The Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr

The Mass Schedule

   5:00 pm

   8:00, 10:00, 11:30 am,
   1:00 pm (Spanish Mass), 6:00 pm

Daily Mass (in the chapel):
   Mon - Fri 8:00, 9:00 am
   Sat 9:00 am

Holy Days (in the church):
7:00am, 8:00am, 4:00pm, 7:00pm

Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Monday 6:30 - 7:00 pm



St. Lawrence the Martyr Church
375 Main Street
Chester, N.J. 07930 908-879-5371                             

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Welcome to St Lawrence the Martyr Parish

Dear parishioners and visitors,

Welcome to our parish website.  We have created this site because we would like you to get to know us and would be happy to have you join our faith family.

St. Lawrence parish was founded in 1957.  In the months that I have been here, I have found this community to have many people, rich in faith and love and generosity.  We are a mid-sized parish community of about 1200 close-knit and active families.  The community is warm and welcoming!  A number of years ago, Msgr. Kevin Flanagan, a former pastor, introduced the concept of stewardship to the parish. 

Stewardship is a biblical concept that acknowledges that all that we have comes from God and that He would like us to return to Him some portion of what we have received as an expression of our gratitude.  As God gives us all time, talents and treasure, we return to him a portion of these same gifts.

The parish’s commitment to stewardship led the parish to many initiatives.  Among the various initiatives are a great variety of ministries.  In ministry, our people share their time and talents.  Many of our people are involved in liturgical ministries, that is, ministries related to the celebration of the Eucharist, which is the center of our Catholic lives.  However, there are many other ministries here too.  Religious education, youth ministry, the Good Samaritans, the barn store that services the needy of the area, the play group for 4 year old immigrant children learning English, English as a second language classes for adults, our twinning with a parish in Haiti, the Respect Life Committee, the Welcome Committee, the Spanish ministry committee, the RCIA, the Arimathea group, to name a few.  In addition, many years ago, St. Lawrence parish joined the Cornerstone movement, which encourages small group faith sharing and prayer for men and for women that is a blessing to over 200 of our parishioners!

In addition to our involvement in ministries, our parish is committed to prayer.  We believe that there would be no faith and love, no service and ministry, without the grace of God that we receive in prayer.  We celebrate Mass and morning prayer daily.  We have a holy hour of adoration every Friday and a full day of adoration on the First Friday of the month.  We have confession times on Mondays and Saturdays.  We celebrate healing Masses quarterly in our parish.  We offer prayers to the Mother of God each Saturday morning in conjunction with the 9 am Mass.

At St. Lawrence parish, we are committed to growing in our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and in helping others to know and love Him too!  We are committed too to placing our time, talents and treasure at the service of God and our neighbor.  Why not come and join us?

You will not regret it!

Sincerely In Christ,
Father Nicholas Bozza

Italian Night Charity Dinner Dance
Saturday: October 4 - 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
St. Lawrence Church Hall - Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  A gourmet dinner catered by Charlotte's Web of Dover.  Entertainment by Rikki Starr. Ber, wine, soda included in ticket price. $40.00/person

10th-12th Grade High School Students!
Antioch Weekend -- Friday, Oct 3 (7:00pm) - Sunday, Oct 5 (4:15 PM)
St. Luke's Parish in Long Valley
Click on link:Antioch 66 Application

CYO Basketball
Enrollment for St. Lawrence CYO Basketball season starts Sunday, Sept 21 & closes on Friday, Oct 10.
Practices - Friday nights Games - Sundays. Season begins 11/23 and ends 2/1/15 (playoffs in February).

If you have a son or daughter in 4th-8th grade that is interested please print out the attached form:
CYO Basketball 2014-15 Registration and return them to the Parish Center (collection box in the lobby) no later than Friday, October 10th. 

Note: 1st time players will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate and baptismal certificate along with the registration form.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact John McIntyre, CYO Athletic Director at

Family Portraits
Moms & Tots are sponsoring Family Portraits on October 10 - 12.  $15 sitting fee.  Free large family portrait included. Contact Michele at 908-963-0264 for scheduling a time slot.

2014-15 CCD Registration is Open!
CCD registration for 2014 is open. Click link:
Return the completed form to the CCD office. Any questions please email us at or call 908-879-6714.

We are in need of teachers for our Confirmation program.  Please consider sharing your faith with the youth of St. Lawrence.

Confirmation Registration- Forms were emailed to the 8th grade families inJune.  If you still need to register please go to the Confirmation page and print out the registration form.

Barn Ministry News
The Barn no longer is accepting donations.  It will open again ini the Spring.  Please use the Catholic Charities bins behind the rectory for all donations.

Pilgrimage to National Shrine
The pilgrimage of the Diocese of Paterson to the national shrine in Washington, DC is scheduled for
Saturday, October 18. You may sign up after Mass near the doors of the church. The cost of transportation is $35 for adults and children ride for free.

Healing Testimonials
Please check out our "healing testimonies" from our monthly healing Masses.
Click here: Healing Testimonies




Parish Life


Upcoming Events

September 26
Application Deadline Antioch Weekend
7:00 pm

September 26-27
Barn Sale
Friday, 9/26 - 1/2 Price Day
Sat., 9/27 - $4 per Bag Day
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 27
Kick-off Teen Night Live BBQ
St. Lawrence Field

September 27-28
Food Drive
After all Masses

September 30
Parent Meeting for
First Communicants
10:00 am

October 1
Parent Meeting for
First Communicants
7:00 pm

October 3-5
Antioch Weekend (10th-12th grade)
St. Luke's Parish
Long Valley
(Fri, Oct 3 at 7:00pm to Sun, Oct 5 at 4:15pm)

October 4
Italian Night Dinner Dance
Church Hall
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

October 4
Pet Blessing (Feast of St. Francis
Field behind Parish Center
10:00 am

October 5
"Mass of Enrollment"
First Communicants
11:30 am

October 10
CYO Basketball application due
Parish Center

October 10-12
Family Portraits

October 18
Pilgrimmage to National Shrine
Washington DC

October 21
Healing Mass
7:00 pm

November 16
Silver & Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Pompton Plains
4:00 pm

February 7. 2015
First Reconcilliation
First Communicants

April 11. 2015
First Eucharist Workshop
First Communicants

April 25 & May 2. 2015
First Eucharist Celebration
First Communicants