Weekly AnnouncementsJuly 10, 2016
Coffee and Donuts – All are welcome to join us after the 10AM Mass for coffee and donuts. Enter via the alley door .
Children Chant Opportunity – From August 1 – 5 there will be an opportunity for children to learn to sing Gregorian Chant and other Sacred Music. The weeklong event will be led by Jonathan Kadar-Kallen. Following this week of preparation, the children will sing for the transferred feast of Saint Lawrence on the following Sunday at a Solemn High Mass offered by our District Superior, Fr. Sagutto FSSP. Details and registration forms are available in the back of Church. Contact the parish office with questions
Rosary after 10AM Mass – Throughout July a Rosary will be offered approximately 10 minutes after the 10am Mass has finished. Depending on popularity this Rosary may or may not continue after the month of July.
Children Co-op Classes – As we did last year, Mater Dei will again offer Friday afternoon classes and continue the Chorister Program for children. The first class day will be September 9th. Registration for these will be on July 24th. Please contact Fr. Eichman with any questions.
2017 Confirmation Ceremony – Bishop Gainer will be conferring the sacrament of Confirmation on those currently preparing for this sacrament on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 11:00am. Those with children who are not enrolled in our Confirmation Class should contact the parish office for verification that they are on track to complete all requirements and also to be placed on our confirmandi contact list.
Rosary for the Unborn – Following 8am Adoration and 9am Mass on Saturday, July 16, you are invited to pray the Rosary in front of Hillcrest abortuary, 2709 N. Front St; Harrisburg, Pa. Our Priest will lead us in prayer. We will be praying once every month, on the 3rd Saturday, for the protection of the unborn. Please join us and pray, united with our Lady. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Group – No July Meeting – The next Youth Group meeting will be Saturday, August 20. There will be no July meeting.
Baby Bottle Fundraiser – We are in the midst of a fundraiser for Undefeated Courage, a local Pro-Life group. Place returned bottles on the table beside the piano in the back of church.
Please Dress Modestly – During the warmer months of the year, it is a good time for a reminder on modest attire. While at the church, please dress modestly. For both men and women:
- Pants and skirts are long enough that the knees are covered when sitting.
- The shoulders are covered.
- No plunging necklines.
- Clothing is not tight. Clothing is to conceal, not reveal.
These are the rules for dressing at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Please follow them when at St. Lawrence. Remember that we dress at church not for our own comfort, but to present ourselves to Our Lord.
Finally: Please do not correct anyone on their attire. If you do not approve of someone’s attire, please speak to a priest about it and he will approach the person if necessary.
You have need of patience that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise. If our Savior Himself has declared, By your patience you will win your souls, should it not be, Philothea, a great happiness for man to possess his soul? The more perfect our patience, the more absolutely do we possess them. Let us frequently call to mind that as our Lord has saved us by His patient sufferings, so we also ought to work out our salvation by sufferings and afflictions, enduring injuries and contradictions with all possible meekness.
Do not limit your patience to this or that kind of injuries and afflictions, but extend it universally to all those which it shall please God to send you. Some are unwilling to suffer any tribulations but those which are honorable; for example, to be wounded in battle, to be a prisoner of war, to be persecuted for religion, or impoverished by some lawsuit determined in their favor. Now these people do not love the tribulation but love the honor which accompanies it. However, he who is truly patient suffers tribulations indifferently, whether accompanied by ignominy or honor. To be despised, rebuked or accused by wicked men is pleasant to a man of good heart, but to suffer reproof and ill-treatment from the virtuous or from our friends and relations is the test of true patience.
I admire the meekness with which the great St. Charles Borromeo suffered for a long time public accusation that a great preacher of a strictly reformed Order uttered against him in the pulpit, more than all the assaults he received from others. As the sting of a bee is far more painful than that of a fly, so the evils we suffer from good men are much more insupportable than those we suffer from others; and yet it often happens that two good men, each having the best intentions but holding different opinions, foment great persecutions and contradictions against each other.
~St. Francis de Sales – Introduction to a Devout Life