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We at Parish Outreach give mighty thanks to God for sending us so many
“cheerful givers” from the St. Lawrence Parish Family! Your impressive
response to our appeal for special donations and assistance over the
last few weeks has left us overflowing with gratitude. Bless you all!
Pantry - The Parish Outreach food pantry appreciates any and
all donations, but this week we are in special need of the following
canned peas, canned beans, canned fruit &and applesauce, egg
noodles, rice (boxed), pancake mix & syrup, chicken broth, jelly, jam
Any and all donations are very much
appreciated especially “bumper crops” from your backyard gardens!
>>>Poor Boxes -
Did you know that proceeds from the poor boxes at the doors of the
church go directly toward St. Lawrence Parish Outreach operational
expenses and to help us keep helping the poor?
If you are not doing so already, please try to get into the habit
of “depositing” your change or a dollar or two each week on your way out
It might be
“spare change” to you, but it adds up and for some it could mean
survival for another day.
Please be as generous as you can be and remember that every cent counts!
Direct - The easiest way to be sure that your gift of
treasure reaches us, even when you can’t be here, is through enrollment
in our electronic offertory program: Faith Direct. If you have not yet
enrolled in Faith Direct, we encourage you to consider doing so this
month. Once you have enrolled, you can relax knowing that St. Lawrence
the Martyr will receive your gifts throughout the summer. Enrollment
forms are available in the church office.
Place For Prayer - Many of us are eager to lift up our
cares, burdens, hopes, and expressions of thanksgiving in prayer, and
one very appealing vehicle for doing that is by way of our Book of
Prayer Intentions. Since its return several months ago, it has become a
much-used place for our parishioners and visitors to St. Lawrence to
pour out their hearts’ desires in writing, and we urge you to continue
to do so. The book can be found on a podium in the Divine Mercy shrine
area, on the Handsome Ave. side of the church. We hope you find it a
helpful and reassuring tool in lifting up to God the people and
situations that are dear to you.
We remind you that
available for parishioners who are dealing with celiac disease or
another form of gluten intolerance.
The hosts are manufactured by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual
in Clyde, MO, and are fully endorsed for use at Mass by the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The gluten content of the hosts is .01%.
Anonymous - Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the school
building in Room 203. Thursdays at 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
Saturdays at 7:00 P.M. and 8:00P.M. For
more information please call (631)-669-1124
Catholic Media - Know anyone away from the church?
In conjunction with Catholics Returning Home LIGHTHOUSE currently
has CDs in the kiosks at the east side doors of the church
addressing "Inactive Catholics:" biblical and historical reasons
for being Catholic, illumination of the treasures of the Church,
logic refuting Atheism and New Age practices, amazing conversion
stories, and much more. We ask only $3 per CD to keep the program
running. Listen to a CD yourself, then pass it on. We
are all called to evangelize!
the Bread & Wine, and the Sanctuary Lamp -
reminder that we offer the opportunity to donate certain items used
in church on a weekly basis, in particular the sanctuary lamp that
burns alongside the tabernacle, or the gifts of bread and wine used
in our celebrations of the Eucharist. Parishioners and friends are
welcome to donate these items for a given week, in honor of a living
or deceased loved one, or for some other special intention. The
name or names of those being remembered, and of the donor(s) are
printed in each week's bulletin. Beautiful gift cards have been
designed to commemorate your donation. The requested offering to
the parish for each is $25. This may come as an appealing
alternative for those of you who stop by the rectory looking to
secure a Mass intention, but find that the date or time you have in
mind is already taken.
Hosts Available -
The hosts are available at any weekend Mass here at St. Lawrence.
The procedure we use is simple:
If you or a member of your family is going to be present for
Mass, and wish to receive a low-gluten host,
you must stop in the sacristy a few minutes before Mass to inform
He will place an unconsecrated host in a separate container, which
will be brought to the altar at the offertory.
At the conclusion of the “Lamb of God,” the person receiving the
low-gluten host should walk to the “Bethany” side of the carpeted
sanctuary, close to the lector’s bench.
You can sit on the bench for a moment if you prefer.
From that spot you will be clearly visible to the priest, and
he will bring you the low-gluten host before distributing Communion
to the rest of the congregation.
(You may then wait for an Extraordinary Minister to go to his
or her station if you would like to receive from the cup.)
Please feel free to contact Fr. Brian if you have any
questions about this procedure.
information on the hosts themselves, please go to
You A Registered Parishioner? -
Many parishioners support St. Lawrence in our weekly collection and
we do not have them listed in our census. We would like to make sure
you are given proper credit for your donations. Being a registered
parishioner makes the process simpler when it is time for
receiving sacraments and registering for faith formation. As a
registered parishioner you will receive special mailings and up to
date information. Please call our Parish Office for more information
Most of us do! . . . the beautiful music, the flowers, the gowns and
tuxedos, the chill one gets hearing the bride and groom profess
their fidelity and love in the familiar phrases of the marriage
vows. Only recently, we re-established “Pre-Cana,” or marriage
preparation here at St. Lawrence after a hiatus of several years.
Now, we’d like to expand our ministry to engaged couples and their
families by enlisting a Wedding Rehearsal Team. As the name
implies, this group of parishioners—who can be married or not—will
learn all the mechanics of the wedding liturgy, and guide couples
and their wedding parties through the rehearsal. This can be a very
rewarding (and fun) ministry, especially if you enjoy the
anticipation and excitement of young, soon-to-be-married people.
If you think you might be interested, please contact the rectory to
leave your name(s) and number. Couples or singles are welcome to
New Altar Servers!
Our altar server program here at St. Lawrence has been very strong
for years now, with a dedicated group of young people ranging in age
from third grade to seniors in high school.
of their commitment to serving at the Lord’s table Sunday after
Sunday; their presence and the reverence with which they serve adds
so much to our gathering for the Eucharist.
Volunteer Appreciation Party
- If you’ve
volunteered in any of our parish ministries in the past year,
please plan on attending as a guest at our PARISH VOLUNTEER
APPRECIATION PARTY Sunday, February 12th @ 12:30. Look here
for future details.
This year, we
have eleven new boys and girls who have been in training since the
fall and will soon be joining the “veterans.”
They are Eric Bossert, Owen Burke, Camden Cheshire, Stash
Chorowski, Brendan Dargis, Sean Folks, James Marino, Rachel
McAuliff, Luke Meserve, Anna Meserve, and Christopher Mulligan.
We look forward to seeing them at their first Mass (and many
others after that), and we congratulate them on accepting such a
beautiful role in our celebration of the Mass!
Ministry - Join us for Youth Group Sunday Nights At
7:00PMpm. Snacks, games, music, prayer, discussion and so Much
More……. All youth sixth grade and above are welcome!!! The Youth
Room is located in the school basement. You may enter from the
Day - Thursday, February 2nd, is the Feast of the
Presentation, or “Candlemas.” As the Gospel recalls the
Presentation of the infant Jesus in the temple, and Simeon’s
declaration that this little one is a “Light to the Gentiles,” we
traditionally bless candles that will be
used in church for the coming year. Those who will be attending the
9:00 morning Mass are welcome to bring candles of your own, to be
used for prayer or devotion at home.
Lawrence Family Mass - 9:00AM Sunday February 5th
This Family Mass is hosted by our 4th Grade Faith Formation
Children. Hospitality will follow in the Bethany Center and will be
provided by St. Lawrence Eucharistic Ministers. We will also have
Hospitality after the 11:00 Mass.
Study Group - It’s a little early to be thinking
about Lent but it’ll be here before we know it. Join us for a group
study that delves into the Most Holy Trinity as the key to bringing
the faith from our heads to our hearts and out into our lives.
Designed for busy people who want to grow in holiness. “Wisdom &
Works of Mercy” based on Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book The One Thing Is
Three. 10 Friday evenings 7:30 - 9:00 in the Bethany Center
beginning January 27th. Materials Fee: $35 Register Now! Call
Bob & Florence at 631.567.5434
Ministry - We are about to begin a new ministry
called the Transportation Ministry. Members of this ministry
volunteer to assist fellow parishioners who are in need of
transportation to church, to the doctor's office, or for other
personal needs. This is an “on call” ministry. If you are interested
in becoming a volunteer or would like more information please call
Lorraine Magyar at (631) 589– 6155.
Outreach - St. Lawrence Food Pantry The Parish
Outreach food pantry appreciates any and all donations, but this
week we are in special need of the following items: Jelly, jam;
Chili, beef stew; Pancake Mix, syrup; Boxed milk; Canned peas,
carrots; Canned ravioli, spaghetti; Crackers; Kids snacks; Cookies,
mini cake brownies; Hand soap; Deodorant; Shampoo, conditioner;
Paper towels, toilet paper. Any gift cards $5,10, 20, 25.
Thank you for your generosity!
Barres will be celebrating noon Mass at Our Lady of
the Snow, 175 Blue Point Avenue, Blue Point on Monday, February
6th. Members of our parish are welcome to attend to meet and
welcome the Bishop.
Choir Last Call! - The boys and girls who’ve signed
up to join the Youth Choir here at St. Lawrence will have their
first rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb 7th at 6:00PM. It’s not too late
to sign up . . . just fill out a gold registration form at the doors
of the church, and give it to Marie Winn at the organ, or bring it
to the rectory. We’re hoping to have a large group, and we’d love
to have YOU!
of the Sick -
On Saturday, February 4th Anointing of the Sick
will be celebrated immediately following the 9:00AM Mass.
RCIA Team is looking to expand! We need some
enthusiastic energetic team members who are excited about their
Catholic faith to help with the RCIA process. The commitment is only
a few hours each month, but the reward is helping others develop a
lifelong loving relationship with Jesus and a deeper personal
understanding of your own faith. No experience is necessary, just a
desire to help others on their faith journey. If interested please
call Jeanmarie (631)589-0042 ext 24
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