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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
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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
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.
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.
Day of Prayer at the Cenacle -
You're invited to a special Lenten Day of Prayer at the Cenacle on
Thursday, March 22nd. Fr. Brian will facilitate the day. We will
begin at 9:30 A.M. and conclude about 3:30 P.M.. Take several
hours for yourself during this sacred season, to ready your spirit
for celebrating the Lord’s Easter triumph. Our day together will
include a morning conference, time for reflection or an outdoor
stroll, lunch, and a closing celebration of the Eucharist. The cost
per person is $45. Make your reservation by contacting the rectory
(589-0042). Checks can be
made payable to St. Lawrence Church, and
need to be dropped off in advance.
Lenten Journey - Stations of the Cross Every Friday
during Lent 7:00 P.M. February 16th and 23rd March 2nd, 9th, 16th,
Friday - A Special Choral Stations the Cross
Friday, March 30th 7:30P.M. in the church
- We all know that “Christmas comes but once a year
. . .” So too, does Ash Wednesday. Nevertheless, you’ll notice
that a bowl of ashes will remain to the right of the sanctuary for
the length of the Lenten season. May they serve as a visual
reminder of the spiritual resolve that we brought to Ash Wednesday,
and of the Lord’s promise to raise us from the dust of death to new
Rice Bowl - ENCOUNTER CESIA We encounter
Cesia in Nicaragua, where, despite a lack of economic opportunity,
young people pursue their dreams by building businesses to better
their lives. How can you work to improve the lives of others this
Lent? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee
their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit
crsricebowl.org for more.
Start! - It was only a few weeks ago that we
officially kicked off the Catholic Ministries Appeal for 2018. As
you know, the CMA is our diocese’s principal means of funding the
programs through which literally thousands of people are helped
right here on Long Island. One such program is Talbot House, a
Catholic Charities facility in that helps people struggling with
substance abuse reclaim their lives through all the stages of the
recovery process. So it’s very encouraging to report that we’re off
to a fast start with this year’s Appeal: at the moment, we have
pledges totaling 31% of our goal, which is $75,300. That’s alot of
goodwill in a very short time, and I want to thank all those who
have contributed so far. Did you know, though, that fewer than 400
households here at St. Lawrence (and we have over 3700!) have been
contributing the entire sum that the Diocese asks of us? If even
100 new households chose to make even a modest pledge this year,
we’d be accomplishing far more for Talbot House and numerous other
programs than we ever have before. Please make a pledge if you
possibly can—donation pamphlets are at the doors of the church, or
you can go to www.drvc.org/CMA.
Thanks so very much, everyone!
Lent—Have a Pretzel! - Believe it or not, pretzels
had their origin as a food eaten during Lent in centuries past.
Because Christians would not eat fat, eggs or milk (among other
things) during this season, they created a special bread from dough
that was made only of flour, water and salt. These little breads
were shaped in the form of arms crossed in prayer, and were called
bracellae (Latin for “little arms”). Among German people, the Latin
word became “bretzel.” These little breads were a common Lenten
food throughout the Middle Ages. So have a pretzel today, and keep
the prayerful purpose of Lent alive in your heart!
Been Confirmed? - Quite a few Catholics have not had
the opportunity to receive this beautiful sacrament, and for any
number of reasons. We would like to make it possible for any
adults or young adults to be confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, May
20th. In preparation, the staff here at St. Lawrence will be
offering a series of 6 or 7 meetings, beginning in April (day and
time TBA). Participants would need to be baptized Catholics, who
have already received Holy Communion. For now, we’d like to know
who is interested. Please contact the rectory, and leave a message
for Fr. Tom at 631.589.0042 x17
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