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Who is St. Bartholomew? Statue of St. Bartholomew in the Sanctuary of St. Bartholomew Parish

St. Bartholomew is an apostle, likely also known as Nathaniel.  There are little scriptural details of his life, but in John’s Gospel, Jesus recognizes him as being true, he is who he is without fanfare, deceit, or false appearances.

As a parish, we pride ourselves upon his model of faith, to be true to the Church, devoted to Christ, and always authentic!

Feast of St. Bartholomew, August 24th

Some articles on St. Bartholomew for more insight:


Oremus Prayer Program information

General Information about Catholicism:

Resources on the Sacrament of Confession:

Starting October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year of Faith” celebrating the anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as Vatican II.  Here are several articles explaining the year of Faith:

What is the Year of Faith by Joe Paprocki

Catholic Year of Faith

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Year of Faith Page




Resources on the Revised Roman Missal:

Starting Sunday November 27th 2011 we started using the revised words we pray at Mass.

New Words, Same Meaning – by adusting some of the words we are able to more fully express our faith while being true to the Latin and being closer to other languages spoken in the Catholic Church.  It is a new translation, not a new Mass, the heart of what we believe and celebrate at Mass is not changing, we are simply expressing it with some different words. has many articles and resources regarding the new translation.


Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing Time Talent Treasure – OCTOBER: THE MONTH OF PEACE

October ! How can we consider next month when it is difficult to believe that September has arrived, summer is over, and without even blinking, it is now the middle of the month? But October is coming soon and in light of recent world events, especially Syria, and the possibility of war type reactions, the month of October demands us to respond. How and why?

Despite all the political noise, most of us will not carry signs and march or get on a bus to Washington to protest any war like response to the horrific actions in Syria that resulted in a leader intentionally killing his own people, including over 400 children. This does not mean we are unaffected or not sick to our stomachs with the knowledge of such evil. But in a little grotto in Fatima many years ago, our blessed Mother, Mary, mother of our God, appeared to three children and said among other things, that in order to have peace we must pray to her and say the Rosary. Our Church has always designated the month of October as Rosary month. This month especially is designing to introduce the Rosary to the uninformed, to wake up its people to the power of the Rosary, to remind the faithful that Our Lady has asked us to say this prayer. Have we ever listened? Do we believe in the power of prayer? Do we believe that if we storm the heavens with the multitudes praying her prayer and asking for her intercession with her Son, that we will not be heard? If we truly don’t want war and we truly want and believe peace is possible, then we must not sit on the sidelines mumbling our displeasure or even fear. We cannot worry about the country or world that we are leaving to our grandchildren and not do what is required of us. We are Christians, Catholics, believers in the Word. We cannot ignore our Mother in heaven when she asks. We cannot look into the faces of our loved ones and know that we could do something to make a difference, and we don’t. “We just don’t have the time!” Many Syrians ran out of time through no fault of their own. Let us pray…………

The decades of the Rosary tell us a story. That story is whatever happened to Mary in this life and in the hereafter and whatever happened to Jesus in this life and in the hereafter is told to us here and is the basis for all we believe in our religion.

THE ROSARY: Start with the Apostles’ Creed, an Our Father, 3 Hail Marys and the Glory be…
THE MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY Start each with an Our Father, 10 Hail Marys and end with the Glory be……….

The Annunciation—an angel visits Mary and announces that God has chosen her to be the mother of His Son. Mary says yes. The Visitation—-Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth–pregnant with a son (John the Baptist)
The Nativity—-Jesus is born.
The Presentation—-Mary and Joseph present Jesus to the Lord in the Temple.
The Finding in the Temple—-Mary and Joseph find the boy, Jesus, in the Temple instructing His elders.

The Agony in the Garden—Jesus prays and suffers in the garden.
The Scourging at the Pillar—-The soldiers whip Jesus.
The Crowning with Thorns—-The soldiers put a crown of thorns on Jesus.
The Carrying of the Cross—-Jesus carries the cross to Golgotha.
The Crucifixion—-Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies for our sins.

The Resurrection—-Jesus rises from the dead.
The Ascension—-Jesus goes up to heaven.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit—-Jesus sends down His Holy Spirit (the third person of the Holy Trinity) upon Mary and the apostles. The Assumption—-Mary is taken body and soul up to heaven.
The Coronation—-Jesus crowns Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth.

Jesus is Baptized in the Jordan River—-John baptizes Jesus.
Jesus Works His First Miracle—-Jesus changes the water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana.
Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom of God—-Jesus teaches the people about God’s kingdom.
The Transfiguration—-Jesus transforms Himself into the light of God’s glory.
The Institution of the Eucharist—-Jesus gives us His Body and Blood under the signs of bread and wine.
Finish the Rosary with the Glory be…and the Hail, Holy Queen.

Think about it. Pray about it. Meditate on it. THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE. And the world needs me to intercede with Mary “for peace on earth and good will for all mankind.”

Think about it. Pray about it. Meditate on it. THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE. And the world needs me to intercede with Mary “for peace on earth and good will for all mankind.”

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Notes on Revised Liturgy

Notes on Revised Liturgy: the Lord’s Prayer and the Communion Rite

We know that the Lord’s Prayer was taught to us by Jesus in the Gospel and this prayer has been used in the Mass for a long time. The new introduction to the Lord’s Prayer at Mass highlights what a privilege it is to be able to speak to God with this prayer. This prayer leads us to address God as Father. The ancient Jewish people viewed God as the Father of the people of Israel. Individuals as well addressed God as Father. This also shows the relationship we have with God the Father because of what Jesus did for us. The word our is important as it points out the deep unity we have with God. This prayer has seven petitions with the first three focused on God and the last four focused on us. Each petition points us closer to the kingdom of God and a new dimension of peace, with this section of the Mass concluding with the words of King David thanking God for the blessings He brings into our lives

Notes on Revised Liturgy: The Eucharistic Prayer at Mass

In the early part of each Eucharistic Prayer there is the time when the priests prays that The Holy Spirit so that the gifts of bread and wine may be changed into the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is referred to as the Epiclesis. We also pray in the Eucharistic Prayer that the Holy Spirit will bring each of us closer to God. The words of Institution and Consecration are familiar to all of us, but we should never take them for granted or consider them routine. These words and this prayer should always be heard in light of the Passover meal. Jesus speaks of the blood of the new and eternal covenant. These words echo what Moses said at Mt. Sinai that sealed God’s covenant with His chosen people. Jesus actions at the Last Supper anticipate His sacrifice on the Cross. Understanding this connection lets all of us see how the Eucharist we celebrate today is commemorates Jesus‟ sacrifice on the Cross. In each Mass we have the opportunity to enter sacramentally into Jesus‟ gift of Himself to His Father. In this way we can offer our lives as a gift to God the Father.

Notes on the Revised Liturgy

Today we will focus on the Preface and the Sanctus. The Eucharistic Prayer has roots in Jewish table prayers that were recited at each meal. When the meal was near its conclusion a blessing of three parts was prayed which included praising God for His creation, thanksgiving for His redeeming work in the past and petition for His saving work in the future culminating with the sending of a Savoir who would restore the kingdom of David. The Eucharistic Prayer opens with the Preface which begins with requesting that our hearts be with the Lord. In the Bible the heart is the center of the person from where thoughts, emotions and action begin. We also express our gratitude to God here as the redeeming act of Jesus’ death and resurrection is about to be made present to us in the Liturgy. There is so much we owe thanks to God for in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Holy, Holy, Holy (the Sanctus) helps us to see with awe what is happening in Mass. The second half of this prayer, ”Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” is what was said when Jesus was entering Jerusalem and was found in psalm 118 which was recited on the way to the Temple for major feasts.

Notes on Revised Liturgy: Offertory

Today we will focus on the Offertory. At the beginning of the Offertory when the priest prays over the bread and wine he is using words which have roots in Jewish tradition. These words are modeled after the Jewish blessings prayer over bread and wine it is believed around the time of Jesus. The priest washing his hands recalls rites for the priests of the Old Testament. The hand washing indicates that the priest like the priests of the Old Testament is about to stand in a most holy place. The new pray brethren prayer and response more accurately reflects the Latin text and brings the meaning of this prayer out more clearly. The prayer that the people respond with recognizes how both sacrifices Jesus; and their own will be united and offered to God the Father through the hands of the priest.

Notes on Revised Liturgy: Explaining the Homily, Creed and Prayer of the Faithful

From the earliest days of Christian liturgy and before that the reading of the Word of God was accompanied by some type of homily or explanation of the reading. The purpose of the homily is to suggest or instruct people as to how the readings apply to their lives. The homily is given by a deacon, priest, or bishop in accordance with apostolic faith. The Creed is known as a summary statement of the faith used in the early Church for Christian belief. The creeds are used as a means to insure right Catholic doctrine. The Creed says briefly what Scripture says at length. The practice of praying the Creed has deep biblical roots. The Creed reminds us that our lives are part of a larger picture. The Creed is entrusting our life to God recognizing how God is the foundation to life.  The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the Prayer of the Faithful. The practice of intercessory prayer goes back to the time of St.Peter. The Catechism speaks of intercessory prayer as characteristic of a heart attuned to God‟s mercy. It is always important to pray for others. Next week we will begin an explanation of the parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Notes on Revised Liturgy: Explaining the Readings in the Liturgy of the Word

Two weekends ago the first reading and the Responsorial Psalm were explained. This weekend the second reading and the gospel will be explained. The second reading comes from the New Testament; one of the epistles, the Acts of the Apostles or the book of Revelation. The New Testament writings reflect on the mystery of Jesus and how His saving work is part of our lives. The Gospel is about the life and teaching ofJesus. Only the ordained may proclaim the Gospel at Mass. The Alleluia which comes just before the gospel is proclaimed is found at the beginning or the end of many psalms. This joyful praise is a very fitting and appropriate way to welcome Jesus in the gospel. The book of the Gospels may be carried to the lectern in procession accompanied by the altar servers carrying candles. The one who proclaims the gospel and the people make the threefold sign of the cross on themselves which is a ritual by which we consecrate our thoughts, words and actions to the Lord as we ask that Jesus be on our minds, lips and in our hearts. The proclaiming of the gospel makes Jesus present in our lives in a profound way.

Notes on Revised Liturgy: Explaining the Readings in the Liturgy of the Word

Explaining the Readings in the Liturgy of the Word

The First Reading is usually taken from the Old Testament except during the Easter Season when it is from the Acts of the Apostles, which is following an ancient practice. “In the Old Testament, the mystery of our salvation is present in a hidden way” according to the document, Dei Verbum. It is also true that to truly understand the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus an understanding of the Old Testament is essential. The Old Testament is part of the larger history of God’s relationship to His people and salvation history. When we hear and understand the Old Testament reading helps us see the unity of the Bible more clearly. At the end of the first reading the Lector says, The Word of the Lord. When we say Thanks Be to God we are expressing thanksgiving to God for His goodness and His actions in history. St. Paul used this expression often to thank the Lord for delivering him from sin and death and it appropriate and helpful that we do the same. Following the first reading is the Responsorial Psalm, which are God’s inspired words of praise and thanksgiving from the book of Psalms. In the book of Psalms there are 150 psalms which express various situations for prayer and reasons to give praise to God. As early as the third century psalms were being prayed at Mass. Next week the reasons for the second reading and the gospel will be explained.

Notes on Revised Liturgy: The Liturgy of the Word

The Liturgy of the Word Sacred Scripture leads us into a deeper communion with Jesus in the Eucharist. The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist form one single act of worship as stated by Pope Benedict the 16th. To hear the inspired Word of God is a serious matter. What a wonderful honor it is for the Lector to proclaim the Word of The Lord. What an honor and blessing it is for us to hear the Word of the Lord. The Gospel proclaimed by the priest or deacon reflects how Jesus is at the center of salvation history with all of the Scripture pointing toward Him. The readings from Sacred Scripture correspond to the seasons and feasts of the Church. We praise the Lord for every aspect of His life.

Notes on Revised Liturgy: Gloria and Collect

When we start to pray the Gloria the tone of the Liturgy shifts from sorrow to praise of God. The opening lines of the Gloria come from the words sung by the angels announcing the new of Jesus’ birth. In the Gloria we are preparing ourselves to welcome Jesus by repeating these words of praise used to announce Jesus’ coming in Bethlehem. The rest of the Gloria contains words from Sacred Scripture. The Gloria also tells the story of Jesus moving from His coming, to His redeeming death, to His resurrection and ascension into heaven. The Gloria also recognizes Jesus as the Son of God, the Eternal Word, The Lamb of God to the authority that Jesus possesses in heaven. We acknowledge also the Supreme Being that Jesus is. The Gloria concludes with praising the Blessed Trinity. Following the Gloria is the Collect or the Opening Prayer which concludes the opening of Mass and leads into the readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels.