Welcome to St. Bart's

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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Notes from the Pastor

Reflections on 6th Sunday of Easter May 1, 2016: When was the last time that you felt overwhelmed with all that you needed to do? When was the last time you felt that everything you touched was falling to pieces? When was the last time you felt you had no time for prayer or for yourself? My friends these are the times we need to pray the most and I suspect we have all had such moments. These are the times that we need to be and can be most enriched by God and have something to offer to others. God gifts extraordinary gifts to us if we keep and live the words of Jesus. Jesus promises us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus wishes us to live our lives in His peace, a peace that is a calm and trust in the Lord. Part of Jesus’ meaning of peace is the freedom to do good for others. Jesus words are an opportunity for transformation. With the weather improving and the desire to be outdoors more have you considered a prayer walk or time just to marvel at the wonders of creation and offer gratitude to the Lord? Have you ever considered taking an extra fifteen or twenty minutes to slowly read the Bible? The peace of the Lord be with you. Amen.

May is Mary’s month: May is one of the months that the Church calls us to recognize our Blessed Mother Mary in a special way. Praying the Rosary and supporting Marian devotions are wonderful ways to pray and reflect upon Mary in the life of the Church and our journey to salvation. The Rosary is prayed each day during the week following the 9A.M. Mass. Please join us for Mass and the Rosary if you are able.

Thank you to Religious education Teachers: Our heartfelt thanks to Ms. Jennifer Foster, Mrs. Maryellen Jennings, and all of our wonderful religious education teachers, aides and support staff who so willingly give of their time week after week. Thanks to their sharing of their faith and their time our students have learned much about their faith.

Farewell and Good Luck to our Seminarian Douglas Barrett as he bids farewell to us this weekend to return home to his Archdiocese in Canada to be ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood, God willing. Douglas has been a wonderful weekend addition this past year. Thank you, Douglas.

Congratulations to our students who made their first Holy Communions yesterday.

2nd collection this weekend: His Eminence Cardinal Sean has authorized a special second collection this weekend to help with the relief efforts in Ecuador. Please be as helpful as you can. Thank you.

2nd Collection Next Weekend May 7th & 8th, 2016: Communications Collection
Next weekend’s collection supports the needs of the Catholic Communications Campaign to spread the Gospel in the various media ways. Thank you.

Holy Day

Ascension Thursday: Thursday May 5th is Ascension Thursday and it is a Holy day of Obligation. Masses will be on Wednesday May 4th at 4 P.M. and on Thursday May 5th at 9 A.M., 5 P.M, and 7:30 P.M.

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

WHAT FLOATS YOUR BOAT? WHAT TURNS YOU ON? WHAT GETS YOU EXCITED? AND WHAT SPURS YOU INTO ACTION?

Today is the first of May. Is it the weather that gets you going? Is it being involved in outdoor activities instead of being more indoors? Is it grilling and outdoor parties with family and friends? Vacations? What gives you joy? Is joy seasonal?

“…..Love one another as I love you….” Does Jesus’ second greatest Commandment give us joy or is it another burden that we must live up to? Note: Jesus did not say that we must LIKE every one. What’s the difference? We are all God’s children and He loves all — those who are great, good, not so good, and those for whom trouble is a definite character element. He loves those who try and those to whom God is nonexistent. He knows that some people are more fun, lovable, hard working, loyal, and so much more that makes us attracted to them. Some of all kinds are in our families. Some are in our churches. Some are our neighbors. And some, when we see them, if we see them at all, we try to avoid. And some are evil in this world of turmoil.

All of us as children of God must recognize this adoption in each other. We must love and respect each other. We don’t contribute to another’s difficulties. We don’t ignore, but rather pray for each other when we become aware of another’s needs. We pray for our enemies, for good to overcome evil. We help when in a position to do so. We treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Do you like to be criticized? No one else does either. We don’t necessarily have to invite another to dinner or to join us for a ‘play date’ if we don’t LIKE him/her. But he or she deserves the respect and help that we wish for ourselves or families. We don’t only assist those that we like. We show love-respect to all those who cross our paths — for maybe they are there for a reason. You might just be the reason that someone will be there, in your space. Do what turns you on; gives you pleasure; and never ignore, but rather find new joy in the unexpected put before you. God may be opening a new door to you. Will you go in or refuse because it is not what you like to do or are used to doing? Liking and loving, each gives you a special and different kind of joy. Liking, though more comfortable, can be boring at times. Loving is deeper; affects more of our inner life; rests in our soul; allows God to speak to us and we to hear Him. Loving is a gift, not a burden.

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: [email protected]
If any one needs a ride to a church service or wishes a home or Communion visit, please contact me.

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