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



Christmas Caroling Night
Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 pm in the church. Bring your family, friends and little ones to make a joyful noise to the Lord! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served!

Christmas Pageant
Friday, December 11, from 4:00-5:00 pm, we will have a Christmas Pageant for our younger parishioners.Children (up to grade 3) are invited to an hour of crafts and a short rendition of the Nativity Story. Cookies and hot chocolate will also be served.
It is suggested that children who wish to be an angel during the Nativity story should wear a white shirt. Otherwise, they may wish to be an animal or a Wiseman and wear a black shirt.
Please visit the follow-ing link to sign up

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated at St. Lawrence on Saturday, December 12. The festivities will begin with Mass at 7:00 pm and followed by a gathering in the Church Hall with Latin food and music. All parishioners are invited to share in this celebration!

Parish Christmas Concert
The annual parish Christmas concert takes place on Sunday, December 13, at 3:00 pm in the church. Come enjoy the sounds of the season performed by our adult and children’s choirs and accompanied by our bell choir and instrumentalists

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






Parish Life


Upcoming Events

November 29
5th Sunday Rosary
9:15 am

December 1
Christmas Caroling Concert
7:00 pm

December 11
Christmas Pageant
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

December 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
7:00 pm - Mass
Reception to follow
Church Hall

December 13
Christmas Concert
3:00 pm

December 13
Christmas Giving Tree Gifts Due
Church Hall &
Church Vestibule

December 15
Healing Mass
7::00 pm

January 22, 2016
National March for Life