Church History

The History of St. Lawrence Catholic Church

 

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Web Site Updates

07-07-2015  - Various updates to contacts, parish staff, etc.

St. Lawrence Chicken Fest 2015

Sunday, July 12 from 11am - 6pm

Jumbo Split the Pot already over $1100.00 - Ticket are available at the Parish Office or the day of the Chicken Fest

St. Lawrence Parish RCIA program

Are you interested in joining or learning more about the Catholic Church? The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes begin in September and last through the Easter season. You can register by completing the form on this website under the Religious Education section and talking with Father Peter or Don and Michelle Paquette DRE @ 537-0019 for more info.

Adopt-A-Student Fund Needs Donations

Donations can be sent to St. Lawrence School or dropped in the Sunday collection basket in a marked envelope. Any donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Knights of Columbus Web Site

The Knights of Columbus Council 1231 web site is now accessible from the St. Lawrence web site. If you have any questions or suggestions concerning the site, please contact Tony Burke council1231@indianakofc.org.

 

   

 

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Baptism Program –

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in DRE’s office in the Lower Level. This program is required for parents who have not attended a Baptism class previously or those who would like a refresher course. Please register by calling the Parish Office @ 537-3992.

Electronic Giving!

Would you find it helpful to have your offerings debited directly from your bank account? St. Lawrence now offers Electronic Giving for those of you who wish to have your contributions transferred electronically to the church’s account. Contact the Parish Office or complete the registration form found in the vestibule. Electronic giving is also available on  this website on our Giving link from the "Main Menu" side bar.

Church Decorating Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to form a Church Decorating Team. This team takes care of the decorations in church throughout the year. We already have several members but are in need of 2-3 more. If interested, please contact the Parish Office. Thank you.

   

 

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Baptism Program

The fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in DRE’s office in the Lower Level. This program is required for parents who have not attended a Baptism class previously or those who would like a refresher course. Please register by calling the Parish Office @ 537-3992.

 
   

 

About St. Lawrence Catholic Church

 
 

The History of St. Lawrence Catholic Church

St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceburg, INEven though St. Lawrence Church wasn’t formally established until 1842, the roots of our church can be traced back to 1840. During the first few years, Masses and other services were held in the founding family's homes. Priests from neighboring parishes would come to Lawrenceburg to perform Mass.

The practice of priests visiting St. Lawrence to say Mass would last until 1866. In 1842 a plot of land, not too far from our existing church, was deeded to the Bishop. On this plot of land the first Catholic Church in Lawrenceburg was built. Construction of our first church was completed in 1847. It was a stone structure measuring 60 feet long by 40 feet wide, and served the needs of our early parishioners until 1867. Reverend Clement Scheve became St. Lawrence's first resident pastor in 1866. He immediately saw the need for a larger church. Father Scheve purchased the land and the construction on our present day church started. St. Lawrence was completed in the spring of 1867. The bell from the original church was hung in the steeple. Later that summer, the original bell was retired because a new bell weighing 3500 lbs was purchased.

During the 1990s the original bell was found, still in the steeple. It was restored and now its ring calls our parishioners to church on special occasions. In February 1882, the first serious flood in 50 years struck the Lawrenceburg area. The Ohio River floodwaters crested six inches beneath the floor of the church. Though the inside of the church was spared, there was much property damage. Waters from the Ohio would reach our church four more times with the Ohio river cresting inside of the church each time. The floods were in 1883, 1884, 1913, and 1937 with the most serious being the flood of 1937 when the water crested 26 feet deep inside of church.

With each flood the parishioners pulled together giving of their time, talents, and treasure to restore St. Lawrence to its original splendor. In the early part of the 20th century, Father Kreis took the initiative to build St. Lawrence a modern school. After nine years of fund raising, planning and construction the school and convent for the Franciscan nun, who would teach the students, opened in the fall of 1927. Over the years the school has been added on to several times, most recently being in 2003 with the addition of four classrooms and the Father Jack Hartzer multi-purpose room.

To read the Saint Lawrence Centenary from 1842 to 1942 click here "St Lawrence Centenary 1942".