St. Bartholomew Parish Bulletin

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Passion (PALM) Sunday
March 29th, 2015

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+THOUGHTS FOR SUNDAYS READINGS+
Mark’s Passion is a story of total abandonment and abuse. The betrayal of Judas is prelude to a symphony of sadness. The disciples are quick to abandon Jesus, one even proves willing to leave all behind, not to follow but to flee. Peter, who proclaims, “Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you,” cannot stand up to a servant girl’s scrutiny. Jesus faces his accusers alone, the chief priests and Sanhedrin by night, Pilate and his soldiers by day, climaxed by the people choosing a rebel-murderer for release over the Son of God-Messiah. Only Simon of Cyrene extends a helping hand, and he is forced to do it. On the cross, Jesus is mocked by passersby, priests, scribes, even those crucified alongside him. Most terrible of all is his cry: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Then Jesus dies, alone. No one protects the innocent one. Every “power person” is an abuser. Jesus enters totally into powerlessness and abandonment. And yet….even here are signs of hope: a temple veil torn in two, a centurion’s speaking truth in the darkness

+HOLY WEEK+
Please accept the invitation to share the coming HOLY WEEK with us, your parish family, as we relive the sacred mysteries and holy events of our salvation accomplished by Jesus during His final days on earth. Make the week different from other weeks of the year. Join with us as we recall our Christian roots by proclaiming the MYSTERIES OF OUR FAITH: CHRIST HAS DIED! CHRIST HAS RISEN! CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN! Make this truly the HOLY WEEK for all!

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION—TODAY—With blessed palms in our hands, let us proudly proclaim our loyalty to Jesus Christ our King! To be loyal to Jesus Christ implies faithfulness to his commandments, to love of God and neighbor. The blessing of palms will take place at all weekend Masses as we remember the historic entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and as we begin Holy Week. The Sign of Peace during all Masses will be restored beginning today.

HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 2nd—We begin the three days (Triduum) which are the center of our Church Year. On this day Jesus instituted the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and the Priesthood at the Last Supper, which was the FIRST MASS. The evening Mass will be 7:00 pm with the ceremonial washing of the feet of 12 men representing the 12 Apostles and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Repository. Adoration at the Repository (Side Chapel) will continue. There is no morning Mass.

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd—On this day we commemorate the death of Jesus on the Cross. Our Good Friday Communion Service will be 7:00 pm. At 3:00 pm we will have the Stations of the Cross. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. There is a Spanish Service at 4:00 pm.

HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 4th—Solemn Easter Vigil Service begins at 7:00 pm, this is the only Mass today. This Service consists of the Service of Light, the Liturgy of the Word, the Blessing of the new water with the renewal of our baptismal promises and the Easter Solemn Mass. Confessions from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
+2015 CATHOLIC CHARITY FUND APPEAL+
FAITH AND GOOD WORKS
“What counts above all else is faith working through love.” —Pope Francis
A sincere THANK YOU to all who have already contributed to the CATHOLIC CHARITY APPEAL in our parish, and thank you to all those who will benefit from our generosity. If you have not yet contributed, please do so now. Your gift or pledge is greatly needed to reach our parish goal of $34,718.00, and appreciated. Catholic Charity envelopes can be found in the church and put in the collection basket or returned to the Parish Office.

Your support of the Catholic Charity Appeal helps 500 deaf and hard of hearing, 600 developmentally disabled and 300 blind individuals. Thank you for your generous gift!

+LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS+
See the 14 Stations come alive!
Good Friday, April 3—2:00 pm (Spanish)
Beginning at the old church site,
to our present church.
“Can you not watch one hour with me?”

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION—on Good Friday, April 3rd, our parish will take up the annual Good Friday collection for the Holy Land. Your financial contribution helps to support the struggling Christian community and to protect Christianity’s holiest places. Together, we can support Christianity in the Holy Land. Thank you!

THANK YOU—to the dedicated members of our parish Holy Name Society for a very enjoyable and successful St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner which was held on March 14th. A profit of $2,050.00 was raised for our parish. Our appreciation to all those who donated their time, talent and treasure, and to everyone who attend this wonderful evening of great food and fun.

RESERVE THE DATE—On Saturday evening, April 25, 2015, we will celebrate our ANNUAL PARISH REUNION in the Bella Riviera Room of the West Valley Inn in West Warwick, RI. All parishioners and guests are invited to attend this enjoyable event with friends. We encourage everyone to participate by purchasing and selling Raffle Tickets, Ads for our Souvenir Ad Book, and Dinner Tickets. For further information, please contact the Parish Office, 944-4466. Thank you for your cooperation in making our parish event a success!

THE CHRISM MASS—will be held at the Cathedral on Monday, March 30th at 5:00 pm. Bishop Tobin extends an invitation to all parishioners to attend as the Oil of Chrism is consecrated, and the Oils of Catechumens and the Sick are blessed and the Priests of the Diocese recommit themselves to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ!

Passion (PALM) Sunday
March 29th, 2015

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MASSES FOR—MARCH 30—APRIL 5
(Every Mass is offered for the faithful, living or dead. However, the following are specifically remembered this week.)
Monday of Holy Week, March 30
7:30 am - Intentions of Priest Celebrant
7:00 pm - Mass in Spanish
Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31
7:30 am - John Palazzo by Peter & Elizabeth Mittler
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1
7:30 am - For the Intentions of Parishioners
Holy Thursday, April 2
No 7:30 am Mass
7:00 pm - Mass of the Last Supper
Adoration at the Repository
Good Friday, April 3
No 7:30 am Mass
3:00 pm - Way of the Cross (English)
4:00 pm - Good Friday Services (Spanish)
7:00 pm - Good Friday Services (English)
Holy Saturday, April 4
No 8:00 am Mass
7:00 pm - Easter Vigil Services and Mass
LORD’S DAY MASSES
April 5—Easter Sunday of the Resurrection
of the Lord
8:00 am - Intentions of Easter Flower Donors
9:30 am - Mass in Spanish
11:30 am - Collective Mass
Rev. Tarcisio Bagatin, C.S.—Birthday
Remembrance
Frank & Marion Cuiccio by daughters
Mary Tattoli

MEMORIALS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 29:
Sanctuary Candle: Intentions of Flower Donors
Frank & Marion Cuiccio by
daughters
Altar Bread & Wine: Intentions of Flower Donors
Frank & Marion Cuiccio by
daughters

REFLECTION
Here is Jesus; He triumphantly enters Jerusalem with the crowd waving palm branches and shouting “Crucify Him!” The cross is only a few days away. As we journey through Holy Week, we are reminded to prepare ourselves to witness the greatest act of love: Jesus handing His life over so that we might know God’s saving mercy and forgiveness. We need to live our penitential practices with great commitment, leaving behind the ways we have betrayed our Lord. Let us move forward during this sacred week and ask God to anoint our brokenness; empowering us to remain with Jesus in His darkest hour.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday of Holy Week, March 30
6:30 pm - Parish Reunion Committee Meeting, RH
Tuesday, March 31
Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Marcy after 7:30 am Mass
Holy Thursday, April 2
Holy Thursday Collection
10:00 am - Legion of Mary, RH
No RCIA Class
Good Friday, April 3
Holy Land Collection
No Confirmation I Class
Holy Saturday, April 4
No CCD Classes
4:00-5:00 pm - Confession
Easter Sunday, April 5
No Confirmation II Class
Second Collection: Special Easter Collection

+WEEKLY CHURCH SUPPORT+
What Our Lord Asks Is
Not Equal Gifts—But Equal Sacrifice
(logo from Increase Giving Campaign)
Weekend of March 14—15)
Envelopes & Loose Collection: $4,682.00
Second Collection: 1,206.00
Total Income: $5,888.00
Our sincere thanks to all those making our
Increase Giving Campaign possible.

+SPECIAL COLLECTIONS IN APRIL+
Thank you for your generosity!
April 2 —Holy Thursday Collection
April 3 —Good Friday—Holy Land Collection
April 5 —Special Easter Collection
April 12—Parish Extraordinary Expenses
April 19—Church Roof Repairs
April 26—Utility Fund

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Saturday, April 4—Easter Vigil
7:00 pm ——-
Easter Sunday, April 5
8:00 am Domenic Nascenzi
11:30 am Rosanna Grillo

LECTORS’ SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 4—Easter Vigil
7:00 pm Phil Caliri
Easter Sunday, April 5
8:00 am Petrina Lauro
11:30 am Peter Marinucci

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