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Ariella's Toy Drive

Please donate a new, unwrapped toy to light up a child's face the way Ariella's did when she received a gift. All toys will be donated in memory of Ariella Hopkins to children in need.

Drop Off Locations:
American Legion Post 25
Dusal's Pizzeria
Mike's Country Market
Milltown Diner
Kaye Lynn Dance
Ranger's Athletic Club

Thank you for your help in keeping Ariella's smile alive!

Important Confessions Schedule Update

Confessions Saturday, December 15th 11:00am—12:00 noon & 3:30pm—4:30pm

December 17th Confessions following the Novena Mass

No Confessions December 22nd

St. Vincent de Paul Adopt-a-Family Program

During the holiday season, the St. Vincent DePaul Society offers parishioners several ways to reach out to those in need in our community. In addition to our traditional "Giving Tree", individuals, families and groups of coworkers have the opportunity to "adopt" a family and give them an unconventional Christmas gift. In past years, we have been able to replace broken appliances, repair a car, purchase winter coats and provide a Christmas meal for a family.

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 bed linens and kitchen items can also be purchased. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted until December 14. If you would like to participate in the “Adopt a Family” program or you need more information, please contact Debbie Wagner at or call 732-613-8743 . We truly appreciate any support you can give.

Fron the St. Vincent de Paul Society

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 17 and 18. We would also like to thank the students and families of St. Bartholomew School and the Religious Education Classes for their contributions.

We would like to acknowledge the student volunteers from the parish. 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 24 families, as well as supply them with some much needed food basics. 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.

The monthly St. Vincent dePaul Society food drive will be held next weekend, December 15 & 16. Please check the expiration date of your donations as we cannot use expired food. The pantry is in need of the following items:

Apple Juice, Fruit juice, toilet paper, dish detergent, pancake syrup, pancake mix, deodorant, pudding snacks, coffee, cereal, paper towels, pasta sauce, jam/jelly, cake mix & icing, toothpaste, pampers (all sizes) tea, oatmeal (Reg & Instant), tissues, canned pasta, tuna and toothbrushes.

We appreciate any support in terms of food or monetary donations that you can give us. Please refrain from leaving food donations in the Narthex or the school cafeteria at other times of the month. If you have a donation that cannot wait until our regular monthly collection, please call the SVDP hotline at 732 -597-1507 or contact Debbie Wagner at As always, we are truly grateful for the parish’s support of our work with the poor. Thank you for your generosity.

Calling All Shepherds and Angels: Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant will once again take place during the 4pm 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 Sunday, December 23 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

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

Dear St. Bart’s Parishioners!

Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our Baby Bottle Blessings Fundraiser! This year you raised an amazing $4,847.00! Words cannot express our gratitude to you and the Knights of Columbus for hosting this event!

Your gifts enable us to continue serving mothers and families by providing the practical, emotional, and spiritual support they need when they faced with a difficult or unplanned pregnancy. God loves them all and so do we!

You are making a difference in the lives of many of God’s people – born and unborn. How beautiful!

Together, we share in the JOY of every child.

Your friends at Life Choices Resource Center

From the Knights of Columbus Council 11873

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.

Attention Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers

The December 2018 and January 2019 schedules are available on your respective Ministry pages:

•  Altar Servers
•  Eucharistic Ministers
•  Readers

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.


From the Music Ministry

A special appeal to all men of the parish: the Adult Choir needs you!! We are in DESPERATE need of more men to fill out our tenor and bass sections. All men from high school freshman through adult are eligible to join us. There is no audition and ability to read music is not required! Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the church and we sing on Sunday mornings at the 12 Noon Mass. Questions? Contact Nicholas Gatto, Director of Music, at 732-257-7722 x38 or Don’t be shy. We would love to have you!


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:

From the St. Bartholomew Columbiettes

Operation Christmas Child Boxes will be collected: Saturday, November 17 from 4:45-5:15pm and Sunday, November 18 from 7:50am-12:15pm We will be handing the boxes over to Samaritan’s Purse on Monday the 19th. If you have any questions, please contact Diane at 732 605-9817.

The St. Bartholomew Columbiettes would love to welcome women of the parish to join our organization this year as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Our organization works in the community and in the church. We raise funds for those fighting cancer, for veterans, for families in need. We do this while enjoying the company of other Catholic women. If you would like more information, contact, Barbara at 732 254-5440.

Upcoming events:
St. Bartholomew Columbiettes 20th Annual Charity Christmas Tea
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Doors Open 1:30 pm at St. Bartholomew's Knights of Columbus Hall

Join us for a relaxing afternoon with friends. Quiche and salad along with beverages will be served.

Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door in addition to a dessert or dish to share with your table.

Beneficiaries of this event include our military and local “adopt-a-family”. Please consider bringing a child’s hat and gloves to decorate our tree. All items collected will be donated to the Catholic Charities “YES” Preschool program in New Brunswick.

Limited Seating
RSVP: Diane 732 605-9817 or Barbara 732 254-5440

Save the Date for our Annual Wine Tasting April 27th.

With the arrival of autumn, I’d like to invite you to join Faith Direct, our parish’s electronic giving program. Our to-do lists can get lengthy during this season, but Faith Direct’s eGiving program will give you one less thing to remember each week—no more envelopes to find before you go to Mass.

Visit and use our church code: NJ727

Thank you for your continued support of our parish Family!

God Bless you,
Fr. Thomas Walsh

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