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Candlelight Prayer Vigil – Thursday May 8th at 7:00 pm

Please join us for a candlelight prayer vigil on Thursday, May 8th at 7PM in front of Saint Laurentius Church. All are invited to attend as we pray to our Blessed Mother and ask her to intercede for us in our battle against the destruction of our most holy church.

Please spread the word.

Flyer for prayer service

We will have a limited number of candles available.  Please bring your own candles if you are able.

Tuesday’s Meeting Summary

On Tuesday April 8th, almost 150 people met in one of the parish halls. A parishioner, Tim Breslin, helped secure an independent qualified estimate from a respected contractor specializing in historic restoration and from a respected engineer. Several other parishioners helped him with the presentation. They also started a Fund to being Fundraising. The estimate is $300,000 less than demolishing St Laurentius Church; it makes fiscal sense for Our Parish and even the archdiocese; it helps maintain history, art and a beautiful Catholic presence. It saves St Laurentius Church. The group is committed to raising $100,000 by Memorial Day and people already have donated money to the cause.

Please consider donating as an individual, a family or a group of friends and we will reach the total cost of the project quickly. Every donation is important to reaching our goal!

Click here to donate.

Meeting to Save St. Laurentius Church – Tuesday April 8

Those who want to work toward a solution to fix St. Laurentius Church can join us for a meeting on Tuesday April 8 at Holy Name Church Hall (701 E Gaul Street) at 7:30pm with the meeting starting at 8pm.

This meeting is not to debate the merits of our efforts, fight about Holy Name vs. St. Laurentius, or snicker and sneer about what honest parishioners are trying to do.

If you believe we as a Fishtown community should try to save this beautiful place, we welcome you. If you want to see St. Laurentius bulldozed to the ground and the church destroyed, DO NOT COME!

Please DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS YOU ARE WILLING TO LEARN ABOUT SAVING THE CHURCH AND WANT TO HELP! Those attending to try to disrupt our efforts will be asked to leave.




For Immediate Release

April 4, 2014

Contact: A. J. Thompson 215-287-3492


A group of parishioners have a plan to save the Saint Laurentius Church in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. This committee has hired a canon lawyer and intends to do everything it can to reopen Saint Laurentius Church for regular worship.

The Archdiocese is misinterpreting the engineer’s findings. As a result, they are being alarmists and the swift closure of the church on Friday March 28, 2014 has not allowed the parishioners to perform their due diligence. The Archdiocesan proposal to demolish the church would cost $1,000,000. The Holy Name of Jesus Parish will go into debt to pay for the demolition of the church.

At the request of the SAVE SAINT LAURENTIUS CHURCH COMMITTEE, a conditions assessment of the masonry towers has been performed. A contractor specializing in the preservation of historic churches has submitted a proposal to remedy the L&I violations by restoring the masonry towers. The cost of the work would be $691,000 pending the approval of a structural engineer commissioned by the parishioners.  The contractor has stated that, although the towers need work, the notion that they are in imminent danger of collapse is not consistent with his observations.

A timeline has been developed for scheduling these repairs. The SAVE SAINT LAURENTIUS CHURCH COMMITTEE has prepared a financial plan to fund the repairs. Anyone interested in supporting the repair of Saint Laurentius Church can go to our Facebook Page Save Saint Laurentius Church (website under construction). As further information comes to light SAVE SAINT LAURENTIUS CHURCH COMMITTEE anticipates their plan will receive support by those who have strong ties to Saint Laurentius Church.