St. Bartholomew Parish Bulletin

Boletín Idioma Español

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 31st, 2016

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People seldom welcome prophets. Jeremiah got the leaders so angry when he told them God was going to punish them for their infidelity to the Lord that they tried to kill him. No wonder he wanted to avoid being a prophet, but God told him not to worry. God would deliver him. Jesus’ own townsfolk tried to kill Him. They got upset when He read from the book of Isaiah and left out the parts they really wanted to hear—how the rich and powerful Gentiles would be their slaves, and they would get all their wealth, and they would be on top again. Instead, Jesus told them that God had other plans for the Gentiles. Jesus reminded them about Elijah feeding a Gentle woman and her son, and Elisha curing a Gentile general who had leprosy. Jesus emphasized how God sent these prophets to Gentiles. That’s when the hometown folks tried to throw Jesus over a cliff. Usually we don’t realize that a prophet has spoken until later. Looking back, we realize that God was trying to get something across, get people back on the right path, only they did not want to hear it. How have you been challenged by prophets in your life?

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD--Tuesday, February 2nd, is the feast of the Lord’s Presentation in the Temple. We hear the story of Mary and Joseph carrying the infant Jesus to the Temple to present Him to God. There the elderly prophets Simeon and Anne meet the holy family. They encounter the one for whom they longed. Jesus the Messiah! Today’s Feast is about Jesus, the light of the word, who dispels the darkness of sin and death. That is why this is the day traditionally designated by the Church for the blessing of the candles, hence the feast’s traditional name: Candlemas Day. May the word of God proclaimed on the feast of Candlemas Day inspire us to bring the light of Christ to a world longing for peace and hope!

FEAST OF ST. BLASE, BISHOP & MARTYR—We celebrate his feast on Wednesday, February 3rd. Since the eighth century St. Blase was venerated as the patron of those who suffer from ailments of the throat. Before dying as a martyr he is said to have healed a boy who was choking. The blessing of St. Blase is, therefore, a sign of faith in God’s protective love for us and for the sick in our midst. The traditional blessing of throats will take place at 7:30 am Mass.
Touching the throat with blessed candles, the Priest or Deacon pray: “Through the intercession of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

GRATEFUL THANKS!—to the members of our Parish Hispanic Community for their generous donation of $466.00 given to the church on the occasion of the “Black Christ of Esquipulas” celebrated on Saturday, January 16th. Thank you! May God bless you and your families.
Last week we were able to send the fiscal office of the diocese $30,000.00 as payment towards the debt we acquired for the much needed repair of our church roof. We accumulated these funds over the past four months from three successful fundraisers, thanks to our generous parishioners and their friends. Added to their profit were also the monthly second collections for our church roof and the monthly check we get from T-Mobile for the use of our church tower. Finally, we owed our gratitude to several generous donors among our parishioners, especially the deceased Paul Babcock, who left $5,000.00 in his will for our church roof. Three months from now, after our final payment to the roofing company that repaired our church, we will be able to give our people the exact amount of debt we still owed the diocese.

St. Bartholomew Church
Sunday, February 7, 2016—1:00 pm
St. Bartholomew Church Hall
Ticket Donation: $18.00—6-12 years of age: $9.00
5 years & under: no charge
—No Tickets Sold at the Door—
—No Take Out Orders—
All are invited to attend. Sponsored by our parish Ladies Guild. Cavati or Polenta dinner tickets are available at the Parish Office or from Ladies Guild Members.

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February 7 —Polenta/Cavati Dinner
February 10 —Ash Wednesday—Lent begins
February 12 —Weekly Stations of the Cross
February 20/21—Catholic Charity In-Pew Appeal
March 9 —Lenten Penance Service
March 12 —St. Patrick Dinner
March 18 —Living Stations of the Cross
March 19/20 —Palm Sunday Bake Sale
March 24 —Holy Thursday Liturgy
March 25 —Good Friday Liturgy
March 26 —Holy Saturday
March 27 —Easter Sunday
April 2/3 —Flea Market
April 23 —Annual Parish Reunion Dinner Dance
April 24 —Confirmation—Cathedral


4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 31st, 2016

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(Every Mass is offered for the faithful, living or dead. However the following are specifically remembered this week.)
Monday, February 1
7:30 am - Intentions of Priest Celebrant
7:00 pm - Mass in Spanish
Tuesday, February 2—World Day for Consecrated Life
7:30 am - The Presentation of the Lord
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Wednesday, February 3—Saint Blase
7:30 am - Sgt. Steven Michael Shaw by family
Thursday, February 4
7:30 am - Paul Babcock
Friday, February 5
7:30 am - For the Intentions of Parishioners
Saturday, February 6
8:00 am - In Honor of St. Maria Goretti
5:00 pm - Maria & Salvatore Ciccone by son &
6:30 pm - Mass in Spanish
February 7—Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:00 am - Collective Mass
Marion Cuiccio by daughters
Deceased of Anthony DiPetrillo Family
Deceased of Luigi Tirocchi Family
9:30 am - Mass in Spanish
11:30 am - Collective Mass
Maria DiGiuseppe by family
Concetta & John B. Romano by
grandsons Raymond & Ronnie
Eva & Pio A Romano, Sr. by sons
Raymond & Ronnie

Sanctuary Candle: Sgt. Steven Michael Shaw
by family
Altar Bread & Wine: Sgt. Steven Michael Shaw
by family

BAPTIZED IN CHRIST: Jesus Enrique Juarez

DIED IN CHRIST: Robert Cayer—Ann Raia

February 7 —Church Roof Fund
February 10 —Ash Wednesday
February 14 —Extraordinary Expenses
February 21 —Utility Fund
February 20 & 21—Catholic Charity Appeal In-Pew
February 27 & 28—Catholic Charity Appeal In-Pew
Monday, February 1
7:00 pm - Ladies Guild Meeting, RH
Tuesday, February 2
Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy after 7:30 am Mass
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Friday, February 5
3:00 pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet, Church Chapel
6:00 pm - Confirmation Class, RH
Saturday, February 6
10:00 am - CCD Classes Grades 1-8
Sunday, February 7
1:00 pm Polenta/Cavati Dinner, CH
Second Collection: Church Roof Fund

What Our Lord Asks Is
Not Equal Gifts—But Equal Sacrifice
(logo from Increase Giving Campaign)
Weekend of January 16-17
Envelopes & Loose Collection: $3,747.00
Second Collection: Catholic University
of America 1,178.00
Total Income: $4,925.00
Our sincere thanks to all those making our Increase Giving Campaign possible.

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE—is observed across the nation on February 2nd to pay tribute to the religious men and women around the world. Please pray in a special way, on this day for our own Parish Priests, members of the Scalabrinian Congregation and for all of the Priests and Sisters who have so faithfully served in our parish over the years.

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for
the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your
presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their world on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding and strength
they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and
reigns as our Eternal Priest. AMEN

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