promoting justice, morality, harmony, and love in human relations? Have I done my duty as a citizen? Have I paid my taxes?
  6. In my work or profession am I just, hard-working, honest, serving society out of love for others? Have I paid a fair wage to my employees? Have I been faithful to my promises and contracts?
  7. Have I obeyed legitimate authority and given it due respect?
  8. If I am in a position of responsibility or authority, do I use this for my own advantage or for the good of others, in a spirit of service?
  9. Have I been truthful and fair, or have I injured others by deceit, calumny, detraction, rash judgment, or violation of a secret?
  10. Have I done violence to others by damage to life or limb, reputation, honor, or material possessions? Have I involved them in loss? Have I been responsible for advising an abortion or procuring one? Have I kept up hatred for others? Am I estranged from others through quarrels, enmity, insults, anger? Have I been guilty of refusing to testify to the innocence of another because of selfishness?
  11. Have I stolen the property of others? Have I desired it unjustly and inordinately? Have I damaged it? Have I made restitution of other people’s property and made good their loss?
  12. If I have been injured, have I been ready to make peace for the love of Christ and to forgive, or do I harbor hatred and the desire for revenge?

III. Christ our Lord says: “Be perfect as your Father is perfect.”

  1. Where is my life really leading me? Is the hope of eternal life my inspiration? Have I tried to grow in the life of the Spirit through prayer, reading the word of God and meditating on it, receiving the sacraments, self-denial? Have I been anxious to control my vices, my bad inclinations and passions, e.g., envy, love of food and drink? Have I been proud and boastful, thinking myself better in the sight of God and despising others as less important than myself? Have I imposed by own will on others, without respecting their freedom and rights?
  2. What use have I made of time, of health and strength, of the gifts God have given to me to be used like the talents in the Gospel? Do I use them to become more perfect every day? Or have I been lazy and too much given to leisure?
  3. Have I been patient in accepting the sorrows and disappointments of life? How have I performed mortification so as to “fill up what is wanting to the sufferings of Christ”? Have I kept the precept of fasting and abstinence?
  4. Have I kept my senses and my whole body pure and chaste as a temple of the Holy Spirit consecrated for resurrection and glory, and as a sign of God’s faithful love for men and women, a sign that is seen most perfectly in the sacrament of matrimony? Have I dishonored my body by fornication, impurity, unworthy conversation or thoughts, evil desires, or actions? Have I given in to sensuality? Have I indulged in reading, conversation, shows, and entertainments that offend against Christian and human decency? Have I encouraged others to sin by my own failure to maintain these standards? Have I been faithful to the moral law in my married life?
  5. Have I gone against my conscience out of fear or hypocrisy?
  6. Have I always tried to act in the true freedom of the sons of God according to the law of the Spirit, or am I the slave to the forces within me?

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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

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