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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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Reflections on 5th Sunday: All of the earth is full of the glory of God. Each of us is invited to this understanding of the great gift of life. We all need the help and the power of God. Jesus is there when we need Him. How do we recognize the ways of God in the everyday activities of life? The three readings today deal with people called by God for a specific task or mission through the grace of God. Jesus invites all of us in the circumstances of our lives to bring His Word to others. There is a holiness in any call from God. The readings today are calling us to expand our understanding of the ways that God may be calling us to work for His Kingdom. Sinfulness is no excuse for refusing the call of the Lord as He works with us as we are and He creates the opportunities. Responding to the will of God requires willingness and trust in God. Openness in prayer is essential as God speaks to us in many ways including ways that at first we may not understand but we need to take risks and trust the Lord. Such risks include extending love, offering forgiveness and offering hope. Our Parish Mission Statement and the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are giving us an opportunity to respond to the call of God in each of our lives.

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday February 10th is Ash Wednesday and starts the Season of Lent. Ashes will be distributed at the 9A.M. and the 5:30 Masses and the 4P.M. Liturgy of the Word. Please consider now how this Lent will be a time to enrich others and grow closer to the Lord. Ashes are a reminder that God is calling us to repentance and to seek to do His will.

Morning Prayer will be prayed at 8:45 A.M. on Tuesday during Lent prior to the 9A.M. Mass. Stations of the Cross will follow the 9A.M. on Fridays during Lent.

We Will Leave the Light On: Beginning on Wednesday February 17th and continuing throughout Lent Confessions will be heard each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8P.M. This will be in every parish in the Archdiocese. Each Catholic should consider how this sacrament can make a major difference in our lives.

Collection Ash Wednesday: This week’s collection supports the Church in Africa and in Central and Eastern Europe. These collections help the Church spread God’s Word and train Church leaders of tomorrow, help needy families materially and spiritually, rebuild churches that have fallen into disrepair, and support the sisters and brothers who have suffered for the faith.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday February 10th is Ash Wednesday and starts the Season of Lent. Ashes will be distributed at the 9 A.M. and the 5:30 Masses and the 4 P.M. Liturgy of the Word.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

MERCY:
“The extraordinary generosity of ordinary Americans.” (Opinion Jeff Jacoby–Boston Sunday Globe–1-31-16) STEWARDSHIP: A WAY OF LIFE–Sharing: TIME TALENT TREASURE

Mr. Jacoby in his researched and thoughtful ‘opinion’ states “one of the most remarkable institutions of American life is private charity. Published by the Philanthropy Roundtable (1300 pages), it is the first definitive work on the history, variety, and impact of private giving in the United States…..unparalleled anywhere on earth.” He later states his amazement that “some people give little or nothing to charity, but that there are those who actually disparage charitable giving itself.”

“In the year 2014, $360 Billion was given to charity—foundations like the Bill/Melinda Gates, Ford foundations
etc. gave 14% and other corporations just 5%. That leaves an astounding 81% donated by individuals—seven out of ten households donating to at least one charity, with $2600 an average annual rate. America was far, far ahead of any other country.” Karl Zinsmeister states in the ALMANAC OF AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY that “philanthropy is a huge part of what makes America America. Huge in its moral and social impact, of course, but also huge as a matter of economics.” How do you calculate time, talent, the volunteer? ‘8 billion hours of service by 653 million Americans worth an estimated $184 billion was their calculation.’

The article contains many more extraordinary facts and reasons to ponder. Americans have always answered the ‘need’ when around the world, a call goes forth. Despite all the talk about our government’s failure to provide all it should, we, the individuals, step up to the plate and feed the hungry, provide water where needed, protect nature, advance health care, and so much more as individuals and in our organizations. As Jesus told His Apostles in the boat, (today’s Gospel) “when their nets were empty and they were losing faith, He told them to throw the nets back out again into the waters where their catch was so great that the boat almost sank. Seeing their fear at what had just happened, Jesus said ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

What is mercy? Its call is all around us. See with your eyes, hear the murmur or cry, feel with your heart, that in God’s name, one of His children needs you and answer the call. It is not enough to be the the “philanthropic wonder of the world,” we must be a wonder in the eyes of God, our Creator.

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com
All facts and quotes are from Mr. Jeff Jacoby”s ‘opinion’ article In he Boston Globe

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