Free Health Screening August 22nd

Take control of your health at St. Lawrence’s FREE health screening event! You can find the Baycare mobile medical clinic across from Higgins Hall on Sunday, August 22, 2021 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Bay Care nurses and team members, who provide screening, staff the blue bus and offer prevention programs that may help detect illnesses early and increase the chances of successful treatment of certain illnesses.

Prayers for Monsignor Carruthers

Update from the pastor 7/26/21:

“Dear Friends in Christ, 

Greetings in the Lord.  Today, Monday the twenty-sixth of July, I would like to share an update from the “Cave of Isolation.”  As I shared previously, late Tuesday evening I noticed what seemed to be the beginnings of a cold.  By late Thursday afternoon the symptoms had morphed, and I decided to get a Covid test, which came back positive.  Being fully vaccinated, the symptoms were and continue to be mild.  

On Friday I received, under a doctor’s care, a monoclonal antibody infusion treatment.   Being beyond a certain age and having hypertension, I qualified for the treatment.   It went very well, and I experienced no side effects during or since.  

Today I continue to do well. My appetite remains good – I have not lost the sense smell or taste.  I am sleeping well.  

The cough persists, though I’m not having fits of coughing like before.  If someone calls me on the phone, I will cough a bit as I start to talk, so that seems to trigger it.  Also, I tire easily and if I start to exert myself, say . . . by moving boxes, I notice a slightly labored breathing is triggered.  

The isolation itself is not challenging for me.  My body needs the rest, and I have had extended time for prayer.  Being not yet one month at St. Lawrence and physically separated from the parish is bothersome to me, though.   I trust that the Lord will use this for our good and His glory. 

At the moment, the plan is for Friday to be my first day out of the Cave.  I will keep you posted as that day gets closer.  Let us continue to lift each other up in prayer and meet in the Eucharist.  

With every good regard, I am 

Sincerely yours in the Lord, 

Fr. Michael


Please prayerfully read the following letter from our Pastor:

Dear Friends in Christ, Late Saturday night and into early Sunday morning I returned from a grace-filled week at Covecrest. Other than a back ache from two ten hour bus trips I was feeling great.

On Tuesday I started sensing a mild cold coming on. Late Wednesday night and though the day today (Thursday) my symptoms worsened and changed from what I usually experience with a cold. For that reason, Thursday afternoon. I went to Walgreens, wearing a mask, to buy a take-home rapid Covid test kit. I. tested myself. It came back positive.

I was fully vaccinated in March. Still, I must isolate for 10 days since the start of Covid-like symptoms. At the end of that I will receive a more formal medical test before exiting isolation.

On a positive note, anyone who has had contact with me this week who is fully vaccinated and not showing symptoms is not required to self-isolate or get tested. If someone who has had contact with me who has been vaccinated begins to show symptoms, they should get tested and proceed from there, based on the results. If they have had contact with me and have not been vaccinated, they should get tested and, again, proceed from there.

Msgr. Muhr, one of my illustrious predecessors, will celebrate will the 10 am Mass Sunday. He and Fr Carl Melchior will be available to fill in as needed throughout my time of isolation.

Fr Higinio has been fully vaccinated and is not showing symptoms. He does not need to isolate. In prudence, though, he will stay on campus, but not in the house with me.

Pope St John Paul II said: “To follow the Lord is an incredible adventure.” Indeed. Let us continue to keep each other in prayer and meet in the Eucharist. Hail, Star of the Sea. Praised be Jesus Christ!

With every personal regard, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Michael


Sing to the Lord! Music Ministry Meet-Up July 28th

You’re invited to our Music Ministry Meet and Greet on July 28th!

Come by and say hi to Rebecca Steinke, our new music director, and discuss the St. Lawrence music ministry past and present.

New people are welcome! Come and find out about how you can be a part

of the Music Ministry at St. Lawrence and sing a joyful song to the Lord!

Individually wrapped snacks and beverages will be provided,

and we will continue to follow the latest guidance from the CDC for social gatherings.

Questions? Email

Parish Office Closed for Tropical Storm Elsa


Considering the predicted storm path of Elsa, the parish office will be closing by 2pm today and will be closed on Wednesday, July 7th. We will re-open on Thursday, morning at 9AM. We want everyone to be safe and not driving in adverse conditions.

We would like to invite you to be aware for those who are struggling or may need extra help during these difficult times. We will keep you inform if any change emerges because of Elsa’s trajectory through south Florida.

All scheduled parish ministry event(s) for Tuesday and Wednesday are cancelled or postponed to another day.

Por causa de la tormenta tropical Elsa, la oficina parroquial cerrará hoy a las 2PM y estará cerrada el Miércoles 7 de Julio. Volveremos a abrir el Jueves por la mañana a las 9AM.

Queremos que todos estén seguros y no conduzcan en condiciones adversas. Nos gustaría invitarlo a estar atentos de aquellos que están en necesidad o pueden tener dificultades durante estos tiempos difíciles.

Todos los eventos de ministerios programados serán cancelados o trasladados a otro día.

Welcoming Monsignor Carruthers and Father Rosolen to our Parish family

On July 1st, St. Lawrence will be welcoming a new Pastor and a new Parochial Vicar to our parish family, respectively Msgr Michael Carruthers and Father Higinio Rosolen. We are excited and grateful to have them joining us! Below, you can learn a little more about each of them before their arrival.

Father Dan and Father Kyle would like to express again how much their time here has meant to each of them. They have made lasting memories and friendships, and will continue to pray fondly for St. Lawrence as they move to Ressurection Parish and St. Mary Parish. We, in turn, pray for both of them during their unique transitions and rejoice in the gift of their dedicated, faith-filled service. If their time here as been any indication, we know that they will both go onto do great things.

God bless you both, as well as the new priests joining our parish!

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Monsignor Michael Carruthers was born May 6, 1964 in Manhasset, New York. He moved to South Florida with his family in 1973. He was a member of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Jensen Beach and attended public schools, graduating from Martin County Senior High and Indian River Community College. In 1984, he entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, and completed his studies for the priesthood at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Miami May 11, 1991. He served as parochial vicar at Epiphany Parish, South Miami, before being named priest-secretary to Miami’s second and third archbishops: first, Archbishop Edward McCarthy, and then, Archbishop Emeritus John C. Favalora. Msgr. Carruthers then served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Church in Hialeah, where he resided while obtaining a master’s degree in exceptional student education from Florida International University, with a specialization in autism.

In 2005, he was named rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami. Five years later, in August 2010, he was named pastor of St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center in Coral Gables. He was given the honorary title of Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI in March 2008. In July 1, 2019, he began serving as parochial administrator of Resurrection. He will be incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of St Petersburg on July 1, 2021 and installed as pastor of St. Lawrence Catholic Church on the same day.

“Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee; trust Him when trust is small. Trust Him when simply to trust Him is the hardest thing of all.” -Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Father Higinio Rafael Rosolen is an Italian-Argentinian priest. He was ordained on August 29th, 2003. After earning his degree in Biblical Studies at the Biblicum (Rome), he ministered in different pastoral activities in Italy, Greece and Canada. He gave conferences, conducted seminars and preached retreats and parochial missions in several countries. For the past five years he has been on Faculty as professor and formator at Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach (Florida). Among his publications are included “Una introducción a la lectura del Evangelio según San Marcos” and “Tras los pasos de San Pablo. El inicio de la aventura misionera.” He is member of the Catholic Biblical Association. He is looking forward to start his assignment at St Lawrence Catholic Church!

2021 Virtual Baby Bottle Boomerang

St. Lawrence Catholic Church is participating in the 2021 Virtual Baby Bottle Boomerang, benefitting Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center.

Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center provides FREE Pregnancy Tests, Ultrasound,
Pregnancy & Parenting Education, Baby and Maternity Supplies and Life Options Counseling
to over 2500 clients each year with over 7,000 visits to our pregnancy centers.

Your contribution helps us provide help and hope to pregnant women and families so they
choose life for their babies. Please help make our Virtual Baby Bottle Boomerang a success!

A member from St. Lawrence Catholic Church’s Respect Life Ministry will be
at every Mass in regard to Baby Boomerang with a table. Come see us!


Mobile Phone Donation:
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Time to Come Home – Dispensation for Mass Lifts Pentecost Weekend

Bishop Gregory Parkes announced that the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday will resume on May 22, 2021, the vigil of Pentecost. This announcement was made at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg during the annual Chrism Mass on March 30th.

“It’s my intention that the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass issued last March will be lifted effective on the vigil of Pentecost, which is the weekend of May 22 and 23. We will be updating and providing suggested protocols and guidelines to our parishes so that they remain among the safest places to be.”

He also added: “On April 5th, the vaccine will be made available to every adult in our diocese, and in the state of Florida. This is a reason for hope. In the same way that many are returning to shopping, to restaurants, social gatherings, and vacations. It’s time to come back to Mass. It’s time to come back to church, it’s time to come home.”

The bishop has written a letter about the general dispensation and a list of circumstances that would necessitate a particular dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation, which is available in English and Spanish.

To view the video of the bishop’s homily, click here or below.

Read more here.


2021 Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Holy Thursday, April 1st

7:00 pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Bilingual)

8:00 pm-11:45pm: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Good Friday, April 2nd

10:00am-12:00pm: Confession

12:30pm: Stations of the Cross (English)

3:00pm: Veneration of the Holy Cross (English)

6:30pm: Stations of the Cross (Spanish)

7:00pm: Veneration of the Holy Cross (Spanish)

Holy Saturday, April 3rd

8:00pm Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 4th

6:00am: Sunrise Mass in the Piazza (please bring your own chair!)

8:00am: Mass

10:00am: Mass

12:00pm: Mass

5:00pm: Mass (Spanish) 

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