A Message From Father Brian

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragically misguided decision in the case of Roe v. Wade to permit abortion on demand in virtually all circumstances.  For more than four decades now, this anniversary has been the occasion for profound grief on the part of all who insist that an unborn child is nonetheless a living human person, deserving of the greatest measure of care, protection, and the right to life itself.  January 22nd has also     become a focal opportunity for prayer and civil protest, as thousands converge yearly on our nation’s capitol to give witness to our deeply held belief in the sanctity of life, whether born or as yet unborn.  This year the actual March for Life will take place on Friday, January 27th because of President Trump’s inaugural on the 20th.

As a parish community, we invite you to lend your prayerful support to this all-important cause in any of a number of ways.  It’s not too late to join the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. (St. Lawrence contributes toward the bus that we will be sharing with Our Lady of Snow).  If you do, you will surely not regret the experience of participating in an event that rallies so much passion, conviction, and hope.  We will certainly keep the marchers—whether from our own parish or around the nation—in our prayers that day.

This weekend we are once again launching our
Baby    Bottle Fundraising Campaign.  Take an empty baby bottle as you leave church today, and fill it with bills and loose change over the next few weeks.  Return the bottle the weekend of February 12th.  All the proceeds will go to supporting the Life Center of Long Island, and the programs they’ve created to promote a culture of life, especially by assisting couples in crisis pregnancies.

On Friday, January 27nd—the day of the March in Washington—we invite parishioners to come together for prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the very Lord of Life (see the ad in this bulletin).  Our God hears every whisper of our hearts . . . let us be especially mindful this week of those who have no voice, but whom the Lord cherishes as much as any other man, woman, or child.

May God bless our nation, and may our brother and patron, St. Lawrence, pray for us.
  God love you
!

 



THE QUESTION BOX

Just for fun—and some ongoing education—each week’s bulletin offers a question on our Catholic spirituality and tradition. Enjoy!

Question:  This coming Thursday, the Church will observe the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, recalling the day that Mary and Joseph brought their infant son to the Jerusalem temple to perform the rites prescribed in the Law of Moses.  The Church has traditionally associated this feast with the blessing of what?

(a)  children
(b)  sacred oils
(c)  candles
(d)  baptismal garments

Answer:  In the Gospel for the Feast of the Presentation, St. Luke describes the elderly prophet Simeon taking Jesus into his arms, and praising God for allowing him to see Israel’s salvation, who will be “a light of revelation to the Gentiles.”  Jesus is often spoken of as the Light of the World.  With that connection in mind, the Church traditionally blesses candles on this feast day.  The answer is (c).   

 

 

 

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