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 the Third Sunday of Advent: The Sacred Feast of Christmas will be rapidly upon us. This Sunday is known as Gaudette or Laudette Sunday as Advent is more than half over. Rose colored vestments may be worn on this day as a sign of rejoicing. This is the day we light the pink candle on the Advent wreath as this Sunday we experience joy of the Christ child soon to be born and the joy of Mary the Mother of Jesus. The first part of Advent we focused on the second coming of Jesus. These last two weeks we focus on Jesus who was born long ago in Bethlehem. Part of the joy of the Advent Season is being at peace with God and with others. There are times when we all feel overwhelmed with so much to do. There is a temptation to see only the wrong and darkness in the world and to respond accordingly. Looking around though we can also see much good and much light in the world. These next few days it would be nice if we could find time for prayer and ourselves. Christmas will bring us great joy if we are calm, refreshed and collected. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and seeking forgiveness from others is also a way to maintain perspective and closeness with God. Being at peace with God and neighbor brings new joy to life. We do not know when the Lord is going to call us to bring His presence and peace to others. Jesus invites us to follow in His example and bring more light and goodness into the world. This time of the year acts of kindness and consideration bring great peace and joy to others. This can be done in many ways. I hope you are having a blessed and renewing Advent Season.

Thank you: Thank you for all that you are doing to help others this Advent season.
Morning Prayer: During Advent on Tuesday mornings we will pray Morning Prayer at 8:45 A.M. prior to the

9A.M. Mass. Please join us if you are able.

Confessions will be heard on Wednesday evening December 17th from 6:30-8P.M. This is in addition to our usual schedule for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday.

Families in Need: If anyone is in need or knows anyone who is in need in the parish for the holidays please call the rectory and let us know. Your confidentiality will be protected.

Please see the notes on the Christmas Collection. Please mention the names of the priests who have served here at St. Bartholomew.

Christmas Collection: The collection will support the health and well-being of our priests. Our priests have dedicated their lives to serving the Catholic faithful. Now, it is our turn to help fulfill the promises made to care for them in their time of need. Please give generously to the Christmas collection, which directly benefit the 628 active and senior diocesan priests whose health and well-being are cared for through the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust. All are invited to make a gift online at www.clergyfunds.org or use the in-pew envelopes that will be provided. Thank you in advance for your prayers and generous support of this critical effort.

Confession

Additional Confession time will be held on Sunday 12/22 from 2:00-4:00 p.m in the Church.

Christmas Mass Times

Mass times for Christmas Eve will be 4:00pm, 6:00pm and 9:00pm. There will be a second Mass in the school at 4 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 8:00am, 9:45am and 11:30 am.

We will also have additional confession times for Advent on Wednesday Dec. 17th from 6:30-8:00pm, and Sunday Dec. 21st from 2:00-4:00pm.

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure
“BUT I DIDN’T GET WHAT I WANTED”
There is probably no statement at this time of year that is more irritating than this one. It may come from any- one from a child to an adult, either silently demonstrated or spoken out loud. Christmas gifts seem to have progressed from a surprise and joy to a demand. And to further insult the season, gratitude, thankfulness, and humility seem to have disappeared and the feeling that ‘I deserve what I asked for’ has taken over for many.
One has only to look at the tree on our altar to be reminded that there are so many who have little or nothing. And most don’t live very far away. Some need warm clothes. Some need water. Some need
food. Some need jobs. Some need heat. Real need is all around us and most in need don’t think that they DESERVE or will receive all that they do need. Just check out the Globe Santa and the many other wonderful agencies, pantries, community centers, all trying to answer these needs/wants at least once a year. The rest of the year the struggle will continue.
Our God, the Creator of all that is, came to us as a helpless baby, not as an overwhelming and awesome power. Jesus came to teach us love, pure and simple. Love of God. Love for each other. The first was and all following Christmases should be all about love and how we give it and how it is received. Pure love is the greatest human gift that only our Creator could give us. He loved us enough to send and sacrifice His only begotten Son. This realization is the true need and gift for the whole world.
Reducing expenses for any reason is a good thing, particularly in difficult times. Reducing expenses for the right reasons is even better. Christmas should not be about excess. More, in most cases, is not always better. Love cannot be bought. Love is centered in the giving of self, pure and simple, and not necessarily wrapped in a pretty box. Real love has no wrappings and is usually unaccompanied by a giver name tag. The gift to love, as given to us by our Lord, should bring us to our knees in thanks and humility. Life without the ability to love is hardly imaginable. Lack of it is all around us.
Advent is given to us as a time to anticipate, to wait, to think about what is to come. It is a time to put the sea- son in perspective. It is a time to focus on what is important, what is to happen, what matters to me about Christmas. Extravagance does no one any good. It is not a gift. What ‘I wanted’ and didn’t know it and what God’s gift to me is– LOVE–love from God, love from family and friends, love from my church and so much more that was not on my list. God has given us the gift of life and so many more gifts that we don’t even recognize as gifts. If we stopped to realize how many gifts (blessings) that we have received in our life times, would we still say ‘but that is not what I wanted.’ Let us give and receive and pray and say thank you to God and each other for all our gifts–those asked for, those unexpected, for the thoughtfulness of others, for the birth that gives us the greatest gift — our blessing to live a life in faith. Let us experience the joy of Christmas and the ability to share its true meaning with all we encounter. “Behold, unto us is born a child. And His name is Jesus.” Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Stewardship Questions Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com
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