As a parish community, our dream is to awaken in all the possibility to know Jesus Christ and to experience the love of God. Acknowledging that every person has a desire to be welcomed, valued, and needed, the vision of the Welcoming Commission is that all who enter our parish will see and feel the peace and love of Christ and experience being a valued member of our parish family. Responsibilities include welcoming newly registered parishioners into the parish and delivering a welcome packet to their home, serving as a resource for new parishioners and encouraging new parishioners to come to activities and advising them of suitable volunteer opportunities. We are always looking for new members! If you would like to spend a couple hours a month welcoming new parishioners, please contact us at 781-444-3434 or here to see how to get involved!
Ministers of Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion (EMC’s) are commissioned by the Pastor/Administrator to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to members of our parish either at Mass or to those who are unable to attend Mass. We are always looking for volunteers for both groups. Those who minister during Mass may be scheduled once a month to every week, depending on volunteer preferences. Those who minister outside of Mass do so on a weekly basis. For more information, please contact us at 781-444-3434 or here.
Lectors reverently proclaim the Word of God in the readings and Prayers of the Faithful during Mass and other seasonal liturgical services. If you are interested in becoming a Lector, please contact us at 781-444-3434 or here.
The Liturgy is a public act of worship that the Church gives to God. Altar Servers assist the priest while growing closer to God in their own life. Responsibilities include participating in initial and on-going training as scheduled, being available when scheduled or finding a replacement from the provided Altar Server list and arriving in the Sacristy 15 minutes before the scheduled Mass time. Altar Servers should be in the 4th grade or older. For more information, please contact us at 781-444-3434 or here.
Ushers arrive 20 minutes before the Mass to which they are assigned, greet and welcome all people as they enter our church. They will provide seating assistance when necessary and, in general, present themselves as available assistants wherever help is needed. They collect the offertory and find individual to bring up the gifts. They also distribute the bulletins as the congregant leave Mass. If you are interested, please contact us at 781-444-3434 or here.
St. Augustine said that “He who sings prays twice”. Here at St. Bartholomew’s, the music certainly lifts our hearts to God and adds to our experience of the Mass. There are many ways to get involved in our music ministry at St. Bartholomew’s. We have an Adult Choir, Youth Choir, musicians and cantors. Please contact Antonia Nedder, or check out our Music page for more information!
Child Protection Commission
The Child Protection Commission aims to create a community of protective support within our parish. The Commission’s responsibility is to guarantee that all persons who interact with our children follow all safe environment policies. This is done by complying with Church and State regulatory requirements, and also St. Bartholomew’s safety policies. The Child Protection Commission works with the Archdiocese to make sure that all staff and volunteers have received “Protecting God’s Children” training, have a clean criminal background check, and interact appropriately with children. Any deviation will be immediately dealt with by notifying with the Pastor and following state and diocesan guidelines. They also make sure that the Religious Education program follows diocesan guidelines for educating students on good personal safety habits. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, please contact Jen Foster.
As we learn and grow in faith, there are individuals who instruct and mentor us along our journey. Catechists are individuals who nurture faith in our children and teens by sharing their faith through information and witness in the parish religious education program. Catechists are not expected to be theological experts, but to live their faith and help others to develop their faith life. Responsibilities include spending approximately 1 hour per class in preparation, in addition to the scheduled class time, presenting the materials to students in an engaging and age appropriate manner and being a good role model for students. It is a truly incredible opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. Please contact Jen Foster if you are interested in getting involved in our Religious Education program. If you feel that you would like to be involved but do not have the time to commit, we have plenty of special events that would be a great fit for you!!
Social and Outreach Commission
We acknowledge that we are all children of God and members of St. Bartholomew’s parish. As such, we recognize the need for all ages to come together as members of a parish family, both spiritually and socially. As a parish, we strive to joyfully serve our local and global community through all sorts of outreach programs. For more information on our many Parish outreach programs, check out our Community Outreach page or contact us at 781-444-3434 or here!
Parish Pastoral Council
The function of the Pastoral Council is to prayerfully discern how God is calling the parish to fulfill its mission and to envision how the parish can best achieve this. Every Council recommendation is arrived at by consensus and should be made with the Parish Mission Statement in mind. The primary responsibility of the council is advising and making recommendations to the Pastor/Administrator regarding the Parish’s pastoral needs. The Council shares its vision and collective wisdom with the Pastor/Administrator. They meet one evening a month, and are appointed by the Pastor/Administrator. If you are interested in more information, please contact the parish office at 781-444-3434.
The purpose of the parish Finance Council is to advise the Pastor/Administrator in his role as the financial steward of the parish. Responsibilities include assisting in preparation of the parish budget, and in preparation and presentation of the Annual Financial Report to the parishioners, helping with prioritizing the maintenance of our buildings and grounds and in prioritizing capital repairs, purchases, improvements, as well as prioritizing allocation of parish resources in accordance with the parish Mission Statement and Articles of Canon Law, which pertain to the temporal goods of the parish and addressing any other financial matter the Pastor/Administrator wishes to discuss with them. The Council meets once a month and a three year commitment is expected from members. Membership is by appointment only, but if you would like more information, please contact us at 781-444-3434.
Building and Grounds Commission
The Buildings and Grounds Commission assists and advises the Pastor, Finance and Operations Manager, and Finance Council regarding routine and ongoing maintenance issues and long-term planning for the parish’s buildings and grounds. Please contact us at 781-444-3434 if you are interested in joining the committee!
It is important, if we are to remain a dynamic community of the people of God, that we have effective communication with all our parishioners. The mission of the Communication Ministry is to gather and coordinate parish information to ensure the clear and timely communication of all programs, events, and activities using all available resources. The Communications Ministry is comprised of staff members and volunteers who maintain the website, publish the weekly bulletin and blog, send out weekly religious education newsletters, post on social media, publicize events, and communicate emergency cancellations. The time commitment varies according to the role each member plays. If you are interested in helping out, contact Jen Foster.