LENT 2018



    EVERY Friday at 7pm

    St Bartholomew’s Church

    The stations of the cross help us connect emotionally with the suffering of Jesus. It fills us with a deep thankfulness that encourages us to repent and turn back to God. Stations remind us that Jesus is true God and true man. It brings to mind the compassion we must show to all human beings who suffer. This year the stations will be presented in ways that encourage us to go deeper into the passion and death of Jesus.

    February 16: Stations with various musical reflections.

    February 23: Scriptural Stations from St John Paul II.

    March 2: Stations from the perspective of Mary

    March 9: Stations with contemporary pictures and reflections  

    March 16: Stations that encourage us to think of others.

    March 23: Stations  

    March 30 (Good Friday): Living Stations.


    Saturday, March 3, 2018

    Saint Thomas Seminary

    Bloomfield, CT


    Ruth and the Mothers of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew

    Open to the public, free-of-charge

    The gospel of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus. The first session will explore how Matthew's genealogy of Jesus connects the gospel with the faith witness of key Old Testament women: Tamar, Rehab, Ruth and Bathsheba. The second session will explore the story of Ruth in depth. Speaker: Dr. Mahri Leonard- Fleckman Professor of the Old Testament at Providence College. Bring paper bag lunch, we will provide, snacks and drinks, and even babysitting if needed. Please reserve a spot by Feb.28 BJ Daly Horell or Jill Costa catholic.biblical.school@aohct.org (860) 242-5573, ext. 2670


    Thursdays, February 15, 22, 

    March 1, 8, 15 & 22

    Time: Either 1:00-2:00pm or 7:00-8:00pm

    Place: St. Barthlomew Meeting Room

    Please call 860 643-2403, ext. 105 by February 12 if you need babysitting.

    A six week small group experience for adults in the parish. Using the readings from the Sunday Mass, participants will listen to the readings, have a brief time of silence and then explore how God’s message is active and relevant today. God is the purpose of our gathering. It is not a debate, teaching or advice, but a reflection on the way God has acted and continues to act in each of our lives.


    Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly passed out on Ash Wednesday and  First Sunday of Lent or call 860 643-2403, ext. 105 for a copy.

    Perfectly Yourself is a book for anyone who has failed at a diet, survived the collapse of a

    relationship, or wondered if he or she would ever find a fulfilling career. Kelly teaches us how to find the balance between accepting ourselves and striving to become all God dreams for us to become. It's a book for all of us who long to be at peace with who we are, where we are, and what we are doing, not in some distant tomorrow, but here and now today. 

    There will be a discussion on the book Tuesday, March 13, 2018,  7:00-8:00pm in St. Bart’s meeting room

    If you would like to meet on Monday morning, March 5, gathering at 9:45 and beginning at 10:00am, (this time will have babysitting)  please call 860 643-2403, ext. 105

  • 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS

    Jesus said, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give it to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.” Matthew 21:19 Jesus asked the rich man to sell and give up his possessions, give to the poor, and follow Him. Maybe Jesus is asking the same of us?  

    40 bags in 40 days is a forty day period (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) where you declutter one area a day. The goal is one bag a day, however you can have more or less.  

    The 2018 Challenge starts February 14 and goes to March 31.  

    Millions of people have read about #40Bagsin40Days and 2018 will be the 8th year of the challenge.

    We know that in the end all our worldly possessions don’t matter. By getting rid of 40 bags we hope to become more and more detached from our stuff. To learn we can give up things and live with less.

    We donate or sell them. The money we make or the money we save can be used to be more generous. In addition, our material things take time to maintain, manage and put away. With more time, we can spend it with those we love, volunteering, or in prayer. For more information and to receive helpful updates and ways to make a plan and follow through go to http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/40-bags-in-40-days/ or just put ‘40 bags in 40 days’ into your search engine


    Bible Study by Joe Marcucio, Biblical School Graduate


    February 21, 28; 

    March 7, 14, 21; April 4, 11

    Times: 1:00 -2:00pm in Meeting Room OR 7:00-8:00pm in Room 8, at St. Bartholomew

    Please register by February 26 so we can have materials ready for you.

    The passion and resurrection of Christ are at the core of Christian faith and form the capstone of each of the four gospels. This study opens Matthew, Mark, Luke and John individually to reveal the special insights each has preserved. Examining the passion and resurrection will challenge you to incorporate both the pain of the cross and the hope of the resurrection into daily living. There is some reading and reflection that will be done at home and then discussion and a video presentation at the class time. The first class will be an orientation and passing out of materials.


    Prayer and meditation before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament are great ways to spend some special time with Him. You can ask Him for graces for yourself or for loved ones, reflect on His Word, or just keep Him company! It’s no bother for Jesus. In fact, He very much wants to see you! Catholics believe that at Mass bread and wine truly become the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, during the Consecration by the priest. The consecrated bread, the Eucharist, in the form of hosts, becomes what is known as the Blessed Sacrament.

    Weekly Parish Adoration

    Monday evenings  


    at St Bridget Church

    24-Hour Adoration and Confession … 

    per Pope Francis invitation

    Friday-Saturday March 9-10  

    8am Fri to 8am Sat  

    at St Bridget Church

    Children, Youth and Adults invited


    Sat., March 17, 10:00am-4:00 pm at St. Bridget

    No cost, please register before Monday, March 10, by calling 860 643-2403 ext. 105.

    The center piece of Christianity is forgiveness. We begin to heal when we forgive. Unless we understand the importance of forgiveness and practice it in our relations with others, we will never achieve inner freedom. This coming Lent, join us on a one day retreat on forgiveness. Through prayerful reflections, and through the sacrament of reconciliation, come learn what real forgiveness is about, the way Jesus has forgiven us. Come join us, bring a friend. 


    6:00-7:00pm Monday at St Bridget

    2:30-3:30pm Saturday at St Bridget

    4:30-5:00pm Saturday at St Bartholomew

    From Pope Francis: “Everyone say to himself; When was the last time I went to confession? And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go…Jesus will be there…”

    If it has been a long time since you celebrated the sacrament or you have forgotten how, there will be a lay person present on Monday evenings with information on how to go to confession or check the website: manchestercatholic.org