Third Sunday of Lent

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March 19, 2017

Coffee and Donuts – There will be coffee and donuts after the 10AM Mass today.  Please join us. 

Annual Lenten Appeal – The Bishop’s Annual Lenten Appeal is underway. The pledge cards are in the back of the Church on the piano. There are blank cards available for those who do not have a printed card. Please fill out the pledge card and place it in the Collection basket or mail it to the Office. Our Diocesan Assessment this year is $11,000.  The community must cover this amount.  Anything in excess remains with Mater Dei, so please be generous!  Last year we ended a few hundred dollars short.

Flowers for Easter – Please remember that an envelope for Easter Flowers is included with your weekly offering envelopes to help defray the cost of the Easter flowers.  Thanks for your generosity.

Stations of the Cross – Stations of the Cross will be said in the church every Friday during Lent.

  • 5:00pm – Simple Adoration
  • 6:00pm – Stations of the Cross
  • 6:30pm – Mass

Adult Convert / Confirmation Class – Our next convert classes will be on Tuesday, March 28 & April 4 at 7pm.  After this, classes the next class will be May 2nd.  Access via the alley door on Buttonwood Street.

 Easter Duty – As an absolute minimum, every Catholic has the obligation to receive Holy Communion at least once per year during the Easter Season, which goes from the first Sunday of Lent through Trinity Sunday.  In addition every Catholic is required to go to confession at least once per year. 

Save the Dates:

  • 1st Confessions: Saturday, April 1 (After 9am Mass)
  • May Crowning: Sunday, May 7 (Between Masses)
  • 1st Communions: Sunday, May 28 (At 10am Mass)
  • Confirmations w/ Bishop Gainer: June 10 (11am)

Thank You! – Thanks to all of the volunteers and those who contributed financially to make last weekend’s recollection possible.

Sacramentals for Expectant Mothers – There are certain Sacramentals in the Roman Ritual through which we request God’s blessing that an expecting mother can have a safe delivery and also the grace of having her child baptized.  The priests would be happy to provide the following to any expecting lady at her request.  Please do not hesitate to ask.

  • Blessing of Expectant Mother

Can be given at any time during pregnancy.

  • Candle in Honor of St. Raymond Nonnatus

To be taken home and burned, and especially when the time of delivery approaches.

  • St. Torellus Water

Special Holy Water which can be sprinkled, used to bless oneself, drunk, or used in small amounts in cooking.

Warm Weather Reminder – As the warmer weather slowly returns, transients will increase.  Remember that if any needy person approaches you at St. Lawrence requesting money or another type of material aid, please do not give them any. Instead, direct them to Father, who knows the regulars  and will be able to give them the appropriate assistance.

10 to be Ordained Deacons – Please remember in your prayers the 10 men of the FSSP seminary in Nebraska who will be ordained to the Diaconate at OLG Seminary this Saturday, March 25.

Holy Week Schedule 2017

Palm Sunday

  • 8:00am Low Mass—no palms distributed.
  • 10:00am Blessing of palms & procession, Solemn High Mass (No confessions during this Mass)

Holy  Thursday

  • 7:00pm Solemn Mass (No Confessions)
  • Adoration until Midnight (Confessions during adoration)

Good Friday

  • 3:00pm Solemn Liturgy (No Confessions)
  • 7:00pm Stations of the Cross (Confessions following Stations)

Holy Saturday

  • 10:00pm Solemn Liturgy (No Confessions)

Easter Sunday (Regular Sunday Schedule)

  • 8:00am Low Mass
  • 10:00am Sung Mass

There will be the traditional Holy Thursday devotion of having adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until Midnight.  This is the day Our Lord suffered in the Garden after the Last Supper when He asked His disciples to watch and pray with Him.  At midnight the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the church to represent Our Lord’s arrest and imprisonment.