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
Diocesan Wide Food Collection
Due to the unprecedented requests for assistance from Catholic Charities' food pantries and in order to fulfill our obligation to the poor, Bishop Serratelli has authorized a diocesan-wide food collection in all parishes on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Saturday/Sunday, June 6-7.
St. Lawrence Parish has been asked to provide:
CANNED FISH (TUNA/SALMON)
This collection, sponsored and managed by Catholic Charities will direclty assist those most in need by supplying Catholic Charities food pantries,as well as parish pantries. Cash donations will also be accepted. Thank you for your support!
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will take place the week of June 22-26. Registration will start on May 1, you will be able to register through this website, follow the Religious Education link above or pick up a printed out form from the Faith Formation/CCD bulletin board in the parish center.
The St. Lawrence Rosary Society will be hosting a showing of the epic motion picture: “Mary of Nazareth” Wednesday, May 20, 7:00 pm in the Church Hall. All are invited! BYOS (Bring Your Own Snack). If you have any questions, contact Roseann Bielen at 908.832.6585
Sunday Gospel Program
We would like to continue the 10:00 am Sunday Gospel program during the Mass for the children through the summer and are looking for two teams of volunteers. Please consider sharing your love of faith with our children. Contact Phyllis at 908-879-6714.
Barn Ministry News
The Barn is now accepting donations!
Gently used household items and clothing (men, women, child, infant sizes), accessories, linens, bedding, jewelry, tools, toys, games, kitchen items, dishes, glassware, small appliances and electronics, lamps, holiday items, artwork, books, DVD’s, CD’s, and video tapes.
Items can be left 24/7 inside the brown shed next to the Barn. Donation receipts are available inside the shed.
Please: NO furniture, mattresses, baby beds or car seats, televisions, computers, monitors, or large exercise equipment.
For more information contact: Jack Pickering, 908-879-5169
Please check out our "healing testimonies" from our monthly healing Masses.
Click here: Healing Testimonies