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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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Reflections on Readings: 29th Sunday of the Year
We who call ourselves Christians have a dual citizenship. Often Christians face real dilemmas. A dual citizenship serves as a powerful reminder to us of the importance of staying focused on the call of God to a fuller life. We do not wish to compromise on our obligations to God because everyone loses out when we do this. How do we use our resources to support God? Jesus is with us to give us new life, not to divide the world into what belonged to whom. The Pharisees by asking Jesus that question were trying to trap Him but He was too smart for them. We give to God by giving to others. Some of the ways we give to God include volunteering, tutoring people, sharing gifts and talents, asking how we might help, and affirming people in time of need. People benefit when we give to God our time, talent and treasures to help others. These are but a few of the ways to thank God and live out our call to be Catholics.

October: The Month of the Rosary: Please join us for daily Mass and after the 9A.M.Mass each day Monday through Friday the Rosary is prayed except on the days when there are Funeral Masses.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

A COMPASS

Does anyone use a compass any more? Maybe still out at sea? Does anyone under 70 have a road atlas and use it in order to get some where? Are gas stations out of the business of giving directions, when someone drives in lost? Why these questions? Navigational devices, either in your car or on your phone, have changed our lives.. And their abilities have gone beyond just showing you the way. A ‘lovely’ voice comes forth telling you which way to turn, what road to take, make a correction, if you have failed to follow her directions, and this happens no matter how desolate or remote the area you find yourself in. (And she doesn’t call you stupid when you think you know better and go out on your own.) These devices are miraculous and certainly make life easier for us all, if only we can master which button to push. An interesting question to consider is exactly in our current lives how many technological devices do we use that tell us what to do, where to go, how to do it, etc. They have become our new compasses. “Take me home” and she tells you how to go no matter where we find ourselves. The more sophisticated these devices have become, the less investigating our minds, the less we have to be intuitive, maybe the less imaginative we become in solving is- sues, problems, the less we exercise our minds in so many ways. Is this good for our children? Why do we have to learn to add, subtract, multiply, divide, if a small device can do the work instantaneously?

The one compass that isn’t discussed much is our moral compass. Where do we find the voice which tells us our life’s true direction? Unfortunately there are so many screaming voices vying for our attention in books, advertising, TV shows, computers, pornography, movies, and so many more places. It is overwhelming and almost impossible to avoid these influences. How do we find our moral compass, the one and only compass that truly matters. JESUS! We have the Bible and many ways to access it. We have the Mass, our priests, our religious, the sacraments, religious pro- grams, books, computer info, and again so many way to access the way to our moral compass. Today’s problem: we don’t look for the compass in our lives; we don’t spend time knowing the direction this most important compass gives us; we don’t place a premium on the importance of the necessity of a moral compass; we ignore JESUS and His teachings skipping over the fact that nothing is more important in life than GOD; and that the voice we should be listening for and following is the voice inside ourselves that comes from our conversations with and knowledge of GOD. Why were we created? “To know, love and serve God while on this earth in preparation to spending all eternity with Him in Heaven.”

Our miraculous navigational devices are saving us so much time and energy and with great success. Our moral com- pass is not a time saver. Rather, it demands more and more time, a life time of searching. A life time of trial and error. Are we patient enough in our life time search for the right ways and answers? Or are we demanding immediately the rewards/answers our computers deliver? Do we love the life we have been given? And are we eagerly pursuing the moral compass we know we should follow? God knows.

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

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