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Join Us for Our Parish Penance Service

December 13, 2017, 7:00pm at St. Bartholomew Church

Calling All Shepherds and Angels

The Christmas Pageant will once again take place during the 4:00pm Children’s Liturgy on Christmas Eve.

If your child would like to participate, please email the following information: parent’s name and phone number, child’s name, grade, and age to

Children must be in grades 1 – 7 and able to attend a mandatory practice on Friday, December 22 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Older children are welcome to assist. Spaces will be filled on a first response system.

St. Vincent de Pail Adopt-a-Family Program, Another Way to Reach Out

During the holiday season, the St. Vincent DePaul Society offers parishioners several ways to reach out to those in need. In addition to our traditional “Giving Tree”, individuals, families or groups of co-workers have the opportunity to “adopt” a needy family and give them an unconventional Christmas gift. In past years, we have been able to replace a broken washer and dryer, repair a car and purchase bedroom linens.

The Adopt-a-Family program is flexible to accommodate the wishes of the participants. Your contribution can be used for a utility bill for a month or two, a rent or mortgage payment, or some additional living expenses. Large gift items such as winter coats and kitchen items can also be purchased. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted until December 13. If you would like to participate in the “Adopt-a-Family” program or you need more information, please contact Debbie Wagner at or 732-613-8743 . We truly appreciate any support you can give.

St. Vincent de Pail Adopt-a-Family Program, Another Way to Reach Out

The St. Vincent dePaul Society is grateful for the generous food and monetary donations that we received from the parish on the weekend of November 18 and 19. We would also like to thank the students and families of St. Bartholomew School and the Religious Education Classes for their contributions. In addition, we were fortunate to receive food donations from VFW Post 133 and the East Brunswick Stop & Shop customers.

We would like to acknowledge the student volunteers from SBS and Religious Ed. Without your help, we would not have been able to process the donations and stock the pantry shelves. Thank you so much!

Because of this abundance of donations, we were able to provide the makings of a Thanksgiving meal to 28 families, as well as supply them with some much needed food basics, and donate turkeys to Catholic Charities. We were also able to restock the pantry with many necessities. The money we receive allows us to keep the pantry shelves full between food collections and is used to purchase meat for our clients.

The generosity of our parish and local community allows SVDP to do a great deal for the less fortunate in our surrounding area. We appreciate your continued support of our work. Our next food collection will be on the third weekend in December. If you have any questions about our food pantry, please contact Debbie Wagner at

Fourth Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

St. Bartholomew Knights of Columbus Council # 11873 is very happy to once again invite our St. Bartholomew School and CCD students to participate in our FOURTH ANNUAL “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest.

The Poster Contest will be rolled out to St. Bartholomew school and CCD students on Monday, November 6th. All Posters must be completed no later than Friday, December 8th. Parents are requested to please complete an Entry Form for each Poster completed by their child (children).

One Winning Poster from our Parish will be selected from each of the following three Grade Level categories: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 …… and these winners will advance to the State Level for further judging. In recognizing their past achievement related to this Poster Contest, “the children of St. Bartholomew School should be very proud of the honor they’ve brought to their school and to their fellow students for their winning record of achievement at the State Level during the past three years” said Council Grand Knight Frank Gaudioso:

2014 ……….3rd Place Winners - Liliana Cantillo Grade Levels 6-8 and Karl Sarmiento Grade Levels 3-5

2015 ……….2nd Place Winner - Elizabeth Ramage Grade Level 6-8

2016 ……….1st Place Winner - Samantha Bell Grade Level 6-8

“We believe that we will see the same level of excellence from our students this year as we have in previous years ….. and look forward to having our parish students recognized once again for their artistic talents at the state level and possibly beyond. And by engaging the creative talents and imaginations of our young people, we hope that our St Bartholomew parish students will come to a deeper understanding of the true, spiritual meaning of Christmas,” said Council District Deputy Tom D’Amico.

Parish Winners will be announced at the end of the 10:00am Mass on Sunday, December 17th….and State Winners will be announced by February 15, 2018. The contest will be administered by Ann Wierzbicki, School Principal, for St. Bartholomew students and Barbara Fitzgerald, Director Religious Education, for all St. Bartholomew Parish CCD students.

Zoli Melczer, Chairman Knights of Columbus Council 11873 “Keep Christ In Christmas” Poster Contest

The officers and members of Knights of Columbus Council 11873 wish to thank all our parishioners that participated in our recent Thanksgiving Pie Sale.

Your generosity has enabled us to have a successful event. The proceeds of this event will be used to purchase winter coats for children in family shelters in our area.

Thanks again, and please accept our wishes to all our parishioners for a very merry and blessed Christmas Season.

From the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Bartholomew Conference

We are pleased and excited to announce the renaming of our conference room in honor of our founder Joseph Flannigan. Since our conference was founded in 1991, we have assisted 1200 local families, often aiding them to avoid eviction, power shutoffs, and hunger. On behalf of these families, our benefactors, and all of our members, we thank Joe for his vision, dedication, and 26 years of service. God bless you Joe!

Altar Rosary Society Bake Sale & Blessed Mother Ornaments

The Blessed Mother Christmas Ornaments are back. They will be sold at the Rosarian’s Bake Sale in November and after all the Masses till December 17th. They make a Great Gift!

New members are always welcome to attend any of our monthly meetings. Being a Rosarian honors Mary in whose care Jesus has placed us.

Consider joining the Altar Rosary of St. Bartholomew, please call Ann Marie Broehl - 732.236.1466 or Nellie Moran – 732.207.9786.

Thank you!

As Chairlady of the Altar Linens Committee, I would like to thank all the women who volunteered for this ministry. Your service is greatly appreciated.

Ann Marie Broehl, Jean Battaglia, Barbara Blazo, Liz Bondi, Charlene Capodice, Madeline Celiberti, Remy Cruz, Ethel DeBari, Adele Dellicker, Doris Doktorski, Ann Marie Heym, Barbara Kadubic, Barbara Kotter, Sandy Krill, Joy Lega, Gladys Leger, Mage Luckhowec, Linda McGinnis, Nelly Moran, Carol O'Reilly, Ann Ryan, Lucy Perrino, Lois Quigley, Phyllis Shannon, Hazel Sobers, Sally Yockman

Please pray the Rosary with faith, hope and love. God bless, protect and preserve the United States of America

For more information about the Altar Rosary Society and upcoming events and meetings, please view the Altar Rosary Sociey Ministry Page.

South River Altar Rosary Society: Fundraising Trip to Charming French Canada

St. Mary of Ostrabrama (South River) Altar Rosary Society is sponsoring a fundraising trip to “CHARMING FRENCH CANADA” featuring Montreal (Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Oratory and Mount Royal), Quebec City (reminiscent of Paris), Charlevoix (whale watching expedition), Montebello (including the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre) and other highlights. The dates are June 22-29, 2018. The cost for a double room is $3499 per person and includes 11 meals and round trip transportation from St. Mary’s Parking Lot to JFK Airport.

An informational presentation will take place on Sunday, November 5th at 11:30am in St. Mary’s Parish Center located in the church parking lot behind St. Mary’s Church at the corner of Jackson Street and Whitehead Avenue. Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation. For more information feel free to contact Barbara Sykulski, President at 732-257-4078.

St. Ann Parish: Annual Christmas Concert

St. Ann Parish is pleased to announce our Annual Christmas Concert with Father Alphonse Stephenson’s Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea

2:00pm at Somerset County Vocational & Technical School, Bridgewater, NJ

Advance Tickets only are available now by calling the Rectory Office at (908) 725-1008 ext. 104

A Journey through Grief

“Blessed are those who mourn for the shall be comforted”

Grief is a long process of untangling ourselves after the loss of a cherished loved one. WHO AM I NOW? HOW DO I FIND THE STRENGTH TO GO ON? The program is offered as a support for all persons who have recently lost a loved one and are struggling with the mourning process. Let us help you as you help yourself.

The Group will be meeting MONDAY EVENINGS for seven (7) weeks.

Place: St. Thomas Parish Hall One St. Thomas Plaza Old Bridge, NJ
Begins: January 15, 2018-February 26, 2018
Time: 7:30-8:30pm
Contact: Deacon Patrick @ 732-251-4000 Ext. 8218

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