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April 2020
Holy Week




To view Palm Sunday Mass, please click on the link provided at the right

 

On Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper will be available after

5:00 pm

On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross will be available after Noon

 

On Easter Sunday, please join us for Easter Morning Mass after 7:30 am

 


 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Holy Week marks the new creation, where you and I are asked to mark our Lord’s life in real time – one week in history, one week now–especially at a time when we all are so conscious of time.

This week seize each day and take time to walk with Him and enter into His suffering, knowing that because of the actions He took this one week in time, you and I have the invitation to live with Him in eternity.

Each day at St. Lawrence we mark time by the ringing of the bells at 9 a.m., Noon and 6 p.m. to signal the Angelus prayer  which reminds us of the joy of the Incarnation, that God became man.  With that in mind, I’ve turned the lights on the big tree here because we “need a little Christmas right this very moment.”   If you’re in Huntington center and see the lights and hear the bells, remember both the reality and now the hope they represent.

Again, please join us here for the Easter schedule as listed above, and a blessed and Happy Holy Week.

  Reverend Michael Jones
Pastor

                                   

SUSPENSION OF MASS

On Monday, March 16th, in response to the Novel Coronaviris, COVID-19, Bishop Caggiano has issued the following directive concerning Masses in the Diocese of Bridgeport:

"Effective this evening at 8:00 PM, all weekday and Sunday public Masses celebrated in the presence of the lay faithful are temporarily suspended in the Diocese of Bridgeport."

UPDATE: This will remain in effect until Thursday, April 30th. 
At that time, there will be a decision on any extension
or revision to this policy.

            
Even Kilian can't get into Church!            Self quarantined at the Rectory
 

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

 


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Bishop Frank J. Caggiano announced that there will be no public Liturgical Celebrations for Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter.  Bishop Caggiano made the decision based on the restrictions and recommendations issued by public authorities and the need to safeguard the lives of those who are most vulnerable.  

The Bishop noted that parishes will be unable to distribute palms on Palm Sunday.  Palms will be blessed at a private Mass celebrated by the priests.  "Blessed palms can be distributed at a later date that will be designated; tentatively Pentecost Sunday, so all parishes can distribute blessed palms on the same day," he said.

Bishop Caggiano will be celebrating Holy Week Liturgies which will be live-streamed as follows: (see the link in the right column to link to Bishop Caggiano Masses)

      

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/

 

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!

 

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.

 

     


Lent is a season of Preparation, Reflection, and Renewal.

LENT:  FASTING and ABSTINENCE

Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Fasting means Catholics ages 18-59 eat only one full meatless meal a day, and two smaller meals, which if added together would not exceed the full meal.
Eating solid goods between meals is not permitted.

All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence means that Catholics 14 years and older are bound to abstain from eating meat.  Abstinence forbids the use of meat, but consumption of eggs, milk products and fish is permitted. Drinking liquids is permitted. Invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt from fasting and abstinence rules.

 

Upcoming Events

All events canceled/postponed until further notice.

 

 

 

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Palm Sunday Mass at
St. Lawrence

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to be directed to Mass)


To watch Sunday Mass with Bishop Caggiano or
Msgr. Powers, please click
on  

www.bridgeportdiocese.org 
or on diocesan social media channels www.bridgeportdiocese.org/dobsocial/home

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/

 


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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)

Mass Schedule

All Masses are canceled until April 30th



Mass intentions for
suspended Masses

Please Note that even though Bishop Caggiano has suspended all Masses in the Diocese until at least April 30th, priests will say a private Mass each day for the scheduled intentions.
 

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