Dear friend in the Lord:
One of my joys as pastor is to be able to invite people like you into our parish community.
Although we are a large parish, our Pastoral Council and parish leadership join me in hope that your experience at St. Lawrence will be like that of a sister or brother, in a close and vibrant relationship with a family of faith.
We are certainly not a perfect parish! But as in your own family, it is our mutual love and our commitment to one another that allow us to remain faithful even in our own sinfulness and imperfection. Over the years, we have grown more interested in having a real faith family at St. Lawrence than in maintaining a registry of passive and inactive members. That is why, even as we welcome you into our midst and make a commitment to you, we ask you to make a commitment to us.
Since the Second Vatican Council, we have been learning daily what it means for the Church to be the People of God. Imbedded in that beautiful and ancient name is the realization that we are the Church, that in baptism we all share responsibility for the Church’s inner life and its mission in the world.
Because we take this responsibility seriously, we ask you to spend some time familiarizing yourself with our parish life, and then, if you choose to make St. Lawrence your parish home, make a prayerful and deliberate commitment of your time, talent and treasure to your new family of faith.
Once again, welcome! We are indeed thrilled to have you. May we be for one another true brothers and sisters, the living Body of Christ, accompanying and supporting one another on the journey of faith.
Yours in Christ Risen,