St. Bartholomew Parish Bulletin

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 15th, 2014

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A leper in Jesus’ day was completely cut off from family, friends, and the world, excluded from any participation in social or religious events. The assumption was that lepers had sinned in some way, and therefore, could not enter the Temple or synagogue because they were unworthy to worship God. Except for the company of other lepers, they faced isolation and life in deserted places. The Law of Moses commanded lepers to drive others away by shouting, “Unclean, unclean.” For Jesus to touch a leper was to make himself unclean. Can you imagine, then, how the leper must have felt when Jesus “stretched out his hand, touched him.” And how his heart must have warmed at Jesus’ words: “I do will it. Be made clean.” Jesus’ compassion took precedence over the law, although Jesus’ respect for the law is revealed when he commands the leper to show himself to the priest. But even this was out of compassion, for the leper needed verification by the priest to return to the community. Can we say, as Paul did, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ,” especially in imitation of the Lord’s compassion for the outcasts in our society?

LENT BEGINS FEBRUARY 18—On Ash Wednesday, February 18, we begin that special season of penitential observance known as LENT. It is that time of year when we take time out to seriously examine our human values against the backdrop of profoundly different Gospel values—when we reassess our principles against principles of the Good News of Jesus. Are we planning, therefore, to accept the Church’s invitation to become a better and more committed Catholic, and as a follower of Jesus, to move even closer to Jesus through prayer, penance, sacrifice and almsgiving?
Ash Wednesday—February 18
(Blessed ashes distributed only during Mass)
7:30 am—5:30 pm (English)
7:00 pm (Spanish)

WEEKDAYS OF LENT—although there is no obligation to fast, Jesus calls us to do penance. Voluntary acts of self-denial are highly recommended and encouraged.
ASH WEDNESDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY—are days of fast and abstinence. Limit one full meal on these days to all between 18 and 59 years of age. The other two meals should be lighter than they normally would be. Eating between meals is to be avoided. No meat for those 14 years and older.
FRIDAYS OF LENT—are days of abstinence, that is, Catholics who are 14 years old and over are required to give up meat.
EASTER DUTY—the obligation to receive Holy Communion at least once a year is to be fulfilled during the Easter Season.
“What counts above all else is faith working through love.” —Pope Francis
The Catholic Charity Fund appeal is the main source of support for our diocesan agencies providing for the physical, educational, and spiritual needs of Rhode Islanders each year. It is our responsibility to ensure that these agencies and programs have the resources available to help our brothers and sisters in need.
IN-PEW WEEKEND—February 28/March 1

LENTEN THOUGHT—What Catholic hasn’t said: “I don’t belong inside a church,” or After the way I’ve lived, God doesn’t want me there.” On Ash Wednesday the entire Church admits that none of us “belongs in there.” Our ash-smeared foreheads admit our sinfulness. If belonging to the Church depended on good behavior, who could last beyond infancy? But the ashes are in the shape of the Cross, showing that our sinfulness is not the end of the story. We belong in the Church because of the goodness of Jesus Christ who sees us as the most lovable being in all creation. No sin of ours can stop His love; His sacrifice has conquered sin. So sin itself is not the problem. The problem is a heart that is too prideful or fearful to seek His loving and merciful embrace. You do belong inside the Church. After the things you’ve done it is the only place that will bring you the forgiveness, peace, and true happiness you long for. So welcome to Lent! Welcome to the Church! Welcome home! Jesus has been waiting for YOU!!!

WHAT WILL THIS LENT MEAN TO YOU?—Our spiritual journey for Lent is outlined for us in the Ash Wednesday Gospel: prayer—fasting—good works. Why not make the following a part of your Lenten observance: daily Mass at 7:30 am—Friday Way of the Cross at 7:00 pm—visit to the church on our Tuesday Eucharistic Day (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm). Sacrament of Confession on Saturday (4:15 pm to 4:45 pm).

St. Bartholomew Church
Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
Saturday, March 14, 2015—6:30 pm
St. Bartholomew Church Hall
DONATION: $15.00—50/50 Raffle
For Tickets Call: Dan Cullen—556-8559
Rectory —944-4466
Join us for an enjoyable evening!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to all the members of our parish Hispanic Community who participated in the celebration of the Feast of Altagracia which was held on Wednesday, January 21st. Their generous donation of $177.00 to our church is greatly appreciated. Thank you and may God bless you for your support!


6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 15th, 2014

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(Every Mass is offered for the faithful, living or dead. However, the following are specifically remembered this week.)
Monday, February 16
7:30 am - All Souls In Purgatory
7:00 pm - Mass in Spanish
Tuesday, February 17
7:30 am - In Honor of Sacred Heart by a devotee
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Wednesday, February 18—ASH WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - Mass in English
5:30 pm - Mass in English
7:00 pm - Mass in Spanish
Thursday, February 19
7:30 am - Donald Baynes by wife Mary
Friday, February 20
7:30 am - Theresa LaFazia Amagno by Fr. Almagno
& family
7:00 pm - Stations of the Cross & Benediction
Saturday, February 21
8:00 am - Etta Licciardi by husband & family
5:00 pm - Arthur Marcantonio by wife
6:30 pm - Mass in Spanish
February 22—First Sunday of Lent
8:00 am - For the Intentions of Parishioners
9:30 am - Mass in Spanish
11:30 am - Collective Mass
Michele & Ines Capuano by daughters
Frank Cuiccio by daughters
Helen Melidy by family
Florence Newton by Joe & Jeannette
Eva & Pio A. Romano Sr. by sons
Ronnie & Raymond
Ernest Silva by mother
In Honor of Sacred Heart & O. L. of
Fatima by a devotee

Sanctuary Candle: Frank Cuiccio by daughters
Eva & Pio A. Romano, Sr. by sons
Altar Bread & Wine: Frank Cuiccio by daughters
Eva & Pio A. Romano, Sr. by sons

Mark your Calendar!
Please be sure to participate and attend!
February 18 —Ash Wednesday—Lent begins
February 20 —Stations of the Cross—Fridays
February 28/March 1—Catholic Charity Appeal
March 7/8 —Catholic Charity Appeal
March 14 —St. Patrick Dinner
March 24 —Lenten Penance Service
March 27 —Living Stations of the Cross
March 29 —Palm Sunday & Bake Sale
April 5 —Easter Sunday
April 25 —Annual Parish Reunion
Tuesday, February 17
Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy after 7:30 am Mass
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
6:30 pm - Polenta/Cavati Dinner, CH
Wednesday, February 18
Distribution of Ashes at all Masses
Thursday, February 19
10:00 am - Legion of Mary, RH
No RCIA Class
Friday, February 20
No Confirmation I Class
Saturday, February 21
No CCD Classes
4:15-4:45 pm - Confessions
Sunday, February 22
10:00 am - Confirmation II Class, RH
Second Collection: No Second Collection

What Our Lord Asks Is
Not Equal Gifts—But Equal Sacrifice
(logo from Increase Giving Campaign)
Weekend of January 31—February 1
Envelopes & Loose Collection: $4,408.00
Second Collection: NEW CHURCH
ROOF FUND 1,397.00
Total Income: $5,805.00
Our sincere thanks to all those making our
Increase Giving Campaign possible.

—7:30 am - Daily Morning Mass
(Saturdays 8:00 am)
—7:00 pm - Friday Stations of the Cross
(& Benediction (English & Spanish)
—4:15 pm to 4:45 pm - Saturday Confessions

—Friday, March 27 - 7:00 pm - English
—Good Friday, April 3 - 2:00 pm - Spanish

Saturday, February 21
5:00 pm Doug Weinzierl
Sunday, February 22
8:00 am Petrina Lauro
11:30 am Ann Marie Parrillo

Saturday, February 21
5:00 pm Sandra Weinzierl
Sunday, February 22
8:00 am Ray Funaro
11:30 am Peter Marinucci

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