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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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A Note from Fr. Derek

Last week I wrote about preparing for Advent and, lo and behold, Advent is upon us.  I want to write briefly about preparing, in a practical sense, for our Christmas this year.  I mentioned at the Masses that this year we have a very short Advent.  Because Christmas falls on a Monday, we move directly from the Fourth Sunday of Advent into Christmas Eve on the same day.  We do not celebrate a fourth “week” of Advent.  There can be a temptation to think, “This is great….If I go to Mass on Christmas Eve, that satisfies my Sunday obligation and my Christmas obligation!  I can get two-for-one!”  In reality, the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve are two very distinct celebrations.  It is important that we celebrate each of them in their proper way.  On Christmas Eve we begin our celebration of the birth (nativity) of Jesus Christ.  It does not satisfy our obligation to observe the Lord’s Day on Sunday.

I also want to take this opportunity to let you know what the Christmas schedule will be. After consulting with the staff and the Parish Pastoral Council, I can let you know that the Mass schedule for the weekend of Christmas will be the following:

Fourth Sunday of Advent

(Normal Sunday Schedule)

4:00 Saturday; 8:00, 9:45 and 11:30 Sunday
Christmas Eve

(Sunday Evening)

4:00 Mass in the church preceded by concert at 3:30

4:00 Mass in Ward Hall with musical prelude at 3:45

6:00 Mass in the Church preceded by singing of carols and the Nativity Pageant at 5:45.

Christmas Day

(Monday Morning)

8:00 Mass

11:00 Mass

Both Masses with cantor and trumpet

 

Please note that there are only two Masses on Christmas morning, and that the second one starts a half-hour earlier than our usual Sunday Mass at 11:30.

Mass Schedule

Immaculate Conception of Mary

Thurs. Dec. 7, 4pm Vigil Mass
Fri. Dec. 8, 9am and 6:30pm Masses

Christmas Eve Masses

4pm Adult Choir, Church (3:30 Choir Prelude)
4pm Cantor & Accompanist, Ward Hall
6pm Youth Choir, Church (5:45 Choir Prelude, 5:50 Nativity Play) 

Christmas Day Masses 

8am Cantor & Accompanist, Church
11am Cantor & Accompanist, Church

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

GIFTS
No one needs to go to the dictionary to define the word ‘gift’. If anyone has ever given something to someone or in turn received something, the meaning of what a gift is is obvious. However, some gifts that we have received are not so concrete or obvious.

How about gifts without a physical structure? How about the gift of life? “I knew you before you were born!” says the Lord. How about our senses? Can you imagine a life without these blessed paths of knowledge? The Disciples asked; “Why do You (Jesus) speak to them in parables? ‘He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted’.” (Matthew 13:1-23) The gift of the Holy Spirit was given to the Disciples and as a result, they are able to share God’s wisdom with us. God provides many different paths for us in life to understand life and all the beauties of His creation. Our brains to know; our hearts to love; our abilities to make connections outside of ourselves; gifts the world gives us; gifts we can give to the world—‘love one another as I have loved you.’

Vacation time is here and hopefully the living is easy. Do we become so enamored with the physicality of fun in the sun, etc. that we forget who we are? We are children of God and we need not to forget to say thank you. Our Lord rested on the 7th day of creation. A Commandment reminds us to ‘keep holy the Sabbath.’ Rest was created for us. God knows the value of rest even when we do not. But ignoring our Lord and a failure to acknowledge Him in our joy on vacation is not acceptable. We turn to Him in our need or sadness or beg Him for His forgiveness. Is it not amazing that we can ignore Him in our happiness, when all He has hoped for us is joy in life? Is a vacation not a great gift?

‘There was an old woman who every day came out on her front porch and yelled at the top of her voice, “Praise the Lord for He is good. Thank the Lord for all He gives. Thank the Lord for all His love.” All of her neighbors accepted this ritual except the man next door, who was an atheist. It drove him crazy. After months and months and months of listening to this, the words suddenly changed. The old woman had come on hard times. She prayed out loud now. “Lord, I praise you and your good works. The Lord loves me. Help me Lord in my need.” The next day a bag of groceries appeared on the porch. When she saw it, she cried out her thanks to the Lord. The atheist neighbor jumped out and cried.,

“Aha. Your Lord did not give you that food . I did.” Raising her eyes to heaven, she even more loudly thanked the Lord for these gifts and for the gift of the devil paying for them.* No one knows how or where some of our gifts come from. But all gifts are from our Lord. Some can even be called miracles. We, because we know our God, are so blessed.

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. * Thank you to St. Anthony’s parish for sharing this story.

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