|June 3, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I want to make you aware of two important anniversaries in the
life of our parish family. This Saturday, June 16th, Deacon
Jack Kenny will be celebrating his 20th Anniversary of Ordination
to the Diaconate. Through the years Deacon Jack has
served our Community through various ministries and organizations.
These past 11 years Deacon Jack has served as the
Plant Manager for the Parish, helping to coordinate security
for the Church and Parish School. He has been an invaluable
help to me in my role as pastor and I am grateful for his help
each and every day. This Saturday, June 16th, we will celebrate
a Mass of Thanksgiving in his honor. The Mass will be at 11
am and I inviting all parishioners to attend.
On Friday, June 22nd, we will celebrate our annual Prayer Garden
Mass. It is the 25th Anniversary of the Garden and I remember
being part of the team that cleared the ground and
planted the trees that are still thriving today. The Mass will be
held outside in the Bride’s Garden at 7pm. Please bring a lawn
chair and a friend. It is always a beautiful way to celebrate the
beauty of God’s Creation. A light reception will follow in the
On Saturday, June 23 Bishop Checchio will visit our parish
again to celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Mass
Enjoy these beautiful Spring Days!
More from Father Tom on our Pastor's Page
|From Our Summer Seminarian
|June 10, 2018
Greetings! My name is Jay Alquiros and I am the seminarian
assigned here at St. Bartholomew for the summer.
I am in second theology and just finished my third
year in the seminary. God-willing, I will be ordained to
the priesthood in 2021. Prior to the seminary, I worked
in accounting for three years. Summer is my favorite
time of the year. I get a break from classes, but also
spend time in a parish. I get to experience what parish
life is really like and receive many lessons and insights
that will be helpful in my future ministry. One of the
things that Fr. Tom has asked me to do this summer is
to lead morning prayer during the week. If you are interested,
please join me at 8:00 before the 8:30 mass. Let
us hold each other in prayer! God bless!
Religious Education Registration 2018-19
All students must register for Religious Education Classes for the 2018-2019 school year by June 30. Forms and Instructions can be found on the Parish Faith Formation Website.
All students must be from a registered Parish family. New students to the program must provide baptismal information and or transfer information from your prior parish. As a reminder the diocesan policy is that it is a two year preparation for the reception of the sacraments.
Class lists will be posted on or about September 9 in the Narthex of the Church. Classes will resume on September 25/27, 2018.
The Program is always in need of Catechists and Aides. Please consider helping out in this Ministry.
eGiving: Did you know?
Did you know that June 21 —The First day of summer is National
St. Bartholomew Church can take particular joy in this celebration,
as the response to eGiving in our church has been
To build on this success, I am challenging you to put envelopes
on a permanent summer vacation and set up an eGiving
account with Faith Direct today. eGiving is especially important in the summer months, when
many families may be out of town some weekends and St.
Bartholomew Church does not receive their envelopes. It’s
easy for people to forget to catch up once they’re back, and
our weekly offertory can fluctuate as a result-making it harder
to predict how much we will have to sustain our year-round
Attention Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers
The July schedules are now available and your respective Ministry pages:
• Altar Servers
• Eucharistic Ministers
2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Lighting a Fire in the Heart of Our World
Final Stage - Still Time to Donate
Thank you to all who have supported the 2018 Bishop’s Annual
Appeal. We are in the final stage of the Appeal. And if you
have not made a pledge or donation, please prayerfully considering
making a gift as your means allow.
Please mail your gift to: Diocese of Metuchen, Bishop’s Annual
Appeal, PO Box 4000, Metuchen, NJ 08840-4000 or give
online at diometuchen.org/ways-to-give/baa/. We are encouraging the support of all our parishioners to meet our goal and help
over 20 vital ministries throughout the Diocese funded by the
To date, 582 parishioners have pledged $166,651 (of which
$155,878 has been collected). Your generosity places us at
96.3% of our $173,000 parish goal.
Thank you for making a difference!
Mass of Thanksgiving in Deacon Jack's Honor for his 20th Anniversary of Ordination
to the Diaconate
Knights of Columbus Corporate Communion
No Confessions Today
St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Collection
Your generous donations are accepted in the Narthex of the Church before and after all Masses.
is in need of the following items: peanut butter, fruit juice, instant oatmeal, paper
towels, canned fruit, baked beans, dish detergent,
coffee, cereal (no Cheerios, please),
mayonnaise, tissues, applesauce, pasta sauce,
tea, white rice, deodorant, vegetable oil, tuna
Bible Study with Father Tom
7:30pm-8:30pm in the alcove in the Church
If you are interested in joining us, please contact, Colleen
Salvas, email@example.com or call 732-238-1463.
Knights of Columbus Council 11873 Meeting
Prayer Garden Mass
Bishop Checchio will visit our parish
again to celebrate Mass
Parish Summer Office Hours
Mon - Thur: 9:00am-4:00pm
For our Brothers and Sisters
Having trouble hearing in Church?
Hearing Assistance Devices are available in the rear of the Church.
The devices cannot be used outside the Church, as they are connected
to our Church public address system.
The hearing devices are used by many at daily
and Sunday Masses and other Liturgical Celebrations.
PLEASE be sure to return them to the box at the
back of the Church and also be certain to turn the
switch OFF before placing them back into the box.