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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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