Ministries of Service
Christian Service Outreach (CSO)
(Service Programs – Volunteers Needed)Christian Service Outreach consists of a group of people doing service for people in need, and those who are homeless. We provide sack lunches, hot meals and sacks of groceries. Used clothing and blankets are also provided, along with Easter baskets and Christmas gifts. All of this comes from the wonderful generosity of you, the parishioners of St. Lawrence.
Coffee & Donuts
Volunteer teams from our various parish groups serve coffee, tea, punch, fresh donuts and bagels after the 7:00, 8:30 and 10:15 am Sunday Masses. Everyone is welcome in the hall where our parish family enjoys an atmosphere of friendship, community, and belonging. Come join us soon! Please call the Rectory if you would like to volunteer.
Baking is one very special way to enjoy helping out the church. Our bakers provide cookies (and other baked goods) for regular meetings, church celebrations and outreach programs which are supported by our Parish. Volunteers are welcome to bake as often as their schedule permits. If you are interested in volunteering for this worthwhile ministry, please email Vanessa Acosta or call her at (310) 540-0329 X 376
The food pantry provides local needy families with bags of groceries and homeless people with sack lunches. They also take clean used clothes to local shelters for the needy. On the first Sunday of every month, we collect food and clothing from parishioners after all morning Masses. Volunteers are always needed to help bag food and sort clothes from 8 am to 12:00 Noon or every Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Come join us in the parish food pantry. The following food items are needed:
Spaghetti - or any type of pasta
Mac N Cheese
Bags of rice
Cereal - heathly choices please
Keep in mind that bags of food are made for families. We don't need huge cans of food - just a lot of cans. 14 oz cans are perfect size. 1 lb. boxes of pasta are also welcome.
Thank you for your generosity as we serve those in need.
Do you know a local family with children or senior citizens in need of food? Call us at the Rectory, (310) 540-0329. We are here to help.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus group within our parish has taken on Columbus’ inspiration to call forth our own courage, to follow our dreams for a better community, and to see how we can contribute to the people within it. Through fundraising efforts the Knights help support the vocations of seminarians, the homeless and hungry, and several youth projects in the South Bay. Membership is available to all Catholic men in the parish over the age of 18 and family participation is encouraged as well. If you want to make more of a difference and contribute to the lives of those around you through the Knights of Columbus, please call the Rectory at (310) 540-0329.
Mother Theresa's Missionary Sisters of Charity
The Sisters run a shelter for homeless, pregnant women which is located in Lynwood. Volunteers are always needed to help the Sisters care for the girls and help with parenting and Lamaze classes. Please call the Rectory at (310) 540-0329 or the shelter at (310) 635-3264 if you would like to help.
Peace and Justice Ministry
The Peace and Justice Ministry follows the traditions of Catholic social teaching for peace and justice in all areas, including but not limited to, abortion, capital punishment, sexual ethics, euthanasia, reproductive technology, war, poverty, homelessness, and moral reasoning.
Our Parish has been involved in all aspects of the Right to Life movement since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. If you need help, or someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call.
24-Hour Helpline (310) 787-HELP
Pregnancy Help Center (310) 320-8976
Every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, come join us as we provide food, clothes, blankets and friendship to homeless people on the streets of Los Angeles.
This ministry enables us as a Church Community to provide spiritual and social activities to our senior members and to involve the “sandwich generation” of volunteers to make this a reality. For more resources for Seniors, click here.
Luncheons are held occasionally following the Noon Mass. Seniors gather to share fellowship and food in a congenial setting in the St. Lawrence Hall. Volunteers are always needed. Any assistance offered is greatly appreciated by our team.
What is the Stephen Ministry?
The Stephen Ministry was founded in 1974 by Kenneth C. Haugk, a clinical psychologist and pastor of St. Stephens' Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO. St. Lawrence is one of more than 9,000 congregations from over 120 Christian denominations that have a Stephen Ministry. Over 300,000 Stephen ministers have been trained, ministering to well over one million people throughout the world.
What is a Stephen Minister?
A Stephen Minister is a caring, Christian friend who listens, prays, supports and offers faith-based, confidential care for those who are hospitalized, terminally ill, bereaved, in a job crisis, or suffer any one of the many life struggles of our time. Stephen Ministers do not take the place of priests, nor do they find solutions to these problems. Ministers are not counselors, but trained caregivers. Their role is to listen and to care, not to counsel or advise. They are trained to make professional referrals when a caregiver's needs go beyond the scope of their ministry. Our ministers have over 50 hours of training and participate in continuing education programs throughout their service.
How does Stephen Ministry work?
If you are in need of care, simply call the Stephen Ministry main phone line. One of the Ministers will talk with you and, with permission assign a Stephen Minister. The Minister will contact you and schedule a time to meet. The rest is up to you. It is very important to understand that this care is strictly confidential. Those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.
The Stephen Ministry is a great way for our parish to reach in and reach out to more and more hurting people through our team of well-equipped, well-supervised lay caregivers.
Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, to share God's love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing.
If your life is more than you can handle alone right now; if your health, attitude, or relationships are suffering; if you are adjusting to the loss of a job, a change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or would just like to have someone in your life who really cares, then perhaps it is time for you to call the Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers look forward to the opportunity to carry out our Parish Mission Statement by accepting the call of Jesus Christ to love and serve one another.
Confidential Stephen Ministry Message Line: (310) 540-0329 X 540
Sunday Child Care
Sunday Child Care (ages 12months to 5 years)
Is available every Sunday during the 8:30 & 10:30am masses (except holiday Sundays), located in the St. Lawrence Martyr Hall -Holy Family Room.
This ministry of service is being offered to children ages 12months – 5 years. There is no registration needed, just a sign-in procedure.
Although children of all ages are encouraged to attend mass with their parents, this service is provided for those little ones that are just not quite ready.
The Child Care Ministry is there to provide ease & comfort during mass for parents & children. Please know that we are here for you.