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Annual Summer Bible Series with Fr. Thomas Walsh

August 20th
7:30—9:00pm in the church

The Theme is “Prayer in our life as Disciples of the Lord.”

Please contact Collen Salvas at csalvas@rwjf.org


Mission Appeal Weekend

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Fr. Antonyraja Iqnaci is a missionary priest of the diocese of Sivagangai from Tamil Nadu, India will be here in our parish to make a mission appeal for is mission diocese in India. This Mission Appeal is to provide food and medicine with hygienic living facilities to the physically and mentally challenged “special” need children who are accommodated in 4 special schools in his diocese. The mission appeal helps to meet the ministerial support, such as providing food and medicine; supplying clothes and basic needs; maintenance of the residence; supporting water and electricity bills; and formation of volunteers and assistance. In the light of the Gospel, it is practicing and transmitting the Christian vision of love and care, for the poor and vulnerable, and partaking in the healing mission of Christ. It is God’s work, but it is in our hands. Please, be generous to make this mission more successful. Your generosity is greatly appreciate. Definitely it will make a big difference in the lives of these children.


Religious Education Registration 2019-2020

Registration will close on August 15. Please be sure to submit your form. Information and the Forms are available on the Faith Formation Website.

We invite you to consider becoming a volunteer in our Parish Religious Education program. We are always in need of catechists, aides or substitutes for all grade levels and assistance with our sacramental preparation events and ceremonies. All Adults working with children must complete the Kid Safe Program. Please call the Office of Religious Education and 732-390-0354 to find out more information about our program and how you can help.


The Mass Book will open for 2020 Mass Intentions

Monday August 19th
10:00am—2:00pm in Parish Hall

Please, only 3 Mass intentions per person


Save the Date: Knights of Columbus Giant Yard Sale

September 7, 2019
7:00am-1:00pm

Find a home for your Stuff at the KofC Giant Yard Sale. Yes summer is in full bloom and autumn will rapidly be approaching so, it's a good time collect up all those items in the basement or garage that is no longer needed, and put them to good use at the 2019 Knights of Columbus Giant Yard Sale on Saturday September 7th.

DONATION DROP OFF

Please consider donating your new or “used, but useable” items to us for our merchandise tables at the yard sale. Please no clothes, encyclopedia sets, large appliances, furniture or older computer technology i.e. screens keyboards etc... Drop off your items in the church parking lot behind the cafeteria on Friday Sept 6th between 4:00pm and 8:00 pm. Simply pull up your vehicle and our volunteers will unload your donations. Please no early drop-offs. For those with a more entrepreneurial spirit, we have plenty of vendor spaces available for you to sell your own merchandise. Spaces are $30 each. For information on that please email Jtm21365@hotmail.com for more details. Also, please consider donating a few hours of your time to volunteer to help run the event so we can continue to provide aid to the needy of our community.

Thank you for your support and donated items, both are greatly appreciated.

Jack Myatt
Chairman
Jtm21365@hotmail.com
732-331-4208 cell


Attention Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers

The September 2019 schedules are available on your respective Ministry pages:

•  Altar Servers
•  Eucharistic Ministers
•  Readers


August 2019
A Message from Our Director of Music/Organist

Greetings, St. Bartholomew parishioners! August is once again upon us. Soon, Labor Day will be here, schools will be in session, and our music ministry will be in full swing as our parish choirs commence their regular rehearsals. As I normally do around this time, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about our various choral groups in the hopes that you might prayerfully consider becoming a part of our vibrant and active music ministry here at St. Bartholomew Parish.

Our Adult Choir is open to any member of the parish from high school freshman through adult, and usually sings every Sunday morning at the 12 Noon Mass starting from the first Sunday in October until either Pentecost or the Feast of Corpus Christi (depending on how the calendar falls). The Adult Choir also sings at other special celebrations and feasts throughout the church year, including Confirmation, the Christmas Eve Mass at Midnight, and the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum, which include the Great Easter Vigil. The regular rehearsal time for the Adult Choir is from 7:30pm-9pm on Thursday evenings in the church, although during Advent and Lent, rehearsals may go slightly later as we prepare for Christmas and Holy Week. This year, our first rehearsal will take place on Thursday, September 5th, starting with fellowship and light refreshments in the narthex of the church at 7pm. The only requirements for the Adult Choir are an enthusiastic spirit and an ability to be on time. Ability to read music is NOT required, but is definitely a plus if you can. There is NO audition requirement. I certainly hope that all current choir members will return for another exciting season. If you have been a choir member in past years but had to leave us, I would like to cordially invite you to prayerfully consider coming back. If you have never sung with us before, this is the perfect time to start! Rehearsals not only focus on the music to be prepared each week, but also on fostering education both musically and liturgically. All voice parts are welcome (And if you don’t know your voice part, that’s okay, too!). However, in recent years we have been in special need for lower voices, both male and female, to fill out our alto and bass sections. In addition, I would like to especially invite any musically inclined high school-aged parishioners to consider joining us. Singing in the choir is a fantastic way to further enrich one’s musical education, and many in this age group have become very valuable members of the choir over the years. Our Adult Choir is a very supportive and enthusiastic group that contains members of a wide range of ages, and the young adults of our church are always welcome.

Our Children’s Choir is directed by Mrs. Janet DeFreitas (JanetDefreitasSTB@gmail.com) and accompanied by me. It is open to all young members of our congregation in grades 3 through 8. They sing at the 10am Mass on the second and fourth Sundays of the month starting in October and continuing through Pentecost Sunday, and every Sunday in Advent and Lent. They also sing at several special celebrations throughout the year, including the Children’s Liturgy on Christmas Eve, First Penance Services (which take place in January), First Communion Masses in the Spring, and in combination with our Adult Choir on Holy Thursday. Again, ability to read music is a plus but is NOT required; all one needs is an enthusiastic spirit and ability to follow directions and be on time. As with the Adult Choir, the rehearsals focus not only on preparing for Sundays but also fostering increased knowledge in music and also of our own Catholic faith and how it relates to our Sunday liturgy. Just as a clarification, one need not be a student of St. Bartholomew School to be a member of our parish Children’s Choir. The Children’s Choir’s regular rehearsal time is Wednesday afternoons in the church from 4:30-5:30pm. I would like to invite any children interested in joining (as well as any returning members) to our first rehearsal on The Children’s Choir handbook can also be found online following Children’s Choir link on the “Liturgical Ministries” page on the church’s website (www.stbartseb.com).

In addition, I am always on the lookout for any instrumentalists that may wish to join us to enhance the Sunday liturgies. If you play an instrument (especially a woodwind, brass, or string instrument), and might be interested in lending your talents on a Sunday, I would be interested to hear from you, whether you are in high school or an adult. I would, however, require that you be able to read music and have at least some years of playing experience. I know there is a lot of talent in our congregation, so please don’t be afraid to contact me.

Further reminders and information about the music ministry will follow as September approaches. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me in the parish office (732-257-7722 x38 or ngatto@stbartseb.com). Sitting at the organ, I am blessed to hear so much wonderful singing from the congregation every weekend, so don’t be shy about becoming more involved. Thank you very much, God bless, and I hope to see you in September!

Sincerely,

Mr. Nicholas Gatto,
Director of Music/Organist
ngatto@stbartseb.com.


Save the Date

• Columbiettes Pink luncheon for breast cancer October 6th.
• Columbiettes Operation Christmas Child box distribution Oct. 26-27
• Columbiettes Operation Christmas Child box return Nov. 23-24

The St. Bartholomew Columbiettes is a Catholic Women’s organization open to women ages 17 and above. We meet once a month on a Thursday evening from September- June. However, we begin planning our fall events throughout the summer. and would love to welcome you!

For further information, contact Barbara at 732 254-5440.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume in October.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers who make this ministry such a success for our parish children.

Help is always welcomed and needed to ensure that this program will continue. To ensure the safety and security for the children, all adults participate in the Kid Safe process. If you would like to be a part of this ministry or would like more information please contact Liz Bondi at ebondi3@aol.com.


From the St. Bartholomew Columbiettes

The St. Bartholomew Columbiettes wish to congratulate our officers for the upcoming year who were installed last week:

President - Barbara Kadubic
Past President - Noreen Szymanski
Vice President - Pat Ferrara
Secretary - Jeannette Pappas
Financial Secretary - Diane Kulbacki
Treasurer - Elaine Schellenberg
Sentinel - Lois Quigley
Wishing you all a wonderful year!

While our organization takes a break from meetings for the summer, we do prepare for some of our fall events: Our Pink Luncheon for breast cancer will be held on October 6th (contact Noreen at 732 238-5743 for more information). We will also be holding our annual Samaritan’s Purse shoe box collection (contact Diane at 732 605-9817 for more information). For information on joining our organization, which is open to Catholic women ages 17 and above, contact Barbara at 732 254-5440.


Gift Shop will be closed for the summer

Please note the Gift Shop will be closing May 18th and will reopen in September


Holy Land Pilgrimage “In the Footsteps of Jesus and His Early Disciples”

With Father Thomas Walsh – Pilgrimage Director

March 3rd to March 11th , 2020

Travel with Illume Travel Agency, www.travelillume.com

Cost: $3900.00 per person

For informatioin please email: twalsh@stbartholomeweb.com


Call for Bible Study Group

I am looking to form a spiritually based women’s group that will be modeled after the program developed by Lisa Brenninkmeyer called Walking With A Purpose. The mission of Walking With A Purpose is to transform the hearts and lives of women by providing Bible studies that enable women to know Christ through Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

I would like to form a small group 6 to 10 woman - perhaps between the ages of 40 & 65 in my East Brunswick office. Depending upon the response, the group could be in the morning, afternoon or evening. Initially, I would like to start with the series Fearless and Free which meets for 6 weeks in succession. Although there would be no cost for the program, each woman would need to purchase the book that corresponds with the study.

A summary of the study as well as the opportunity to purchase the book can be found at www.walkingwithpurpose.com under the heading Bible Study and then Adult Women. If interested in the group and to find out additional information, please email me at agingdignity@yahoo.com or call 732-390-6809.

Kathi


HOW TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE

If you were sexually abused by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or you know of someone who was, you are encouraged to report that abuse to law enforcement and/or by contacting the Diocesan Response Officer at (908)930-4558 (24 hours/7 days a week). For more information on how to report abuse, visit our diocesan website: https://diometuchen.org/offices-and-ministries/vicar-general/child-and-youth-protection/report-a-suspected-abuse

 
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