Welcome to St. Bart's

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Needham, Massachusetts. We are a faith-filled community of believers, engaged in a wide variety of stewardship activities. We have a religious education program for children and many ministry programs for adults.

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Summer

We wish you a renewing and spiritually refreshing summer. Father Phil’s weekly reflections will resume in September.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

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“WOE IS ME”
Are we feeling good right now about how things are going? Or do we hesitate to express joy and happiness in our lives right now. Maybe there might be a single good fortune — a new baby, a job of your dreams, a marriage, a new house, or something else. But how does daily living feel? Look around.

This is what faith is all about. When you don’t know or cannot control outcomes or just sincerely don’t like what is hap- pening, faith in the now and for the future is a must. We of good faith believe that God is with us especially in times of difficulty, even when the knowing of His Presence at all times seems a little vague. We don’t and cannot understand it all. When in doubt, don’t be. Grow stronger in faith. It is so easy to complain. So difficult to act. Speak (text) to our leaders. Take part in your local governments. ( Our recent town meetings were great! Did you go or watch on TV? Our neighbors were caring for us.) How often has Father Phil asked for volunteers? Have you responded in any way to any call? If we love one another, we take care of one another. We open our eyes and ears and truly notice what we are capable of doing. Good things are happening all the time by people who care and respond accordingly. They just rarely make the headlines.

FATHERS’ DAY: Now this is truly a good thing. Years ago fathers went to work and mothers took care of the fami-
ly. More recently, mothers and fathers go to work and mothers still took care of the family. But this has been slowly changing, to the benefit of all, especially the children. Dads take paternity leave. Dads hold, feed, bathe, dress, help with homework, play, push the carriage, and do so much more with the children. Whenever a child fell or was hurt, you would hear the call: “MOMMY!” Now you don’t. Whomever the child sees first gets the call. When a child was hungry, it was “MOMMY!” Now you don’t always. Dads go to games more frequently. Dads do carpooling. Dads take the kids and Moms get some time off too. Dads have given up time in their sports and this translates to more family time. These are such good things. And these things have been growing for the goodness of all. Have you noticed? Fathers desire more strongly than ever to be an important part of family life. And as a result, blessings are to be had by all. Future parents/families will certainly benefit from their Dads’ example. Dads are openly loving. And we need to love and support them in their difficult parental roles just as we have always done for Mom. Team efforts work in the home, in our neighborhoods, in our churches, in our towns and country, and in the world. That is why God made loving each other the second greatest Commandment. He knows it is hard but not impossible.

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com
If anyone needs a ride to a church service or wishes a home or Communion visit, please contact me.

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