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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner

Posted on August 03, 2020 in: Pastor's Corner

Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
August 2 - With schools starting extra early, my summer is fading quickly. So, I'm trying to savor the remaining sun, fresh tomatoes and meals outside. The warmth and brightness helped mitigate some of March's isolation. And while we are tougher now, I shudder at the thought of shorter days and nights colder than Eder's ice cream. They also mean less contact with you and less laughter. That's where I revert to Jesus on the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13. The disciples were blue. He was with them throughout but it’s hard to see when all they did was ...

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2020 Census

Posted on August 03, 2020 in: General News

2020 Census
Over the next 10 years, data from the 2020 Census will inform the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds each year that support education, health care, emergency services, housing and food assistance, and more. In August 2020, census workers will begin visiting households that have not responded to the census to help ensure that everyone is counted. We can minimize the need for census takers to follow up in person by responding to the census now—online, by phone, or by mail. The Census Bureau has made adjustments to its 2020 Census operations...

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PLANNING for the FUTURE

Posted on July 30, 2020 in: General News

PLANNING for the FUTURE
We have no clear idea of where this crisis is going. But we are scheduling. If we need to cancel, at least we had some plans in place. Here are some sneak previews of the Fall: Bible Study - The Psalms will commence on Tuesday September 15th at 6:30pm for 7sessions ending November 3rd. Taize Evening of Prayer - Sunday September 20th at 8pm (for candlelight) only 30 minutes in length Retreat with Dr. Mary Ann Getty -Thursday October 8th, author of Women in New Testament, two different talks at 2pm and 6:30pm Made for More - Thursday, October 15th Concert by ...

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Father Bill's Pastor's Corner
July 26 - The students of Lyco were effusive in their gratitude. As victims of covid and international politics, they were feeling forgotten and lonely. Plus, this summer seemed wasted and very uncomfortable. Parishioner generosity shocked them with a mound of food which they ate and took back to the dorms in boxes. But most impressive were the parishioners who exchanged contacts with them and have already reached out. The day after the Nazi rally in town, we lived the Christian ideal. Welcoming strangers who don't share our religion, nationality or ethnicity. Chri...

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Craft Workshops

Posted on July 23, 2020 in: General News

Craft Workshops
Our parish is gifted with a number of talented people. You could give back to the parish by teaching someone else this Fall.  Some of these could occur in a garage, on parish property, in someone's basement work room. Informal and friendly yet safe could be the way we gather.   Some of them might be: Sewing (you define what type); Piano for Adults; Woodworking (you define); Spanish for Beginners; Flower Arranging; Cooking Italian (samples to leave at the rectory), etc. If you are interested in leading something like this for 5 people, c...

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What is RCIA?

Posted on July 23, 2020 in: General News

What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.  This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.”  Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over...

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Posted on July 06, 2020 in: General News

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Hosted by Fr Bill Corcoran, the group will visit Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Don't worry, you have time to plan and save - the trip will take place from October 5 - 14, 2021 at a cost of $3799.   The trip includes round-trip air fare from NYC, first class / select hotel accomodations, breakfast and dinner daily, comprehensive sight-seeing with a professional English-speaking tour guide,  porterage, hotel taxes and service charges. Trip accomodations are coordinated by NAWAS International Travel, Inc. ...

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New Scam Alert

Posted on June 24, 2020 in: General News

New Scam Alert
Alert: Please do not respond to any emails or text messages from Fr. Bill requesting money or gifts cards, these are scams. **Please follow the instructions below if you think you were a victim of a scam:  How to Report Spam Text Messages If you get an unwanted text message, there are three ways to report it: Report it on the messaging app you use. Look for the option to report junk or spam. How to report spam or junk in the Messages app How to report spam on an Android phone Copy the message and forward it to 7726 (SPAM). ...

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Remind Updates

Posted on March 06, 2020 in: General News

Remind Updates
Get Parish updates by phone or email! Text 81010 to Join @STLparish for St. Lawrence parish updates or @STBparish for St. Boniface updates. If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/stbparish or rmd.at/@stlparish TEXT @stlparish to 81010 To receive messages and updates from St. Lawrence Right on your phone! TEXT @stbparish to 81010 To receive messages and update from St. Boniface Right to your phone!   What is Remind?   &nb...

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