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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]


Fourth Sunday of Easter May 15, 2011

WEEKDAYS May 17 - 20, 2011 Tues. 8:00 am Tom Mohawk by Family Wed. 8:00 am Nellie & Ralph Sarto by John & Jody Krembs Thurs. 7:00 am Fred Bauer by Betty Mohawk Fri. 8:00 am Shirley Smith by Bill & Shirley Joynt WEEKEND MASSES May 21 / 22, 2011 Sat. 4:00 pm Norman & Margaret Graffis by Kay Gotter Sun 7:15 am Mary Beuten by Family 8:45 am Carol Hroback by Hroback Family 10:15 am Philip A.Rossi, Sr. by Mike, Judy, Ken & Pam Melvin

READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Acts 11:1-18; Jn 10:11-18 Tuesday: Acts 11:19-26; Jn 10:22-30 Wednesday: Acts 12:24 - 13:5a; Jn 12:44-50 Thursday: Acts 13:13-25; Jn 13:16-20 Friday: Acts 13:26-33; Jn 14:1-6 Saturday: Acts 13:44-52; Jn 14:7-14 Sunday: Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12 PRAYER LIST

For the strengthening in faith of all who are afflicted in body, mind or spirit please pray for: Barry Balasa, Marilyn Balsamo, Walter Beahan, Ray Becerra, Eleanor Bell, Terrance Clausen, Eileen Cook, Scott Corrus, Rosemarie Forest, Mark Gilles, Mary Gilles, Brenda Gilmore, Jack Gilmore, Kay Gotter, Gerry Gudino, Clarence & Florence Jungels, Frank Jureske, Joseph Kicinski, Patti Lossau, Marilyn Malsi, Alyssa Mandarino, Odelia Marlin, Jack Marquez, Mary Jane Nichols, Vivian O'Donnell, Rev. Richard Paddock, Bonnie Penera, James Phelps, Anna Pyrich, Donald E. Seyller, Mike Sheehan, Diane Soss, Wendy Toufexis, Fred Walschot, Kay Wilhelmi. If you or your loved one no longer need to be on the prayer list, please let us know so we can keep our list current. Thanks. EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Sherman Hospital--May 20, 2011 Dianna Giardino, Mike Shannon We pray for the repose of the soul of Jacqueline M. Dowd, Mother of Judy Gordon. We ask God to keep her family in His care!

During the month of May we will be praying the Rosary before the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and before the 7:00 a.m. Mass on Thursdays. Please join us.


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, July 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Sacristy. Please call the office to register.

Congratulations and blessings to the family of: Grace LaRue, Daughter of Marc and Julie (Zimmerman) Taft who was baptized last week. All materials that are submitted for the bulletin must be in the parish office by Noon on 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 - $3,096.00 7:15 Mass - $1,821.00 8:45 Mass - $1,974.00 10:15 Mass - $1,708.00 Total Stewardship received for the week of Sunday, May 8, 2011 ...........................$8,599.00 Catholic Education..............................$1,132.17 THANK YOU

KINDERGARTEN OPENINGS-- There are still openings for Kindergarten for the fall. St. Laurence offers a full day Kindergarten that has a tradition of academic excellence in a community grounded in the Catholic faith. To learn more about the program, visit us on the web at or call the school office at 847 468-6100 for more information and/or a private tour. 3 YEAR OLD PRE-SCHOOL-- St. Laurence will be offering a 3 year old Pre-School program on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Your child must be 3 years old by the start of school. Please call the school office for more information. Mark you Calendars for the following Graduations and Recognitions! May 24th--8:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to an All School Mass 8th graders will be honored and will receive the end of the year awards May 25th--5:30 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation in church May 26th--10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to the Kindergarten Graduation in the church May 27th--9:30 a.m. Pre-School recognition in the school June 7th--8:00 a.m. End of the year, All School Mass Everyone is invited BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION-- Please cut and save the Box Tops that come on a variety of items. They are worth 10 cents each to us. Just drop them in the Box Top box in back of church. Thank you so much for your support! First Communion pictures have arrived! If you placed an order, your pictures can be picked up at the parish office. If you are not able to pick them up during regular business hours please call the office to make other arrangements.

This week the Diocese will be sending out letters announcing the Diocesan Stewardship 2011 Program. This year our target is $69,540.00. We know that many of you have been very generous in the past years even in these difficult economic times. Last year we were short $11,808.00, which as of June 30th, will be turned into an interest bearing diocesan loan. We ask that you read the letter and brochure that you receive from the Diocese. Please prayerfully consider how your family can help us reach our goal. Pledge Weekend is May 21 /22. We thank you for your continued support.

Let us pray that the Diocesan Stewardship 2011 will be successful

PICNIC WITH THE PARISH Sunday, June 12, 2011 Randall Oaks Park We are just a month away from our Parish Picnic. Hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, along with beverages (ice tea & lemonade) will be available FOR FREE! We are asking our parishioners to provide the "Sides." Sign up sheets are in the back of church. If you want something to drink other than what is provided you must bring your own. Food will be served from 12:00--2:00 p.m. immediately after the 11:15 a.m. Mass. PLEASE BRING a Dish to Pass If your last name begins with...


Salads--Vegetables, fruit, potato dish NO Mayo products Note: we have no refrigeration


Relishes and Chips Pickles, olives, raw veggies, potato chips


Desserts Cupcakes, pies, cookies, brownies Don't forget your lawn chairs and sunscreen! There will be many fun games for the children as well as for the grown-ups! This is great way to end the school year. Don't miss out on the fun! We will be having a CAKE WALK

We Pray for Our Military

AIR FORCE: Staff Sgt. Eric Charckon, Cpt. Victoria Cramer, Major Andrew Sedivy, MD 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.

Do you have some time on Saturday morning, May 21st? If so, we could really use your HELP. We will be getting a delivery of mulch and need some help spreading it around. We will be starting at 9:00 a.m. Please bring your wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes. This is a rain or shine event. Many hands make light work

FELLOWSHIP CLUB will meet at St. Thomas More

Church on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12 Noon. We are having a Pot Luck Luncheon. Please make sure to bring a dish to pass. Our new officers will be installed. All are welcome. Our Grief Journey--This six-week program is for adults who have experienced the death of a parent, any age child, sibling, friend or other loved one. Topics include the grief process, coping with grief, spirituality, and embracing change and growth. Tuesdays, June 14 to July 26, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. No session July 5th. Program offered free of charge, however registration is required. Program held at Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. Call (630) 232-2233 to register. St. Vincent dePaul Society--We have a joint group with members of St. Thomas More Church in Elgin. We meet twice a month on Tuesday evenings. Our next meeting will be on May 24th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Church. Please consider joining this worthwhile ministry. Contact SVdP at 847 628-5170. Struggling with infertility? Hannah's Hope, a support group for those who are both bearing the cross of infertility and striving to live church teaching, will host its first meeting at the Cathedral of St. Peter, in Rockford on Wednesday, May 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Respect Life Office at 815 3994300 x382 or [email protected] Please note that this group is not a substitute for therapy or counseling. The Elgin Deanery Council of Catholic Women wish to thank you for your generous donations to our 8th Annual Mother's Day Gift Bags. We filled 247 Gift Bags. Your donations were delivered to and greatly appreciated by the following charities: The Community Crisis Center-Elgin, The Life Center-Elgin, Fox Valley Pregnancy Center-South Elgin, Wayside Mission-Elgin, Lazarus House-St. Charles, Hessed House -Aurora, and FISH Pantry-Carpentersville. Thanks also to the ladies who participated in filling and delivering the gift bags.

TRUST--Blessed are they who place themselves in the hands of Jesus. He will place himself in their hands.


Needed: Ministers of Compassion Did you know that the Elgin Catholic churches take turns bringing Communion to the patients in Sherman Hospital each week? St. Laurence's day is Friday. We are in need of additional people to do this. If we could get a few more volunteers, you would only need to go once a month. All training is provided. This is a very rewarding ministry and it really means a lot to the patients who are confined to Sherman Hospital. Please call the parish office for more information.

IN NEED OF A SHEPHERD For a while it was very fashionable to own pigs as pets. The publicity surrounding these creatures informed us that they were--contrary to their popular image--very clean animals, and also quite smart. Sad to say, sheep will most likely never enjoy this sort of domestic vogue. They are neither clean nor smart and are largely defenseless when left on their own, even in large numbers. The biblical image of us as the flock of sheep is not a particularly flattering one. Sheep without a shepherd are truly sad, because they most likely will perish either from their inability to fend for themselves or from their lack of defenses against predators. Placing ourselves in the heart of this unflattering image can reinforce our faith. Until we come to a profound realization of how much we need a shepherd, we cannot appreciate how deeply blessed we are to have been given a Shepherd, one who laid down his life for us and was raised to life eternal in the Spirit, so he might guide us and we might follow him in faith forever.

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Otto Says: We need your HELP! Baskets for the `OKTOBERFEST" Raffle are needed. Team up with friends or family to create "WUNDERBAR" baskets! Call the parish office THIS WEEK if you wish to volunteer

Memorial Day Mass 8th Grade Ribbon Ceremony

The 2011 8th Grade Class at St. Laurence School were presented their black and gold class ribbons on Wednesday, May 4th after the May Crowning. It is tradition for the graduating class to be presented with ribbons in the school colors to signify their years of accomplishments at St. Laurence and their upcoming Graduation. Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated at Mount Hope Cemetery in Elgin on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. weather permitting. Please bring you own lawn chairs. Contact the cemetery office at 847 468-6910 for more information. 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. There is a box in the back of church. This month the dates are May 28 / 29. 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: McLean Auto Repair 965 N. McLean Blvd. Elgin, IL 60123 847 741-9576

Crusader Football / Cheerleading

St. Edward Crusader Youth Football and Cheer program will have registration on Sunday, May 22nd from 12-2:30 p.m. at St. Edward High School's Greenwave Hall located next to the football field. New football players are asked to bring a copy of their birth certificate. Registration forms are available at For questions regarding football call Mike Holte at 847 695-2987; cheerleading email [email protected] or call 847 436-6212.

Altar Ministry for the Weekend of May 21 / 22

Mass Time

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


Kay Gotter Helga Horist Robert Chaney James Kararo

Altar Server

Ashriel & Danyelle DelRosario Daniel Horist, Natalea Leon Jackie Krocko, Nathan Mann Lauren Parsons, Alexandra Skores

Eucharistic Minister

Dianna Giardino, Greg Soohov, Mary Townsend, Debbie Wever Bob Plazewski, Loretta Revesz, Joan Ziethen Judy Gordon, William Hejnosz, Jamie & Ron Szopa Gail Essary, Melanie Maracordes, Mike & Sandi Shannon



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