“Even now we are journeying towards the sabbath of eternity, the new Jerusalem, towards our common home in heaven. Jesus says: 'I make all things new' (Rev 21:5). Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give those poor men and women who will have been liberated once and for all.”
Pope Francis
Laudato Si', #243



SERVICE: Taking Care of His Suffering Body


The Risen Christ in our midst is the “firstborn of the dead” (Col 1:18). Through the light of his Resurrection, St. Bartholomew parishioners can offer their hope and care for those who grieve the loss of a loved one.

Parishioners are encouraged to call a parish priest first when a family member has died, even before the funeral director or cemetery manager. The priests can offer the consolation of the Church, and guidance on the Funeral Mass and burial in the sacred grounds of a cemetery. Visitations in the Church are welcome at St. Bartholomew. The Rectory staff can help you coordinate the Funeral readings, music, and hospitality after the burial.

The Arimathean Ministry

The Arimatheans are a group of caring parishioners who volunteer their time to serve Mass at a Funeral or Memorial Service of a deceased parishioner. Currently there are about 6 participants. Training is available.  Please contact Bill Ayers, 301-469-8023 or wrayers@aol.com

Parishioners who would like to participate in the St. Bartholomew Arimathean ministry can help by:

-attending the Vigil, Funeral and Burial on behalf of the parish community

-praying for the deceased and their loved ones

-serving as ushers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at Funerals

-preparing, coordinating, and serving meals after the Funeral Mass and burial

-following up with bereaved family members, especially during the first year

Transform Fear
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington
Prayers for the Dying


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Our Beloved Dead

Please pray for the deceased members of our parish community:

Santiago Vesperoni
Eileen Green

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 Souls

Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious Blood of your divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the word today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my own family. Amen

-St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302)

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