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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

News and info from Parish Outreach
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!
>>>Food Pantry - The Parish Outreach food pantry appreciates any and all donations, but this week we are in special need of the following items
: 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 of church.   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!  Thank you!

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.

Like Weddings? - 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 sign up.

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.

Congratulations 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.  We are so proud 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.
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!

Youth 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 outside.

Candlemas 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.

St. 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.

Spiritual  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

Transportation 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.

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!

Bishop 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.

Youth 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!

Anointing of the Sick - On Saturday, February 4th Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated immediately following the 9:00AM Mass.

The 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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