SUNDAY EUCHARIST is the center and summit of Catholic Life. At St. Lawrence, the Saturday Vigil masses are at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Spanish). Sunday masses are at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m. (Spanish), and 5:00 p.m. (Teens). A nursery is available during all Masses.
WEEKDAY EUCHARIST is celebrated Monday-Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Friday at 7:00 p.m. (Spanish; September – May).
- The CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS follows the restored rites of the ancient Catechumenate. A community of inquirers forms each fall, and proceed to Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at Easter. Adult Catholics seeking Confirmation also participate in this process.
- The CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN age seven and older takes place in a community of young inquirers who prepare for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist on the Octave of Easter.
- THE BAPTISM OF INFANTS is celebrated on the first Saturday of each month, except during Lent, and during Sunday Masses in the Easter season–for children of registered parishioners who participate in a program of formation.
- FIRST CONFESSION AND FIRST COMMUNION are normally celebrated in Grade 2. The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires two years of foundational faith formation preceding the celebration of First Holy Communion beginning in Grade 1. Children and youth in higher grades who need to be prepared for these sacraments will need to notify the Faith Formation department when enrolling for the grade-level program.
- CONFIRMATION is conferred upon young people in the tenth grade who express a personal desire for the sacrament of initiation and who demonstrate readiness by their regular Sunday worship, participation in the weekly Sunday night teen program and a Confirmation retreat.
THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
- THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE is celebrated on Saturdays (except Holy Saturday and the Saturday in the Octave of Easter) at 3:30 p.m., or by appointment with a priest. Communal celebrations of reconciliation, including individual confession, are scheduled in Advent and Lent.
- THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK is offered during the 9:00 a.m. Mass every Saturday and is available at other times by appointment with a priest. Call for the sacrament at the onset of serious illness, at a time when family and close friends can join you for this healing rite. Please do not postpone this sacrament to the moment of death as a “last rite.” Priests, deacons, and eucharistic ministers from St. Lawrence visit Gwinnett Medical Center, other health care facilities within our parish, and the homebound regularly. Catholic patients in other metro area hospitals receive the sacraments from the neighboring Catholic parish, and ministers from St. Lawrence whenever possible. Federal patient privacy law no longer permits hospitals to inform the church of a parishioner’s admission. Please call the parish office if you or a family member will be hospitalized or homebound.
THE SACRAMENTS OF VOCATION
- Couples contemplating MARRIAGE should contact a deacon or priest at least six months before their desired wedding to establish their freedom to marry and to begin a period of formation for this sacrament of Christ’s love for his Church.
- The Sacrament of HOLY ORDERS is celebrated at various times during the year at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Those interested in ministry as a priest, deacon, sister or brother should contact a parish priest.