From the Desk of Fr. Underwood:
Fish Fry Fest: The turnout for this event was amazing! There was great food, great music and wonderful fellowship. Thank you to all of the parishioners who came and all the volunteers who made this happen. It was truly a huge success and showed off to the Lafayette Community the beauty of our parish! A huge thank you to our major sponsors: Lafayette Masonry Supply and their fish frying crew; Midwest Rentals; Purdue Federal Credit Union; Lewis Motor Sales; Mark & Heather Siemers and Shawn & Christine Siemers; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Trent Johnson - State Farm Insurance; Mecko’s Heating & Cooling; and People’s Brewing Company. In case you missed it, plans are already underway for next year!
Parish Council Callout: Have you (or someone you know) considered serving your parish family as a member of the parish council? The St. Lawrence parish council is composed of 9 adults and 1 teen who meet 6 times annually to discuss parish ideas and concerns. They are an advisory group to help the pastor make informed decisions about the parish. They also get involved at special events and have been a great support to our parish volunteers.
This year we thank Jim Riehle, Nancy Sauer, Don Stinson, and Bethany Yeaman who are completing their terms on the council. They have served us well!
A Parish Family Requires Faithful Family Members: Like any family, a parish family depends on people whose hearts are fully committed to the whole. St. Lawrence has a strong foundation as a family of faith – and wonderful people who are called together to love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. This work takes the involvement and support of every member. We call this stewardship.
God has called us to be good stewards of His Church. Everything we have at our disposal in life belongs to God – and we are tasked with taking good care of it.
Stewardship in the parish involves sharing three things that God has given to each of us:
- The time that God has given to you is to be shared for the building up of His Kingdom. How much of your time each week do you dedicate to God’s work?
- The money that God has provided you through your hard work. Are you sharing from your resources (your treasure) to help your parish family do the work of God?
- The unique gifts that God has given to you. Are you letting the light of Christ shine forth by using your talents (parish involvement) for the glory of God?
Please take some time to pray about your commitment to your parish family. We are all working together to give glory to God!
Electronic Giving is Upgrading to Faith Direct: For several years, we have been blessed with the convenience of electronic giving through our bank. 68 families presently choose to contribute to the parish in this way with direct withdrawals from their checking accounts. It is great way to make sure your parish can count on your support, even when you are traveling.
We have elected to upgrade our offering for electronic giving to include the ability to give via credit card, debit card, and direct checking withdrawals – all managed by Faith Direct, a Catholic Online Giving Company.
In the next few weeks, you should receive a letter in the mail from me (sent through Faith Direct). It will introduce our program and how to get setup on the system. It will even point out that Faith Direct has an app to make giving simple. You will even be able to link to online giving through the MyParish App.
This is a great time to consider how easy it is to be a good steward and support the work of your parish family!