St. Bartholomew Parish Bulletin

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 4th, 2015

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Jesus gives His interpretation of the law of Moses on divorce, specifically whether it is lawful for a husband to divorce his wife. Notice the question concerns a man’s right. In the ancient Near East, women had no rights by law. Some rabbis held very stringent norms; others allowed for divorce over even trivial matters. Jesus goes back to the book of Genesis (first reading), held as God’s law given directly to Moses. He accepts that the Creator made man and woman to enter into a true union of mind and heart, the two becoming one. Here the woman was equal to the man, not subordinate. The ideal upheld is that marriage is a holy union, designed as such by God. Our faith calls us to see it as a commitment to a union that is loving and life-giving. Even in His day, Jesus was being counter-cultural in speaking of God’s plan for marriage as a lasting union. This high regard extends also to children, who were considered property. But Jesus proposes them as our instructors in receiving God’s kingdom. How do you demonstrate that marriage is a sacred commitment and children are a sacred trust?

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY—Today we observe “Respect Life Sunday” as we sadly recall to mind the terrible scourge of abortion that permeates our nation. We all need to meditate on the words of the John Paul II in his Encyclical Letter, “Gospel of Life.” He writes: “Abortion and euthanasia are….crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws, instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection.” As we sadly reflect on the growing culture of death that began with legalized abortion, the Old Testament wisely reminds us: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that your descendants may live.”

MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY—October is traditionally dedicated in the Church to Our Lady of the Rosary, whose feast day is celebrated on October 7th. At Lourdes in France in 1853, Mary appeared with the Rosary in her hand. In 1917, Mary reemphasized the Rosary again to the world through the three children at Fatima in Portugal. Identifying herself, she said: “I am the Lady of the Rosary. Pray the Rosary every day.” Take time especially in this month of October, to pray the Rosary in honor of our Lady.
In this week’s bulletin you will find a flyer with the 2014-2015 Financial Report of our church. You will find it a very healthy report with the income higher than the expenses. On this 2014-2015 report you will not find the income from our two parish associations, which in 2013-2014 showed $8,000.00 from the Ladies Guild and $7,000.00 from the Holy Name. Both these associations were equally generous this past year. But at the pastor’s request they chose to put their earnings in the newly established “Church Roof Fund” to help pay for the debt the parish acquired to restore the church roof which was badly in need of repair. In the near future a full account will be given in the bulletin about our debt and how it is being reduced.

“A FESTIVAL OF CULTURES”—Join with parishioners and friends for an enjoyable event featuring great food and entertainment from many different cultures. The Hispanic community of our parish will sponsor “A Festival of Cultures” on Saturday Evening, October 10th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Church Hall. Admission is free. A variety of food and beverages will be available to purchase. Plan now to participate and attend next Saturday!

A Sincere Thank You for your generous support of the Senior Priest Retirement Fund. Our contribution of $1,406.00 in the second collection on September 19th and 20th will greatly benefit our clergy who have reached retirement age. Many of our priests continue to provide pastoral care and celebrate Masses in faithful service to the Lord and people.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS—is known as RCIA. Classes begin with a special inquiry evening and registration on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Rectory Meeting Room. RCIA is an ongoing process of individual faith development for those who are interested in becoming a Catholic or for baptized adults who have not yet received the Sacraments of Communion or Confirmation For more information call the Rectory Office: 944-4466.

ANNUAL PARISH TURKEY TROT—will be held in our Parish Hall on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 pm. Refreshments will also be served. We are presently in need of donations of canned goods, non-perishable foods, boxed foods, paper goods, as well as gifts and gift baskets for our various raffles. Donations may be dropped off at the weekend Masses or at the Rectory Office. Thank you!


27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 4th, 2015

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(Every Mass is offered for the faithful, living or dead. However the following are specifically remembered this week.)
Monday, October 5
7:30 am - Rev. Edward Marino, C.S. by
Rosanna I Grillo
7:00 pm - Mass in Spanish
Tuesday, October 6
7:30 am - Alfred Paolantonio by family
Etta Licciardi by husband & family
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Wednesday, October 7—Our Lady of the Rosary
7:30 am - Peter Gallo by family
Thursday, October 8
7:30 am - Maria Luisa & Francesco Ierfino by
Rosanna I. Grillo
Friday, October 9
7:30 am - For the Intentions of Parishioners
Saturday, October 10
8:00 am - Intentions of Priest Celebrant
5:00 pm - Luigi Corsetti by family
6:30 pm - Mass in Spanish
October 11—Vocation Awareness Sunday
8:00 am - Collective Mass
Memorial Shrine Enrollments
Deceased of Holy Name Society
Frank & Marion Cuiccio by daughters
Arthur D’Orsi, Sr.
James Semper
9:30 am - Mass in Spanish
11:30 am - Alfred & Petrina Marcella by family

Sanctuary Candle: In Honor of Our Lady
of the Rosary
Altar Bread & Wine: In Honor of Our Lady
of the Rosary


DIED IN CHRIST: James Semper

Because our weekly parish bulletin can no longer be paid by ads on the back page, we are hoping to help defray this expense by asking parishioners to come forward each week with a donation of $50.00. Sponsoring the bulletin can be written in three ways: (1) This week’s bulletin has been donated by (name of donor) or (2) This week’s bulletin has been donated in memory of (a deceased loved one) or (3) This week’s bulletin has been donated in memory of (a deceased loved one) by (name of donor or donors). Call the parish office if you wish to help.
Monday, October 5
7:00 pm - Ladies Guild Meeting, RH
Tuesday, October 6
Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy after 7:30 am Mass
6:00 pm - Eucharistic Adoration
7:00 pm - Novena Devotions & Benediction
Thursday, October 8
10:00 am - Legion of Mary, RH
Friday, October 9
6:00 pm - Confirmation Class, RH
Saturday, October 10
10:00 am - First Communion Class
4:15-4:45 pm - Confession
6:30 pm - FESTIVAL OF CULTURES, Church Hall
Sunday, October 11
Second Collection: Church Roof Fund

What Our Lord Asks Is
Not Equal Gifts—But Equal Sacrifice
(logo from Increase Giving Campaign)
Weekend of September 19—20
Envelopes & Loose Collection: $3,908.00
Second Collection: Priests
Retirement Fund 1,406.00
Total Income: $5,314.00
Our sincere thanks to all those making our
Increase Giving Campaign possible.

Please be sure to participate!
October 10 —Festival of Cultures
November 7 & 8—Parish Bazaar
November 17 —Turkey Trot

Saturday, October 10
5:00 pm Doug Weinzierl
Sunday, October 11
8:00 am Ray Funaro
11:30 am Rosalie D’Agostino

Saturday, October 10
5:00 pm Sandra Weinzierl
Sunday, October 11
8:00 am Judy Turini
11:30 am Tom Valletta

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