From the Desk of Father Underwood

From the Desk of Fr. Underwood:


As we begin 2018, exciting things continue at St. Lawrence. Here are a few things to make note of:

1. Please join me in congratulating Lori Finney who has been promoted to Business Manager. Lori has been working here at St. Lawrence for several years, most recently as our Facilities and Communications Manager. She will be overseeing the business and facilities management of the St. Lawrence campus.

2. Congratulations also to Kevin Frecker who has been promoted from Coordinator of Music to Director of
Music. Kevin has quickly become a part of the St. Lawrence family and works well with those in our music
ministry. Thank you Kevin for your dedication!

3. Please welcome Tina Lewis to the parish staff. Tina has been hired as the Administrative Assistant (Parish Secretary). Tina reports to the Business Manager, Lori Finney. Welcome to the team, Tina!

Thank you to the Administrative Assistant Search Commitee who met, reviewed applications, conducted
interviews, and made this selection – Jeanne Lausten (diocesan HR), Fr. Cole Daily, Lori Finney, Ron Schummer
(parish council), and Stephanie Bullock (school secretary).

4. Parish Office Hours Expanding: Effective January 1, 2018, our parish office hours will be changing to be able to better serve you. Our newoffice hours are M, Tu, W, Th 9-Noon, 1-4pm & Friday 9-Noon.

5. Our Finance & Parish Councils meet regularly (6 times annually). We are pleased to welcome new members to both councils. Feel free to speak with them if you have any questions or items you would like discussed in our meetings.

 Parish Council                                                                    Finance Council

Michael Coomey (‘18)                                                       Robert Novak
Kathy Walters (‘18)                                                           Casey Pickerill
Dave Mecklenburg (‘18)                                                    Kerri Siemers
Nikita Robbins (H.S. Rep. ‘18) *                                      Jackson Bogan
Tina Lewis (‘19)                                                                Alisan Clayton *
Ron Schummer (‘19)                                                         Don Stinson*
John Wooten (‘19)
Deb Trice (‘20) *
Stacy Hall (‘20) *
David Drerup (‘20) *

*new in 2018

6. Thank you to Bethany Yeaman, Jim Riehle, Nancy Sauer, and Don Stinson who have completed their terms on the Parish Council. Thank you also to Martha May and Jerry Withered, who have completed their service on the Finance Council. We appreciate the gift of your time and talent to your parish!

7. Flu Outbreak: Due to the recent outbreak of the Flu and other illnesses, we are suspending the distribution of the Precious Blood and the sign of peace at all Masses until Ash Wednesday, February 14th, when we will evaluate the proper time to restore them. This is the perfect time to remember that when we receive the consecrated host, we receive the fullness of Christ – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is also important to pray daily for those who are ill in our parish and community.

 joytotheworldbookFor Your Meditation [by Tina Lewis] – Chapter 5-Mary: Cause of Our Joy, (what a title!) shows us an example of who we are called to be as Christians and particularly Christian women. She was so extraordinary in her normality that she demonstrates what it means to bloom where we are planted. Although she was young when she became the mother of God, she has shown us what it truly means to trust God. When Hahn said “The cross that bore our salvation was made from common wood” it really resonated with me because even though we are only human, God has bigger plans for us.

 Chapter 6 -"Silent Knight, Holy Knight”, again what a great title! Joseph really connects to my life because Joseph reminds me a lot of my husband. Although he is definitely not silent, his actions speak to his character in incredible ways. My husband stepped in, becoming a true father for our daughter and a true spouse after I was a single mother. When Hahn said “The simple fact is that an adoptive father is as much a father as a natural father is” was not completely surprising to me. However, I was able to understand in more depth to the sacrifice and love that Joseph had for Jesus, because I see daily a fraction of that love in my own family. 

We are called to a faithful and fruitful love. This can mean that we are called to be mothers and fathers, or we are called to be better children to our parents, but most importantly to God. Whatever our situation may be, God has put us in it for a reason and this is shown perfectly through the Holy Family. They are a wonderful example of what it means to accept Gods call and trust in His plan.