Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
I am happy to welcome you to the website of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, GA. Our Parish was established as such in 1974, but until that time had been a presence forming in the area since 1963 as the first Catholic mission in Gwinnett County.
Our simple Mission Statement captures what we strive for as a Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Atlanta: We, the worshiping community of St. Lawrence, rooted in the Gospel, rich in our faith traditions, and joyful in celebrating the Sacraments, seek to make known God’s love in today’s world by faithfully serving one another, reaching out to others, and embracing all with welcome.
As human persons, like you, we are constantly evolving; and as followers of Jesus we are ever deepening our Christian Discipleship. Being a diverse parish community, a beautiful reflection of the Universal Church within God’s creation, we do this best united with each other, and with each other united to the Lord!
I invite you to explore your faith with us. You can learn a lot about us from this website. But too, I wholeheartedly invite you to simply come and worship with us sometime soon; or if first you prefer, contact us. Either way, I think you’ll see why we proclaim: “All are welcome here!”
Fr. John Howren