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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Happy Thanksgiving: The Parish Mass on Thanksgiving Day will be at 8:30A.M. to accommodate those who will be traveling or taking part in traditional Thanksgiving Day activities. This is a most wonderful way to start this special day of thanks.

Reflections for Feast of Christ the King: Today as you know is the last Sunday in the Church year. Do we ever dream about a better world? Next Sunday we begin the start of a new liturgical year with the beginning of Advent. Today’s readings focus on the end of times. We are told that we will be judged by how we treat our brothers and sisters. We may be judged by the things we should have done or the responsibilities we did not take seriously enough or the people we did not forgive or the times we could have set a better example. When Jesus comes He will judge the good and the bad. He will reward those who have respected others and tried to help them and treat appropriately those who were bad or tried to make the poor not noticeable. Today’s readings ask us about how kind and Christ like we were in our behavior toward others and ourselves. Jesus is among us. Do we identify with the poor? Jesus gives so much attention to those who need it the most and wishes us to do the same. Our exercise of love tells who we are.

2nd Collection: This weekend November 23rd Our second collection today is for the Retired Religious Sisters of the Archdiocese. This collection gives all of us a chance to express gratitude to the religious sisters of our Archdiocese whose generous and dedicated service to our church and our lives has made a major difference in the lives of all of us. The sisters really need our help given the high costs of medical and retirement needs. Please be as generous as your means allow.

Interfaith Service for Thanksgiving: Today Sunday November 23rd at 4P.M. will be our town wide Inter- faith Thanksgiving Service at Grace Lutheran Church. I am pleased to let you know that members of our children’s choir will be singing a musical piece.

Thanksgiving Mass

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME

Thanksgiving Mass will be at 8:30 am on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th.

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure
TO BE A GIVER IS A GIFT
At no time in the year do we receive more pleas or sad stories about people in need. Are we aware of all these organizations, religious or otherwise, that need help? Certainly, we are. On TV or radio, in the papers, magazines, in our mail boxes, in every place we find ourselves, including on the side walk, we are bombarded with requests to help alleviate these needs. What are we to do? Should we feel guilty about not responding to all these invitations? Is this truly what our Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about?
Little is more personal and private than how one responds to need/charity. Jesus has taught us about the necessity of living and responding to the Beatitudes. “Blessed are…….” And He further advises us that our charitable acts should be known only to ourselves and His Father. It would be wonderful, if we had the means to eliminate some world problem. If we could eliminate poverty, disease, homelessness, restore Haiti, stop the problem of children sleeping in cars or motel rooms, and so many more, it would be miraculous. We know that many people of great means are doing magnificent acts in private. And God bless them. But what are we to do now, in this season, with all this pressure?
We don’t ignore the issue and pretend it will go away. Fortunately, come January most of it is over. Unacceptable. Each of us must be a giver, a requirement of being a follower of Jesus. There is no defined amount or description or equation of what we must give and to whom. Our Christian obligation is to turn our thoughts and prayers to God and with His help truly examine how we can be a giver. We might not be able to get out of the house to physically volunteer for some act. Maybe we don’t have any home skills, like baking, woodworking, knitting, etc., to offer. Maybe we have a little extra money, or not. But most certainly, all of us can and should offer prayers in all seasons. Giving should be meaningful to us and to whom we offer part of ourselves should also be very important. Please do NOT get caught up in some powerful, well put together promotion, that moves us emotionally, but actually we don’t even know the people involved! If you are in a position to share some monies, please do it with organizations you know and value such as your church, a disease with which you or family have had a grateful experience, a school that you know,–you get the picture. There is no organization that doesn’t welcome help. But you as a giver must make sure that what you have to offer will mean something important to you and consequently, your thoughtful efforts of sharing something of yourself will be pleasing to God. Giving is a way of life, not a seasonal experience. And being the giver, no matter how small or insignificant it seems, is a gift each and every one of us, blessed by God receives.
Thanksgiving is all about THANKS for all the gifts of God’s creation, our given abilities, our families and friends, our health, our life, thanks for it all. And GIVING is to share our gifts so that as in forgiveness, we wish only the best for the other. And CHRISTMAS, it is all about God’s greatest gift to us–His Son, who will eventually die for us to give us eternity with His Father. Nothing else is relevant, only material.
Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com
If anyone needs a ride to a church service or a home or Communion visit, please contact me.

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