St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Altar Servers

We need altar servers for all masses. For more information please see Eduardo after mass. Altar servers must have received First Communion.

Thank You

Thank you Eucharist Ministers for your donation from the kitchen sales last Sunday. $1747 was raised. Thank you Altar Servers for your donation of $715 from the sale of raffle tickets for the St. Jude statue. All funds will be used for the church renovations. Thank you for your support of these sales. God bless You!

Bingo Cancelled All of July

Bingo is cancelled during the month of July due to church renovation.

Jobs for High School and College Students

Jobs for high school and college students. Friends of St. Lawrence is looking for high school and college age tutors for our after school Literacy Center Program. This is a part time after school job that runs from August to May. Tutors will be paid $14.25/hour and learn responsibility and leadership skills. Applications are available in the parish’s office.

Thanks to the Emaus Group

A big thanks to the Emaus Group. As we move forward with the plans to improve the church this summer, we are grateful to the Emaus Group for their generous donation to our building fund for this project.


Easter Sunday Masses will held at the regular scheduled Sunday Mass Time.

Shields for Families

Shields for Families are now here in the parish office from 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are a Resource Navigation Center empowering families by providing resources and referrals to the community.

Irene Elshoff

Please keep Father Matt and his family in your prayers during this difficult time of the passing of his mother .

Father Jim

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Father James Cleary (Father Jim) has passed away in Oakland, California. He served at our parish St. Lawrence of Brindisi. We pray for Father Jim and his family.

The following are the funeral arrangements for our Capuchin brother Father James Cleary:

Rosary and Funeral Mass

Rosary will be on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

The Funeral Mass will be immediately after the Rosary.

Both the Rosary and Funeral Mass will be at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, CA.

Burial and Reception

Burial will be immediately after Mass at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Ynez, CA.

in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in memory of Father James Cleary to:

Capuchin Franciscan Order

1345 Cortez Ave., Burlingame, CA. 94010



QueensCare Dental

QueensCare Dental Trailers will be here at St. Lawrence from January 9 through the end of March. QueensCare provides free dental exams and cleaning for children ages 5-18. Regular dental cleaning and exams are an important part of keeping your child healthy. If you would like to sign your child up to be seen by a dentist, please get a form in the church office and return it as soon as possible to get an appointment. All children from our community are welcome, even if they don’t belong to our parish.

Kitchen and Puesto

Please support our Sunday Food Service programs. The Puesto helps us pay our Parish bills: lights, water, air conditioning and heat. The revenue is part of our annual budget. the kitchen supports our ministries: retreats, speakers and basic necessities. The revenue from the kitchen also supports our school budget. The Parish does not subsidize the school. your support makes a real difference as we try to improve our services to you.


There are many churches using the name Catholic but are not recognized by the Archdiocese or the Pope. They offer First Communion and other sacrament classes for a few months. These sacraments are not valid in the Roman Catholic Church. Before you register with them call the Archdiocese at (213) 637-7000 or St. Lawrence at (323) 567-1439 to confirm that they are recognized as a Roman Catholic Church.

Blessing of Religious Articles in Mass

As we look to renew ourselves in the Liturgy, there are several things that will be changing. The first: as of September 16th, we ask you that all religious items to be blessed in the Mass be placed front of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue rather than in front of the altar. Thank You.

11 a.m. Choir

St. Lawrence of Brindisi is recruiting new members for the 11:00 a.m. choir. Contact Rose for more information after 11:00 a.m. mass.

First Annual Prom Dress Giveaway

Prom Dress

First Annual Prom Dress Giveaway

Young women in 9th through 12th grade, you are invited to our 1st Annual Prom Dress giveaway. Saturday, August 18th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at St. Lawrence, in the St. Martin Hall. Will you be going to your prom this year or a winter formal? This is a perfect opportunity for you to get a beautiful dress for Free. This event is sponsored by St. Francis High School Cheer and Dance Team. You Must call to RSVP with an approximate dress and shoe size.

Call Teresa at (323) 567-1439


Father Jesus Vela Viewing

Father Jesus Vela’s Viewing will continue all night long. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed all night long as well. Everyone is welcome to pay their last respects and say a prayer in front of the Lord for Father Jesus Vela’s soul.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to setup chairs and other equipment for Father Jesus Vela’s Funeral Mass. Setup will start at 6:30 a.m. on June 5. We are expecting a large assembly for the mass which will take place on Compton Ave. In front of St. Lawrence Church (Street will be closed). Everyone is welcome to help.

Funeral Services for Father Jesus Vela

Funeral Services for Father Jesus Vela

Dear Brothers, Sisters, Family and Friends:


The funeral arrangements for our brother FR. JESUS VELA are as follows:



Monday June 4, 2018

beginning at 4:00 pm

St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church

10122 Compton Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90002



Monday June 4, 2018

7:00 pm

St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church

10122 Compton Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90002


FUNERAL MASS – reception follows the Mass

Tuesday June 5, 2018

11:00 am

St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church

10122 Compton Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90002



Wednesday June 6, 2018

10:00 am

Old Mission Santa Ines

1760 Mission Drive

Solvang, CA 93463


BURIAL right after the Mass – reception follows the burial

San Lorenzo Friary

1802 Sky Drive

Santa Ynez, CA 93460


You can mail condolences to the Vela Family at:

Vela Family

2160 S. Atlantic Blvd.

City of Commerce, CA 90040


In lieu of followers the Vela Family requests that you consider making a donation in memory of Fr. Jesus Vela either or both to AlSt. Lawrence of Brindisi Church, 10122 Compton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002.


Father Jesus Vela

It is with great sadness to inform you that God called Father Jesus Vela home, on May 25, 2018. He was found dead in his room at St. Francis High School were he served as Campus Chaplain. Funeral Services are pending. May he Rest in Peace.

Pastor’s Thank You

The Easter Season, from the Easter Vigil to Pentecost, is a very special time in the Church year. Fr. Matt would like to thank the team of parishioners who worked so hard to make our church look so beautiful for these celebrations. It has enriched our prayer experience in a wonderful way!

At the same time, every Sunday is the Day of the Resurrection, an “Easter Sunday.” Thank you to all of those who take a leadership role in these Sunday Masses; Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Greeters, Altar Servers and Choirs. You are the welcoming “Face of Jesus” to everyone who walks through our doors. Thank you for spreading his love to all!

English Eucharistic Minister Training

Can you take the Body of Christ to shut-ins? Can you serve our Parish Community? Our community needs you!

Requirement: You must be able to receive Holy Communion.

Training will take place on May 19th at 2:00 p.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Join the Friars each morning at 7:00 a.m. for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Religious Education Program

If your children are between 7 and 17 years old, new registrations begin May 14, for catechism. Registrations will be from Monday to Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. You will need the Baptismal certificate, and if they are not baptized they will need the birth certificate. The cost for the first year is $60 and the second year is $70 plus selling a book of tickets for the carnival. Thank you for support.

Holy Spirit Novena

The Holy Spirit Novena starts on Friday, May 11th and ending on May 19th. You can pray it at home, in the church, or anywhere you’d like.

DWP and Edison Fraud Alert

Attention customers of the Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison, it has come to our attention that people claiming to work for these companies are calling customers and threatening to disconnect their services. These companies do not call to tell you that they are terminating the services. They do not have a disconnection department and they will never ask you to pay your bills with cash cards. If you are called by these people please contact the companies directly to find the true status of your account.

Sacramental Confessions

From now on we will be having regular sacramental confessions on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. We invite you to come and be reconciled with God.


Come join us in Adoration. Each week from Monday through Friday we are exposing the Blessed Sacrament from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. This is a simple exposition in silence.

Come play Bingo

Come play Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday in the parish hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Missals for the year are for sale for $4.00 each. Buy some for your family and friends.


We are now selling the big Franciscan calendars for $4.00 each and $2.00 for the small ones. Take some for your family and friends.

New Blog Section

Please visit our new Blog section located at the top right hand side menu. In this new blog section, different events and ministries will be showcased periodically. So make sure you visit our blog and click on the posts to view photos and read about our parish.

Information Center

The Information Center is available for any questions or problems you might have. It’s available on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


We need volunteers from Monday through Thursday after the 8:00 a.m. Mass to clean the church.

Space Available in Kinder and Transitional Kinder

Space is available in our Kinder and Transitional Kinder (TK) classes at St. Lawrence of Brindisi School. At St. Lawrence your child will reach academic excellence as they learn more about the catholic faith. St. Lawrence of Brindisi School is a co-educational archdiocesan Catholic elementary school in South Los Angeles, educating more than 280 students, grades Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth. St. Lawrence of Brindisi School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Educational Association. More than half of our students receive scholarships from the Catholic Schools Foundation, allowing them to attend private school. Many others are also sponsored by several sponsors. So please check out St. Lawrence of Brindisi School for your child, our Administrative Assistant will help you with Financial Aid. Visit the the school’s website: or call (323) 564-3051 for more information.

All are Welcome!

All families and individuals are welcome at St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church. To register as a member of our parish, stop by the office for more information.

Nocturnal Adoration

Nocturnal Adoration: Gives all the opportunity to spend a night a month in the presence of God, giving praise and worship to our creator. Nocturnal Adoration is held every first Saturday of the month from 8:00 p.m.-5:30 a.m. Next meeting will be Saturday June 2, 2018.