Christmas Giving Tree 2016

It is Christmas Giving Tree time again! This is our annual gift-giving opportunity to share presents for children in low income families who will have a brighter Christmas with our gifts. In the past, we have collected nearly 1,000 presents per year which are distributed through our partner, St. Justin’s.

Starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, the tree will be in the vestibule by the Church entrance. Please take an “ornament” and bring a gift appropriate for the age and gender noted on the ornament. Presents should not be wrapped as the families are given the opportunity to pick the presents that they want – then they are wrapped.

Please bring your generous gifts and place them under the tree up until Sunday, December 11th, or to the Parish Office until Friday, December 16th when the presents will be taken to St. Justin’s for distribution.

Your generosity will definitely make a difference. In the past, parishioners have been extremely generous and we look forward to your continued support to this meaningful endeavor.

In addition, if you know of any needy families who could use gifts this year, St. Justin's will add names to their Christmas Client gift list starting on Wednesday, Nov 30 and take signups until Thursday, Dec. 8. Please contact the parish office or St. Vincent de Paul between those dates with any names for the list.

Auction and Crab Feed February 11, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Auction and Crab Feed

on Saturday, February 11th, 2017!

Click here to get your tickets before the price goes up!

Early Bird Single Ticket = $65

Early Bird Couple Tickets = $130

VIP Table for 8 Guests = $800*

*Includes: fresh cut lemon, the use of hot butter burners, crab forks/crackers, bibs, appetizers, and a bottle of red and white wine. Limited Availability.

Child Care (Preschool Age+) with Pasta Dinner = $20/child 

Limited Availability

Price will increase to $75/person & $150/couple on January 20th.
Do not wait to buy tickets or you might miss out!

Please Note: the Auction and Crab Feed is restricted to guests 21+.

Click here to get your tickets before the price goes up!

“Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest

For more information contact: Saint Lawrence Knights of Columbus Council #5277
Sponsored by: Concerted effort between both Saint Lawrence 5277 Council and St. Justin's KofC Council.
Posters Due by: December 15

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all young people between the ages of 5 and 14.

AGE GROUPS: ages 5 through 7 (K-2), ages 8 through 10 (3-5), and 11 through 14 (6-8).

CONTEST LEVELS: All winners will compete with other Councils for additions awards at regional, state, national, and international levels

Poster must reflect the theme of Keep Christ in Christmas
Each poster should be the original work (including concept, layout, slogan, and any visual images)
Poster must be approximately 11x17 inches in size. If pastels, chalk or charcoal are used the poster must be laminated or covered with clear plastic.

Each poster must be submitted with the Knights of Columbus "Keep Christ in Christmas" Poster contest entry form (attached). The name and age of the entrant should be printed on the reverse side of the poster in case the poster and entry form get separated.
All entries become property of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. Posters will not be returned.

Slogan-30 points: How clearly is the theme presented?
Visuals-30 points: How well do the visuals convey the message?
Overall Impact-40 points: How effective was the poster in capturing your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic at hand?

Posters should be completed by December 15, Council judging by December 31.

District: Mid January
Regional: End of January
State: Mid February
International: International winners will be announced approximately March


View/Download Entry Form

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive 2016

This year, we are collecting food donations on Sunday, November 20 after the 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 12 Noon Masses.

Sign-ups for donations will be at all Masses on November 12 and 13.

Items needed are:
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Green Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Boxed Stuffing
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Yams
  • Packaged Turkey Gravy
  • Frozen Turkey
  • $10 Grocery Store Gift Cards or Cash/Check Contributions

Saint Lawrence parishioners have always been very generous in this collection and we thank you in advance for your donation this year.

We take all donations to Saint Justin’s Parish where Santa Clara residents can receive a Thanksgiving dinner to prepare at their home. People who call Saint Lawrence’s St. Vincent de Paul Society for Thanksgiving baskets are referred to Saint Justin’s Parish. Saint Justin’s is preparing to give over 750 families all the trimmings for their Thanksgiving Meal.

If you know a family who could benefit from the gift of a Thanksgiving Meal to cook at their home, please have them call Saint Lawrence St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) at 408-296-3000 or contact Joe Bauer from St. Justin's Parish at 408-296-1193.


That Man Is You! Is Back for the Fall Semester

That Man is You! is an interactive, multimedia men’s program focused upon the development of authentic male leadership. That Man is You! successively considers men in their relationship to God, to their spouse and to their children. The program content harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive.

Sessions are Saturday Mornings in the Parish Hall
  • 6:45 AM Doors Open for Breakfast
  • 7:05 AM M/C Welcome & Comments
  • 7:10 AM Presentation
  • 7:45 AM Small Group Discussions
  • 8:15 AM Dismissal … and the rest of the day is still available
  • Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner

    • Saturday | October 8, 2016 | Starts 6:00pm
    • 1971 Saint Lawrence Drive Santa Clara. Ca 95051 – The Community Center Saint Lawrence The Martyr Parish
    • (408) 739-7317 Guy Ferry or (408) 464-7651 Mike Armstrong

    Detention Ministry Training

    • Tuesday | August 6, 2016
    • Diocese of San Jose – Chancery Office 1150 N. First St., Ste. 100 San Jose, CA 95112
    • (408) 983-0131
    A training session for brand-new detention volunteers will be held at the Chancery on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 9:00-11:00.

    This session will be for new volunteers only. So if you are trying to decide if this ministry is for you, please come and find out!

    The session will focus on the requirements for detention ministry, the security procedures that must be followed, and our role as ministers within this environment.

    If you are interested in attending on this day, please register by contacting
    Sister Maryann Cantlon at or at
    (408) 983-0131.

    Elementary and Middle School Now Accepting 2016/2017 Applications

    Our parish school is accepting applications in all grades for the 2016/2017 school year. If you are interested in having your child attend Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School, please call the school at 408-296-2260.

    If you know of someone looking for a school that is a “loving and caring learning environment” for their child, please tell them about our school and have them call the school office or visit us on our website at: