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.

Recent Updates

Notes from the Pastor

Reflections for Palm Sunday: This week is Holy Week. During Holy Week we are invited to look at ourselves and enter into the spiritual journey of Jesus in the final week of His life before His death and Resurrection, from Palm Sunday through the Easter Vigil. As this Holy Week begins are we willing to walk the steps of Calvary believing in the power and importance of the Resurrection? This is the most sacred and solemn of all weeks in the Church year. It is important and appropriate to reflect upon the events of this week and their spiritual significance for all of us and if possible to participate in these special liturgies. Do we know of Jesus’ love for us and are we willing to share this with others?

Now is the time and this is the week to examine our attitudes toward repentance, forgiveness and spiritual renewal and how do these themes play out in our lives? What areas of our lives have we found challenging this Lent and how can we identify and say we have spiritually grown? How have we helped others to know and live their faith this lent? Holy Week is a powerful statement that we are loved by God.

I hope all of us will find extra time this week to pray and to read Sacred Scripture. Some suggestions would include Chapters 13 to 18 of the Gospel of John and Psalm 51. I would also encourage you to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to come and bring your friends to the services for Holy Week. Please have a blessed grace filled week.

Catholic Appeal: The theme for this year is Living Our Faith Together. This year’s Catholic Appeal is off to a wonderful start. As a Catholic community of faith we are called to give thanks to God for blessings received and to reach out to the needs of our brothers and sisters in the world. We are called to give of ourselves by the way we use our time, talents, and treasures to help others. The Catholic Appeal is one of the ways we can do this and help others. We were able to reach our financial goal last year and with some additional pledges we will reach our participant level as well. Thank you for whatever you can do. Please pray for the success of the Catholic Appeal.

Morning Prayer This week: Tuesday morning we will pray Morning Prayer at 8:40 A.M. and on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Morning Prayer will be at 9 A.M.

We Will Leave the Light On: From 6:30 to 8 P.M. confessions will be heard Wednesday evening throughout the Archdiocese. In recent years this has provided to be a wonderful opportunity for many throughout the Archdiocese to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is good preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

Good Friday Collection: Each of us knows only too well from the news stories that Christians in the Holy Land face a real and serious challenge to live each day because of all the intense fighting, violence and persecution going on over there. Each year we are invited to help and support the Christians in the Holy Land by making a donation to the Good Friday collection. We know of their great needs. Thank you for whatever you can do.

Divine Mercy Sunday: On Sunday April 12th St. Joseph and St. Bartholomew Parishes will jointly sponsor Divine Mercy Sunday services at St. Bartholomew Church from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. The focus of Divine Mercy Sunday is on God’s unbounded love and mercy for each person. The purpose of this feast is to be a source of healing and renewal for the entire church. Please join us.

Bulletin Boards: We now have bulletin boards located near the doors of the Church dedicated to activities and events that are taking place in the parish and religious education or related activities. The schedule for Holy Week and other helpful information can be found on these bulletin boards.

Holy Week Schedule

Sun, Mar. 29th- Palm Sunday
Community Sun, after 8:00 & 9:45 Masses
Palm Path, Egg Hunt, after the 9:45 Mass
Penance Service, 2pm-4pm
Mon- Wed, Mar. 30th-Apr.1st- Morning Mass, 9am
Tues. Mar. 31st- Morning Prayer, 8am
Wed. Apr. 1st- Reconciliation, 6:30-8pm
Thurs, Apr. 2nd- Morning Prayer, 9am
Liturgy of the Lords Supper, 7pm
Fri, Apr. 3rd- Morning Prayer, 9am
Children’s Stations of the Cross, 10am
Liturgy of the Cross, 3pm
Liturgy of the Cross, 7pm
Sat. Apr. 4th- Morning Prayer, 9am
Easter Vigil, 8pm
Sun, Apr. 5th- Easter Mass, 8:00, 9:45 & 11:30am

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

“COULD YOU NOT WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME?” We know the story. But its relevance is as important today as it was then. Knowing what horrors awaited Him, Jesus invited some of His Apostles into the garden with Him to pray. The Apostles fell asleep. Hence, Jesus’ question. They knew Him so intimately and yet, even when the spirit is willing, the body often weakens. Like them, even with the best of intentions, we too often don’t do what we are asked to do.

Lent is almost over. And we have to ask ourselves this same question. Have we in the past weeks since Ash Wednesday, spent an hour with Him?

Bishop Fulton Sheen and many other noteworthy people in our church, now and then, have always spoken of the need to spend time in front of the Cross. One can only imagine how busy the Bishop was and yet, he was known for his devotion to the Cross and spent an hour a day in front of it without fail.

Many Popes, including our current Pope Francis, also speak of the necessity for everyone of us to quietly sit and gaze at Jesus on the Cross. Why? The gift of the Father was to give us His only begotten Son. He be- came one of us, while still remaining the Son of the Father. Jesus’ gifts to all humanity were His teachings, His suffering, death, and Resurrection, opening the door for our redemption and an eternity with His Father. Does this not require our love in return for just a few minutes, an hour, or whatever we feel we need to do to recognize and thank Him for these gifts?

The following quotes and thoughts are from Pope Francis’ Homily, March 17, 2013. “A Christian who is not able to glory in Christ Crucified has not understood what it means to be Christian. Our wounds, those which sin leaves in us, are healed only through the Lord’s wounds, through the wounds of God made man, who humbled Himself, who emptied Himself…………The Cross is a mystery: the mystery of the love of God……… Where is your sin? Your sin is there on the cross. Go and look, for it is there, in the wounds of the Lord, and your sins shall be healed, your sins shall be forgiven……….God forgives us in the wounds of His Son lifted up on the Cross.” *

How can we by pass a Cross and hardly notice it, just because it has always hung there, be it in a church or in our home? How can we feel that anything is more important than spending a moment in front of the Cross, especially during this Lenten period?


Enjoy the beauty of Palm Sunday. Be prepared for our most holy week. Let us not fall asleep.
Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.comIf anyone needs a ride to a church service or wishes a home or Communion visit, please contact me.* Pope Francis‘ Homily quotes were cited and used with permission, all rights reserved, Copyright(C) Daughters of St. Paul, Boston . Book Title: LENT WITH POPE FRANCIS Daily Reflections and Prayers

More Blog Articles...