St. Bartholomew Parish Bulletin

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4th Sunday of Easter
April 26th, 2015

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Whether or not you live close to any shepherds and their sheep, there is still a strong appeal in thinking of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep—us! The wolf that might both devour one of the flock and scatter the rest is not a force unknown to us. The wolf can be found both within and outside of us. Destructive inner forces—anger, jealousy, hatred—can consume us, leaving us weakened and lifeless in the face of their power. We need look no further than the morning paper or evening news to see the evil that can come from powerful persons and institutions, wreaking havoc on the powerless and the poor. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is a model for the Church by His self-sacrifice, by His commitment to those whom the Father has entrusted to Him and whose names He knows. We can trust Jesus to take us to the Father. For our part, we must learn to look beyond the narrow confines within which we tend to locate those who belong to Jesus. What boundaries have you set up that need to be knocked down so that all will be welcomed “into the fold”?

“What counts above all else is faith working through love.” —Pope Francis
We are still in need of your help to reach our parish goal. Please prayerfully consider making a pledge in support of the Catholic Charity Appeal. A gift in any amount is greatly received and sincerely appreciated. For your convenience, pledge envelopes are available in the vestibule of the church. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Thank you for supporting the Catholic Charity Appeal. Because of you and your generosity, hundreds of families are assisted annually through child care grants from the Cabrini Fund.

REMINDER—IT’S NOT TOO LATE to return your Catholic Charity Appeal envelope with your 2015 pledge or gift. If you have already made a gift or pledge this year, thank you for sharing all the gifts given to you.

Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” and is observed in the Church as a WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS! The priests, brothers, sisters, deacons and lay ministers of tomorrow are with us today in our homes, schools, offices, and parishes. Do you know someone who might benefit from your encouragement toward faithfulness to God’s grace? Remember to pray today and throughout the week for men and women, also from our parish, who are discerning a call to the Priesthood and/or Religious Life. The Lord Himself reminds us that the harvest is great, but the laborers are few. “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers to the harvest!”
PARISH CONFIRMATION—Our candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation will receive this Holy Sacrament next Sunday, May 3rd, 3:00 pm at The Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. Please keep them in your prayers and Mass intentions as they achieve the perfection and completion of their Baptismal Grace through the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our sincere congratulations and best wishes are extended to: Kevin Aldana—Kessia Caballero—Armando Castro—Guadalupe Chavez—Kimberly Chitic—Janilis Guido—Odalis Hurtado—Helen Rosales—Jared Solis.

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 souls on fire with the 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

AN UPDATE ON OUR ROOF REPLACEMENT—We are finalizing plans with the Diocese of Providence to obtain the necessary loan to replace our church roof with work to begin in the next few weeks. At this time, our Finance Council, at the recommendation of the Diocese, is considering an exploratory search for the possible sale of the St. Bartholomew School building to help pay for the loan. We will keep our parishioners up to date as more information becomes available.

Our Parish Holy Name Society will again sponsor a CALENDAR RAFFLE for the month of June. Tickets are $20.00 for 30 chances to win. Tickets are now available to purchase from Holy Name Society members or at the Parish Office. Be sure to participate!

Our hands and hearts are the instruments through which God shows His love—Help us wrap each of our lonely, homebound, or in poor health relatives and friends with a shawl made by the volunteers of the PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY of our parish. Blessed Prayer Shawls are available A shawl and prayers offer special comfort to the sick. Everyone is invited to attend the next meeting of the Prayer Shawl Ministry to be held on Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00 pm in the Rectory Meeting Room. For information, please contact Rosalie at 274-7806. Thank you.

4th Sunday of Easter
April 26th, 2015

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(Every Mass is offered for the faithful, living or dead. However, the following are specifically remembered this week.)
Monday, April 27
7:30 am - Intentions of Priest Celebrant
7:00 pm - Mass in Spanish
Tuesday, April 28
7:30 am - Paul Babcock
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Wednesday, April 29
7:30 am - For the Intentions of Parishioners
Thursday, April 30
7:30 am - Carmine & Lucia DeFelice by
grandson Vinny
Friday, May 1
7:30 am - Joseph D’Arezzo by daughters
Saturday, May 2
8:00 am - For the Sick & Elderly of the Parish
by The Prayer Shawl Ministry
5:00 pm - John & Jennie Napolillo by children
6:30 pm - Mass in Spanish
May 3—Fifth Sunday of Easter
8:00 am - Deceased of Young Pannese Social
Club and Women’s Auxiliary by
9:30 am - Mass in Spanish
11:30 am - Kathryn Rotondo by Andy & Rosalie

Sanctuary Candle: Silveria Noriega by family
Altar Bread & Wine: Silveria Noriega by family

HOUR OF REFLECTION & DIVINE MERCY—Our Confirmation Candidates invite all parishioners and friends to join them in a short program of quiet and reflection which will take place today, Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 pm in our Parish Church. The program includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Chaplet, and songs of meditation.

In today’s world there are so many reasons to be plagued by insecurity: economic uncertainty, terrorism, lack of family stability, etc. Jesus echoes His familiar refrain: do not be afraid—no one can take you from my grasp. There is no power or uncertainty—nothing—that can separate us from the love of God. As we are tempted to despair, let us be comforted by the Good Shepherd who will never let us perish.
Tuesday, April 28
Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Marcy after 7:30 am Mass
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Thursday, April 30
10:00 am - Legion of Mary, RH
Saturday, May 2
10:00 am - First Communion Class
2:00 pm - Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting, RH
4:15-4:45 pm - Confession
Sunday, May 3
Second Collection: Church Roof Fund

What Our Lord Asks Is
Not Equal Gifts—But Equal Sacrifice
(logo from Increase Giving Campaign)
Weekend of April 11—12
Envelopes & Loose Collection: $4,088.00
Second Collection: 1,181.00
Total Income: $5,269.00
Our sincere thanks to all those making our
Increase Giving Campaign possible.

GIANT FLEA MARKET & PENNY SOCIAL RAFFLE—sponsored by the Ladies Guild will soon be held on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st in the Church Hall. Donations of Flea Market Items may be brought to the Church Hall on Wednesdays, May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. For further information regarding Flea Market donations, please call Donna Ethier at 946-7702. Thank you for your support!

HOSPITAL & NURSING HOME VISITS—Please notify us of parishioners who may be in a nursing home or admitted to a hospital. Hospitals no longer notify parishes of sick parishioners in order to protect patient privacy. So, it is up to family members to notify the parish of parishioners who are in a nursing home or a hospital. Also, let us know of any sick or homebound parishioners.

Saturday, May 2
5:00 pm Ann Marie Parrillo
Sunday, May 3
8:00 am Virginia Rand
11:30 am Rosalie D’Agostino

Saturday, May 2
5:00 pm Judy Turini
Sunday, May 3
8:00 am Ray Funaro
11:30 am Rosanna Grillo

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