From the Desk of Fr. Underwood:
Jesus Feeds His People – The Bread of Life Discourse in the Gospel of John: This month, we are on a journey through John chapter 6 at Sunday Mass. It is a very profound and truly Catholic book in the Bible, which we will spend 5 weeks exploring each weekend. Fr. Daily and I have decided to team up and focus intently on some key topics of this Gospel - and how it helps each of us relate to the Mass. I hope you will join us for all 5 weeks so that we, together, can encounter Christ.
Week 1 July 29 The Liturgy: Where God Feeds Us
Week 2 Aug 5 The Liturgy of the Word: God’s Language for His People
Week 3 Aug 12 The Sacrificial Aspect of the Mass
Week 4 Aug 19 Jesus is Truly Present in the Eucharist
Week 5 Aug 26 Participation at Mass: What Does This Really Mean?
It is good to recall St. Lawrence’s words found on the front cover of our parish directory: “My God I honor and Him alone I serve.” St. Lawrence, pray for us!
St. Lawrence Prayer: Please join me in praying (daily) this prayer leading up to the Feast of St. Lawrence. It is another way to make this Year of Prayer for Evangelization fruitful.
Glorious St. Lawrence, model of Christian fortitude, I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God. To you I have recourse in the problems that daily surround me. Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and my neighbor. Inspire me to imitate your Christian virtues. May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His Kingdom. Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions in life, particularly (name it). Help me, dear St. Lawrence, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to run in the sweetness of His loving will and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. Amen.
August 12 – Ice Cream Social: The celebration of St. Lawrence continues with our Ice Cream Social this Sunday, August 12th, from Noon-2:00pm in the Parish Hall, plaza, and courtyard. We continue to grow this event and once again will have ice cream sundaes, hot dogs, chips, bottled water, and some interesting parish booths. We are also debuting the St. Lawrence T-shirt, which you can purchase that day for only $10 (sizes S-XL) and $13 (XXL+).
August 15 – The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary: On Wednesday this Solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. The Vigil Mass is Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30pm. The Holy Day Masses are Wednesday, August 15th at 8:15am, 12:10pm, and 6:30pm. The Solemnity of the Assumption gives each of us great hope as we contemplate this one facet of the beautiful woman of faith, our Blessed Mother. Mary moves us by example and prayer to grow in God’s grace, to be receptive to His will, to convert our lives through sacrifice and penance, and seek that everlasting union in the Heavenly Kingdom.
Lighthouse Media Rack & the New Evangelization: We are all called to know our faith and proclaim the Gospel in the world. Our Lighthouse Media Rack contains wonderful materials to help nourish your faith. Take some time to check out the new offerings on the rack, which is frequently updated with different materials. The rack is located at the side (handicapped) entrance of the church.