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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Reflections for Respect Life Sunday: This weekend we roll out our new Parish Mission Statement. Each of us understands the blessings and wonder of being made in the image and likeness of God. Each of us knows that God’s covenant and His wishes for us include a full and joyous life in this world and the next. In his recent visit to the United States Pope Francis gave us much to think about and strive to live out. His recent visit started a spark of faith that we must keep going. The readings talk about the covenant that God established with His people and the sacredness of marriage. We are clearly responsible to live up to the obligations of the covenant and for the sacredness of relationship because God made us in His image and likeness. This includes the welcoming of children into life but it does not stop here. This involves issues around the covenant and all of life. What are God’s Ways of love and how do we live and support them? Life whether it be the single life, the married life or the religious life can be difficult and full of stress. As members of society all of us are called to witness to respect life and a stewardship way of life that includes thankful- ness, responsibility, generosity and a desire to share God’s blessings with others. Everyone needs to do something for pro-life. This starts with prayer and the recognition that all things are possible for God. This means that we pray for those who are having trouble in their lives. This means that we take our commitments especially to the neediest and the poor very seriously. This means we need to act in the best interests of such people. We seek to build a culture of life for all people. This means that we live and hold on to the ideals such as respect for life that God intends for us. In light of that please consider all of the opportunities to show God’s ways and make an impact for the better of society. THIS WEEKEND WE ARE INTRODUCING OUR NEW PARISH MISSION STATEMENT WHICH DEFINES WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT St. BARTHOLOMEW PARISH AS WE JOYFULLY GIVE GLORY AND PRAISE TO GOD BY HOW WE SERVE GOD AND EACH OTHER AROUND THE WORLD. May our new mission statement help to guide us to enthusiastically and energetically grow in how we live our faith , seek to do God’s will, and be the best we can be.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure


At some point many a parent or child care person has been confronted by a weeping, trembling, little child who looks up at you so enraged that the worst thing that he or she can think of to say is “I hate you.” The frustration felt by the little one at being denied something or maybe being admonished for some action is so powerfully felt that this is the only way the child can think of to strike back. It is so powerful that the recipient feels this pain as well. The wise adult, how- ever, knows not to strike back in equal rage, but rather with great gentleness responding “Well, I am sorry to hear that because I love you. I may not like some things that you do, but I will love you always, forever.” And usually this tirade ends in hugs and kisses. Love will always over rule hate when genuinely given.

Adults can also feel this same raging pain but usually handle it differently–silence, ill spoken words, separation without forgiveness, denial…..the list goes on . And sometimes these negative emotions can be felt against the church or even God. Especially against God, let us remember that He has called us His children and no matter what we have done or felt, He says it as well….’I am sorry to know your pain. (No matter the issue) I will love you always, forever.” ‘….Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.’ Love can change the world. And this world is so filled with hate and misguided direction that only love for the true God and each other will change things. Prayer especially for ‘the ene- my’ is what we have been asked to do. And that ‘enemy’ may be close by or across an ocean. We are all God’s children. Pray to Him and for each other, whoever we are. Love will change us and the world. Be persistent. And don’t be discouraged.

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