|May 20, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On the day of Pentecost, the fire of the Holy Spirit
descended on the Apostles gathered with that first
Community in Jerusalem. Along with the Women
Disciples and Our Lady, these first Christians experienced
the outpouring of the seven fold gifts of the
Holy Spirit. The Spirit empowered them to go forth
and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
From this small community of maybe 120 people the
Church has grown to a membership of 1.2 Billion
The Holy Spirit is still active in the Church of today.
We are all disciples of the Risen Christ and we are
called by our Baptism to evangelize our brothers and
sisters to come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus.
Pentecost is called the “Birthday” of the
Church because the disciples went out of the Upper
Room to make disciples of all nations. Our mission
field is vast but the Spirit of God abides with us and
empowers us to live the Gospel.
More from Father Tom on our Pastor's Page
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.
Attention Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers
The June 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, there is still time to participate.
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 Bishop's Appeal.
To date, 567 parishioners have pledged $164,269 (of which
$151,795 has been collected). These pledges put us at 95% of
our $173,000 parish goal. If you haven't contributed already,
please prayerfully considering making a gift as your means
Thank you for your generous support.
Faith Direct & eGiving
May can be a busy month. Are you
booking travel for Memorial Day?
Gearing up for summer vacation?
Consider enrolling in eGiving through
Faith Direct to make sure your gifts
reach St. Bartholomew Church when
you cannot, and our ministries can
Find out how simple eGiving is through Faith Direct.
Altar Rosary Society Executive Board Meeting
2:00pm in the Msgr. Alliegro Room
Bible Study with Father Tom
7:30pm-8:30pm in the alcove in the Church
We are continuing our study on the letters of Saint Paul. This week we will continue our discussion on the
First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. All parishioners
are welcome to attend. This week we welcomed three new
members to the group from the parish of Our Lady of
The Bible that I am using for the Class is the Revised English
Bible with the Apocrypha (Catholic). It has a beautiful ability
to render the ancient text in contemporary English. Published
by the Oxford University Press 1989.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact, Colleen
Salvas, email@example.com or call 732-238-1463.
Knights of Columbus Cheesecake Sale
More details to come.
Parish Office Hours
Mon - Thur: 9:00am-4:00pm
*Friday May 25: Parish Office closed - Start of Summer Hours
*Monday May 28: Parish Office closed in observance of Memorial Day
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.