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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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First Sunday of Advent: Advent is a time we prepare to celebrate Christmas, the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and also to prepare for Jesus’ second coming. The Season of Advent begins this Weekend and with the beginning of Advent a new Church year begins. Advent is a time of reflective and hopeful waiting. Waiting is never easy. This is the season to make the extra effort to see the presence of God among us. We find that presence in the relationships we have with others and the situations and events in our lives. We are invited to reflect upon the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We are invited to use the opportunities each day to feed others, to care for others, to share our time, talents and treasures with others to become more Christ like. Advent is a time to look where we need to change and to adjust accordingly. During the Season of Advent, Purple vestments are worn by the priest. This week is a good time to pray about and reflect upon what we are hoping for this Advent Season. Please give yourself extra time to pray and think about im- portant issues in your life. May this Advent be a time of spiritual enrichment and excitement for you.

Holy Day of Obligation: December 8th -Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Masses will be on Monday December 7th at 4P.M. and Tuesday, December 8th at 9 A.M., 5 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

Morning Prayer in Advent: During Advent it has become our tradition to pray Morning Prayer on the Tuesdays of Advent at 8:45 A.M. just before the 9 A.M. Mass. Please join us.

Please remember our Advent Projects and special Spiritual Events during Advent: Please see the bulletin and the web page.

Year of Mercy: Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee of Extraordinary Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015. It is the intention of the Pope that this be a special time for the Church when the witness of believers may grow stronger and more effective. He is inviting all of us to focus on not only being more merciful but also to see God acting in our lives and the lives of others. Given all that is happening in the world, we are called to look upon the words and actions of Jesus as a means of strengthening our closeness to God and others.

Holy Day of Obligation

December 8th: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Masses will be on Monday December 7th at 4 P.M. and Tuesday, December 8th at 9 A.M., 5 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

As has been discussed this month, encouragement to reexamine our thoughts about how important prayer is in our lives also makes a point of how necessary prayer is for those for whom we pray. We are asked to pray for those who have gone before us and are also encouraged to pray for those who have no one to pray for them. How thankfully would we accept prayers for ourselves, when years down the road no one we know is left to pray for us.

“Jesus also prays for us—in our place and on our behalf. All our petitions were gathered up, once for all, in His cry on the Cross and, in His Resurrection, heard by the Father. This is why He never ceases to intercede for us with the Father……”* We are heard when we pray.

An often overlooked petition are prayers for our priests and those in the consecrated life. Those, who always pray for us, are often overlooked for a variety of reasons. We NEED to pray for these people and for an increased call for more men and women to enter this sacred life. We are so blessed to have had and to have all the priests and nuns that have been in our parish and in our lives over the years. They need our prayers and we need them. Imagine a life without an invitation to and the sharing in the supper of the Lord; a worship service without a blessing from a priest; no teaching from any of these holy men and women; no available sacramental life available exactly when we need it. Prayers are needed for our church, for them, and for each other.

‘Innocent little Emily was complaining to her mother that her stomach hurt. Her mother replied, “That’s because it’s empty. Maybe you should try putting something in it.” The next day, the pastor was over at Emily’s family house for lunch. He mentioned having his head ache, to which Emily immediately replied, “That’s because it’s empty. Maybe you should try putting something in it”.‘ (Apology to Father Phil. Thanks to Father Mooney for his reflection)

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com
*Catechism of the Catholic Church #2741
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