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St Lawrence Email List - Sign-up for the St Lawrence Email List.  You will receive periodic emails from St Lawrence containing information about important parish events such as special Masses, Holydays of Obligation reminders and church social events, just to name a few.  We hope that everyone at St Lawrence who uses email will sign-up.  Click Here to sign-up now

Faith 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.

A 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.

Alcoholics 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

Lighthouse 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!

Donating the Bread & Wine, and the Sanctuary Lamp - Just a 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.

Low-Gluten Hosts Available - We remind you that low-gluten hosts are 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 Adoration 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%.

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 the priest.  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.  For further information on the hosts themselves, please go to www.benedictinesisters.org.  

Are 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 589-0042.

Transportation Ministry - We have begun 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.

Parish 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!

Communal Anointing Of The Sick - Typically, the beautiful Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (formerly known as “Extreme Unction,” or the “Last Rites”) is celebrated in the home or hospital room of a person who is seriously ill—whether in body, mind, or spirit.  Sometimes the only people present for the ritual are the sick person him/herself, and the priest.  But celebrating this gentle, powerful sacrament can also be a moving experience when experienced communally as a parish family.  Our next large-scale communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick will take place on Sunday, June 25th , during the 11:00A.M. Mass.  Those who are struggling with any kind of significant illness or disability, whether physical or mental, can present themselves for anointing.  Those struggling with a chronic or worsening illness, the debilitating effects of aging, a psychological or psychiatric difficulty, preparation for upcoming surgery, a terminal diagnosis, or any other genuinely significant sickness are apt candidates to receive the Lord’s healing blessing, surrounded by family and  fellow parishioners.

Faith Formation - The Office of Faith Formation invites you to prayerfully consider sharing your faith with a group of children as their catechist.  Come share your faith and gifts with us!  We will guide you, equip you, support you and train you.  Please contact the Office of Faith Formation at 589-3160 for more information.

Ministry Fair - Thank you for volunteering your time and talent to our Parish Family!  We are grateful to you for being a generous steward of the gifts God gave you. Coordinators of each ministry will be contacting you. If you were not able to attend last week's Ministry Fair but you are interested in signing up for a particular parish ministry please call the rectory for more information.(631) 589-0042

Thank You, Knights Of Columbus! - A big THANK YOU goes out to our St. Lawrence Council Knights of Columbus, for treating our young ministers (altar servers, youth choir, junior lectors, Children’s Liturgy of the Word readers, youth group members)  to a night of bowling and pizza   at the Sayville Lanes on Friday!  The kids who attended really seemed to enjoy themselves.  We had some boys and girls who have been giving their time for years now, and others who have really just gotten started.  I think all of them sensed that they are valued by the parish, and appreciated for what they do.  On behalf of the parish staff and myself—not to mention our young parishioners and their families—please accept our thanks for such an enjoyable time!   Fr. Brian

Family Movie Night - The Family Life Committee is happy to sponsor our Annual Family Movie Night on Friday, June 30th at 8:30 P.M.  Bring your lawn chairs and join the fun  on the great lawn adjacent to the school.  All of the parish family is invited to experience the fun of an old fashioned outdoor movie.   Our $2.00 admission includes a drink and a snack.





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