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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
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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.
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!
Bowl - Easter Sunday Encounter The Risen Christ - We
prayed, fasted and gave alms—and now we celebrate Easter joy! Our
Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends as we encounter our Risen
Lord. We reflect on our brothers and sisters we have walked with,
and we commit to bringing Easter joy to each person we meet in our
daily lives. Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to the Faith
Formation Office located in the school building.
Ministering As An Extraordinary
Minister - We need You! In a parish as sizeable as
ours, there is always need for more people—both young and old—to
share themselves as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. As
any of our current “EMs” will tell you, this is an especially
beautiful role to take in the celebration of the Mass, and one that
almost always enhances the spiritual life of the minister himself or
herself. Please don’t get tripped up by an “I’m not worthy to do
that” mentality . . . none of us is deserving of the opportunities
God places in our path, but he calls as generous stewards to use our
gifts as best we can. With Diocesan training sessions coming up
soon (the first of several is April 14th), we invite interested
parishioners to contact Fr. Tom NOW at the rectory (ext. 17). A
very brief interview will be scheduled, after which you will
participate in a one-day Diocesan training session. There is no fee
. . . all that’s required is your openness to allowing the Lord to
use you as his instrument in sharing his precious Body and Blood.
Young parishioners are more than welcome!
must be entering their junior year of high school, and we’d love to
Life Committee Plant Sale - Saturday, May 5th
Sunday, May 6th before and after all
of the Blessed Sacrament - Friday, May 4th with
Exposition at 12:00 Noon & Benediction at 3:30 P.M. The Chaplet of
Divine Mercy will be prayed communally at 3:00 P.M., and Benediction
of the Blessed Sacrament follows at 3:30 P.M. You are encouraged to
commit yourself to a set period of adoration by signing the sheet
on the enter table at the rear of the church.
Day of Prayer with Fr. Brian - After being snowed
out twice, we hope the third attempt is a charm as we enjoy a
special Spring Day of Prayer at the Cenacle Retreat Center on
Thursday, May 24th. Fr. Brian will facilitate the day. We will
begin at 9:30 A.M. and conclude about 3:30 P.M.. Our day together
will include a morning conference, time for reflection or an outdoor
stroll, a hot 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 by May 17th at the latest.
Lawrence Family Mass - 9:00AM Sunday, May 6th
Hospitality will follow in the Bethany Center after the 9:00 and
11:00AM Masses. This month’s Mass is hosted by our 7th graders, &
hospitality is provided by St. Lawrence Columbiettes.
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