|January 13, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Blessings for the New Year 2019! Please allow me
to express my gratitude to all of our parish ministers
and pastoral staff for all of their hard work throughout
the Advent and Christmas Season. Truly we are
a blessed community and Christmas at Saint Bartholomew
is always such a beautiful season of joyful
celebration. I want to personally thank Lisa
Soga and Roberts Florist for decorating the Church
and the Nativity Scene. I am grateful to Deacon
John Broehl and his wife, Nora, for arranging the
pageant for the Christmas Eve Children’s Mass.
Special thanks to our Adult and Childrens Choirs
and Nick Gatto and Janet Defrietas and our cantors.
I extend my thanks to the Knights of Columbus for
providing ushers for all the Christmas liturgies.
May we continue to pray for one another in this
New Year. May the Lord continue to bless the work
of our hands.
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Attention Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers
The February 2019 schedules are available on your respective Ministry pages:
• Altar Servers
• Eucharistic Ministers
Lighting a fire in the heart of our world
This Pastoral Letter is a reflection on my pastoral visits to all 90 parishes within our diocese as well as visits to many Catholic schools, institutions and varied ministries and ethnic groups since I became your Shepherd last May. Based on my many conversations with clergy, religious and lay faithful during these months, it shares with you the priorities that emerged and which call for our attention as we go forward in this local Church of Metuchen. It is my hope and prayer that this Pastoral Letter will inspire you through the grace of the Holy Spirit to become kindling so together we can “set a fire in the heart of our world,” allowing God’s love and power to burn more brightly here in Central New Jersey. I look forward to further conversations and planning with you.
Read the full Pastoral Letter...
St. Bartholomew Church in East Brunswick Hosted Listening Session
On Monday October 22, the parish of St. Bartholomew in East Brunswick hosted a listening session on the current sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The session was facilitated by Sister Margaret Conlon, Sister of Charity. Sister Conlon has ministered to high school students and families, as a teacher and counselor, in Jersey City for over 20 years. For the last 27 years she has ministered as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Emmaus House, a holistic center for women religious, in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Sister Conlon has facilitated programs for suicide prevention for youth as well as groups and retreats for adult women in recovery.
The session began with a history of the crisis and the Church’s response before breaking into small groups to consider four questions. All were encouraged and welcomed to attend. A follow up report from the session will be delivered to the Most Reverend James Francis Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen.
- NEW: Save the Date for Follow-up Session: The Role of the Laity in These Times on December 6, 2018
- NEW: Listening Session Report from October 22, 2018
- Metuchen Bishop's Statement on Cardinal Mccarrick - June 20, 2018
- Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Regarding the Archdiocese of New York's Announcement of a Credible and Substantiated Allegation of the Abuse of a Minor by Cardinal Theodore Mccarrick - June 20, 2018
- Letter from Bishop Checchio on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report - August 17, 2018
- Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God - August 20, 2018
- VIDEO - Newark Archdiocese "Behold the Wood of the Cross" - September 14, 2018
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority - September 19, 2018
March for Life Washington DC-
Knights of Columbus Corporate Communion
St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry Collection
Dontation will be gratefully accepted in the Narthex of the Church before and after all Masses
September 30, 2018
Youth Group Talent Show
Parish Office Hours
Mon - Thur: 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-12 Noon
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.