Welcome to St. Bart's

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 Palm Sunday: This is the most sacred and solemn week in the Church year. Please plan on participating. This is a week to look at repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation, and renewed loyalty. What has gone well for us this Lent? What has been awkward for us this Lent? What are we grateful for this Lent? How have we shared the presence of God in our lives with others?

Sacred Triduum: Lent has been a long preparation for the sacred Triduum from Holy Thursday to Easter. The three days that come directly before Easter are described as the high point of our faith and liturgical season. By taking advantage of the short time that remains in Lent we can break open and reflect upon the meaning of the Triduum before it comes. These moments in time point us to deeper realities of our relationship with God and neighbor. The sacred moments that take place during the Triduum have lasting meaning and implications beyond what we can perceive. This is a time to truly sense and experience.

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday, April 13
Palm Path & Easter Egg Hunt Following the 9:45 am Mass

Monday, April 14
Mass at 9:00 am

Tuesday, April 15
Morning Prayer at 8:40 am
Mass at 9:00 am

Wednesday, April 16
Mass at 9:00 am
Confessions from 6:30-8:00 pm

Holy Thursday, April 17
Morning Prayer at 9:00 am
Mass of the Last Supper at 7:00 pm

Good Friday, April 18
Morning Prayer at 9:00 am
Stations of the Cross for Children at 10:00 am*
Passion of the Lord at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Holy Saturday, April 19
Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 pm

Easter Sunday, April 20
Masses at 8:00, 9:45 & 11:30 am

*Stations of the Cross for Children are on Good Friday from 10-10:45 am. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a dramatization of the Stations. There are no practices. Children will draw parts at random. We will have minimal costumes and props. Parents stay as our audience.

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

‘As He rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as He was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of His disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest’.”

‘Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said in reply “I tell you if they keep silent, the stones will cry out”!’……..* ‘As He drew near He saw the city (Jerusalem) and wept over it, saying “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it hidden from your eyes.”*

And so began the beginning of the end for Jesus’ human life. Lent’s Holy Week relives His mockery, His torture, His crowning with thorns, His carrying of His cross, His death on the cross. We share in His death and all that He suffered as we pray and reflect.

Palm Sunday and Holy week should also make us reflect on our own journey in life. At times we too have felt like a king when all is going right; our job, our relationships, our health, even the praise or recognition we receive for a job well done. And then the bottom drops out. And often we feel what is happening is not due to something that we have done to ourselves. How unfair! Our pain, our disappointments, our failures to stop this, whatever the negative, Jesus felt it all before us. And what about the heavy cross that we feel that we are carrying? Will there be no relief? And how long will we have to carry it? Simon was pulled out of the crowd to help Jesus carry His cross. Who helps us? Jesus and God, the Father, always! But would we recognize an unexpected helper, like Simon, if we were blessed to have one? Life is a great gift, but it was never promised to be fair. If it were, how come no matter our bad our problems as we see them, we still live better than 90% of the world.

In times of stress, like Jesus, we need to focus on the Father. Jesus asked Him to take the burden from Him. But then prayed, “Father, not My will be done, but Yours.” Holy Week should help us focus on our connections to Jesus and the Father. We will not understand all that happens to ourselves or to our loved ones. But with the faith given to us, a most glorious gift not given to all, we will carry on as did our Lord and Savior and pray as did He, “Father, not My will be done, but Yours.” Being a follower of Jesus is hard work. Lent shows us the way and the reasons for it. His Resur- rection is the proof we have been given that confirms our faith. Our resurrection, as promised by Jesus, makes our trials easier and more bearable. For we are never alone, no matter how it feels in the moment. Acceptance of ‘Thy will’ will be our will as well.

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly email: kreilly15@yahoo.com The Gospel of Luke 19:36-42

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