“It is our duty to live in history, side by side with our peers, sharing their worries and hopes, because the Christian is and must be fully a man of his time. He cannot escape into another dimension, ignoring the tragedies of his era, closing his eyes and heart to the anguish that pervades life. On the contrary, it is he who, although not 'of' this world, is immersed 'in' this world every day, ready to hasten to wherever there is a brother in need of help, a tear to be dried, a request for help to be answered. On this will we be judged!"
Saint John Paul II
World Youth Day 1996

COMMUNITY: Living His Communion Together

Local Community

United with the presence of Jesus, St. Bartholomew parishioners bring a new way of living human life to the local community. As witnesses to this life, we can show what is possible through our shared companionship.

The parish community of St. Bartholomew extends its deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Carl Essl, who died suddenly on February 9, 2015. Carl was the manager of Christopher's Hardware Store, Glen Echo location, and was a supporter of St. Bartholomew's Church bulletin for many years. Carl's youngest son, Will, also an employee of the store, is scheduled to begin college this fall. The family would be proud to accept any contributions to Will's college fund in memory of Carl. These can be sent to: William Essl Scholarship Fund, c/o Robert Harris, Administrator, Lerch, Early & Brewer, 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 460, Bethesda, MD 20814. The Essl Family thank you most sincerely.

Bethesda is an incorporated area of lower Montgomery County, MD, immediately north of the northwestern border of Washington, D.C.  In 1871, the area was named for a local church, Bethesda Meeting House, which was established in 1820.  Bethesda is home to a highly educated population with above-average incomes and was 83% Caucasian in the 2010 Census.  It houses the main campus of the National Institutes of Health, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and many headquarters of national companies.  

Bethesda Wikipedia page

Local resources to follow issues within our parish boundaries:

City Data in our zip code

County Council

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Bethesda Urban Partnership

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch

Cabin John

Glen Echo


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Mission Statement

We welcome all to the St. Bartholomew parish community. We strive to live a sacramental life centered on the Eucharist, committed to living and spreading the message of Jesus Christ through worship, education, service, faithful witness and careful stewardship.


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Prayer of an evangelist

Lord Jesus, you want us to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You want us to become radiant lights as we stand beside You, the great light, bathed in your glory, O Light of Heaven. Let us enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Holy Trinity, as now we have received, though not in its fullness, a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one true God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

-St. Gregory Nazianzen (330-390)

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