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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Reflections for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B: Jesus spoke with authority as He cured people and took away their demons. Jesus introduced a new way, the kingdom of God. Jesus knew His people and expanded who His people were and greatly loved them. Please notice that Jesus even dealing with a difficult crowd or His enemies showed authority that was full of love and liberating. From the very beginning of His ministry Jesus had to deal with difficult groups of people at different times. Anyone who listened to Jesus knew He was a special compassionate teacher who healed people. The Gospel (the Good News) is all about the way that Jesus lived His teachings and showed His compassion for others. All of us too are called to such holiness. We all need the help of Jesus to change our lives. There is spiritual nourishment and hope from the words of Jesus if we seek to live them.
The good news also is that as a result of Baptism we are also God’s kin and we are given the authority to teach Jesus’ way and overcome evil. Please notice that Jesus tells us that it is by God’s power that He is able to drive out demons. Embracing the life that God offers us do we see the goodness of those closest to us? Do we see Jesus in our family members? Do we like and love people and see people as the beautiful creation of God just as Jesus did?

Synod on Family: Pope Francis and Cardinal Sean have requested our assistance in the ongoing work of the Synod on the Family which is intended to be a rethinking with renewed freshness and enthusiasm what revelation, transmitted in the church’s faith tells us about the beauty, the role and dignity of the family” The theme of the Synod will be “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World. The West Regional Meeting will be Tuesday Evening February 3rd at 7P.M. in Ward Hall of St. Sebastian School to explain the consultation process and the document, Lineamenta”. Please plan on attending this meeting if you are able. Your insights can be helpful.

Blessing of Throats: In honor of St. Blaise throats will be blessed after all Masses this weekend and after Mass on Tuesday February 3rd,

A brief message from Fr. Phil Due to the increase in flu cases effective immediately communion will be under one species. This decision will be reviewed periodically. For the sign of peace it is appropriate to bow instead of a handshake if you choose. Church authorities are suggesting to receive the host (the Body of Christ) in the hand to possibly cut down the possibility of spreading germs.

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.

Reflections on Forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation: It is of major importance that all of us understand how serious forgiveness is for the health of our spiritual lives. In recent history the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not understood or fully appreciated for the inner healing it brings. The confessing of sins and receiving absolution can help us to feel better about life and ourselves. In addition receiving forgiveness from God and others can help us to experience God’s love, remove resentment and increase gratitude. It is always quite clearly a means to inner peace. We may also need to let go of our own hurts and pains and forgive others as well as ourselves. When we do not forgive ourselves or hold resentments toward others we hurt ourselves. When we do not forgive others we hurt ourselves. Many times when we reconcile with others we bring them and ourselves great comfort and hope.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure


Where does one get one’s inspirations? How long lasting are these thoughts? Is this thought posted on the fridge and then after a few days not noticed any more? Or is there an inspiration that sticks with you and might even make a change in your life–thoughts, actions, feelings, etc. Have your parents, friends, a stranger, your church, a billboard, ever given you pause? A pause that you have always remembered.

“I do the best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end.”

Abraham Lincoln. Does something profoundly expressed make a difference or more of an impression, if it comes from a famous person?

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” Thomas Edison. “We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” Calvin Coolidge.

Recently, we have heard from our Gospel readings that Jesus said “FOLLOW ME.” And so they did, dropping everything that they were doing and became His Apostles and
disciples. They listened. They believed. They gave all of it up and became His followers for life. Their actions are still with us thousands of years later! Is it possible for us to truly imagine how inspirational the truth is and how one can give up a life as you know it and change much of what you have been and become someone different? Only two words—”FOLLOW ME.”

Have you ever knowingly been an inspiration to anyone? Or maybe unknowingly you were the person someone needed at that moment in his/her time when you came together.
New Year’s resolutions are great. Promises are meant to be kept, but are often forgotten. Memos to oneself litter the desks. All these types of things are good motivators. But how many of these do we soon forget or decide that they are not worth the effort. Anything that moves one to act in love over and over is all He asks. Love Him and each other. How do we put this into any form of inspiration that we will remember and act upon all the days of our lives? These are head and heart inspirations.

“FOLLOW ME” It is not complicated. It is easy to remember. Its truth and consequences will follow us into eternity. “FOLLOW ME” Jesus.

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

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today to make a new ending.” Maria Robinson (Law Professor, President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Presidential Medal of Freedom and much more)

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