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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.


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:  Boxed milk, Pasta sauce, Soup, Snacks, Toothpaste, Paper towels, Bath tissue. Gift cards (Stop & Shop, Best Market, Dollar Tree). Thank you for your ongoing generosity and support.

CRS Rice Bowl - ENCOUNTER LENT - Join our faith community—and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from one of the tables by the doors on Ash Wednesday, February 14th . During the 40 days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.

Abstinence and Fasting - All Catholics who have reached their fourteenth year are bound to abstain entirely from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics between the ages of eighteen and fifty-nine inclusive are also bound to observe the law of fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Two other light meals, which together do not equal a full meal, may be taken during the day. Those whose work or health would be impaired are excused from fast and abstinence. Individual conscience should decide proper cause for excuse. A more serious reason is required to excuse oneself from Ash Wednesday and Good Friday fast and abstinence.

Do We Still Use Those Orange Envelopes?   We certainly do!  The orange Building Fund envelopes included in your donation packets were first used when the parish was raising money to pay for the Bethany Center.  Since then, any gifts that come to the parish in one of those envelopes go into    a fund for the continuing upkeep of the church, the Bethany Center, the school, and related projects.  Most of you don’t wander into the sacristy very often (the sacristy is the pair of rooms just behind the altar area), but we just recently had a brand new ceiling installed there (the old tiles had become desperately warped, broken and stained over the years).  The cost was a little over $1,200.  So if you’re able to contribute to the ongoing upkeep of our buildings and grounds in this way, please do.  Every gift is greatly appreciated!

Catholic Family Bible Experience - It’s not too late to participate in the Catholic Family Bible Experience.    You will receive two copies of “The Books of the Bible”, a reading plan (about 60 pages per week), and instructions on how to pray with scripture using Lectio Divina.  Why not make reading from the Bible together with members of your family part of your Lenten observance this year? You may receive your books at a Presentation Prayer Service on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 PM in the church.  If you are unable to attend, you may pick up your books after all the Masses on the weekend of February 24 and 25. Please contact Jean Rico at 589- 3160 or      jrico@stlawrencesayville.org to sign up or for more information.

Defensive Driving Course - Save money on your insurance or remove up to 4 points off your license. Good for three years   The Saint Lawrence Knights of Columbus will provide a community service by hosting a defensive driving course in The Bethany parish center behind St. Lawrence the  Martyr Church in Sayville.   Cost of class is $35.00 when mailed in or $40.00 at the door.  Price includes coffee/bagel breakfast & Wrap/ Salad Lunch. Registration is required by calling the council @ 631-317-9027. Class limit is 40. Please make checks payable to: “St. Lawrence Council”   Our next class is Saturday, March 3rd at 9:00am

Do You Still Have a Baby Bottle? - We are still collecting baby bottles for our parish’s recent baby bottle drive for the Life Center of Long Island. It’s not too late to return your bottle! We will take them back full or empty. Please bring it to the church or rectory, so that we may return it to the Life Center. Thank you!

 

 

 


 

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