Please join us on Wednesday evening (May 21) at 7PM in Holy Name Church Hall for an update on Saving St. Laurentius Church. An update on fundraising efforts and next steps will be given. Come out! Get involved! Learn more!
Friends, The Save St. Laurentius Church Committee wants to keep you as informed as we can. We have been trying to meet with our pastor, engineers, and other leaders, and we have continued to both solicit and receive donations. The committee, along with devoted friends, is working to open the doors to our church and make repairs to our house of worship. We are looking for more ways to involve you!
Today will be our first installment of our DID YOU KNOW SERIES.
Did You Know that last week the Archdiocese of Philadelphia won the Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for their project restoring the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul for “demonstrating the best practices in historical preservation.” This
is at least the second time they have won this award (in 2012 and in 2014) for their work on the largely brownstone cathedral. We applaud their work on preserving our Cathedral, and we hope, we pray they open their hearts and allow parishioners to preserve our church Saint Laurentius and other places of God such as St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk.
Thank you to the 150+ people who attended our candlelight vigil and prayer service tonight. We will be holding another public meeting next week, details to follow soon.
More photos here, courtesy of Star Newspaper.
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.
We will have a limited number of candles available. Please bring your own candles if you are able.
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!
Donations can also be made to FRIENDS OF ST. LAURENTIUS c/o 3rd Federal Bank, 2330 E. York Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125.
If you donate by cash or check, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can recognize your donation on our fundraising site.
If you have any questions, please email us.
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.