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The Parish Office weekday hours are:
9:00am to 12noon
1:00pm to 4:30pm
The parish was established in 1895 and is one of 134 parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The Parish campus is located at the corner of Handsome Avenue and Montauk Highway in Sayville, Suffolk County, New York.
In 1915, the cemetery received its first internee, Mrs. Emma Kennedy, the wife of the owner of the Sayville Hotel. Since then, there have been over 4,000 burials. There are two special sections of the cemetery; one for cremains, in the northwest corner of the cemetery. The other special section is in the southwest corner of the cemetery, reserved for the burial of infants. This section, used for the first time in 1959, is the resting place for over 80 babies from our parish.
n 1989, a new entrance gateway to the cemetery was built. A road through this gateway rises to a circle in which a large crucifix is found. In 1959, the remains of two former pastors of St. Lawrence, Fathers William Collins and Michael Heffernan, were moved from other gravesites in the cemetery to rest within this circle. Each year, on Memorial Day, it is our custom to celebrate the Eucharist in this circle, for the repose of the souls of all who rest in the cemetery.
Care of the cemetery has evolved over the years. In the early days, graves were tended by individual families, who would mow the grass, and plant trees and flowers. Some plots were tended wonderfully, others were neglected. Today, deed holders pay for “perpetual care” when they purchase burial rights. A trust fund has been established to insure the proper care of all grave sites into perpetuity. St. Lawrence Cemetery is part of the Diocesan Cemetery System, and is administered by our parish.