Save the Date: Knights of Columbus Giant Yard Sale
September 7, 2019
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). 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!
Mr. Nicholas Gatto,
Director of Music/Organist
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.
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 email@example.com or