It is time again to request nominations for St. Lawrence Parish Council. By Archdiocesan regulations, elected members of the Council serve three-year terms. Rather than have everyone’s term expire simultaneously the Council decided to have several expire annually holding nominations and elections for each of those whose expiring terms. Mariann Helfant and Mary Gambino are this year’s term ending members. You may nominate as many people as you like and two will be selected. Both Marys may also be nominated again since two consecutive three-year terms are permitted; however, there is always room for fresh ideas via new members which are most welcome.
Election process schedule:
4/29/23 & 5/7/23: Nominations forms
are available in the Church vestibule. If
you know of a parishioner who is home-
bound, take a slip for them.
5/7/23: All nominations must be
submitted by the conclusion of the 9:30
AM Mass on this date.
5/13 - 14: Ballots with the names of all
nominees will be handed out in church at
the conclusion of each Mass. Select two
candidates and place in the Elections!
Ballot boxes located at each side door
and in the vestibule. The election
concludes on 5/14/23.
5/21/23: Election results will be
publicized in the Bulletin and on the
Thank You!! in advance for participating
in this important Parish community
· Race #1 - Steve Ombalski
· Race #2 – Jeff Olimpa
· Race #3 - Pat Eckrich
· Race #4 - Bernie Boylan
· Race #5 - Trinity Affuso
Race #6 – Janice Sebastiano
· Race #7 – Nick Danford
· Race #8 - Jason & Erin Bowman
· Race #9 – Greg Janik
· Race #10 – Betty Steinberg·
· Race #11 - Mary Holmgaard
· Race #12 – Theresa & Michael Rapatski
· Race #13 – Mary Holmgaard
Race #14 – Anna Fusco
Our search for a Choir Director is completed!
We are happy to announce that Roberta Ward is our new Choir Director. Welcome Roberta!
Check out the observations by Tracy in the article below
Abortion, an ever-tragic event, yet, Pro-Lifers, a joyful and hopeful crowd; this has to be our Capitol’s most light filled rally. Darkness and light cannot exist at the same time, and this crowd was full of light. There is no denying the light, love and hope on tens of thousands of faces, moving and chanting in unison. And so many young people, college groups, high school kids, seminarians, novices, children on their parent’s shoulders.
Mostly ignored by our Nation’s media, it is difficult to find an estimate on how many attended, but certainly several hundred thousand. Folks traveled from afar; nuns from Florida seemed to keep our pace throughout most of the march so we heard their chant a number of times, “Who are we, SISTERS OF LIFE, Where are we from, FLORIDA, What are we, COLD!” And then a fit of giggles from both the sisters and the crowd.
Father Benn befriended a fellow clergyman, Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya’akov who’s sign read, ‘Judaism: The original Pro-Life Religion’. The Rabbi, his son and Joe Guilyard proudly posed for a photograph with Father Benn.
One of the most moving posters, along our march route, stated ‘Conceived in Rape, Born of Love’, five or so posters held by a small group of young people, silently and peacefully making their point that the violence of abortion is not an answer to the violence of rape and incest. These posters speak of the moral incoherence that abortion is an answer to rape.
Another moving poster ‘I Regret My Lost Motherhood’ and ‘I Regret My Lost Fatherhood’ speaks to the pain of living with the choice of abortion. The pro-choice movement doesn’t mention a stronghold of sadness and regret. Thank you to these brave souls for their raw honesty.
The speeches were especially moving. Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, daughter of St. Gianna Molla, made a trip from Italy to be a guest speaker. Tony Dungy spoke of our Nation and the NFL falling on their knees in prayer over a single life, Damar Hamlin, a prayer movement that could not be denied. Pro-life Democrat, Rep. Trenee McGee (Conn) gave a moving speech on the racist motives of abortion. Trenee McGee proclaimed life! Other speakers included Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who helped defend Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and primed to revisit precedent in the case Dobbs v. Jackson, overturning Roe in a 6-3 decision. Steve Scalise rallied the crowd, along with other speakers. Jonathan Roumie, actor who plays the role of Jesus on ‘The Chosen’, gave the final speech.
Banners representing the many diverse groups at the March for Life 2023.
Forty-nine previous years of peaceful, hopeful, prayerful vigilance led to overturning Roe vs. Wade. We attended the 50th Annual March for Life as we continue to hold fast in prayer that our Nation ends the barbaric and painful experience of abortion. We pray for the women who suffer anguish and pain following an abortion trauma. May these mothers trust in God’s mercy, the source of all hope, which truly springs eternal.
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of love and compassion,
You who have made us for love
and given us an example of love and peace in Your Son Jesus,
look upon the people of Ukraine who need Your love and peace during this most difficult time.
Bring an end to war, suffering, and hatred.
Mary, Queen of Peace, wrap the people of Ukraine under the mantle of Your peace-filled protection.
Look with compassion, O God, on all afflicted and may Jesus, the Prince of Peace, bring peace.
We pray for Ukraine and indeed the whole world.
We ask this prayer, O God, in the name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Brother Louis Canter
"Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you, God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and a guide to us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen"
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Parish Council Election Results: Taken
on 5/27-28: will appear next week June
3-4. Thank you for your participation
in the process.
Altar & Rosary Day Trip
Women of our parish are invited to visit
the Shrine of Padre Pio on Friday, June 16
located in Barto, PA on the Canonization
anniversary of Padre Pio.