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St. Laurence Parish

Jewett at Standish Streets, Elgin, Illinois 60123


Saturday - 4:00 PM Sundays - 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 AM Daily Mass - Tues.--Wed.--Fri. - 8:00 AM Thurs. 7:00 AM SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Saturday from 3:00 - 3:45 PM Special times upon request SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE Marriage Preparation Program required 4 months notice necessary PARISH OFFICE HOURS 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday--Friday REGISTRATION All new parishioners are requested to register through the parish office


REV. KENNETH WASILEWSKI PASTOR PARISH HOME - 226 Orchard St. AFTER HOURS CONTACT: 224 535-8815 PARISH OFFICE - 565 Standish St. 847- 468-6900 Fax 847- 468-6904

Web Site: e-mail [email protected]


The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time January 23, 2011

WEEKDAYS January 25 - 28, 2011 Tues. 8:00 am Alonzo Penera by Family Wed. 8:00 am Clement & Laura Godin by Rogman Family Thurs. 7:00 am Vesta Schofield by Grace Gibbons Fri. 8:00 am Balasa Family WEEKEND MASSES January 29 / 30, 2011 Sat. 4:00 pm Ralph & Nellie Sarto by Frank & Colleen Kornfeind Sun 7:15 am Larry & Betty Miller by Barb & Bev Miller 8:45 am Helen Feda by Gene & Kathleen Nottolini 10:15 am Marcos Gudino by Family Please note that there will be No Confessions on Saturday, January 29th.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Heb 9:15, 24-28; Mk 3:22-30 Tuesday: Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22; Mk 16:15-18 Wednesday: 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5; Mk 4:1-20 Thursday: Heb 10:19-25; Mk 4:21-25 Friday: Heb 10:32-39; Mk 4:26-34 Saturday: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Mk 4:35-41 Sunday: Zep 2:3; 3:12-13; Ps 146; 1 Cor 1:26-31; Mt 5:1-12a PRAYER LIST

For the strengthening in faith of all who are afflicted in body, mind or spirit please pray for: Marilyn Balsamo, Ray Becerra, Eleanor Bell, Terrance Clausen, Scott Corrus, Marilyn Fischbach, Mark Gilles, Mary Gilles, Brenda Gilmore, Gerry Gudino, Jay Hardman, Kay Hogan, Clarence & Florence Jungels, Nancy & Frank Jureske, Alyssa Mandarino, Odelia Marlin, Jack Marquez, Peggy Misek, Eugene Muffler, Mary Jane Nichols, Rev. Richard Paddock, Bonnie Penera, James Phelps, Anna Pyrich, Ross Ricks, Donald E. Seyller, Wendy Toufexis, Fred Walschot, Les Whalen. We pray for the repose of the souls of Lorraine Maday, Sister of Norine Huber; and Dale Edwards, Husband of Mary Edwards. We ask God to keep their families in His care! Thank you for your generous support of the National Appeal, one of the Combined Appeals for the Universal Catholic Church. If you forgot to bring your envelope with you, ask an usher for one, or bring the one you received in the mail to Mass next weekend, and place it in the Offertory collection. Your gift is greatly appreciated.


The Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Parents are required to attend a pre-baptism class. These classes will be held during the months of January, April, July and October. If you are expecting a baby, please consider attending a class prior to the delivery of your baby. Our next class will be on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sacristy. Please enter through the main church doors. Please call the office to register.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Sherman Hospital--January 28, 2011 Cathy Berk, Lisa Bucaro All materials that are submitted for the bulletin must be in the parish office by Monday morning. New to Our Parish-- New Parishioners are always welcome! To register please stop by the parish office during normal business hours or give us a call at 847 468-6900.

Stewardship Collection

4:00 Mass - $2,030.25 7:15 Mass - $1,167.21 8:45 Mass - $2,152.00 10:15 Mass - $1,941.78 Total Stewardship received for the week of Sunday, January 16, 2011 ...........................$7,291.24 Debt Reduction.......................................$2,348.85 THANK YOU

"Heavenly Dusters" NEEDED

TUITION TRIFECTA--The winners for January 17th were: $100--K. Franzen $75--Valenti Family $50--Joanne Trotter SCHOOL REGISTRATION--St. Laurence School will begin accepting registration for the 2011/2012 school year. Registered parish members who have students entering Pre-kindergarten or Kindergarten will be receiving materials in the mail. If you would like more information or a tour of St. Laurence School, please call the school office at 847 468-6100. You may also visit us on the web at

We are in need of more men and women to help clean the church on Friday mornings. We start after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. All cleaning products and equipment are provided. All we need are some able bodies. We are usually finished by 9:00 a.m. Maybe you could stay after you take your children to school and help out! Working together we can keep the House of the Lord a beautiful place. Men and women are welcome. Come and join a wonderful group of cleaners!

Why Send Your Child to St. Laurence?! Catholic tradition and academic excellence developed in a community grounded in faith. Balanced curriculum which includes art, music and physical education. Educated to serving others and developing leadership. Safe and disciplined environment. Dedicated faculty who help students reach their highest potential.

Class will meet on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Sacristy. The weekend of January 29 / 30, the Knights of Columbus Council #654 will be in the back of church distributing baby bottles for the Baby Bottle Boomerang to assist the Fox Valley Pregnancy Center. You can help by simply taking a baby bottle home after Mass next weekend and returning it the following weekend, February 5 / 6 with your gift of cash or check. FELLOWSHIP CLUB will meet on Tuesday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Chelsea Room at St. Thomas More Church. We will play pokeno. All are welcome! Open Door Clinic Collection--This organization ministers to people and families with HIV. They have a great need for toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry soap, socks, breakfast cereals and non-perishable food items. Also needed are hats, gloves and warm blankets. There is a box in the back of church. This month the dates are January 29 / 30.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK--St. Laurence School will celebrate "Catholic Schools Week" January 30th to February 5th. Every year Catholic Schools all over the country take time to celebrate the value Catholic Schools bring to our community. We thank our parishioners, priest, teachers and parents who are directly responsible for the blessings brought upon our community. This year our theme is "A+ for America Catholic Schools." Activities are planned throughout the week. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK BOOK FAIR-- Everyone is invited to the Book Fair held in the school library after all Masses on January 29th and 30th. LEARN THE LATEST INFORMATION ON CYBERBULLYING!--Detective Richard Wistocki will hold an all encompassing introduction to what teens are doing online as well as what the predators are doing online. This 2.5 hour class will give parents a sense of empowerment to protect their children online. Learn to keep your children safe in the electronic world. The presentation will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic School, 1625 W. Highland Ave., Elgin on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend!!! BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION--Please save all the "Box Top" labels found on many items you purchase every day. They can be found on foods and non-food items. We earn 10 cents for each box top. Please place them in the box in the back of church.

Calling all the Best Chili Chefs

The Elgin Knights of Columbus Council #654 is looking for contestants for this year's 13th annual Knights of Columbus Chili for Charity Cookoff and Dinner. The Chili for Charity event will be held on February 26, 2011 at St. Thomas More School gym. All proceeds will be used to benefit the local Catholic grade schools and St. Edward High School in Elgin. Interested in becoming a contestant in this year's Chili Cookoff, please contact Sir Knight Terry Green at 847 888-0831. Entry deadline is January 24, 2011. Any open contestant spots after this date will be taken on a first come first serve basis.

We Pray for Our Military

AIR FORCE: Staff Sgt. Eric Charckon ARMY: PFC Daniel J. Duffy, 1st. Sgt. Eric Case, Pvt. Thomas W. Uzitas, Spc. Timothy J. Hansley MARINES: Cpl. Jared Bultinck, Maj. Michael Volmer, NAVY: Seaman Apprentice Terrance M. Alexander, Seaman Recruit Timothy M. Alexander. St. Edward Central Catholic High School invites you to an Open House on Sunday, January 30, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with faculty, current students, coaches, and moderators of extra-curricular programs. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 847 741-7536 ext. 113 or email at [email protected] To learn more about St. Edward High School please visit the school's website at FOOD COLLECTION We will be collecting goods for the food pantry. There are many in our community who are not financially able to provide the necessary food for their families. The food collected will be distributed by the Interfaith Food Pantry. Please bring your donations on the 1st Weekend of each month. The next collection will be February 5 / 6. Habitat for Humanity, a local nonprofit builder, is looking for buyers for homes in Carpentersville and Elgin. Attend an informational meeting on Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 310 E. Main St., East Dundee, IL. No childcare will be available at the meeting. You must arrive on time and be present for the entire session to apply. Seating is limited. Please call the office 847 836-1432 to register. SEEKING THE LIGHT--In today's readings we find ourselves being drawn more deeply into relationship with Jesus. We are getting to know more about him as we see how he struggles with the news of his cousin John's arrest. His first response is to withdraw, to leave Nazareth and go to Capernaum. There he is perhaps both consoled and challenged by the words of Isaiah that Matthew quotes, "the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, / on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death / light has arisen" (Matthew 4:16). Jesus contemplates his cousin's death, perhaps his own death, and he seeks the light. Maybe it is these words of Isaiah that move Jesus out of his withdrawal and into action. He begins to preach, teach, cure disease and illness, and proclaim the gospel of the kingdom. © Copyright, J. S. Paluch Co.

PICNIC PLANNING MEETING We've started planning for our St. Laurence Church Parish Picnic! If you would like to help out please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Sacristy. Let's get the planning underway to guarantee a Fun Filled, Family event!


If you need a statement of your contributions made to St. Laurence Church, please call the parish office at 847 468-6900 or send us an e-mail at [email protected] We will put you on our list. Statements will be sent towards the end of January, after we receive the information from the Diocese. It would be helpful if you would give us your envelope number when you call.


The Life Center Pregnancy Services 9th Annual "Bowling for Babies" will be held at Bowlway Lanes in Elgin on Saturday, February 19th. It runs from Noon to 3:30 p.m. with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. Just call (847) 622-1235 for a pledge sheet or download one from their website at

St. Edward Central Catholic High School is pleased to announce the 22nd annual Tidal Wave Auction Dinner / Dance will be held on April 16, 2011 at the beautiful Stonegate Centre in Hoffman Estates. This year's theme will be "The Tide Is Turning". Join us for a gourmet dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions. For information call the Tidal Wave hotline at 847 741-7536 ext. 108.

Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast

The St. Thomas More / St. Laurence Counsel of the St. Vincent de Paul Society with the help of the Knights of Columbus is having their 2nd annual all you can eat biscuits and gravy breakfast. Join us on Sunday, February 6, 2011 after the 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Masses in the Chelsea room at St. Thomas More Church. Monies raised will go to help those in need who live in Elgin. Plan to treat your family to homemade biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and fresh coffee. Cost is $5 per adult, $3 for children under 12 and $20 for families of 4 or more.

The class schedule is as follows:

K-8th Grade--Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. The remaining January date is the 26th. The February dates are the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. Preschool--Sunday, February 13, 2011 during the 8:45 a.m. Mass. Parents please bring your children to the Kindergarten classroom before Mass begins.

It is indispensable that new technological developments in the field of medicine never be to the detriment of respect for human life and dignity, so that those who suffer physical illnesses or handicaps can always receive that love and attention required to make them feel valued as persons in their concrete needs.

~Pope Benedict XVI, Address during Visit to the Obra BeneficoSocial Nen Due, Nov. 7, 2010


For ALL 9th and 10th grade Confirmation students will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2011. ALL students are to attend the 8:45 a.m. Mass and will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. ATTENDING THIS RETREAT IS A REQUIREMENT FOR CONFIRMATION. The St. Thomas More / St. Laurence Counsel of the St. Vincent dePaul Society will meet on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Church in Elgin. Please join us. For information call 847 628-5170. Ways to Spend time with Jesus...

Time is running out. Register now! The Diocesan Theological Institute Spring 2011 Course Offerings. Contemporary Moral Problems (M) Fr. Ken Wasilewski What a Modern Catholic Believes About Heaven, Hell, Death & Judgment Rick Marcantonio (D) Overview of St. Paul's Epistles (SC) John McGrath The Reformation and The Birth of Modern Christian Denominations (SP or CH) Msgr. William Schwartz Visit the Adult Faith Formation page at OR contact the Ministry Formation Office at 815 399-4300.

Lean on Him. Tell Him you love Him. Tell Him what angers you. Then listen. Renew your loyalty to His Church. Say one Hail Mary slowly. Ask Him to show you the next step.

In today's gospel Jesus calls us to leave behind our earthly worries and follow him. Let go of your worries and responsibilities for one weekend to enrich and renew your marriage and bring Christ into the center of your marriage. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends are February 18-20 in Crystal Lake, IL and March 18-20 in Madison, WI. Visit our website at: or call (888) 574-5653.

We encourage our parishioners to support the businesses using our bulletin. Let them know that you saw their ad in our bulletin. This week we highlight: F.J. Bero & Company, Inc. Plumbing & Heating 1629 Weld Road, Elgin 847 741-6140

Altar Ministry for the Weekend of January 29 / 30

Mass Time

4:00 p.m. 7:15 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 10:15 a.m.


Elaine Young Kathleen Newcomb Pam Klein John Muchmore

Altar Server

James & Molly Eisen Claudia & Evan Sajtar Isabella Alvini-Moore, Rhett Lundy Samantha Boydston, Tess Bucholc

Eucharistic Minister

Sandy Litts, Pat Torisky, Debbie Wever, Vickie Muno Bob Plazewski, Chris Stine, Seena Woleben Judy Gordon, William Hejnosz, Mary Loechner, Wendy Mann Shannon Hernandez, Leana Kane, Jim Kararo, Joann Smith



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