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Rev. Mark T Watkins
     Welcome:  On behalf of St. Lawrence Parish, I wish to extend a very, very warm welcome to those who were baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil.  Welcome and Alleluia!  

     Special Thanks:  I wish to offer a special word of thanks to the women of St. Lawrence who so beautifully decorated the church for Easter, and a special word of thanks to our St. Lawrence Choir for the beautiful music at Easter.  God Bless you all!  

     Divine Mercy Sunday:  Today is Divine Mercy Sunday.  To honor the Solemnity, we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and pray the Divine Mercy chaplet beginning shortly after the 11am Mass.  I encourage you to be present for this devotion which takes about fifteen minutes.  A person can gain a Plenary Indulgence by observing Divine Mercy Sunday.  A Plenary Indulgence remits all the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has been or will be forgiven in the Sacrament of Confession. It is also necessary to receive Holy Communion on that day of the vigil and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.  Indulgences can be applied to oneself or the faithful departed.   
    
     First Holy Communion:  First Holy Communion for our second graders at St. Lawrence will be at the 9 o’clock Mass on Sunday, April 30.  This will not extend the time of Mass very much.  I hope many of you will attend and help celebrate with them the receiving of their First Holy Communion.  

     Festival:  Please mark your calendar for our Summer Festival.  Our dates this year are July 8 & 9.  More info later.

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • New video documentary about St. Lawrence:  You will want to check out the brand new documentary about St. Lawrence Church.  IT’S GREAT!  It was produced by Satolli Glassmeyer of History In Your Own Backyard.  To view the video go to www.historyinyourownbackyard.com/cincinnati-ohio/price-hill-videos/   

  • Rosary Rally:  On Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 1:30pm – 2:30pm we will celebrate the 12th annual Rosary Rally at the Elder High School football stadium (the Pit).  100 years ago Our Lady asked us to pray the Rosary faithfully and reverently at Fatima and offered 15 reasons why it is necessary for the future welfare and good of His Holy Church and the world.  The website is:  www.onepeterfive.com/why-you-should-pray-the-rosary-daily-15-reasons-straight-from-our-lady. This rally is an answer to her request.           Nearly two thousand attendees come to this yearly.  The celebration starts with a procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as the center of our devotion.  The recitation of the Holy Rosary, together with worship, songs and prayer, make this gathering memorable.  Local priests in our Archdiocese will lead us in prayer.           It’s important to note that Elder has air-conditioned their gymnasium.  In case of inclement weather, the rally will move to the gym.           You are an integral part of making the Rosary Rally a success.  Hope to see you at the rally.  May God bless you!

  • Catholic Relief Services:  Next Sunday, April 30, our parish will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC).  Funds from this collection help provide food to the hungry, support to displaced refugees and Christ’s love and respect to all people here at home and abroad.  Please give generously to the CRSC.  There is an envelope in your pack of monthly envelopes.  For more information or to learn more about the collection visit www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.

  • St. Lawrence Knights of Columbus will be selling their annual Cash bonanza tickets after the Masses on May 6 & 7.  Tickets cost $5 each with a chance at the grand prize of $49,680.  There are numerous other cash awards.  All proceeds benefit our charitable causes.  The council would like to thank all of you who have supported us over the years. 

 

Bulletin Announcements

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PLEASE NOTIFY THE RECTORY when a family member is hospitalized or homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion and/or the Sacrament of Penance. 

PLEASE CONSIDER INCLUDING ST. LAWRENCE CHURCH IN YOUR WILL.

3680 Warsaw Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45205
Rectory: 921-0328 
School: 921-4996 
Heritage Hall: 921-4230 
Parish Center: 921-0200 
Pastoral Minister: 244-7376


 


Want to keep up-to-date with what's going on in the Church?  If you're not already doing so, consider subscribing to "e-pistle", an electronic newsletter jointly published by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and The Catholic Telegraph.  It's delivered to your email account weekly. 

Learn more about your Catholic faith throughout the week.  Tune in to Sacred Heart Radio at 740 AM  or 89.5 FM and online at www.sacredheartradio.com .

Click the link below to see some interesting (and beautiful) images of St. Lawrence Church, they were recently taken by Ron Rack, as part of his "Prayer Places" project.  He has the images posted on his website http://rackphoto.com/pp/prayerplaces/st-lawrence/  They were mentioned on the "Sonrise Morning Show" with a link on their Facebook page also.


 

 

PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

PLEASE SUBMIT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE CHURCH BULLETIN NO LATER THAN TUESDAY MORNING.  

PLEASE SUBMIT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER NO LATER THAN 3PM TUESDAY

 
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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Thursdays from 3pm - 5pm.  Confessions from about 3:25pm to 3:55pm.

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Natural Family Planning (NFP).
Learn NFP at home and at your own pace with the “Home Study Course” from NFP International.  Includes Ecological Breastfeeding (it really can space babies), a double check system of fertility awareness, and Catholic teachings that’s easy to understand.  Work with a live instructor by email.  Completion certificate awarded.  Cost is $70.  Also, classroom courses are available in the Cincinnati area.  For more information call Paul and Beth at 313-8886.
 
Baptism or Confirmation:  
If you have a child that you would like to have baptized or received into the Catholic Faith, or if you know of a Catholic adult or older child who would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation please contact Mrs. Aufermann at 921-4996 or aufermann@
stlawrenceparish.org, or contact the rectory at 921-0328.
 
RCIA Classes (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Please contact the Rectory at 921-0328 if you are interested in RCIA classes.
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