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Legion of Mary...

The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country of the world.  it has been active in the United States since 1931, has been approved by the last 6 Popes, and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council.  The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give Glory to God   through the sanctification of its members.

Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service.  Works include door-to-door evangelization, parishioner visitation, visitation of the sick or aged, religious education, visiting the newly baptized, and meeting the other spiritual needs of the parish community.  Legionaries are under the guidance of a spiritual director named by the pastor.

Working in pairs, they perform two hours of definite work each week under the guidance of the Spiritual Director.  Auxiliary Members attend no meeting, but are required daily to pray the Rosary and Legion prayers.  Those under 18 would belong to a junior group.

Please come visit to see if this is what Our lady may be calling you to do.   The St. Lawrence Legion of Mary meets for about an hour on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Hammond Hall.  For more information, please contact the Parish Office or visit for general information about the Legion of Mary.

Knights of Columbus...      Fraternity ~ Charity ~ Unity ~ Patriotism

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit organization of Catholic men supporting our faith, families, church and community founded as an insurance company in 1882 to provide for the widows and orphans of its members. Today the Knights of Columbus is currently the 2nd strongest insurance company in the US. Our local council (Fr. Austin L. Ryer) has worked to support St. Lawrence parish since 1986. New members (Catholic men 18 years and older in Communion with the Holy See) are invited to join.

Here at St. Lawrence, the Knights organize and run many activities; the Parish Family Breakfast, held on the first Sunday of the month (except Jul-Aug), the Parish Picnic, the Summer Cook-outs, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Living Rosary, parish dinners, the ushers program, KOVAR (collection for mentally retarded or challenged persons), annual Senior's Christmas Luncheon, children's Christmas party, trips, Father's Day wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial for the Unborn in the Church garden, and much more!

For further information, visit their
web site , or feel free to contact Wes Walters at

Council of Catholic Women (CCW)

The Ladies of St. Lawrence is our parish chapter of the Arlington Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, a National organization. Speakers are frequently invited to the monthly meetings that are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in Hammond Hall.

The CCW is a very active organization in the life of our Parish, activities include: New parishioners Welcome Committee, Bereavement Committee, Pro-Life (a Baby Shower is held once or twice a year, while the Cradle in the vestibule of the Church collects "baby gift" items continuously all year), Christ House (prepare and deliver dinner once a month to the homeless shelter in Olde Towne Alexandria - each member makes a meal only once or twice a year), Carpenter Shelter (make sandwiches once a month for the homeless - each member only makes sandwiches once or twice a year), SHARE Sunday (see monthly events), and Rosary making - and much more!  Please click here for more details.

If you are interested in joining our Ladies of St. Lawrence , please contact Donna Piscitelli, President of the CCW at or the Parish Office for current contact information.  For more information on the organization, visit the Arlington Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's web site (link above) or the National web site at .

World Apostolate of Fatima

The Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima is a Church approved Catholic Lay Association, more than 50 years old, founded to spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Meetings are held at Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Lake Ridge on the fourth Sunday of the month at 3:00 p.m. For more information, call Mr. Gilbert (703) 924-3126.
The Fatima prayer Cell meets on Wednesday mornings at St. Lawrence ~ see Devotions.

For contact information and a complete listing of Organizations and Ministries, see the Parish Organizations List.

Lay Ministries

Mary, Mother of Good Counsel - Feast Day April 26th
 Our Lady of Fatima Parish Statue; photo by C. Nims