The Christian Service Commission exists as a model and resource of Catholic Social Teaching to enable the entire Parish communion to put the social teaching of the Church into action. The Commission empowers the members of the Parish to fulfill the Church's mission of love, justice, freedom and peace by communally responding, in an organized way, to societal and individual needs. The Commission creates and/or promotes, at the Parish level, programs which strive to address human needs and achieve justice whether locally or in the broader communities of Vicariate, Archdiocese, state, nation and world.


Christian Service Ministries

Bereavement Ministry Care Mailings
Support and consolation are provided to family members during the first year following the death of a family member through regular mailings of letters and grief resource materials.

Funeral Lunch Team
This team provides a wonderful gift - the bereavement meal – to the families of deceased parishioners after the funeral mass.  At the time of loss of a loved one, grief is greatly mitigated by the expressions of love and kindness from our faith community.  To be able to offer a bereavement meal to families is a wonderful example of that love and kindness. The team provides the food for the luncheon as well as setting up for and working at the luncheon. 

Book Club
Members meet weekly for fellowship and discussion about books they are reading together as a group.

Emergency Relief Program
Committee members, with the generosity of parishioners, provide financial assistance to the broader church including programs for the homeless, hungry, unemployed, and uninsured. 

Hospitality Program
Members provide and oversee the hospitality efforts of the many events here at St. Lawrence including coffee and donuts after Sunday masses, the parish whole community catechesis program, receptions for the All Soul’s and Jubiliarian masses, and others.

MCREST
St. Lawrence is a member church of the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) program.  MCREST is a group of participating congregations that open up their facilities to provide temporary, emergency shelter to homeless persons. In addition to shelter meals, shower facilities, transportation to work or job interviews, and evening activities are also provided.  St. Lawrence hosts MCREST for a week in the spring and relies on the help of more than 100 volunteers.

New Parishioner Ministry
Quarterly receptions are held for new parishioners.  Parish staff and volunteers present information on the many organizations and groups here at St. Lawrence.  The reception includes a tour of the church and school buildings

Pro Life Group
Members are involved in many activities that promote the defense of human life from conception to natural death.  They also serve as a central source of resources.  Their activities include education, prayer, action and fundraising.

Quilters
Twice a month approximately 25 women meet to sew quilts for World Relief.  They make over 300 quilts a year that are shipped to people all over the world who use them for warmth, shelter and many other needs. 

Seniors
Members meet twice a month to plan events/activities, have lunch and socialize.

Stephen Ministry Program
Trained parishioners provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to persons going through difficult times.

St. Augustine and St. Monica
St. Lawrence is a sister parish to St. Augustine & St. Monica church located in Detroit.  A monthly food donation is provided to them through the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry located here at the church.  

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Conference members strive to preserve the dignity of all individuals and families by providing support to those in need in our neighboring community with food, referrals for clothing, furniture, household items, health/dental insurance, and financial assistance with rent and utility bills.  They also sponsor bi-yearly clothing and household items drive.

Women’s Club
Women of the parish gather at monthly meetings to promote fellowship, share ideas and make new friends.  Members also contribute in many ways to the efforts of the parish to serve the community including their sponsorship of the parish’s Giving Tree program where 1,500 donated Christmas gifts are distributed to local agencies.

 


 
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