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Today is the Feast day of St Lawrence Martyr! Saint Lawrence, Lawrence also spelled Laurence, (died 258, Rome [Italy]; feast day August 10), one of the most venerated Roman martyrs, celebrated for his Christian valor. He is the patron saint of the poor and of cooks.

Lawrence was among the seven deacons of the Roman church serving Pope Sixtus II, whose martyrdom preceded Lawrence’s by a few days: they were executed during the persecution under the Roman emperor Valerian. It is said that Lawrence gave the church’s treasures to the poor and the sick before his arrest. Although Lawrence was probably beheaded, St. Ambrose of Milan and the Latin poet Prudentius, among others, recorded that he was roasted to death on a gridiron, remarking to his torturers at one point, “I am cooked on that side; turn me over, and eat.” Many conversions to Christianity throughout Rome reportedly followed Lawrence’s death, including those of several senators witnessing his execution. The Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura (St. Lawrence Outside the Walls), Rome, was built over his burial place. He is named in the canon of the Roman mass.

How wonderful for us, that we have St. Lawrence to remind us to serve the poor, and to be a witness of Christ to others.

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Today is the Feast day of St Lawrence Martyr! Saint Lawrence, Lawrence also spelled Laurence, (died 258, Rome [Italy]; feast day August 10), one of the most venerated Roman martyrs, celebrated for his Christian valor. He is the patron saint of the poor and of cooks.

Lawrence was among the seven deacons of the Roman church serving Pope Sixtus II, whose martyrdom preceded Lawrence’s by a few days: they were executed during the persecution under the Roman emperor Valerian. It is said that Lawrence gave the church’s treasures to the poor and the sick before his arrest. Although Lawrence was probably beheaded, St. Ambrose of Milan and the Latin poet Prudentius, among others, recorded that he was roasted to death on a gridiron, remarking to his torturers at one point, “I am cooked on that side; turn me over, and eat.” Many conversions to Christianity throughout Rome reportedly followed Lawrence’s death, including those of several senators witnessing his execution. The Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura (St. Lawrence Outside the Walls), Rome, was built over his burial place. He is named in the canon of the Roman mass.

How wonderful for us, that we have St. Lawrence to remind us to serve the poor, and to be a witness of Christ to others.

St. Lawrence Martyr - pray for us!

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As members of St. Lawrence Martyr Roman Catholic Community,
We are called to…

Participate

fully and actively with one another in Prayer and Liturgy, going forth to witness to its spirit in our daily lives

Foster and Preserve

a community where all are invited, welcomed, loved and appreciated

Challenge Ourselves

constantly to see Christ within and among us

Educate

ourselves in the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Catholic Church, thereby developing the tools to share our faith

Serve

people in need, bring about justice where there is inequity, defend human dignity, and promote peace

Recognize

that parish leadership is the responsibility of the entire community and encourage members to answer that call