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The Church of 
St. Bartholomew
  Yonkers
A Catholic Community
In the Archdiocese of
New York



SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL March 3rd 2016: This Thursday, March 3rd, we will be providing our Sharing Community Meal. Please bring your Ziti or dessert to the Rectory. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. The Sharing Community truly appreciates our efforts. Please keep up the good work! For more information, please call the Rectory Office.


Parish Mission
Monday March 7th—Wednesday March 9th 2016

Monday- Blessed Mother

Tuesday- Conversion-opportunity for Confessions at end of evening

Wednesday- Healing of Body, Mind & Soul with an anointing



Jan 23rd - 31st 2016 FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS:

AN INTERFAITH RESPONSE January 23rd – January 31st Catholic Charities is once again running its Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign to restock the food pantries and soup kitchens of the Archdiocese of New York. Our parish along with the other parishes and Catholic schools in the New York Archdiocese are asked to make a special effort to feed our hungry neighbors.
Expect the large donation box to appear this weekend, January 23th - 24h through next weekend January 30th - 31st. Our donations will support our Food Pantry, as well as other food pantries; and once again our Social Ministry Committee will organize, tally, and report our donations to Catholic Charities. Thank you for doing your part to make this Campaign a success.


January 3rd
Rosary Altar Society Mass: The ladies of the Rosary Altar Society will be attending the 8:30 AM Mass.  
Family Breakfast: The Family Breakfast will take place the first Sunday of the month after the 10AM Mass - all families are welcome to gather for a light breakfast to catch up and get to know each other.
 
January 8th
Italian Club: This group gathers on the 2nd Friday of every month and welcomes all parish families.
 
January 10th
Holy Name Mass: The gentlemen of the Holy Name Society will be attending the 8:30 AM Mass.  
 
January 24th
Bingo: Join us for a fun night of Bingo! More details will follow soon!


September 20th 2015: The CATHOLIC WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS of Yonkers will hold their Annual Mass & Communion Breakfast on Sunday, September 20th, at 9:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 40 Convent Avenue, Yonkers. Breakfast will follow immediately at Dunwoodie Golf Course for $23 per person. For reservations and information, please call 914 423-5331. All are welcome.

Blood Drive: MONDAY, JULY 13th 1:30 – 7:30 PM 2 BUSSES ON THE CORNER OF SAW MILL RIVER ROAD & ROOSEVELT AVENUE Please note the new date & location!! Because of the urgent need for blood at this time of year, Hudson Valley Blood Center has asked St. Bartholomew’s to go ahead with our Blood Drive, even though the impending renovations to our school building make it unavailable. Because of limited space in the 2 Bus Mobiles, it is very important that appointments be made and you are prompt for your appointment. If you can donate, please call Tony Sciacca (423-3592) for an appointment. Also, please encourage your family & friends to participate.

July 16th 2015: CATHOLIC WIDOWS & WIDOWERS OF YONKERS will hold their next meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 16th, in Father Anthony Hall, next to St. Ann’s Big Church, 31 College Place, Yonkers. New Members are welcome. For more information, please call (914) 423-5331.

June 21st 2015: This Sunday, June 21st, is Father’s Day.We  will  have  a  9  day  Novena  of Masses for all our fathers living and deceased. The Novena of Masses will begin  on  Sunday,  June  21 st,  and  willend on Monday, June 29th. There are cards and/or envelopes at the back of the church. If you want your father, father in-law or any other father remembered in the Novena of Masses, please fill out the envelope and bring it to the Rectory Office as soon as possible


June 12 2015: Annual Parish Raffle- Have you returned your Raffle stubs for our Annual Parish Raffle? The winning ticket for our latest fundraising effort will be drawn at this year’s Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 28th. One lucky participant will take home half of the proceeds. We have collected $2,900 to date and it’s still growing - just in time to kick off summer!

June 12 2015: Rest in Peace - Please pray for the repose of the souls of all the faithful departed, especially our former Pastor, Reverend Anthony Ita Bassey, MSP. who passed away June 05 2015.

May 24th 2015: LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER for women Meets the first Monday of the month at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, 755 North Broadway, Room 545, Sleepy Hollow, NY from 6 to 8 p.m.This FREE 2-hour program teaches beauty techniques to women going through cancer treatment. Includes a makeup & hair consultation and a complimentary makeup kit and wig to take home! Convenient free parking. Registration is required. For information or to register, please call Hilary Davidson on 914 366-3315 or Alison Murphy on 914 366-3421.

Sunday May 10th 2015: MOTHER’S DAY NOVENA MASSES - Sunday, May 10th, is Mother’s Day. Our Parish will have a Novena of Masses for all our mothers – living and deceased. The Novena of Masses will begin on Sunday, May 10th, and finish on Monday, May 18th.There are cards and/or envelopes at the back of the church. If you want your mother, mother-in-law or any mother remembered in the Novena of Masses, please write out the envelope with your donation and drop it in the collection basket or bring it to the Rectory during the week.

May 4th 2015: MAY PROCESSION & CROWNING This Monday, May 4th, at 7 p.m. St. Bartholomew’s Parish will celebrate the Queenship of Mary, our Mother. Our newly confirmed and this year’s First Communicants will process to the Church and crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this beautiful May devotion.
The short program is filled with devotional songs to Mary that are sure to bring back youthful memories. Please help us fill the Church to honor Our Blessed Mother

April 26th 2015: YOU ARE INVITED to come and share the joy with our children who will be making their First Holy Communion at the 11:30 a.m. Mass next Sunday, April 26th. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Confirmation will take place the following Sunday, May 3rd, at the 11:30 a.m. Mass.


June 20 or 21st 2015: GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY JUBILEE MASS Couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary anytime during 2015 are invited to attend the Annual Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass with Cardinal Dolan at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Saturday, June 20th or Sunday, June 21st, at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please contact your Parish Office for registration. The closing date to register for the Mass is Tuesday, May 19th. This event is sponsored by the Family Life + Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York.

April 05 2015: St. Bartholomew’s will be conducting its 80th Annual Blood Drive the Friday after Easter. St Bart’s parishioners and friends have made 5981 donations to date. We run drives during holiday periods when the need for blood is great and donations are usually down. If you can donate, please call Tony Sciacca (423-3592) for an appointment; and please spread the word to your family and friends, too.
Give Thanks - Give Blood !!!

March 13 2015: OUR 2015 LENTEN & EASTER WISH LIST In the spirit of Lent and in anticipation of a joyous Easter feast,
our parish families and individuals are invited to assist the parish in purchasing the following liturgical items needed for the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies:

1 Paschal (Easter) Candle @ $450
10 bundles of Palms for Palm Sunday @ $60 each
Passion Play props & accessories, ranging from $20 TO $60

Please note that any of the above items can be donated in memory of your loved ones; and will be noted in the bulletin the week after Easter. Thank you for your consideration.

March 31st 2015: CHRISM MASS Trip to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. We are running a bus and the cost is $15 per person, round trip. Please contact the parish office for reservations. More details to follow in the coming weeks


March 20-22nd 2015: BEGINNING EXPERIENCE is offering a healing weekend from March 20th – 22nd, at the St. Lawrence Retreat Center in Beacon, NY. This invitation is open to men and women of all ages and faiths who have suffered the loss of a spouse through death, divorce, or separation. It is a time to heal and a time to begin anew. It is endorsed by the Archdiocese Office of Family and Youth and reservations are required. For information or registration please call Tom on 845 462-6192 or Nancy on 518 785-1351 extension 304 or e-mail ny.hudson.valley@beginningexperience.org.

March 9th -11th 2015: PARISH MISSION - WE ARE THE CHURCH Mon, March 9th to Wed, March 11th 7 p.m.—8:15 p.m. Sister Eileen Burns, OSF & Mrs. Jenny Echevarria Sister Eileen Burns will give a short introduction to our 2015 Parish Mission at all the Sunday Masses next weekend. All parishioners are encouraged to take advantage of this Lenten opportunity. Please plan on joining us each evening at 7 p.m. Endeavor to invite along your friends and neighbors.

January 2015: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Our Parish is planning a Sweepstakes Social on Saturday, March 14th, doors open at 6 p.m. The Sweepstakes Social Committee can use your donations and your help! Please start collecting new appropriate items to be dropped off as early as the beginning of February. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this fundraiser is asked to leave their name and phone number at the Parish Office during the week.

February 06 2015: We happily welcome our new Associate Pastor, Fr. Anthony Mbanefo, MSP, to our parish.

February 20th 2015: We congratulate the winner of our latest New York Lottery Scratch-Off Raffle, Kevin Albanese; and thank all who participated in this Parish fundraiser. Watch for our next Scratch-Off Raffle in the upcoming months


February 18th 2015: Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. See the flap of today’s bulletin for the times ashes will be distributed

January 2015: Our newly formed Fund Raising Committee has started selling chances to win a second set of 100 five dollar New York Lottery Scratch-Offs. You know those 100 scratch-offs have to contain some winners! The winner of the first set of tickets purchased multiple chances and still more than doubled her investment.
There are only 200 of the $10 chances to win the scratch-offs. They will be sold after all Saturday night and Sunday Masses, as well as in the Parish Office during the week. The drawing for the winner of our second set of 100 scratch-off tickets is scheduled for Sunday, February 8th, following the 10 a.m. Mass.

January 09 2015: Congratulations to our newest Christian, Dominick Dennis Politi, who was baptized on Sunday, January 4th. We thank his parents and godparents for presenting him for baptism; and we pray God will bless and keep this child and his parents in their journey of fai
 
December 30th 2014: Andy Maniglia has provided CDs with seasonal music to be sold as a fund raiser for St. Bart’s. The songs are sung by a variety of people including Stan Buoninfante, Andy himself and his daughter, Bianca. The songs include All of Me, Let It Snow, Christmas at St. Bart’s, A Merry Little Christmas, and five others. The CDs cost $10 each, and can be purchased after Sunday Masses or in the Parish Office during the week.


January 1st 2015: on NEW YEAR’S DAY Wednesday, January 1st Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Just as we begin all things with prayer, this New Year’s Day, every Catholic is encouraged to begin the year by attending Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God; which is a holy day of obligation. As a parish family we will honor our Blessed Mother, Mary, and also pray for peace in our world. The times for Masses are as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 31st 5 p.m. Vigil Mass
Thursday, Jan. 1st 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

June 2014:SOCIAL MINISTRY: Our Food Pantry has an ongoing need for dry goods, especially cereal, macaroni & cheese, juices, canned fish/meat, canned fruits & condiments, such as mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup. Please keep this in mind on your next trip to the supermarket. Thank you for your continuing support!


July 2014: Registration for Religious Education classes for public school children, running September through June, is open. Classes are available for children in 1st grade through High School senior year, including those with Special Education needs. Classes are available to prepare children of all ages for the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation, regardless of any lack of previous instruction. All Catholic children attending public schools should enroll in a religious education program. Please call (914 476-6676) for more information.

December 1st 2014: OUR PARISH GIVING TREE In keeping with the true spirit of Christmas, we have the opportunity to share our resources with several charities who serve the disadvantaged (Immaculate Conception’s Needy Families, Richmond Hill, Westchester Living Center, and the Central Committee of Veterans Org.). Please take an ornament(s) from the tree in the back of the church. It is important that this ornament, indicating gender and gift specific information, be securely attached to your wrapped package. Please return all packages to the church by next Tuesday, December 16th. Thank you for your continued support in this very special season of giving.

December 05 2014: ANNUAL STATE OF THE PARISH REPORT
This Sunday we have the report available in the back of the church. Hopefully, you’ll find it informative enough. Please take a copy as you leave the church. The Finance Council will briefly comment on a few of the items next Sunday.

December 11th 2014: Our SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE is having a special Food Drive to provide Christmas Baskets to some less fortunate brothers and sisters. What we need to complete this year’s baskets is candy, cookies, juices, and a few hams. These food items should be brought to the church before the Mass next Saturday evening (December 20th) or the Sunday morning Masses (December 21st).

December 17th 2014: The CANCER SUPPORT GROUP will meet this Wednesday, December 17th, at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of St. John’s Riverside Hospital, 967 North Broadway, Yonkers, for education& support to help cope with cancer. Call (914) 964-4441 for information.

December 8th 2014: HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION - This Monday, December 8th, we will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. The Masses for the Holy Day are 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 noon, and 7:30 p.m. The 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday does not fulfill the obligation for the Holy Day.

December 9th 2014: The women of the parish are invited to join the members of the Rosary Altar Society on Tuesday, December 9th, for a special 6 p.m. Mass and their Christmas Dinner at Reno’s Restaurant, 33 Lockwood Avenue, Yonkers. The cost is $35 per person. Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 3rd. Please call Carolyn (914 963-2622) or Mary Anne (914 963-8885 or 629-9299). Payment marked RAS Dinner can be dropped in the collection basket or brought to the Parish Office.


Nov 27th 2014: Thanksgiving Sharing Table- It has been the custom at our Parish for those attending the 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Mass to bring something for our Sharing Table. Typically this would be along the lines of a pie, special bread, a favorite dessert, candy or flowers. At the end of Mass all items on the table are blessed and all are welcome to choose an item to add to their holiday table; thus sharing our meal with our Parish family. Please give some thought to what you might bring this year


Nov 27th 2014: Thanksgiving Donations - Our Social Ministry Committee will be distributing Thanksgiving Baskets to some of our less fortunate brothers and sisters this Monday morning. If you plan to drop off a frozen turkey, fresh / frozen pies, desserts or fruit, please do so Monday (November 24th) morning between 7:30 and 9 a.m. Thank you for your generosity!

November 28th 2014: St. Bart’s will be conducting its 79th Blood Drive in the 33 years since starting in 1981. St. Bart’s parishioners and friends have made 5885 donations to date; and received a Silver Award for collecting 245 units in 2013. We are traditionally asked to run drives during holiday periods when the need for blood is great and the donations are usually down. Your support is just one of many things that make St. Bart’s special. If you can donate, please call Tony Sciacca on 914 423-3592 for an appointment and tell your family and friends, too.

Thursday, November 6th 2014: CALLING ALL SENIORS! CALLING ALL SENIORS! this Thursday, November 6th
9 a.m. Mass with a Special Blessing, followed by light refreshments and gathering at the McManus Parish Center.


Thursday November 13 2014: TAKE A CHANCE TO WIN 100 FIVE DOLLAR NEW YORK STATE LOTTERY SCRATCH-OFF TICKETS At the time this bulletin was printed, 138 of the 200 Chances were already sold. The remaining chances are available after the Sunday Masses or at the Parish Office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Try your luck and help our church!


November 15th 2014: ATTENTION DRIVERS We will be hosting the New York Defensive Driving Class in the McManus Parish Center on Saturday, November 15th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Completion of this course reduces up to 4 points on your driver’s license and will lower your auto liability and collision insurance premiums by 10% for 3 years. The cost of this course is $49. To enroll, please call Chris Morea on (800) 492-9444 or (718) 824-9698 or contact the Rectory Office on (914) 965-0566.


November 15th 2014 :On Saturday, November 15th, all are invited to participate in a Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the St. John Paul II Shrine, Washington, DC, organized by the Archdiocese of New York. While at the shrines, there will be time for prayer, confession,
and a closing Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dolan. The cost of $75 includes a boxed dinner. Reservations are required by this Wednesday, October 22nd, please contact Cheryl Duda (914 476-6676).

October 30 2014: SOCIAL MINISTRY is having a special Thanksgiving Food Drive. For the next two weekends, please bring to church Thanksgiving appropriate, non-perishable fixings, especially, canned vegetables (especially sweet potatoes), canned fruit, boxed mashed potatoes, coffee, tea, and juices. We will be in need of some frozen turkeys, fresh / frozen pies, or fruit on the Sunday and Monday morning (November 22nd & 23rd) of Thanksgiving week. Due to a lack of refrigerator / freezer storage space, we can only accept pies or turkeys at the lower level of the Rectory before each Mass that Saturday night/Sunday or on Monday morning between 7:30 and 9 a.m. for distribution on that Monday morning


October 15th, 2014: The CANCER SUPPORT GROUP will meet this Wednesday, October 15th, at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of St. John’s Riverside Hospital, 967 North Broadway, Yonkers, for education & support to help cope with cancer. Call (914) 964-4441 for information

Next Sunday, September 21st 2014: the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday. At the 10 a.m. Mass, our catechists will be commissioned to hand on the faith to the children, youth, and adults of our Parish. Please make an effort to attend the Mass and show your support to all our catechists.

September 25th 2014: on Thursday at 7 p.m. there will be a talk given on the Spirit of St. Francis at the Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe. The speaker will explore the Spirit of St. Francis and how his spirit lives on today in Pope Francis. Cost is $15 per person if 20 parishioners register. Please call the religious education office by Wednesday, September 17th, if you would like to attend or see Cheryl Duda or Rich Califano if interested.


Aug 28 2014: NEW ALTAR SERVER & LECTORS
We have a new Altar Server, Brandon Cuevas, and two new Lectors, Thomas Bresnan and Kesniela Samarita. We welcome them and thank them for their willingness to serve our parish in these important ministries.

Thursday, September 4th 2014: CALLING ALL SENIORS! CALLING ALL SENIORS!
Join fellow seniors for a Mass and Gathering on Thursday, September 4th 9 a.m. Mass with a Special Blessing, followed by light refreshments and gathering at the McManus Parish Center.


July 21st 2014: Our former pastor, Father Anthony Bassey, MSP, will spend a few days here at St. Bartholomew’s on the way to and from his vacation abroad. He’ll be with us from Monday, July 21st, through Sunday, July 27th, and then again from Thursday, August 14th, through Thursday, August 21st. We look forward to welcoming him back.


Friday,  July 11th 1:30 – 7:30 PM MCMANUS PARISH CENTER St. Bartholomew’s will be conducting its 78th Blood Drive in the 33 years since starting in 1981. St. Bart’s parishioners and friends have made 5,807 donations to date. Thank you to all who have participated in our past drives.


June 14th 2014: Time is running out …. to enroll in St. Bartholomew’s Defensive Driving Class being held next Saturday, June 14th, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in our school building. The course reduces up to 4 points on your driver’s license & will lower your auto liability & collision premiums by 10% for 3 years. The cost of the class is only $49. To enroll, please call the rectory (914 965-0566) or Chris Morea (718 824-9698). Hurry, seating is limited!

June 15th 2014: FATHER’S DAY CARDS AND NOVENA June 15th, is Father’s Day. We will have a 9 day Novena of Masses for all our fathers - living and deceased. The Novena of Masses will begin with the Sunday Vigil Mass on June 14th and will end on Monday, June 23rd. There are cards and/or envelopes at the back of the church. If you want your father, father-in-law or any other father remembered in the Novena of Masses, please fill out the envelope and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the Rectory Office during the week. For Father’s Day we will invoke a special blessing on all the fathers during the Masses that weekend.

May 29th 2014: ASCENSION THURSDAY MASS TIMES This Thursday, May 29th, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass schedule will be as follows:
Wednesday, May 28th, at 7:30 p.m.; and Ascension Thursday, May 29th, at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 Noon & 7:30 p.m. The office will be closed for the Holy Day

June 3rd 2014: The Rosary Altar Society is having their year end dinner at Fogarty’s on Tuesday, June 3rd at 6 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $25.00. All ladies of the parish are invited. If you are interested, please contact Josephine Smith at 914 476-5386.


May 5th 2014: MAY PROCESSION & CROWNING This Monday, May 5th, at 7 p.m. St. Bartholomew’s Parish will celebrate the Queenship of Mary, our Mother. Our newly confirmed and this year’s First Communicants will process to the Church and crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this beautiful May devotion.
The short program is filled with devotional songs to Mary that are sure to bring back youthful memories. Please help us fill the Church to honor Our Blessed Mother.


FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH 1:30 – 7:30 PM MCMANUS PARISH CENTER St. Bartholomew’s will be conducting its 77th Annual Blood Drive the Friday after Easter. We run drives during holiday periods when the need for blood is great and donations are usually down. If you can donate, please call Tony Sciacca (423-3592) for an appointment; and please spread the word to your family and friends, too.
Give Thanks - Give Blood !!!


OUR 2014 LENTEN & EASTER WISH LIST In the spirit of Lent and in anticipation of a joyous Easter feast, our parish families and individuals are invited to assist the parish in purchasing the following liturgical items needed for the Holy Week and Easter ceremonies:
50 Passion Play costumes, ranging from $20 - $60 Please, note that the above mentioned costumes can be donated in memory of your loved ones; and will be so noted in the Easter Bulletin. Thank you for your consideration.

February 2014: SOCIAL MINISTRY: Our Food Pantry has an ongoing need, especially for pasta, pasta sauces, cannedfruits, jelly, cereal, juices and beverage mixes. Please keep this in mind when you see sales on your trips to the supermarket. Thank you for your continuing support! 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Starting this Friday and every Friday evening during Lent, we have the devotion of theStations of the Cross in the Church at 7 p.m. (On Good Friday, Stations will be at 2 p.m. just prior to the 3 p.m. Good Friday Service). It is a Lenten tradition. Families are encouraged to participate together in preparation for Easter.  


Saturday, April 19th 2014: PLEASE BRING BELLS FROM HOME to participate in the age-old tradition of ringing bells during the Gloria on Holy Thursday, April 17th, and for the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 19th

Tuesday, April 15th 2014:  Mass of Chrism will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, April 15th, at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Every parishioner is encouraged to attend this beautiful ceremony, where we celebrate with the Archbishop of our Archdiocese and witness our priests renew their vow to serve God’s people with the humility of a good shepherd. Please support our parish priests. Our bus is full; to be placed on a waiting list, please call the Parish Office during business hours.


April 4th 2014: WELCOMING OUR NEW PARISHIONERS. We especially want to welcome these individuals and families who joined or returned to our Parish family since October:

Kevin Albanese Samantha Angrand
Marianette Cancio Theresa Chappory
Ronald and Deana Futia Carol Jennings
Romina & Amauris Hernandez Teresa Lockwood
Milagros Olmo Janet Rayside
Ed Sheeran Jr. Josephine Taveras
Amber and Bryan Tiano Kara and Richard Walker
Mae Dumalag & Jerrry Carrasquillo

Please feel free to speak to our pastor or any of the pastoral staff if you need any assistance. Your presence in our parish family means a lot to all of us. Once again, welcome!

April 4 - 6 2014: A RETREAT FOR YOUNG MARRIED COUPLES on April 4 - 6 Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, NJ For couples who are +/- 40 years old. Time includes small group sharing, Eucharist, special liturgies, beach walks, socials and fun! Cost is $250 per couple. Sign up online at www.capemaymarianists.org or call 609 884-3829 for more info. 

Sunday March 23rd through Thurs, March 27th:  PARISH MISSION Rev. Jack Gaffney Father Jack will direct our 2014 Parish Mission. He will preach at all the Sunday Masses that weekend. Each day of the Mission, Sunday through Thursday, will have a different topic. All parishioners are encouraged to take advantage of this Lenten opportunity. Please plan on joining Father Jack each evening at 7 p.m. Endeavor to invite along your friends and neighbors. Father Jack will also give a different short talk after the 9 a.m. Masses Monday through Thursday

March 29th  2014: FAMILY LIFE CONFERENCE Saturday, March 29th - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Seminary, 201 Seminary Avenue, Yonkers Admission, including Lunch: $30 Registration required; Go to www.flrl.org or call 646 794-3195


March 15th 2014: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Our Parish is planning a Sweepstakes Social on Saturday, March 15th, doors open at 6 p.m. The Sweepstakes Social Committee will hold a Volunteer Meeting this Wednesday, January 22nd, at 6 p.m. in the McManus Parish Center. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this fundraiser is asked to attend this meeting. If you are unable to make this meeting, please leave your name and number at the Parish Office during the week.

March 22nd 2014: 59TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE McLEAN AVENUE - STARTING AT 1 PM SATURDAY, MARCH 22ND The merging of the official Yonkers parade along South Broadway with the McLean Avenue Merchants Association parade, creates one great city wide community event. Before the parade at 11 a.m., a Mass will be celebrated at St. Barnabas Church. The Annual Dinner Dance & Changing of the Sash will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday March 8th, in the Good Time Room at the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, following the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Church on South Broadway. Please join the parade as a marcher or spectator. For information on the March 8th, Dinner Dance, please contact Jean Tickell (914 419-3611) or Brigette Puma (914 648-8854).


February 2014: If you have blessed palms from last Palm Sunday, please bring them next weekend only, March 1st & 2nd; and place them in the waste paper basket in the back of the church on the Rectory side. These palms will be burned to provide ashes forour Ash Wednesday, March 5th, services.

Friday, March 7th, is First Friday: We will have our monthly Holy Hour at 1 p.m. All are invited to spare an hour and come to adore Jesus Christ Who is truly present in the Holy Eucharist.

March 1st 2014: This Saturday, March 1st the Divine Mercy Holy Hour will begin at 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this wonderful devotion

Friday, February 28th 2014: St. John the Baptist Rosary Altar Society is holding their annual card party on Friday, February 28th, in the church hall, 670 Yonkers Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes sandwiches, drinks, cake & coffee. For more information call Beth (914 776-6071) or Laura (914 497-2313).


FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS: AN INTERFAITH RESPONSE
January 26th – February 2nd
Catholic Charities is once again running its Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign to restock the food pantries and soup kitchens of the Archdiocese of New York. Our parish along with the other parishes and Catholic schools in the New York Archdiocese will be joined this year by the United Jewish Appeal Federation (UJA); we are asked to make a special effort to feed our hungry neighbors.
Expect the large donation box to appear the weekend of January 25th – 26th. Our donations will support our Food Pantry, as well as other food pantries; and once again our Social Ministry Committee will organize, tally, and report our donations to Catholic Charities. Thank you for doing your part to make this Campaign a success!


February 3rd 2014: ST. BLAISE’S FEAST DAY This Monday, February 3rd, is the feast day of St. Blaise. We will have the Blessing of Throats only after the 7 a.m. & 9 a.m. Masses


December 2013: OUR PARISH GIVING TREE In keeping with the true spirit of Christmas, we have the opportunity to share our resources with several charities who serve the disadvantaged (Immaculate Conception’s and  St. Peter’s Needy Families, and Richmond Hill). Please take an ornament(s) from the tree in the back of the church. It is important that this ornament, indicating gender and gift specific information, be securely attached to your wrapped package. Please return all packages to the church by next Sunday, December 15th. Thank you for your continued support in this very special season of giving.



December 15th 2013: COME CELEBRATE THE INSTALLATION OF OUR PASTOR, FATHER RAPHAEL EZEH, MSP NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, AT 11:30 AM Father Raphael will be installed as the Pastor of St. Bartholomew’s Church by the Vicar of the Yonkers Vicariate, Father Leonard Villa, at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. A Potluck Lunch Reception will follow immediately in the McManus Parish Center. All parishioners are invited to participate by attending. Monetary or personal favorite food donations are appreciated. Installation of a Pastor is always a Parish Family event. It’s open to all, please come celebrate our Pastor and Parish next Sunday!


MAKING ALL THINGS NEW
The following people are on the Core Team to do parish planning as part of Making All Things New: Father Raphael, Rich Califano, Bill Mascetta, Catherine Hickey, Joan Liddell and Karen Maccia McKenna. The Core Team attended a training session on October 1st, to become acquainted with the materials we will be using to assess our parish ministries. The Core Team will be overseeing the evaluation of parish ministries based on the Criteria for Planning. The Criteria are divided into four categories: Sacramental Life of the Parish; Evangelization, Catechesis, Catholic Schools and Lifelong Religious Education; Stewardship and Outreach; and Effective Administration.

The following are important dates in this effort: 

Sat & Sun, Oct 26 & 27 – Distribution of Surveys 
Sat & Sun, Nov 2 & 3 – Surveys Returned 
Mon, Nov 4 & Thurs, Nov 7 – Town Hall Meetings 
Sun, Dec 1 – Self Evaluations Due to the Archdiocese




Nov 2013: THANKSGIVING SHARING TABLE It has been the custom at our Parish for those attending the 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Mass to bring something for our Sharing Table. Typically this would be along the lines of a pie, special bread, a favorite dessert, candy or flowers. At the end of Mass all items on the table are blessed and all are welcome to choose an item to add to their holiday table; thus sharing our meal with our Parish family. Please give some thought to what you might bring this year.

November 24th & 25th 2013: We will be in need of some frozen turkeys, fresh / frozen pies, or fruit on the Sunday and Monday morning (November 24th & 25th) of Thanksgiving week. Due to a lack of refrigerator / freezer storage space, we can only accept pies or turkeys at the lower level of the Rectory before each Mass that Sunday or on Monday morning between 7:30 and 9 a.m. for distribution on that Monday morning

Nov 11th 2013: Our SOCIAL MINISTRY is having a special Thanksgiving Food Drive. For the next two weekends, please bring to church Thanksgiving appropriate, non-perishable fixings, especially, canned sweet potatoes, boxed mashed potatoes, coffee, tea, and juices. Thank you.

November 1st 2013: This Friday, November 1st, is the Feast of All Saints and a Holy Day of Obligation. On that day we remember the many great Christians who have gone before us, the unsung heroes of outstanding love, dedication, and commitment in life. Since it is a Holy Day of Obligation, all Catholics are required to attend Mass. The Masses for All Saints Day are: Thursday, October 31st -----Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 1st - 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 noon, & 7:30 p.m.
The Parish Office will be closed on All Saints Day, Friday, November 1st.


Saturday, November 2nd 2013: NOVENA MASSES FOR ALL SOULS on Saturday, November 2nd, is All Souls day. We will have a 9-day novena of Masses for all our departed loved ones. If you would like your loved ones to be remembered at these Masses, kindly fill out the “All Souls” envelope found in your envelope packet or on the tables at the rear of the Church, include your stipend, and bring it to the Rectory during the week.


Summer of 2013: ADULT FAITH FORMATION - RCIA Do you know a non-Catholic adult who wishes to explore the Catholic faith; or a Catholic who has never received First Communion or been Confirmed? Please help spread the word that we have a program tailored to these adults. This is an ideal time to inquire about our program. Call Cheryl Duda at 476-6676

Summer of 2013: SOCIAL MINISTRY: Please don’t forget our Food Pantry this summer. We have an ongoing need, for non-perishable staples, especially rice, boxed mashed potatoes, pasta sauces, boxed macaroni & cheese, ketchup, mustard, juices, canned fish/meat, and canned fruits. Please keep this in mind when you see sales on your trips to the supermarket. Thank you for your continuing support!



October 4th 2013: This coming Friday, October 4th, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, well known for his great love of animals. That day at 6 p.m., we will have a blessing of animals in our parking lot. Bring your favorite pets to be blessed.

October 4th – 6th 2013: BEGINNING EXPERIENCE is offering a healing weekend from October 4th – 6th, at the St. Lawrence Retreat Center in Beacon, NY. This invitation is open to men and women of all ages and faiths who have suffered the loss of a spouse through death, divorce, or separation. It is a time to heal and a time to begin anew. It is endorsed by the Archdiocese Office of Family and Youth and reservations are required. For information or registration please call Christine on 518 894-6964 or Louise on 845 221-2743 or e-mail ny.hudson.valley@beginningexperience.org.


Summer of 2013: Religious Education classes begin on Tuesday, September 10th. If you haven’t already done so, please register your child now. Classes for public school children run September through June. All Catholic children attending public schools should enroll in a religious education program. Please call (476-6676) for more information


August 21st 2013: The CANCER SUPPORT GROUP will meet this Wednesday, August 21st, at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of St. John‟s Riverside Hospital, 967 North Broadway, Yonkers, for education & support to help cope with cancer. Call (914) 964-4441 for information

August 15th 2013: On Thursday, August 15th, we will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. It is a Holy Day of Obligation; therefore, every Catholic is obliged to attend Mass on that day in honor of our Blessed Mother, Mary. There will be a vigil Mass on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, August 15th, Masses will be held at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 noon, and 7:30 p.m.



May 28, 2013


Dear Father Bassey,
 

Congratulations to you and St. Bartholomew Parish on exceeding your 2013 Cardinal’s Annual Appeal goal! Fundraising is never an easy task, especially in these difficult financial times. But I am pleased to report that we are on track to reach $20 million this year, our highest Appeal goal yet. This would not be possible without you.  

Please know how deeply grateful I am to you and your parish community. As one family in faith, we have a responsibility to guarantee that the Church remains vibrant and continues to serve our brothers and sisters in need. Thanks to your leadership, you have helped ensure that the good works of the archdiocese can continue. Keep up the good work!

 

With renewed gratitude and prayerful best wishes, I remain

 

Fraternally in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York



July 4th 2013: SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL: Because of the holiday this Thursday, July 4th, we will not be preparing our Sharing Community Meal. For information on this important effort, please call the Rectory Office.



FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP

February 10, 2013 Year of the Mass

Dear Friends in the Lord:



 
The faithful of the archdiocese have, over the years, been most generous in support of this collection. It has always been for us, not only an exercise in charity, but also a witness to our respect and affection for the Successor of Saint Peter. Each year, in all of the parishes of the Catholic Church across the world, a special collection is taken up to support the charities of our Holy Father. With the funds realized through this collection, known as Peter’s Pence, Pope Benedict XVI is able to assist our most needy brothers and sisters in the Lord in every corner of the globe. With this letter, I write to invite you to be as generous as your means will allow. At the same time, I ask you to keep the Holy Father in your prayers. As in the earliest days of the Church, we followers of the Lord are bound to sustain Peter and to “pray for him without ceasing” (Acts 12:5). 
With prayerful best wishes, I am, Faithfully in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York

May 16th 2013: Couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary anytime during 2013 are invited to attend the Annual Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass with Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick Cathedral, Sunday, June 23rd, at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please contact our Rectory Office for more information. The deadline for registrations for the Mass is Tuesday, June 4th. This event is sponsored by the Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York

June 23rd 2013: Have you returned your Raffle stubs for our Annual Parish Raffle? The winning ticket for our latest fundraising effort will be drawn at this year’s Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 23rd. One lucky participant will take home the 50/50 prize that has already topped $2000 and is still growing  -  just in time to kick off summer! We’ve included an extra raffle book in today’s bulletin in the hopes of increasing participation and your luck! Raffle Books and donations can be placed in an envelope marked Raffle and dropped in the collection basket, or dropped off/ mailed to the Rectory Office. Please make all checks payable to St. Bartholomew’s Church. Raffle Tickets are $2 each or a book of six tickets costs $10. Please help make this fundraising effort a success.
Good luck and God bless!



June 13th 2013: ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA’S MASS A Mass in celebration of the feast of St. Anthony will be held on Thursday, June 13th, at 6:30 p.m.   Please join the ladies of the Rosary Altar Society, Fr. Anthony Bassey, MSP and all who go by the name “Anthony” in this celebration.  St. Anthony’s bread will be given.  All are welcome!  Please bring a friend along!


June 16th 2013: Next Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day.  We will have a 9 day Novena of Masses for all our fathers - living and deceased.  The Novena of Masses will begin on Sunday, June 16th and will end on Monday, June 24th.  There are cards and/or envelopes at the back of the church.  If you want your father, father-in-law or any other father remembered in the Novena of Masses, please fill out the envelope and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the Rectory Office during the week. Remember, on Father’s Day we will invoke a special blessing on all the fathers during the Masses that weekend


June 9th 2013: St. Bartholomew’s couples who are celebrating their 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary anytime this year (2013) are invited to attend the 11:30 a.m. Mass on June 9th. They will be blessed and honored during the Mass which will be followed by a Reception in the McManus Parish Center. Please call the Rectory to register and tell us how many guests you might be expecting at the Reception.

May 9 2013: Congratulations to the 15 children and 1 adult who were sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St. Bartholomew’s Church by Bishop Gerald Walsh last Sunday, May 5th.

        Chrismel Alonso                      Shamika Lynn Chappory
          Kiana Marie Anderson            Nicholas Joseph Colombino
          Fabian Gregorio Anderson     Elvin John Cortes, Jr.
          Jeremy Gregorio Anderson     Vivian Cortes
          Rachelle Christina Batac         Brandon Miguel Cuevas
          Thomas Patrick Bresnan         Henry William Figueroa
          Laura Jovana Brito Roque       Brianna Marie Fontanello
          Victor Alexis Brito Roque         Marissa Rose Schmahl

We pray for Tabitha Justene Colon who couldn’t join the group for Confirmation last Sunday due to ill-health. By the grace of God, Tabitha will be confirmed next Sunday, Pentecost, at the 10 a.m. Mass. Please, keep Tabitha, her parents and her sponsor in your prayers. Thank you!

May 10th 2013: Next Friday, May 10th, we invite you to come join your fellow parishioners in discovering more about the Bible at 7:30 p.m. in the School building. The session will be moderated by our Parochial Vicar, Father Daniel Oghenerukevwe, MSP. Bring a friend! Come study/pray the Bible with us. Come and have fun exploring the Bible.

Sunday May 12 2013: May God bless all the mothers of our Parish on this very special day! In this month of May, set aside for a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother; we ask for her intercession and protection for all mothers.
We love you all!


May 6th 2013: MAY PROCESSION & CROWNING:  On Monday, May 6th, at 6:45 p.m. St. Bartholomew’s Parish will celebrate the Queenship of Mary, our Mother. Our newly confirmed and this year’s First Communicants will process to the Church and crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this beautiful May devotion. The short program is filled with devotional songs to Mary that are sure to bring back youthful memories. Please help us fill the Church to honor Our Blessed Mother. Please join us at this very special occasion. click on link for more information

April 2013: RCIA SPONSORS NEEDED: We have three candidates in the RCIA process who need a sponsor to proceed with their initiation into the Catholic faith. A sponsor is an active Catholic that is willing to be a companion on the journey. Sponsors find their role to be one that enriches and deepens their own faith as well. It is a very rewarding experience. To be a sponsor one must be baptized and confirmed Catholic, who regularly attends Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. If the sponsor is married, the marriage must have been celebrated in a Catholic Church in the presence of a bishop, priest, or deacon and if single, the sponsor must not be in a relationship contrary to the Church’s beliefs and teachings on the Sacrament of Marriage. Please contact Father Anthony or Cheryl Duda for further information.

May 5th 2013: YOU ARE INVITED to come and share the joy with our children who will be confirmed at the 11:30 a.m. Mass next Sunday, May 5th.  Please keep the candidates, their sponsors and their parents in your prayers.


April 21st 2013: YOU ARE INVITED to come and share the joy with our children who will be making their First Holy Communion at the 11:30 a.m. Mass next Sunday, April 21st. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.


April 12th - 14th 2013: BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND Beginning Experience is offering a healing weekend at the St. Lawrence Retreat Center in Beacon, NY. This invitation is open to divorced, widowed & separated men & women of all ages who wish to let go of their painful past and create a more peace-filled future. Reservations are required. For information or registration, please call Brendan (845 268-8169) or Louise (845) 221-2743 or email ny.hudson.valley@beginningexperience.org.

March 29th 2013: STATIONS OF THE CROSS: This Friday, March 29th, is Good Friday. We will have Stations of the Cross in the Church at 2 p.m. prior to the 3 p.m. Good Friday Service. As we remember the suffering Christ went through for our salvation, every Christian is encouraged to come out and participate in this solemn celebration

March 26th 2013: CHRISM MASS: Mass of Chrism will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 26th, at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Every parishioner is encouraged to attend this beautiful ceremony, where we celebrate with the Archbishop of our Archdiocese and witness our priests renew their vow to serve God’s people with the humility of a good shepherd. Please come support our own parish priests. Due to the generosity of a friend of our parish, a motor coach will travel from our parking lot directly to St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the cost of $12 per person. Please arrive at the parking lot by 1:15 p.m.; we expect to be back in the lot around 6:30 p.m. Please call the Rectory on 965-0566, Monday to Friday, as soon as possible to reserve a seat.


Tuesday, January 1st 2013: NEW YEAR’S DAY
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God.
Just as we begin all things with prayer, this New Year’s Day, every Catholic is encouraged to begin the year by attending Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God; which is a holy day of obligation. As a parish family we will honor our Blessed Mother, Mary, and also pray for peace in our world. The times for                                                                          
                                                                 Masses are as follows:
Monday, Dec. 31st 5 p.m. Vigil Mass Tuesday, Jan. 1st 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. There will be no 5 p.m. Mass on New Year’s Day.


January 10 2012:  The Pastors New Year Message click Here
January 10 2012:  To view State of the Parish Report 2011 click here 

December 24th 2012: All children in the children’s choir will be singing at the 5 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve, December 24th. They will begin with Christmas carols at 4:30 p.m. We ask that the children attend all Tuesday practice sessions at 5:45 p.m. Part of these weekly practices will be in preparation for the Christmas Eve event.


December 19th 2012: The CANCER SUPPORT GROUP will meet this Wednesday, December 19th, at 7 p.m. in Room 111 of St. John’s Riverside Hospital, 967 North Broadway, Yonkers, for education & support to help cope with cancer. Call (914) 964-4441 for information.


December 4th 2012: Trip to Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show on Tuesday, December 4th. Package includes show, bus and dinner at Carmine’s. Call Nancy (376-2025) for information & reservations.



November 10th 2012: The Rosary Altar Society is sponsoring the following trips:Shopping trip to Reading, PA on Saturday, November 10th. The bus leaves at 7:30 a.m. Call Joan (476-6860) for information & reservations.

July 29 2012: Congratulations to our newest Christian, Anthony Tien Nguyen, who was baptized on Sunday, July 29th. We thank his parents and godparent for presenting him for baptism, and we pray God to bless and keep this child and his parents in their journey of faith.

SOCIAL MINISTRY: Our Food Pantry has an ongoing need, for cereal, pasta sauces, canned fish/meat, canned fruits, rice, jelly, juices and beverage mixes. Please keep this in mind when you see sales on your trips to the supermarket. Thank
July 20 2012: VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help advertise our Religious Education Program in the community by distributing flyers on your street or contacting a business that might display a flyer in their window. Please contact Cheryl Duda (476-6676) and OFFER TO BRING ONE OR TWO FLYERS TO A STORE/BUSINESS NEAR YOU.



July 6th 2012: McManus Parish Center 1:30 pm - 7:30pm  - St. Bartholomew’s will be conducting its 72nd Blood Drive in the 31 years since starting in 1981. St. Bart’s parishioners and friends have made 5292 donations to date. Thank you to all who have participated in our past drives.

We are traditionally asked to run drives during holiday periods when the need for blood is great and the donations are usually down. Your support is just one of many things that make St. Bartholomew’s Parish special. If you can donate, please call Tony Sciacca (423-3592) for an appointment. Also, please encourage your family & friends to participate.

July 8th 2012: This Sunday, July 8th, Monsignor John Kennedy will leave us to return to Rome. We want to thank him for sharing his priestly ministry with us. We wish him a safe flight and God’s blessings on all his endeavors.

July 1st 2012: OUR FAMILY MASS: Next Sunday, July 1st, we will celebrate our Family Mass at 10 a.m. All children and their families are encouraged to attend. Mass will be followed by "Family Breakfast" at the McManus Parish Center. All are welcomeJuly 1st 2012: SOCIAL MINISTRY: Please don’t forget our Food Pantry this summer. We have an ongoing need, for non-perishable staples, such as cereal, rice, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, juices, canned fish/meat, canned fruits & condiments. Please keep this in mind when you see sales on your trips to the supermarket. Thank you for your continuing support!



June 17th 2012: FATHER’S DAY CARDS AND NOVENA: Next Sunday, June 17th, is Father’s Day. We will have a 9 day Novena of Masses for all our fathers - living and deceased. The Novena of Masses will begin on Sunday, June 17th. There are cards and/or envelopes at the back of the church. If you want your father, father-in-law or any other father remembered in the Novena of Masses, please fill out the envelope and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the Rectory Office during the week. Remember, on Father’s Day we will invoke a special blessing on all the fathers during the Masses that weekend.

June 18th 2012: CATHOLIC WIDOWS & WIDOWERS OF YONKERS will hold their monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, June 18th, in Father Anthony Hall, next to St. Ann’s Big Church, 31 College Place, Yonkers. New Members are welcome. For more information, please call (914) 476-4436.

June 7th 2012: SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL: This Thursday, June 7th, we will be providing our Community Meal. Please bring your ziti or dessert to the Rectory. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. The Sharing Community truly appreciates our efforts. Please keep up the good work! For information, please call the Rectory Office.


Sunday, May 13th, is Mother's Day:  Our Parish will have a Novena of Masses for all our mothers – living and deceased. The Novena of Masses will begin on Mother‟s Day and finish on Monday, May 21st.

There are cards and/or envelopes at the back of the church or at the Rectory Office, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you want your mother, mother-in-law or any mother remembered in the Novena of Masses, please write out the envelope with your donation and drop it in the collection basket or bring it to the Rectory Office during the week.

May 16th 2012: On Wednesday, May 16th, at 6:30 p.m., the Gianna Mass will be offered at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 411 East 68th Street (between York & First Avenues), Manhattan, for the intentions of those struggling with infertility and pregnancy-related difficulties. Time for veneration of the relics of St. Gianna will be made available. A light wine and cheese reception will follow at which Dr. Anne Nolte from the Gianna Center and additional Creighton fertility practitioners will be on hand to speak with anyone who is interested. The event is open to the public. All are welcome.

May 20th 2012: WEDDING JUBILEE MASS & CELEBRATION
St. Bartholomew’s couples who are celebrating their 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary anytime this year (2012) are invited to attend the 11:30 a.m. Mass on May 20th. They will be blessed and honored during the Mass which will be followed by a Reception in the McManus Parish Center. Please call the Rectory to register and tell us how many guests you might be expecting at the Reception.

April 22 2012: Parish Raffle - By now our registered Parishioners have received a letter and 3 raffle books for our latest fundraising effort. At this year’s Parish Picnic, three lucky participants will take home cash
prizes of $2,000, $1,000, or $500  -  just in time to kick off summer!

Sunday, April 29th, at 2 p.m: Couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary anytime during 2012 are invited to attend the Annual Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass with Cardinal Egan at St. Patrick Cathedral, Sunday, April 29th, at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please contact our Rectory Office for more information. The deadline for registrations for the Mass is Friday, April 13th. This event is sponsored by the Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York

May 4th 2012: On Friday, May 4th, at 7 p.m., Anthony Rispo will perform a concert of virtuosic music for the pipe organ. The program includes works by Bach, Joseph Jongen, and American composers: Leo Sowerby, David Conte, and a new piece composed by Anthony for the occasion. The event, titled Pedal to the Medal, Artistic Expressions, will be held at St. James Church at 71st Street & Madison Avenue, New York City. Tickets are available at the door ($20 for adults, $10 for children & seniors). Please email ar@anthonyrispo.com, if you have questions.

May 6th 2012: YOU ARE INVITED to come and share the joy with our children who will be confirmed at the 11:30 a.m. Mass next Sunday, May 6th. Please keep them in your prayers.

May 7th 2012: MAY PROCESSION & CROWNING: On Monday, May 7th, at 6:45 p.m. St. Bartholomew‟s Parish will celebrate the Queenship of Mary, our Mother. Our newly confirmed and this year‟s First Communicants will process to the Church and crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in this beautiful May devotion.

The short program is filled with devotional songs to Mary that are sure to bring back youthful memories. Please help us fill the Church to honor Our Blessed Mother.

 April 5th and 7th 2012: PLEASE BRING BELLS FROM HOME to participate in the age-old tradition of ringing bells during the Gloria on Holy Thursday, April 5th, and for the Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 7th.

 April 2nd 2012: The ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY meeting will be held this Monday, April 2nd, at 7:30p.m. in the McManus Parish Center. All women of the Parish are invited

March 12th 2012: Come join us at our next Holy Name Meeting on Monday March 12th at 7:30pm

February 3rd 2012:  BLAISE’S FEAST DAY

BLAISE’S FEAST DAY: On Friday, February 3rd, is the feast day of St. Blaise. We will have the Blessing of Throats only during the 7 a.m. & 9 a.m. Masses.

February 2nd 2012: OUR SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL will be held on Thursday, February 2ndPlease bring your ziti or dessert to the Rectory. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. The Sharing Community truly appreciates our efforts. Please keep up the good work! For information, please call the Rectory Office.

December 12, 2011:  The Holy Name Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the McManus Parish Center. All men of the Parish are welcome.

December 8 2011: THE SOCIAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE is having a special Food Drive to provide Christmas Baskets to some less fortunate brothers and sisters. Thank you for the many non-perishables you have donated to date. What we need to complete this year’s baskets is candy, cookies, frozen pies, fresh (apples & oranges) or canned fruit, juices and coffee. Due to a lack of refrigerator / freezer storage space, we can only accept the frozen pies inside the Church vestibule before each Sunday Mass, December 17th & 18th.

December 8 2011: Pick the GIVING TREE by next Sunday, December 18th. The gifts will be sorted and distributed Christmas week. We will be unable to accept additional gifts once the distribution takes place. God bless you and your families for your generous responses to all the charitable requests made of you at this busy time of the year!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH 1:30 – 7:30 PM: MCMANUS PARISH CENTER
Please plan on participating in St. Bartholomew’s Blood Drive the day after
Thanksgiving. For an appointment call Tony Sciacca (423-3592).

November 12, 2011: Our Rosary Altar Society is holding a Clothing Drive. Please bring usable clothes, shoes, belts, and linens to the red doors of the McManus Parish Center on Saturday, November 12th, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For information call the Rectory Office (965-0566) or Alice Jacob (963-1686).

November 1, 2011: Feast of All Saints and a Holy Day of Obligation is this Tuesday, November 1st 2011.

October 6, 2011: SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL: This Thursday, October 6th, we will be providing our Sharing Community Meal. Please bring your ziti or dessert to the Rectory. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. The Sharing Community truly appreciates our efforts. Please keep up the good work! For information, please call the Rectory Office

October 4, 2011: Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi is well known for his great love of animals. That day at 5 p.m., we will have a blessing of animals in our parking lot. Bring your favorite pets to blessed. 

August 21, 2011: OUR AIR-CONDITIONING UNIT NEEDS REPAIR
For more than four years you may have noticed that the air conditioning / heating units have not been cooling or heating properly. Recently I invited some technicians to take a proper look at the units and to analyze the problem. Fortunately, it is not as bad as we feared, the compressor is not damaged, but there is leakage from one of the units which renders the compressor nonfunctioning. Apart from the gas leakage, the units’ vents are clogged and need to be power washed and properly cleaned. The scope of the work to be done on the air conditioning system includes:

• Injecting dye solution with nitrogen into one of the two refrigerant circuits.
• Locating and repairing any leaks found on the system.
• Evacuating the system of any non-condensable materials.
• Charging the system with refrigerant.
• Replacing all driers on the circuit.
• Checking the system operations and controls.

The units located in the basement and at the rear end of the parking lot of the church also need to be:

• Chemically cleaned.
• Have fan belts and filters replaced.
• Have controls for proper operation checked.
• Have all bearings checked.

In terms of cost for the repairs, we are still negotiating the price with the contractor. You will duly be informed when we have finally signed the contract. All that we need now is your prayers, understanding and support. The duration of the work is not yet determined, but it is certainly going to take some days in not weeks. That means that we all need to pray for a cooler temperature in the coming days. Please bear with us as we try to fix the system for the long term enjoyment of all our parishioners and visitors.

August 21, 2011: WE WILL SOON “GO GREEN”
Dear Parishioners last January I informed you that each bulb in our church consumes 250 Watts, and that there is a total of 70 bulbs in the church. Thus, whenever the lights are turned on, 250 x 70 watts of energy are used. Our monthly Parish bills for gas & electric for the church and rectory sometimes top $5000 during the winter. Since then, various ways to cut down the cost on our electricity bill while providing more efficient, friendlier and brighter lighting within the church have been proposed. In other words, I am looking for lighting that is friendlier to the environment as we opt to “go green.” I am grateful to Karen McKenna who, on behalf of the parish, has been liaising with the various companies who are proposing to make our energy consumption more efficient and less expensive.

August 4th 2011: SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL: This Thursday, August 4th, we will be providing our Sharing Community Meal. Please bring your ziti ordessert to the Rectory. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. The Sharing Community thanks all who participate. For information on this important effort, please call the Rectory Office.
 
January 20, 2011: St Bartholomew's Parish welcomes Rev. Donald Eruaga, MSP, our new Parochial Vicar, to our parish family.

August 4th 2011: SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL: This Thursday, August 4th, we will be providing our Sharing Community Meal. Please bring your ziti ordessert to the Rectory. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. The Sharing Community thanks all who participate. For information on this important effort, please call the Rectory Office.  St Bartholomew's Parish welcomes Rev. Donald Eruaga, MSP, our new Parochial Vicar, to our parish family.

January 15, 2011: St. Bartholomew's wishes a fond farewell to Father Francis Oroffa, MSP. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you on your new assignment. Thank You for all you've done for the parish over the past 2 years. 
 
September 5, 2010: Thank You Father Anthony Ekanem, MSP for sharing your priestly ministry with us. Fr. Tony will be returning Nigeria following this weekend's masses.
Jan 02, 2011: State of the Parish Report (Year End - September 2009 to August 2010) - click here to read

January 20, 2011: St Bartholomew's Parish welcomes Rev. Donald Eruaga, MSP, our new Parochial Vicar, to our parish family. 

January 15, 2011: St. Bartholomew's wishes a fond farewell to Father Francis Oroffa, MSP. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you on your new assignment. Thank You for all you've done for the parish over the past 2 years.

November 29, 2010: St. Bartholomew’s and Hudson Valley Blood Services express sincere appreciation to the 90 donors and 22 dedicated volunteers, including 13 school children, who participated in the Blood Drive on 11/26 to donate 94 units of blood - 64 regular, 15 ALYX (Double Red Cell). St. Bart's has now collected 4947 units in 67 drives since our first drive in 1981. There were 5 new donors with 13 walk-ins. St. Bart’s parishioners and friends have consistently recognized the critical need for donations during the holiday seasons. Any donors who could not come to the drive can make an appointment to donate at their convenience by calling HVBS at 1-800-933-BLOOD. Ask to credit your donation to St. Bart's Group # 7747. We expect to conduct our next drive on the Friday after Easter and we look forward to continuing this much needed community service. 
 

September 5, 2010: Thank You Father Anthony Ekanem, MSP for sharing your priestly ministry with us. Fr. Tony will be returning Nigeria following this weekend's masses.


*  July, 2010: Welcome back Father Anthony Ekanem, MSP, Fr. Tony will be with us for the summer.

August 4th 2010: SHARING COMMUNITY MEAL: This Thursday, August 4th, we will be providing our Sharing Community Meal. Please bring your ziti ordessert to the Rectory. Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. The Sharing Community thanks all who participate. For information on this important effort, please call the Rectory Office.  St Bartholomew's Parish welcomes Rev. Donald Eruaga, MSP, our new Parochial Vicar, to our parish family.


July 6, 2010: St. Bartholomew’s and Hudson Valley Blood Services express sincere appreciation to the 68 donors and 14 dedicated volunteers, including 8 schoolchildren, who participated in the Blood Drive on 7/2 to donate 70 units of blood - 48 regular, 11 ALYX (Double Red Cell). St. Bart's has now collected 4854 units in 66 drives since our first drive in 1981. There were 7 new donors with 11 walk-ins. St. Bart’s parishioners and friends have consistently recognized the critical need for donations during the holiday seasons.

* Any donors who could not come to the drive can make an appointment to donate at their convenience by calling HVBS at 1-800-933-BLOOD. Ask to credit your donation to St. Bart's Group # 7747.

* We will conduct our next drive on the day after Thanksgiving and we look forward to continuing this much needed community service.

* May 21, 2010: St. Bartholomew’s PA thanks everyone for making our Tag Sales a such a success.

* April 19, 2010: St. Bartholomew’s and Hudson Valley Blood Services express sincere appreciation to the 93 donors and 8 dedicated volunteers who participated in the Blood Drive on 4/9/10 to donate 91 units of blood - 63 regular, 14 ALYX (Double Red Cell). St. Bart's has collected 4784 units in 65 drives since our first drive in 1981. There were 11 new donors with 14 walk-ins. St. Bart’s parishioners and friends have consistently recognized the critical need for donations during the holiday seasons.

* Any donors who could not come to the drive can make an appointment to donate at their convenience by calling HVBS at 1-800-933-BLOOD. Ask to credit your donation to St. Bart's Group # 7747.

* We will conduct our next drive on July 2, 2010 and we look forward to continuing this much needed community service.

* Jan 03, 2010: State of the Parish Report (Year End - September 2008 to August 2009) - Click here to read

* Fall 2009: Catholic Alumni Partnership - Archdiocese of New York. St. Bartholomew’s School is blessed to be one of more than 300 schools, across seven arch/dioceses, participating in the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP). Click here for details

* June 2009: Please Act Immediately to Urge Lawmakers to Treat All Schools Fairly - Click here for details

* Dec 27, 2008: State of the Parish Report (Year End - September 2007 to August 2008) - Click here to read

* Dec 01, 2008: St. Bartholomew’s and Hudson Valley Blood Services express sincere appreciation to the 92 donors and 17 dedicated volunteers who participated in the Blood Drive on 11/28 to donate 94 units of blood - 60 regular and 34 ALYX (Double Red Cell). St. Bart's has now collected 4,455 units in 61 drives since our first drive in 1981. There were 9 new donors and 15 walk-ins. We express special appreciation to the 11 school children volunteers. This was also our 26th Thanksgiving Drive. St. Bart’s parishioners and friends have consistently recognized the critical need for donations during the holiday seasons. Any one who could not come to the drive can make an appointment to donate at their convenience by calling HVBS at 1-800-933-BLOOD. Ask to credit your donation to St. Bart's Group # 7747. We will conduct our next drive during the week after Easter, 2009 and we look forward to continuing this much needed community service.

* Sep 09, 2008: St. Bartholomew's Parish welcomes Fr. Francis Oroffa as our new Parochial Vicar.

* Aug 31, 2008: St. Bartholomew's Parish thanks Fr. Oliver Offor for sharing his priestly ministries with us for the past 7 months. We all wish Fr. Oliver success in his studies.

* Jul 01, 2008: St. Bartholomew's Parish welcomes Fr. Tony Ekanem to our parish. Fr. Tony will be with us into September.

* Jun 29, 2008: Congratulations to Elinor Prior - Elinor is the winner of our First Auto Raffle.

* Jan 31, 2008: PARISHSCOPE - Newsletter published by the St. Bartholomew's Parish Council - Click here to read

* Jan 21, 2008: St. Bartholomew's Parish wishes Fr. Ayo Efodigbue best wishes with his new parish in Houston, Tx.

* Oct 14, 2007: Rev. Msgr. Charles J. McManus Pastor Emertus celebrates his 65th Year in the Priesthood.

* Oct 07, 2007: St. Bartholomew's Parish celebrates it's 1st Annual Oktoberfest.

* Sep 10, 2007: St. Bartholomew's Parish welcomes Rev. Ayo Efodigbue, MSP as our Parochial Vicar.

* St. Bartholomew's Parish and St. Bartholomew's School both welcome new families; please contact the parish or school offices for details.