“One expression of this attitude [of Jesus] is when we stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful custom. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need.”
Pope Francis
Laudato Si', #227



COMMUNITY: Living His Communion Together

Hospitality: New in the Pew

The life of communion lived together at St. Bartholomew offers each parishioner an experience of the Lord's hospitality of the heart.

The St. Bart Hospitality Ministry is called "New in the Pew".  Participants in this ministry welcome newly-registered parishioners with a personal phone call in which we give them information about church and school programs, invite them to upcoming parish events, and encourage them to use St. Bart's website for further details about CYO, our Hispanic community, and St. Bartholomew School. We plan to meet the newly-registered parishioners at the mass of their choice to say hello and we invite them to become active and engaged in one of our many organizations or ministries. When time permits, we also invite them to meet other parishioners after the 8:30A.M. or 10:00 A.M. Masses for coffee and doughnuts. Finally, from time to time we are called upon to coordinate a special reception for a departing or an arriving priest or religious.

The rewards for participants in this ministry are bountiful but the time requirement is minimal -- only a few hours every four months. Bring your enthusiasm and dedication to reach out to newcomers.

Welcome Committee:  For more information, please contact New in the Pew Coordinator, Bonnie Perkins, at 301-299-8091 or bonitaperkins@yahoo.com

Community Sunday: Meet other parishioners in the Parish Hall after the 8:30A.M. and 10:00 A.M. Masses each Sunday for fellowship over coffee and doughnuts.



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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 before meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive through thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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