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
Bishop's Easter Message & Thank You
Below are links to videos containing Bishop Serratelli's Easter Message and his Thank You message about the Partners in Faith capital and endowment campaign:
Click Here: Easter Message
Click Here: Partners in Faith Thank You
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) registration will start in May. We are currently looking for 6 volunteers to take leadership for the activities for the children. You must be either a junior or senior in high school or older and be a take charge person. Please contact Terry Leing at the CCD office at 908.879.6714 or 908.439.9713 if interested.
National Day of Prayer
Please join us on Thursday, May 1 at 6:00 pm at the gazebo on Main Street in Chester to unite in prayer and thanksgiving with other area churches. If you can volunteer or need more information, please contact Margo Schiffner at 908.879.7753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barn Ministry News
The Church Barn is accepting donaitons of all gently used household items and clothing. Items can be left inside the brown shed next to the Barn 24/7. For more information, please call Jack Pickering at 908.879.5169.
High Schoolers - Summer Spain Trip
June 21-July 1 with Fr. Edgar Rivera and Jeff DiLollo, our youth minister. The group will travel from Santiagode Compostela to Salamanca and Avila to Sego-via and Madrid. Call the Parish Office at 908.879.5371 if you have any questions.
Trip to the Holy Land
Msgr. Paul Knauer is hosting a trip to the Holy Land on November 5-14 for all who are interested. Contact Joanne Carr at908-879-5543 or email@example.com with any questions.