The following is from the homily Pope Francis gave October 4 in Assisi:
“Where did Francis’s journey to Christ begin? It began with the gaze of the crucified Jesus. With letting Jesus look at us at the very moment that he gives his life for us and draws us to himself. Francis experienced this in a special way in the Church of San Damiano, as he prayed before the cross which I too will have an opportunity to venerate.
All parishioners are invited to see the progress in renovations in the parish center this Sunday, October 13 after Masses between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. There is still more work to do, but the new meeting rooms are beautiful and functional. Coffee and pastries will be served, so come and see what your generous support has been able to accomplish so far.
Our St. Lawrence Men’s Ministry runs every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 8:30. It starts on time and ends on time, so you get an early morning dose of spirituality and fellowship with other guys on the same path you are trying to walk, then you get the day started with kids and family and other stuff you are busy with. Come and check out the next series that deals with the most elusive thing we are all seeking: happiness.
A special thanks to all who participated in or donated to the 2013 Golf Outing which honored Deacon Mark Shkreli for his many years of service to the parish. The committee for the outing was led by Joe Cavanaugh, and included Chris Feehan, Frank Mengler, Greg Austin, Dave Thompson, (check with them for other names), and raised $17,255.72 for our youth ministry in the parish.
Save the date: October 13! After each of the Masses there will be an “Open House” to view the progress of the renovations in the second floor of the parish center. There will be two conference rooms, three small meeting rooms, a café and new bathrooms. This will create useful space for us to hold more parish functions and adult faith formation.
Thanks to Jan and Jean Anthony for their donation of the new Monstrance and to Jim Lundy for his donation of the new Thabor stand for the Monstrance, both of which will be used for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Our old Monstrance dates back 100 years, having been given by the Knights of Columbus to Fr. Phelan, the pastor who built our current church in 1915! That monstrance will soon be retired and on display with other historical artifacts from the parish.
Adoration - Angela Morelli
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Altar Servers-Lectors - Deacon Mark Shkreli
email@example.com - 917-335-5607
Bereavement - George Waters
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Catholic Daughters - Mary Thomson
email@example.com - 845-279-6949
Choir - Walter McSpedon
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Communications Ministry - Wendy Giner
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CYO - Tim Nevin
The St. Lawrence Praise and Worship Band is inviting new members to join. If you have a talent, we can use you to help lead the people give praise to God. Singers, guitarists, drummers and other instruments are welcome. Contact Gina Seaman at 914-523-3617 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults and teens welcome, no experience necessary.
Sunday, October 6th, is “Respect Life Sunday.” During the entire month, please pray for all human life. As Christians, we believe life begins at the moment of conception and ends with natural death.
We are a group of women who meet each week to deepen our relationship with Christ. This September we begin CATHOLICISM, a 20-week film series and study program by Fr. Robert Barron. Sessions begin Monday, September 30, 2013. Morning sessions 9:45 to 11:15 am. Evening sessions 7:30 to 9 pm. Babysitting is available. Meetings in the Parish Center, Main Conference Room. Registration is required. Forms are available in the vestibule of the church. There is a registration/materials fee of $30. Please join us!