Seventy-five cluster teams are now in operation across the archdiocese. Team members will learn about each other’s parishes during meetings throughout the next two-and-a-half months as they prepare to offer suggestions on behalf of their cluster.
February’s Family Mass (Sunday, February 2) will be hosted by the Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts as they will be celebrating Scout Sunday. All scouts are invited to attend the 9:30am mass followed by a gathering in the hall for some refreshments. Any scout interested in participating, please contact Gina Seaman at email@example.com. We ask that everyone bring in canned goods for St. Andrews/Putnam CAP food pantry as we will be organizing a collection after mass. Thank you for your generosity.
Progress is being made quickly on the parish center chapel, and it should be open by the middle of February. We had to move a wall, but were able to create space for 35 people in what will be a beautiful, prayerful setting. We already have the tabernacle, crucifix and altar materials. Total costs are close to $15,000 for carpet, chairs, walls, wainscoting, paint and lighting. Anyone who can help contribute something to that is invited to contact Fr. Gill at the rectory. And once again, thank you for all your generous support of our parish.
Saturday, January 25th Mass Schedule:
|5:30PM:||Fr. Peter Ekanem|
|7:30PM:||Fr. Richard Gill|
Sunday, January 26th Mass Schedule:
|8:00AM:||Fr. Peter Ekanem|
|9:30AM:||Fr. Richard Gill|
|11:00AM:||Fr. Peter Ekanem|
|12:30PM:||Fr. Richard Gill|
|5:30PM:||Fr. Richard Gill|
In a recent meeting I had with the regional director of the Cardinal’s Appeal, I was pleased to see our results for St. Lawrence in 2013. Our goal was $66,500 and we raised $70,402 from 283 donors, an average of nearly $250. That comes to nearly 106% of our goal, and 98% is paid up. This marks the second year in a row St. Lawrence has surpassed its goal in the campaign, and the first year it has paid up the pledges to goal. I’m very proud of everyone at the parish for your generosity.
We had our first meeting of the Putnam County Cluster of parishes January 10 after being snowed out the week before. We discussed best practices and ideas with representatives of Sacred Heart in Patterson, St. James in Carmel, and Our Lady of Loretto in Cold Spring. Our discussions focused on the areas of catechesis, evangelization and sacramental life of the parishes. Everyone agreed that the two parishes who are in a position to collaborate most closely are Sacred Heart and St. Lawrence given their proximity to each other.
As we mentioned several weeks ago in the bulletin, we’re taking a new approach to the idea of a “parish council” by thinking in terms of longer term strategic planning for the parish. We’ll meet on January 24 to pray about and reflect together on the themes of “Evangelization of those away from the Church”, “Liturgy and the Weekend Experience”, “Celebration of our Centennial”, and St. Lawrence Parish and the Poor”.
For our upcoming centennial (2014-2015) we are putting together a committee of people who will work on various aspects of gathering historical materials, developing a St. Lawrence museum of historical artifacts, or organizing commemorative events, celebrations and spiritual renewal.
If you would be interested in being part of this committee, leave your phone and email with Roseann in the parish office. We’d love to have you.
If you have in your possession any historical artifacts or photos, please contact her and share them with us for the good of the parish celebration.
Making All Things New, the archdiocese’s pastoral planning initiative, entered a new phase last week as parishes formed their cluster teams. Training sessions for the new cluster teams took place at sites throughout the archdiocese Dec. 3 and 4. Core team members from different parishes came together as newly formed units to choose chairpersons and secretaries for the next stages of the planning process and to schedule meetings. Seventy-five cluster teams are now in operation across the archdiocese.
PARISH CENTER RENOVATION
We’re really happy and proud to announce the installation of the new elevator in the parish center. The elevator runs from the basement cafeteria to the second floor, making it easier to get around, especially for those who have difficulty with stairs. It will be in operation by the end of January.