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Welcome to St. Lawrence Parish

Fr. Mark T. Watkins, Pastor
Sr. Helen Julia Hahn, S.C., Pastoral Minister
Mr. Richard A. Klus
, Principal

Pastor's Corner
PASTOR'S CORNER
         
MASS and WAY of the CROSS, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION, CONFESSIONS             
     On the Friday afternoons of Lent we will have the Way of the Cross beginning at 5:00pm followed immediately by Holy Mass.       Please remember also, that Eucharistic Adoration is every Thursday afternoon from 3-5pm.  During Eucharistic Adoration, I hear confessions from 3:10pm-3:40pm.  Confessions are regularly scheduled on Saturday afternoons from 3pm-4pm.           
     Holy Mass, the Way of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, fasting, abstinence & almsgiving are excellent ways to prepare our souls to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection at Easter.           
                                     

Fish Fry:  Our Lenten Fish Fry is held on all the Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, from 4pm-7pm in Heritage Hall (under the church).  Dine in, drive-thru or carry out. 

One Faith, One Hope, One Love Campaign:  The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has chosen to embark upon a $130 million campaign named One Faith, One Hope, One Love designed to help address needs in the following areas:  Catholic Education, Fostering Vocations, Caring for Retired Diocesan Priests, Catholic Charities and Social Services, and Local Parish Priorities. 
     Every parish in the archdiocese has been assigned a fair share goal for the campaign to meet and will participate in the campaign.  Every Catholic household in the archdiocese will be asked to make a sacrificial gift to this campaign.  Our goal for our parish is $715,000.  We are asked to try our best to meet this goal in pledges from our parishioners payable over a five-year period.  In addition 20% of each parishioner’s gift will be returned to the parish for specific local needs up to goal, and 60% once we exceed our goal.  I thank you in advance for your participation.  God bless you!

Lenten Regulations

     Ash Wednesday (February 18) and Good Friday (April 3) are days of fast and abstinence.  All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.  Abstinence means no eating of meat (beast or fowl) and is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years of age and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent.             

     Fasting means limiting oneself to one full meal on a given fast day.  Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  On fast days, two additional smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength.  However, two smaller meals together may not equal one full meal.  Moreover, eating solid foods between meals on fast days is not permitted.

Parish/School Announcements

  • The St. Lawrence PTO Fish Fry will open for business on Ash Wednesday, February 18th, and runs every Friday through Good Friday.  View our 2015 Menu.  We hope to see you there!

  • HELP NEEDED!  We are in need of several volunteers who would be willing to help clean the church on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month at 10:30 in the morning.  The work consists of light housekeeping, nothing strenuous.  Please, could you generously give about ninety minutes of your time to help the two women who now clean?  The pay is phenomenal!  Many special graces from God!  Please contact Ann Castner at 244-2262 if you are able to help.

  • The Light is on for you:  Again, this year, Archbishop Schnurr is requesting that all churches be open Tuesday, March 3 from 7-9pm for confessions.  During these hours, I will include two hours of Eucharistic Exposition.  At 7pm, I will place the Holy Eucharistic in the Monstrance on the altar.  Between the hours of 7-9pm you will have the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) and pray before the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration.  This is an excellent way to prepare your soul to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.  Please make an effort to come, even if you have only a few minutes to spend before our Eucharistic Lord. 

  • Holy Hour:  Come to a Holy Hour for vocations to the Priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 5:00pm-6:00pm.  Research shows that prayer plays a critical role in a man’s decision to become a priest.  And where you find growing seminaries, you also find steadfast prayer by the faithful.  The Holy Hour takes place in the St. Gregory the Great Chapel at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, located on the Athenaeum campus in Cincinnati at 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45230 There will also be a Holy Hour for Vocations for those discerning a Vocation and for those praying for vocations on Thursday, March 12, 2015 beginning at 8pm at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood, Ohio.  Come and bring a friend.

  • Rosary Rally:  On Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 1:30pm plan to celebrate the 10th annual Rosary Rally held at Elder High School’s football stadium (the Pit).  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 prayers, along with a 60-foot helium filled balloon rosary make this gathering a memorable event.  Annually nearly two thousand attendees come to this prayerful event.  Your presence makes a difference and blesses all those attending.  Local priests in our Archdiocese will lead us in prayer.  In case of bad weather, we will move indoors to the basketball gymnasium.  Any questions call Guy Langenbrunner at 763-0613 or Roger Glandorf at 251-7729.  May God bless you!

 

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


 


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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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The Student Choir would like to greatly thank those who hopped on our “Polar Express” this year and supported our bake sale.  It made $910.59. Wow! Our next show will be on April 23 and 24.  Thank you!
 
 
 
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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