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St. Bartholomew Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish 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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Reflection for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Let us always be thankful to Jesus for dying on the Cross to save each of us. His death and resurrection has made eternal life possible for all. From the Cross came a new tree of life. The depth and degree of God’s love for us and the world became fully revealed in the death of Jesus on the Cross. Do we see the divine Son on the Cross? The Risen Lord has accepted death so that life may burst forth. God’s great love brings hope to us. Do we see in the Cross an invitation to work with Jesus to eradicate all of the evils in the world? Jesus defeated the power of evil with love. From death comes new life, from suffering comes new joy. By our fidelity to and self-emptying to God new life and new possibilities are chosen in faith. Are we passionate about the work of Jesus?

Request for Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: Thank you to the people who have already volunteered. This is a time of new excitement and vision. We are in need of both lectors and Eucharistic minis- ters. If you are interested please call the rectory. We will train you. I will also be approaching some people to ask for help in these important ministries. This is one way we can give back to God in thanksgiving for all that God does for us as well as becoming more involved in the parish. If you are willing to help us at this time in these important ministries, please call the rectory.

Second Collection this Weekend – Mission Appeal for the Diocese of Chipata

Second Collection next Weekend – Clergy Health & Retirement Collection

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

GIFTS
There is no one who was created by God who does not possess gifts. Some gifts are obvious–the greats– musicians, athletes, artists, scientists, physicians, etc. To those who were given these obvious great gifts, much is expected. But what about the rest of us? Have we discovered yet what our special gifts are? And have we noticed the gifts God has freely given all around us, such as the beautiful summer we have just lived in and through? Our friends, family, health and so much more? Did we ever give Him credit for these gifts and say thank you? Recognizing something that needs a thank you and giving it is a gift. Many live in a somewhat numb state, not noticing, and never say thank you. Do you smile often, realizing that this smile might be the only real connection some people might feel in a day? Your gift. With the wonderful free will that was God’s gift to each of us, do we thank Him for this ability, for this country which allows us to practice it, for the realization that free will is sometimes a burden and we must use it wisely? God does not do it for us, but rather helps when asked. And when all prayers are answered, they are not always answered exactly as asked. Rather, God makes them better. Just think about this and reflect on your life’s twists and turns.

Peter: Here was a man who heard Jesus and set out to follow Him. Peter has been described as quick to anger and somewhat a ‘hot head’, shall we say. He was big and strong. He professed great faith. Yet, when he tried to walk on water towards Jesus, he lost faith and began to sink. Where was he when Jesus was in trouble? Peter denied knowing Him. He wasn’t at the foot of the cross. He wasn’t at the tomb 3 days later. Yet, when Jesus asked him, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter replied that “You are the Christ (Savior), Son of the living God.” Jesus knew then that Peter could not know these things on his own. Rather, His Father had given Peter this knowledge through Peter’s prayer and search for a deeper faith. Peter, a less than perfect human being, became the “ROCK” upon which Jesus built the church of His Father. Finding his gifts, Peter began what we stand on today, thousands of years later. Some gifts are obvious. Some we have to work on every day of our lives to find, use, and finally give back to our maker, used up, worn out, and loved. Think about it. What gifts have you used today and shared? What gifts do you have yet to find in yourself? Are you searching? Are your discovered gifts well worn and used?

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com

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