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Lectio divina

Come join us at St. Bartholomew’s rectory (O’Brien room) for Lectio Divina at 10 am each Tuesday until at least August 21st. We will focus on the upcoming Sunday Gospel. “Lectio Divina”, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

GROWING IN AGE As long as one is alive, one is going through stages in life—infancy, youth, education, career, single or matrimony, and so on. One might  ask the question ‘Are we living too long–beyond the ages for which we were

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A Note from Fr. Derek

Our Lady of the Snows If August 5th did not fall on a Sunday this year, the Church would be celebrating the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Mary Major. The Basilica, built on the Esquiline Hill in

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

INSURANCE How many insurance policies do you hold now or have held in the past?  And what is the reason to  insure anything?  Because something  has monetary value? I could not afford to replace something, if I lost it. I

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A Note from Fr. Derek

Sounding Retreat I’m actually writing this column more than a week ahead of time as I am preparing to make my annual spiritual retreat staring Saturday the 21st. The Church’s Canon Law requires priests to make an annual spiritual retreat,

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

DECLUTTER Most all of us have heard this word because it is used continually in the news, books written about its necessity, and pushed at us from all media outlets. And the word usually provokes a little guilt that reminds us

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A Note from Fr. Derek

It seems hard to believe, but it is almost two months since John O’Dowd arrived here at St. Bartholomew. He will be finishing up his assignment here next weekend and have a little respite before beginning his classes again at

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A note from Fr. Derek

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…” It is with these words that our second reading begins this Sunday. In writing to the Church at Ephesus, St. Paul begins by blessing God. This might seem a

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

“I SHOULDA…..” How many times in life does something happen that may directly or indirectly involve us?  But upon reflection, we know that we should have responded in some way and we did not. If we are very fortunate, we may

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

July 4th   INDEPENDENCE DAY All over the world people are leaving everything that is held dear, everything that is sacred to them, everything and most everyone that matters to their way of life.  Why?  Peace—Safety—Independence. This day means so much more than

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