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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 for 2nd Sunday of Lent Cycle B: God is faithful to all who step out in faith. In our Lenten time and journeys we are invited and encouraged to take a step in faith like Issac, Abraham, Jesus and His disciples to experience the lasting and real faithfulness of God. Abraham in his heart trusted in God and Jesus showed even more thrust in God to death and to new life in the Resurrection. Lent is a journey in faith for each of us from the desert experience and different aspects in our lives to the Sacred Triduum. Lent is all about a time of spiritual transformation. We can be transformed when we look for and can see the face of Jesus in others. Jesus came so that in our hearts we might experience life to the fullest. God wishes and invites us to listen to the experiences in life and see the sacred in each moment. It might be through music, prayer, receiving the sacraments, solitude, reading Sacred Scripture, kind words or actions or other ways we experience the sacred moving us to experience transformation.

The transfiguration of Jesus is a wonderful way of bringing hope to all. It is in this moment in time that the Old and New Testaments come together and provide new excitement about God’s plan for all of us. Jesus’ transfiguration reveals not only His divinity but also the beauty of human life at its highest and best. This moment also shows how God is carrying out His plan to save the world. We all know and understand that Jesus’ transfiguration is not the end of the story. There is still a more powerful and redemptive chapter to follow. As each of us travel through the days and weeks of Lent mindful that Jesus works for our salvation and intercedes for us, may this Lent be a season of healing and spiritual growth for all of us.

Catholic Appeal: The theme for this year is Living Our Faith Together. Today we will hear a homily from Cardinal Sean in anticipation of next weekend’s start of this year’s Catholic Appeal. His Eminence’s reflections are drawn from the Scriptures we will hear next weekend when the Appeal begins. It is our hope that in hearing the words of Cardinal Sean this weekend you will reflect upon them and consider making a commitment to the Appeal next weekend or very soon.

Morning Prayer for Lent: Each Tuesday during the Season of Lent Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours will be celebrated at 8:40 A.M. right before the 9 A.M. Mass.

Stations of the Cross for Lent: Each Friday during Lent Stations of the Cross will be prayed following the 9 A.M. Mass unless there is a Funeral.

Vocation Retreats: On March 27-28, 2015 His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley OFM Cap will lead a retreat at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston MA. for men age 35 and over thinking about a vocation to the Priesthood. From Friday March 27-29, 2015 His Eminence will lead a retreat at St John’s Seminary and Betania II Spiritual Life & Marian Center for men ages 18 to 35 who are thinking about a vocation to the priesthood. If you think you might be interested please speak with the pastor or a member of the parish staff.

We Will Leave the Light On: From 6:30 to 8 P.M. confessions will be heard each Wednesday evening in Lent. In recent years this has provided to be a wonderful opportunity for many throughout the Archdiocese to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Lenten Activities Schedule

Tuesdays- Morning Prayer at 8am
Wednesdays- Leave the Light On- Reconciliation from 6:30-8pm
Fridays- Stations of the Cross after the 9am mass Saturdays- Reconciliation from 2:30-3:00 (face to face) & 3:15- 3:45
Sunday, March 8th- Community Sunday, after the 8:00 and 9:45 Masses; Holy Hour for an increase in Vocations, 2-3pm

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

PERCEPTIONS A little Massachusetts boy was going on a trip with his grandparents to Connecticut for 2 days. He was very excited until….he hesitated and asked a little timidly, “Do they speak English in Connecticut?”
A music professor cringes when he hears a particular music piece played. An artist frowns when asked to look at a particular piece of art. Do they see and hear something that we do not? Why? Is it training / education that influences their perceptions? Or are they just reacting to what they see and hear and they are either personally pleased or not, just as you and I might be.

A young lady screams and runs away every time a spider comes into her world. A man freezes as he stands in front of an elevator. When it opens, he is sweating and cannot enter, no matter how much he tries and needs to. Fear, phobia? Why do such situations paralyze us so? It is real and sometimes we feel forced to react in ways that we would prefer not to. Why do we people perceive such situations in so many different ways?

Jesus: seeing a picture of the Son of God causes every thought and emotion possible in a human, ranging from anger, indifference, to liking or great love, to who is he. Each of us personally has to address this question in our own lives. And there is no better time than Lent to stop and be quiet and think about our relationship and perception of God. Are we cradle Catholics, born into our religion, and, we now do as then, what we were taught by our parents and teachers, mostly with rote behavior. We believe and worship as we did in childhood. Do we still ‘hesitate’ with a little fear of the unknown; do we act according to ‘what we have been taught’; are we ‘paralyzed’ in our relationship with God for reasons that we do not understand? Or are we converts who have chosen to know God better and to work hard accepting Him into every part of our life? A choice He made creating me; a choice I make to know Him and love Him more completely for the rest of my life.

No two people have the same relationship with God, just as He created no two people in this world exactly alike. Where did we get our perceptions/understanding of God, His way of life, heaven, hell, good and evil, angels, life and death? How did we come to know God, the Father, God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? How have our perceptions changed since we have ‘grown up’? Or have they? If you buy a new stove, it doesn’t work the same as the old. So you read the manual. And learn new ways. Have we read the Bible or any other book as adults and learned anything new with a deeper adult understanding? Do we listen differently in church to the ‘good news’? Just as the little boy hesitated before going forth into something that he had not yet experienced, are we a little afraid of coming into a new relationship with God? Do we turn to or away from God, when we are trouble? Is God a part of our daily life? Our decisions making process? Of the goodness in our lives? Our relationships? In health, sickness and death? Few things, if any, are stagnant in life. Life is always changing, just as is all of creation around us. God and me. Is our relationship changing, growing, or are we just treading water, trying not to make waves?

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

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