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May 2020
 

 


May 24, 2020
Seventh Sunday of Easter
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Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Lawrence Parish,

Due to the continued delay and postponement of Mass in church,  St. Lawrence will resume video taping of the liturgy this weekend to celebrate the Seventh and Final Sunday of Easter.

You may be aware of press stories announcing the option of making an outdoor Mass available.   The restrictions associated with such an option were impractical and prohibitive for our parish where normally 1500 to 2000 people attend weekly.

The Church remains open for visitation each day from Noon until 6 pm, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available on both Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 6 pm.

Please follow the guidance offered in the Church for social distancing and maximum capacity, and check this website for any updates and/or changes to the hours and policy guidance, and for all updates and information on our return path to resuming parish life and activities.  

May the hope of the Risen Lord continue to grace us as this Easter Season comes to a close.
 

A THANK YOU FROM MERTON HOUSE

On behalf of the Thomas Merton Center and Catholic Charities we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Father Jones and the parishioners of St Lawrence for your extraordinary generosity in supporting the Thomas Merton Center Food Drive on Saturday May 16th. Many thanks to Kate Allsup and Deacon Frank Masso who organized the event as well the many volunteers who helped remove food from cars. The blessing of parishioners in their cars by Fr Mike, Father Krzyzstof, and Deacon Joe (at a safe distance!) was also a highlight of the day. St Lawrence Parishioners were so generous that we filled the Thomas Merton Center van to capacity! These donations will provide badly needed food resources to very many struggling families and individuals in Bridgeport.

Demand for food at Thomas Merton Center has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 crisis began. We are now serving 400-500 meals most days up from 150 per day at this time last year. Some of these meals we are delivering to clients of other Bridgeport non-profits, including homeless shelters who don’t have food resources. Our clients are hourly workers who have recently lost jobs, immigrants, homeless, or mentally ill individuals struggling to make ends meet. Please know how grateful we are for your help and support! Thank you for helping us treat every human being, especially those who are most vulnerable, with the love and respect they deserve! If you missed the event and would like to make a financial donation or partner with us in the work we are doing visit the links below:

https://www.themertoncenter.org

https://www.ccfairfield.org/updates-on-our-response-to-covid-19/

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Mike Donoghue
Executive Director – Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

Craig Adler
Executive Director – Thomas Merton Center

         

 

May 17, 2020
Sixth Sunday of Easter
A message from Fr. Jones


(Click on the picture to be directed to the
Message from Father Jones on YouTube
)

 

The Catholic Practice of Making a Spiritual Communion
(Excerpted from a longer article) 

 

St. Thomas Aquinas taught that Spiritual Communion is “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him as if we actually received Him.” Think of it! You can have your own private “audience” with Christ in Spiritual Communion or in front of the Blessed Sacrament! Countless Saints and theologians throughout the centuries have extolled the virtues and great spiritual benefits we can receive from this time spent with our Lord. Remember, however, that you can “turn toward the holy tabernacle” and receive Jesus in your heart from anywhere you might happen to be, at any time, day or night!

SAMPLE PRAYERS Here are some sample prayers for making a spiritual communion:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Another version reads:
Oh Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

St. Jean-Marie Vianney once said “when we feel the love of God growing cold, let us instantly make a Spiritual Communion. When we cannot go to the church, let us turn towards the tabernacle; no wall can shut us out from the good God.” We can indeed be grateful for that!

 

           
 

All events at St. Lawrence Parish
are canceled/postponed until further notice.

 


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For detailed information and resources from Bishop Caggiano and the Diocese of Bridgeport
concerning the Novel Coronaviris COVID-19, please click here:https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/

 

 

Bishop Caggiano has offered the

following guidelines concerning Sacraments:
 

Baptism: At this time, Baptisms may be held as scheduled, however, the rules of social distancing and limited numbers in attendance will be adhered to.  If you wish to reschedule to a later date in the spring or into the summer, please call the Rectory Office.
The celebration of future Baptisms will be decided as the date for each Batism draws near.

First Communion: While there is no need at this point to cancel Masses of first Communion scheduled after April 30th, Parishes must be prepared to reschedule if necessary.

Confirmation: All Confirmations in the Diocese scheduled to take place before Easter Sunday will be postponed.  This does not include St. Lawrence Parish Confirmations which have not yet been scheduled for this year.

Weddings and Funerals: The celebration of weddings and funerals may continue, but the Rites should be celebrated outside of Mass.  Also, guests will be limited to immediate family and close friends only and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to.

Regarding Funerals, a Mass for the Dead can be celebrated in private for the deceased at the nearest possible date following death, or, if the family desires, a public memorial Mass could be celebrated at a later date for the repose of the soul of the deceased and the consolation of family.

Anointing of the Sick and the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Priests may offer Anointing of the Sick and the sacrament of Reconciliation as requested, but these two sacraments will be offered with an abundance of care for the wellbeing of all involved.  Please contact the Rectory Office for more information or with requests for these sacraments.

 

RELIGIOUS ED NOTICE:

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, closing of Shelton schools, and the Directives of Bishop Caggiano, all Religious Education classes, workshops and retreats are canceled and/or postponed until further notice.  
At this time we do not have any information regarding First Communion.  We will notify families of any decisions concerning First Communion at a future date after we receive updated information from the Bishop.

 

  

 

Upcoming Events

All events canceled/postponed until further notice.

 

 

 

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Sunday Mass will be available on Sunday Morning for the current weekend

For Daily Mass please join Bishop Robert Barron at:
www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/

 

Mass Schedule

All Masses at St. Lawrence are suspended


Mass intentions for
suspended Masses

Please Note that while Masses are suspended at St. Lawrence, priests will say a private Mass each day for the scheduled intentions.
 

Magnificat

is currently offering free access to the English, spanish, and French editions of its monthly magazine to help us pray when Mass is no longer celbrated publicly due to the coronavirus outbreak. 
Here are the links:

www.magnificat.com/free 
(English)


www.magnificat.com/gratis
(Spanish)

www.magnificat.fr/prier
(French)

www.magnifikid.com/free
(for children in English)

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