|March 17, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Gospel of the Transfiguration is proclaimed on the Second
Sunday of Lent. Tradition holds that Mount Tabor in Galilee
is the place that this miracle occurred. Jesus took Peter,
John and James and went up the mountain to pray. While at
prayer He was transfigured before them and His Divinity was
revealed to the Apostles. This is called a “Theophany” a revelation
of God’s Glory. According to Tradition this revelation
occurred one month before Good Friday. In this way the Lord
Jesus strengthened His disciples before His Passion.
Today is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
According to tradition Saint Patrick died on this day
near the village of Saul and is buried at Downpatrick, County
Down, Northern Ireland.
The “Lorica” of Saint Patrick is an ancient Celtic prayer:
“Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ below me, Christ above me,
Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye which sees me,
Christ in every ear which hears me.”
I arise today,
with a mighty power, calling on the Trinity,
with a belief in the Threeness,
with a faith in the oneness
of the Creator of Creation.
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St. Vincent de Paul First Communion Project
We have been partnering with our SVDP Pantry in Perth Amboy for
a number of years for their annual First Communion Project. Low
income families in the Perth Amboy area rely on the pantry for
many needs. Some families that have children preparing to receive
First Communion cannot afford Communion outfits and accessories
for their children. The pantry provides these, based on donations
from our local SVDP Conferences.
If you can help with gently used First Communion outfits or other
First Communion accessories, please bring them to church on the
weekends of March 16‐17 or March 23‐24. We will be in the Narthex
to collect them. As always, we thank you for your generosity.
About the Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of
lay Catholics who organize into small working groups known as
“conferences”. At this grass-roots level Vincentians are engaged in
person-to-person service with troubled persons and families in their
immediate neighborhood. More info can be found on the national
SVDP website, www.svdpusa.org.
If you would like to learn more, please join us at our meeting on the
second Monday of each month in the Parish Center! If you have
specific questions, please contact Debra Weydert at email@example.com or see our webpage at ebsvdp.org.
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Remember the Magic of Prom?
Together, let’s help someone else’s Prom/Semi-Formal dream come true! Do you have a prom dress, semi-formal dress, or boy’s formal wear hanging in the closet?
The East Brunswick Education Association has made it possible for those who would have trouble obtaining formal wear to be able to see their dream become a reality. Your donated dress, formal wear, and accessories will be made available for an East Brunswick Senior to select for their magical night at this year’s Prom - or available for a Churchill Junior High School Freshman to wear to their Semi-Formal.
To make things as easy as possible to participate, Deacon John Broehl will gladly arrange for your formal wear donation to be picked up directly from your home. Your donation will be organized and prepared so that it will be available to East Brunswick students.
That night you or your child spent at Prom/Semi-Formal capped off a period of their life with a magical evening of excitement, friends, laughter and dancing…
Help other’s experience the same magic that you and/or your child have…
Call 732-214-0953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup.
Here’s the making the lives of our youth… magical.
Deacon John H. Broehl
2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
Help Build a Civilization of Love
By now you have received a letter from Bishop Checchio inviting
your participation in the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
The diocesan ministries supported by the Appeal directly impact
many of the parishioners here in St. Bartholomew parish.
Your gift provides formation opportunities for our catechists,
youth and young adults. Among other important ministries,
your sacrificial gift supports our renewed efforts in Evangelization
If you have yet to make your pledge to this year’s Bishop’s
Annual Appeal, you will have the opportunity to do so next
weekend, March 16/17, which has been designated as Bishop’s
Annual Appeal In-Pew Weekend. Please prayerfully consider
a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal to help our parish reach
Our parish goal is $173,000, the same as last year. If we
can exceed our goal, 50% of the amount collected over goal
will be returned to us in the form of a parish rebate. Just as
important as our financial goal is our goal of reaching 100%
participation. Every gift, no matter the size, is important and
greatly appreciated. Thank you.
St. Joseph's Day
Knights of Columbus Council 11873 Meeting
7:00pm in Parish Hall
Children's Liturgy of the Word
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.