Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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September 17, 2017

Coffee & Donuts – Please join us for Coffee and Donuts in the Social Hall following  the 10AM Masses this morning.

Fr. Franco Away Today – Fr. Franco will is away today.  Please note that confessions will end 10 minutes before Mass.

Fall—Men’s Recollection – The Holy Name Society will be sponsoring a Men’s Morning of Recollection given by Fr. Saguto, FSSP on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

The Morning of Recollection will be open to all men including non-parishioners and will include a conference by Fr. Saguto, time for adoration and confessions, and a Rosary walk.

For more information, please contact Tom Szymanik at 717-993-2852.  Registration will be held on September 24th and October 1st after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses at St Lawrence. The recommended donation for this special day is $20 which includes breakfast and refreshments.

 Catechism Class Registration Today – Children’s Catechism registration will be today following both Masses.  Children must be registered and active members of Mater Dei to enroll.  The Cost is $45 for the first child and $20 for additional.  A mandatory parent meeting will be on October 8 between the Masses and first day of classes October 15.

Please note that the Confirmation class is a 2-year program.  This will be year one.  If your child will be of age to be Confirmed in 2019, they should enroll in this falls class.

Regina Caeli Academy – Information Session – Anyone interested is invited to learn more about RCA’s hybrid, two-day-a-week, classical homeschool program in the Catholic tradition on Saturday, September 30, 7-9pm at Mary Mother of the Church, 625 Union School Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552. A presentation about RCA’s mission of “Training the Mind to Form the Soul” will be offered by Co-Founder and Executive Director, Kari Beckman to prospective parents and a Q&A will follow.  All who are interested in RCA are welcome to come and learn how RCA may benefit their family.  For more information, please see the website and view video at: Please RSVP to Yvette Freeman at

Free Saturday Parking – 4 hours of free on street metered parking are available  each Saturday.  Download the Harrisburg Parkmobile app and use promotional code LUVHBG.  For more information visit  Mater Dei has been kindly given the use of free parking on Saturdays  and evenings in nearby lots.  Contact the office to learn of these lots locations.

Adult Convert / Adult Confirmation: Begins September 28 – Any adults interested in coming into the Catholic Church or receiving Confirmation and for those interested in brushing up on their Faith; Adult Catechism classes will be every other week begin on Thursday, September 28th at 7pm in the social hall.  Please contact Fr. Franco at ext. 3 to sign up or for more information.

 Children Supervision – Parents with children please note: the upper floor of the school building is off limits to all except for students while attending their catechism class on that floor.  Also, while we strive to make the church a safe environment for children, we are in the midst of a busy city with transients frequently walking down the street and alleys surrounding St. Lawrence.  Do not leave your young children unsupervised, either inside the church/school building or outside.  Recently, children have been seen roaming the school building without adult supervision, and young children have been seen walking down the alley to and from the coffee social without the accompaniment of an adult (or responsible older sibling).  Direct any questions to Fr. Eichman.

 Speaking Inside Church – Please refrain from speaking inside of Church.  If you need to speak with someone, go out to the vestibule (entrance) before speaking.  Also remember that noise in the vestibule carries inside the church and is easily heard.  So please remember to use a hushed tone so as not to distract those within the church and out of respect for Our Lord.

 Online Giving Now Available – You can now donate to Mater Dei online.  Go to our homepage at and click on “Donate.”  This is a very  easy and convenient way to make your weekly contributions.  You can make one time gifts or set up recurring gifts.

Words of Christ to St. Bridget of Sweden

‘You ought to be like a person who lets go and like one who gathers. You should let go of riches and gather virtues, let go of what will pass and gather eternal things, let go of visible things and gather invisible.

In return for the pleasure of the body, I will give you the exultation of your soul; in return for the merriment of the world, I will give you the merriment of Heaven; in return for worldly honor, the honor of the angels; in return for the presence of family, the presence of God; in return for the possession of goods, I will give you myself, the giver and Creator of all things.’

~ The Lord, to St. Bridget of Sweden