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
Mike's Country Market
Kaye Lynn Dance
Ranger's Athletic Club
Thank you for your help in keeping Ariella's smile alive!
Important Confessions Schedule Update
December 17th Confessions
following the Novena Mass
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
email@example.com. As always, we
are truly grateful for the parish’s support
of our work with the poor. Thank you for
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,
the following information:
parent’s name and phone number, child’s
name, grade, and age
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 www.LifeChoicesRC.com
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
Thanks again, and please accept our wishes to all our
parishioners for a very merry and blessed Christmas
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t be shy. We would love
to have you!
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
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.
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.
RSVP: Diane 732 605-9817 or Barbara 732 254-5440
Save the Date for our Annual Wine Tasting April
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 www.faithdirect.net 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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