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

Donating Turkeys/Hams for Thanksgiving
Please consider donating your free turkey or ham to one of the following locations:

Chester Food Pantry

St. Agnes Church:  Turkeys will be collected after all Masses the weekend of Nov. 22 & 23.

Want to Know More About our Annual Christmas Giving Trees?
Click on the link for more information:
Christmas Giving Trees

Parish Christmas Caroling Night
Bring your family and friends to make a joyful noise to the Lord!  Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 pm.  Hot chocolate and cookies will be served afterwards.

Christmas Pageant
Please bring your 3-6 year old children and celebrate the Christmas Season.  We will learn about the birth of Jesus, make crafts, sing songs, and participate in a simple/casual Christmas pageant.  A treat and pictures with St. Nicholas is offered! 
Sat, Dec 13, 10-12am, Church Hall
Please RSVP by clicking the link below:
Christmas Pageant Sign-up

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




Parish Life


Upcoming Events

November 27
Thanksgiving Mass
9:00 am

November  29
Martial Arts
10:30 am
Church Hall

December 2
Christmas Caroling Night
7:00 pm

December 13
Christmas Pageant
10:00 am -12:00 pm
Church Hall

December 14
Christmas Giving Trees Gifts Due
Church Hall or Church

December 14
Christmas Concert
3:00 pm

December 16
Healing Mass
7:00 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