Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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August 27, 2017

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

Music Rehearsals Begin This Week – The new schola and mixed choir will rehearse every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00pm. Men in the schola should arrive by 6:30pm, while women in the mixed choir should arrive by 7:00pm. The first rehearsals on 8/31 and 9/7 are OPEN rehearsals. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend, even if you are not sure about a longer term commitment. Come give it a try, no strings attached! Rehearsals are in a classroom, so please use the side entrance.

Vespers Tonight – Vespers and Exposition with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be tonight from 5:30pm–6:30pm.  Vespers will be sung recto tono.  Sheets will be provided for all to follow along.  We have Vespers every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

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.  Details will be provided soon.

Meal Train – Calling all those who want to grow in love of neighbor! We are starting a meal train for those in our parish who need meals – new mommas, those in an emergency, etc. If you are interested in helping cook occasionally or know someone who needs help, please e-mail Alyssa Showers at

St. Tarcisius Meeting – The next St. Tarcisius Meeting will be on Saturday, September 2nd, at 5pm.  The St. Tarcisius group is for children ages 5 – 12 to learn how to meditate.  They are guided through a short meditation by Fr. Franco.  Contact Jill Lear for information by emailing her at

Young Adult Group Next Meeting – Our next gathering is on Friday, September 8th, for the 6:30pm Mass followed by pizza and board games in the social hall downstairs. Please bring a beverage a donation for pizza, and a game if you would like.  We have a new Facebook group: Mater Dei Harrisburg Young Adult Group, where this information will be posted. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!  Send questions to Father Franco at

Hand Missals For Sale – Our parish office’s offers Daily Hand Missals for $55.   We offer the Missal published in 2008 by Baronius Press in association with the FSSP.

Convert Class – Non-Catholics interested in entering the Catholic Church, and adult Catholics who have not been Confirmed should contact the office for information about our adult convert class which Fr Eichman and Fr. Franco will begin at the end of September. 

Holy Land Pilgrimage With Fr. Franco – Fr. Franco will be the chaplain for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, 2017.  For information regarding itinerary, inclusions and pricing, please go to the Orbis Catholicus Travel website at or e-mail Susan Kotnik at or call her at 604-465-6911.

Seminarians from Mater Dei – This week, two young men from Mater Dei returned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE to begin their second year of formation.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Our “Seminary Burse” collection taken every 2nd Sunday of the month goes toward their tuition.  The cost of formation for each seminarian is around $25,000 per year.  Thank you for your generous support for this burse over the past year.

 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.

 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.