“It is Jesus [who] you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.”
Saint John Paul II
World Youth Day, August 2000



EDUCATION: Formed in His Communion

Small Groups

All St. Bartholomew parishioners are encouraged to participate in a small group experience whether it be within the family, a gathering of friends or other groups that are formed here in the community. Small group companionship allows the encounter with Jesus to be experienced "in the flesh" through relationships of authentic love and friendship.

Please consider joining one or more of our small groups, outlined below, where your participation will allow you to enjoy the small group companionship that is offered. The groups generally start up again in September after the summer months in normal circumstances but all are continuing to meet virtually at present. Please contact each ministry leader for updates.

The Tuesday Morning Bible Group meets September - June on Tuesdays, 9-10.30 am in the library at Bartholomew House Assisted Living. We use the Loyola Press Bible Series “A Guided Discovery for Groups”. These books give structure and enable scripture discussions in a small group setting and help to increase our understanding of the Bible and how to apply it to our daily lives. We are currently meeting on Zoom. New members are always welcome – contact Cecilia Motha 301-229-5990 or email ccmotha@comcast.net

The St. Bart’s Women’s Prayer and Book Discussion Group has been meeting for over 15 years in various respective members' homes. During two hours of fellowship, members share their faith, offer intercessory prayers, and discuss current faith-related books and topics.  The group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Currently they are meeting every Thursday on Zoom at 10 am. New members are welcome.  Please contact Ann Kennedy at 301-367-5988 or alkenne@aol.com for more information.

Are you a busy man? Then please consider joining St. Bartholomew's Busy-Men-at-Works Group which meets on Thursdays, 7:30 pm - 9 pm in the rectory dining room. If you are interested, please consider joining us for readings, discussions, prayer, coffee, doughnuts, and fellowship! Currently meeting via Zoom every Thursday at 7.30 pm. For more information, please contact Manny Berard, jmb10@caa.columbia.edu

The St. Bart's Women's Saturday Morning Prayer Group meets on the first and third Saturday of the month from 8.30 a.m.-10.30 a.m. in private homes, with light refreshments offered. Besides opening and closing prayers, we read and discuss selected books that deepen our faith and our understanding of how it fits into our lives and bringing us closer to God. The group is open to all women and new members are always welcome. The group is currently meeting every Saturday on Zoom. Contact: Kathleen Goldsmith, goldsmithkit@gmail.com or call  301-469-6455.

The St. Bart’s Men's Group goal is mutual support and spiritual development based on shared insights gained from a diverse membership. We meet for about 90 minutes at 9:30am on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Members volunteer to host meetings on a rotating basis and each host picks the topic to be discussed. (Currently, meetings are held via Zoom videoconferencing.) The group has been meeting for 25 years and we always enjoy the fresh perspective brought by new members. The value of the group can be appreciated by the comments of members: -“The input from our group is invaluable to me as I listen to other members describe how they deal with individual and family concerns and the problems of aging.” -“It has provided me with a trusted sounding board as I face new and difficult life issues.” -“Mutual support is a true blessing. As we listen to each other with respect we learn we are not alone as we face tough problems and decisions in our personal lives.” -“I look forward to our Saturday get-togethers. They truly are spiritual retreats!” -"It's a sharing/caring group. I feel better after each meeting."

If you would like to attend or for more information, contact Jerry Hoskins at jfhoskins@comcast.net or Don Connolly at doncon30@comcast.net 


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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 for small groups

Powerful, sovereign Queen, come to our aid. Speak for us to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Who can do it better than you, who conversed so intimately with him here on earth, and now so fully possess him in Heaven? Speak to your Son for us! Amen.

-St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

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