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
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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
firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more information.
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
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.
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