Welcome to St. Bart's

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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Reflections for the 4th Sunday of Lent: On this fourth Sunday of Lent in 2017 there seems to be a frightening amount of pain, darkness and sadness in the world. There is much selfishness, insensitivity, snobbery, pride, greed, prejudice, hurry, materialism, misuse of creation, and superficiality which contributes to the darkness in the world. Where do we find our hope? Do we believe that Jesus is the light of the world and do we believe that Jesus is the one who leads us from darkness to light? We are called to see beyond appearance. Through Baptism we can learn to see everything in the light of Christ. The story of the man born blind was a favorite one at Baptisms in the life of the early church? At that time Christians might call the sacrament of Baptism the illumination or enlightenment. We are called to live the light of Christ. We receive the gift of faith at Baptism. At that time the candidate for Baptism might echo the blind man’s confession of faith and recite the Creed. Jesus even healed on the Sabbath. The more we learn about Jesus the more spectacular and glorious He becomes. Lent is a time to seek a clearer and more focused vision of Jesus, just like the blind man grew into with the help of Jesus. God gives this to those who wish to see and understand Jesus.

In today’s Gospel people had a wrong vision of the man’s blindness. Blindness is not a result of sin. Suffering is a mystery that cannot be completely understood. When Jesus cured this man it did bring glory to God. The gospel today is a lesson on growth in faith. Please observe the steps on this man’s journey to faith in Jesus. Seeing does not always lead to belief in Jesus, but in the case of this man it did. The eyes are not the only part of the body that needs to be able to see. Moving from darkness to light is moving from no commitment to God to following Jesus Christ.

Please notice in miracle stories the powerful effect that Jesus has on people and the joyful experience that people begin to live. If we follow Christ we can become a light to others. Please observe also the behavior of the Pharisees and how they were not able to enter into this joyful experience because of their spiritual blindness. Perhaps each of us can listen to such stories in Sacred Scripture, connect them with our lives and rejoice when we observe or hear of healings in the lives others or ourselves.

One of the practical ways we can move to see better is the Sacrament of Reconciliation asking God to help us see things from a spiritual perspective. All of us are in need of deeper awareness in our lives which would include the way we treat others and even God’s creation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation invites us to a grateful and loving response which includes God and others. God’s creation is part of the way we treat others. May we always be willing to share with others what our faith means to us.

Lent, 2017

The Men’s Retreat has been rescheduled for 3/28

The Presentation on the Eucharist has been rescheduled to 4/11

Please call the office for more information: 781-444-3434

Check out the links below for our full calendar, and for more information about our Lenten Spirituality classes, and giving project!

Lenten calendar 2017

2017 Lenten Adult Spirituality Topics

2017 Lenten giving project

Holy Week Schedule: 

Holy Thursday- Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7pm: Adult Choir
Good Friday- Liturgy of the Cross, 3pm: Two Cantors
Good Friday-Liturgy of the Cross, 7 PM: Adult Choir
Holy Saturday- Easter Vigil, 8:30pm: Adult Choir with Trumpet
Easter Sunday- Mass, 8am, 9:45am, 11:30am
*All Easter Sunday Masses will have Cantor,
Trumpet, Organ and Piano

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

FORGIVE and/or not FORGET

Forgiveness abounds in the teaching of Jesus. And His teaching continues in our readings, our homilies, in every way in which we interact with our church. We are asked to forgive and yet every experience that requires forgiveness is unique to the person who must forgive, if we are to live in Christ. This can be very difficult. And it can be very emotional and a factor that enters into the way we live. Forgiveness doesn’t always come quickly, nor does it always come easily. And what about the ability to forgive, but not forget. How does not forgetting affect the forgiveness which we have granted? Does Jesus require us to forget as well?

March 17th is the celebration of St.Patrick’s day. On all calendars does this appear whether liturgical or standard/ generic. 22% of all people in Massachusetts claim an Irish heritage. There were many factors that drove the Irish to emigrate and Boston was for many the first stop to live and work after Ellis Island. But on this celebration day of green beer, green rivers (Chicago), parades, parties, the ‘wearing of the green,’ it seems many others are willingly joining the clan in joyous behavior.

St. Patrick (389-461) became known as the Apostle to Ireland: the one who brought the Christian faith to the country of Ireland. (Some also claim that he drove out all of the snakes as well.) But that is far from the whole story. His introduction to Ireland was not by choice as he was kidnapped from his Britain home at the age of sixteen. He was brought to Ireland as a slave and sold to a king. He lived as a slave all the while, but still dreamed of home and still did not lose his Christian faith. Finally, an opportunity to escape came and he went home, but not without his deep remembrance of his youth and sufferings in Ireland. Did he became bitter, hateful, unforgiving? NO. Instead his faith deepened and the feeling that this was part of who he was and all that had happened had happened for a reason. He began studying for the priesthood. He became a bishop. In 432 he had a dream in which he heard the Irish voices of those who had stolen and mistreated him in Ireland calling him back. He then felt a call to go back and attend to those in need of salvation. His 30 years of Irish wanderings are recounted in stories that are famous in the Irish storytelling history. Did St. Patrick forget the ugly? Did his experiences make him bitter and unforgiving.? His actions thereafter seem to say that while he never forgot his misfortune, he was able to put it into the past and move on with his faith filled life. “CHRIST BE WITH ME, CHRIST BEFORE ME, CHRIST BEHIND ME, CHRIST IN THE HEART OF EVERYONE WHO THINKS OF ME.” ST. PATRICK

Forgiveness and forgetting cannot be separated. They come together with the decision as to which is more important, which has the higher calling, a decision left to each and everyone of us who must forgive. Whether we can turn the issue into something of a remembrance and not a life stopping inability to forget is ours. History has taught us that the one who is great differs from the one who just survives by the way one can pick up the pieces and go on benefitting from all of life’s trials–good and bad. Can we be that better person God wishes us to be even if we don’t forget? Or can we put into perspective that all of us are flawed and nobody but God is perfect?

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com
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