Welcome to St. Bartholomew Parish

St. Bartholomew church

What's Happening at St. Bart's

Young Adults Group (ages 19 to 39)

Come and join us at some of our upcoming events.

Catholic Woman's Group

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month @ 6:30PM
St. Joseph the Worker Parish (1100 Mary St. N., Oshawa)
Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul. A chance to grow together,
learn and embrace what it truly means to be a Woman of God.
Contact: Sandra 905-432-2300 x208 or swalfisz@archtoronto.org

Student Christian Movement: "A Pinch of Salt", a one day retreat

Saturday September 23, 2017 @ 10am—5pm
St. Andrew's By The Lake Church, Toronto Island, Cost $25
The day will include cooking, conversation, crafts and
active non-violence training with Christian Peacemaker Teams.
To register: apinchofsalt.brownpapertickets.com

Theology on Tap: Synods (Past, Present, Future)

Monday September 25, 2017 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Duke of York Pub, (39 Prince Arthur Ave)
Enjoy an evening of thought provoking theological discussion
with guest speaker Dr. Michael Attridge,
Professor, University of St. Michael's College.

Live Listening Sessions with the Toronto Bishops

Young people will have the opportunity to respond to Pope Francis' questions
in preparation for the Synod!

September 13, 7 p.m. @ St. Patrick's, Markham
September 19, 7 p.m. @ St. Isaac Jogues, Pickering
October 2, 7 p.m. @ St. Stanislaus, Toronto
October 11, 7 p.m. @ St. Christopher's, Mississauga

Contact Leigh-Anne Best at leighbest@gmail.com
and cc: the church at st.barts@sympatico.ca
for more information or to RSVP for these events.

Maturing Adults Group

The Maturing Adults Group presents a video and discussion on:

Part I-Transform your Attitudes About Getting Old
(What does a doorknob have to do with it?)
Part II-Seek Love Everywhere
(The key is a marble...)
From the Book: 12 Keys to Spiritual Vitality By R.P. Johnson, PhD

Tuesday October 3, 2017 1:00 to 2:30 pm
See you there!

Pick up the full year schedule in the Narthex on
your way out and mark your calendar.

First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Registration forms, letters and schedules are available in the Parish office.
If you are NOT a registered parishioner, you must register at the
same time as registering your child.
Full parishioner registration includes envelope donations.

The first meeting for CONFIRMATION:
Sunday September 24 @ 3:30pm

Sunday October 1 @ 2:30pm

If you miss these first meetings you will have to wait
and join next year's sessions in 2019.

Sunday School Help

We need volunteers to teach Sunday School from October 8th, 9:30-11:00am,
every Sunday, to the public school students
who will be making their First Communion.

Please give your name and number to the office

Koinonia Prayer Community

Wednesday afternoons from 1-2pm

Wednesday evenings @ 7:30pm
Prayers, Praise & Worship, Reflection and Intercessory Prayers.

A Special Evening of Hymns, Prayers, Songs and Short discussion
Wednesday, September 27th @ 7:30pm
Sponsored by Divine Mercy Apostolate of Canada
(Fellowship and refreshments will follow)

CWL logo

The next CWL General meeting will be on
Tuesday, September 26 @ 7:00 PM in the Choir Room.

The RCIA is the process by which interested, un-baptized people,
or non-Catholic Christians become members of the Roman Catholic Church.
New sessions in this ongoing process will begin once again
on Thursday, September 28 @ 7:00pm.

If you are interested in taking part in the initiation process of becoming
Roman Catholic, please register at the parish office.

"The Church exists in order to evangelize. All Catholics
are called to evangelize, no matter what we do for a living."
-Pope Paul VI

The RCIA registration form is available for download here.

Dining with the Saints

Friday, October 27, 2017
Doors open 6:00 pm – Dinner at 7:00 pm

Join us for an evening of fun, dancing and dining!
With a silent auction, prizes, cash bar and more!
Adults $30.00, Children (under 12) $20.00
Tickets and sign-up sheets are available in the lobby
after Mass starting Sept. 16-17.

Pot Luck Dinner Dance

We would like to recognize the generosity of the few parishioners
who have made the dinner food over the last few years for all
of the people who attended the dance. Without their contributions,
we would not have had our great dinners.

This year, rather than just a few people contributing,
we are asking all of the parishioners who are attending the dance
to bring food
so the contributions are spread out among many.

When you purchase your ticket, you will be asked to choose
from the board any one of the dishes that we will need to make the
dinner a success. We will hand you an aluminum foil pan in which you can
bring your dish. The names of the people will be put in a draw for a prize.

We thank you for your cooperation.
Together, we can make this year's dinner dance
fundraiser a success!

We need help with:
Set-up Thursday October 26 @ 3:00 pm and
Take-down/Clean-up Saturday October 28 @ 9:30 am.

Contributions towards our raffle/door prizes and auction are always
greatly appreciated. Without these contributions, our event would not be a
success. All remaining items will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Please submit donations directly to the office.

St. Michael's College School

St. Michael's College School is now considering
applications for September 2018.
Open Houses for interested parents and their
sons, grades 7-12, will be held on
Thursday, October 19 & 24 at 7:30-9:30 pm.

While St. Michael's is an independent school,
they offer financial aid to qualified students.

Legion of Mary

You may have the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart
and/or the Pilgrim Virgin Mary Statue in your home for a week.
Request forms are available in the Legion of Mary box under the church
bulletin board, in the south lobby.
Hand in completed forms to church office.

We are collecting the outer milk bags.

Please bring them to the church, folded not crumpled,
and place them in the box in the washroom lobby.

The milk bag mats offer people an invaluable, durable and
washable alternative to sleeping on the ground.

Used by health-care professionals as a make-ready substitute for operating
bed/table. It takes approximately 400 milk bags to make an adult sized mat.

Donated to the homeless in Canada, Syrian refugees in Greece and other disaster
stricken countries. Canadian milk bags don't disintegrate or retain moisture,
are very strong, UV resistant, are washable and have a life span of 25 years.
It has empowered the women in the Third World Countries to make money to
support their families by creating many products from floor mats to hand bags.

Teachers applying to TCDSB

Graduating this year as a teacher? Applying as a teacher for the TCDSB?
Download the priest reference form from
https://www.archtoronto.org/Documents/catholic-outreach/priest_reference.pdf ,
fill out your part and read what you expect Fr. Fred to fill in.

If you don't volunteer in the church and Fr. Fred doesn't know you, how will he
be able to fill out the form favourably? You must be a registered parishioner
and start doing some volunteer work at the church. We always need help.
Please check with the office and find out if you are a registered parishioner.

Expecting a Baby?

Want your child to be Baptized? You must be a registered parishioner for 3 to 6
months and attending Mass at this church before Baptism takes place.
Therefore, while you're pregnant make sure you check with the office
to see if you are registered.

Although Baptisms are not refused at St. Bartholomew Parish, there may be times
when they are delayed until various concerns are worked out.
Sacraments should not be entered into lightly, under family pressure,
or because they are seen as merely social or cultural conventions.
The pastor of the parish must be sure that a right understanding and a proper
disposition towards the sacrament is evident before they can proceed.

We are not looking for perfection from our parents but a reasonable assurance
that the promises they will be making at the baptismal celebration are
meaningful to them and to the faith life of their family.

Please Note

Please be mindful of keeping outer church doors closed and remembering
to turn off lights when leaving an empty room. KEEP ELECTRICITY COSTS DOWN!

Do not park your car on the west side of the church between the garage doors
and the school fence. This is a fire route. You will be ticketed and towed!

If you have a change of address or telephone number, please let us know.

As a courtesy, if you are planning to move could you please let the office know.
The envelopes cost money. It would help the parish save if you let us know
ahead of time. Thank you.

For parishioners with children who are now 18 years of age or older and working,
we encourage them to register under their own name.

For donations made by cheque, please make it out to St. Bartholomew Church.
Just indicate on the memo section which charitable institution you would want
the money to go to in order for us to process your donations.

Come and Join Our Parish Family

Registration significantly helps several parish processes including Baptism,
Confirmation and Wedding. It also enables the parish office to give you
letters of reference and tax receipts.

Registration forms are available in the Parish Office,
or you can download a registration card here.

Inspiring Catholic CDs available

Want to learn more about your faith?
Want to make your time traveling to and from work more fruitful?
Looking for gifts for friends and family?

CHECK OUT the CD stands in the NORTH and SOUTH narthex.
There is even a CD for children. $5 each.

Please remember to contribute toward your pledge, which you made to the
Family of Faith campaign. Your continued payments of your commitment
to our campaign will enable us to fund future project(s) such as the
construction of our Hall that will help in many practical ways to welcome
and to serve those who come to our church to encounter Christ.

To date we have received our parish share of $54,418.17.

Parishioners making payments against their Family of Faith pledge should send their
payments directly to the Family of Faith campaign with their name, address,
payment, and parish name along with the city at the following address:

Family of Faith Campaign
Donation Processing Centre
1155 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1W2

Phone Number: (416) 934-3400 ext. 536

All cheques MUST be made out to Family of Faith Campaign.

Tax receipts will be issued directly by the Archdiocese, not this parish.
If you have questions about your tax receipt, please contact
Arthur Peters at 416-934-3400, x559, or apeters@archtoronto.org.

In the case of a change of contact information, death or other circumstances,
please send the change to the same address listed above.

Family Food Donation Schedule

Please help us support the Agincourt Community Services.

See the Weekly Family Food Donation Schedule so you can plan ahead and buy a few extra non-perishable goods that week.

More Information

For information about Marriages, Baptisms, and registration, please see our Parish Information page.

Parish Activities

Go to our Activities & Organizations page for more activities at St. Bartholomew's.

To learn more about the CWL in St. Bartholomew's Parish, see the CWL web page.

To learn more about the Knights of Columbus in St. Bartholomew's Parish, see the Knights of Columbus website.

To learn more about the RCIA program in St. Bartholomew's Parish, see the RCIA web page.


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