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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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Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ: May 29, 2016 The most important activity as a Church that we do each week is coming together to celebrate the Eucharist. We believe that Jesus loves us, died for us, extends forgiveness to us and has given us the Eucharist. Do we see in Jesus’ suffering the food that will nourish compassionate life in the world? Can we identify with and live the life that Jesus longs to give us? Today we celebrate the very wonderful feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus. Jesus wishes to give each of us food for the journey. This is all about the covenant and what Jesus did to fulfill this covenant. This is all about learning the ways of Jesus. The wedding feast at Cana, the multiplication of loaves and fishes, the Last Supper, the meals Jesus ate with His disciples all point us to the deeper reality of the Eucharist and Jesus’ desire to be with His people and feed His people, which is the whole world. When we receive the Eucharist how do we see and experience ourselves not only being nourished and enriched but also part of a larger family of believers seeking to give and receive from each other all that God wishes for us? The fact that the washing of the feet took place at that Holy Thursday liturgy speaks to all of us the value that Jesus places on service, concern and hospitality. Our spiritual hungers are the greatest hungers of all, which include a desire for being accepted and loved by God and neighbor. .We need food for our journey. We are journeying in faith toward the promised land of eternal life. Jesus gives us His Body and Blood to satisfy our every longing. He loves us so much that He wishes to be part of us and we be part of Him. We are reminded of the Lord that Jesus showed even as He was dying on the Cross. The Eucharist heals our brokenness. Do we understand the love behind that statement? One of the greatest blessings of being a people of the Eucharistic community in addition to receiving our Lord is the joy of being able to sustain and nurture this experience through daily prayer and the lived faith experience. Prayer leads us into a deeper realization of God acting in our lives and the healing and loving moments of the Eucharist. Who are the Christ-like people of the Eucharist in our lives? Do we connect our faith to everyday living, putting the Sunday Eucharist into the work place? Many people give their lives for us and for others. Many people are marginalized and like Jesus we could notice them and seek to help them. Each time we receive the Eucharist we can do it consciously and with grateful hearts mindful of the awesome reality of being loved and of receiving the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We can feed on the very Body and Blood of Jesus longing to be more faithful to our baptismal promises and to unite ourselves to God. The Eucharist is Jesus’ promise to always be with us. Jesus is with us in the Eucharist to remind each of us that we are invited to enter into an unbroken relationship with the Trinity. Our sharing in the Body and Blood of Jesus is not just for ourselves. Through the Eucharist we are called to be more like Christ. We are called to transformation and this transformation is both a gift and a challenge. Jesus gives fully of Himself in the Eucharist and calls us to do the same. In receiving the Eucharist may we always give praise to God and ask God for divine assistance in whatever ways needed.

Fr. Garrity’s passing: All of us were saddened to hear of the passing of our former pastor Fr., Francis Garrity on Saturday May 21, 2016. Fr. had many productive and happy years in Needham between both parishes. He still has many friends who fondly remember his Needham years. He is certainly in our thoughts and prayers. Mass will be offered for Fr. Garrity on Sunday May 29th at 9:45 A.M. and on Sunday June 5th at 8 A.M here at St. Bartholomew.

Catholic Appeal: This annual effort support the good works and many of the programs of the Archdiocese of Boston. We have reached our parish goal. Thank you so much for you quick and very compassionate response to the request of our Archdiocese.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus: Friday June 3rd is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can be traced back at least to the eleventh century. In 1856 Pope Pius IX established the feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated on the Friday after the Sunday of Corpus Christi. Since 2002 the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is also a special Day of Prayer for priests. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most popular practiced and well known devotions taking the physical heart of Jesus as a way of showing his divine love for all of humanity.

Anointing of the Sick: I would encourage anyone who is ill or facing surgery to consider receiving the Sacrament of the Sick particularly before going into the hospital. Please, if you would like speak to Father after Mass or call the rectory to arrange a time to be anointed. This sacrament gives us much grace to help us deal with illness. God wishes to walk with us in a special when we are ill.

Memorial Day: We give thanks for all of our veterans on this weekend We as a nation are so well blessed because of the continuous efforts of so many, many of whom have given their lives in defense of our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families in a special way this weekend.

From our Blog

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

VACATION TIME !!!! (From what?)

Memorial Day weekend is for us the beginning of its own new season. Warm weather usually begins in earnest. And life outdoors takes on its own meaning . Even our God, the Creator of all, after 6 days of creation, ‘on the 7th day He rested.’ God has always considered the ‘day of rest’ so important that it has been made a Commandment. “By resting on the 7th, He made this day blessed and hallowed it.”*

Vacation is a change from work; from our daily duties; from the pressures we all assume; from any and all things that affect our lives and from which we hope to get a break to reenergize and renew our strength; to reconnect with that which somehow we have not paid enough attention to, as life got in the way. And most unfortunately, one ‘easy’ thing to eliminate is the time it takes to go to church. We vacation from God —- a God who never takes a vacation from us. In simplifying our life to reduce our To Do List, we have taken on a summer habit that is most destructive to our souls and one that helps to seriously affect our relationship with God. If we hope to ‘enter into His life forever,’ we have to do what He asked of us. There is no vacation from prayer, from Communion, from the praise and glory that is due God. He is not a scheduled event that we participate in when we have the time. ‘God revealed these Words to His people on the holy mountain. They were written “with the finger of God”.‘ (Old Testament) “In the new Covenant, Jesus Christ revealed their full meaning.”* (Ten Commandments)

As we go smiling into this hopefully more relaxed physical and mental time called vacation, whether at home or
away, we should find more time for God, rather than less. Vacations usually bring out our priorities. Where is God on this list? For me? For my family? For my neighbor who may need help? A Commandment is not a request. It is His call to us and we must listen. Do we really believe that God will not notice or miss us, if we don’t show up? “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? ……. If you would enter life, keep the Commandments.”*

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: [email protected]
Quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
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