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.

St. Patrick's Parish Street Patrol

Every Wednesday in July and August, 6:30-9:00PM
St. Patrick's Parish (131 McCaul St., Toronto)
A walk through Toronto's downtown core,
offering food and friendship to the homeless.

Youth Ministry Training Day

Saturday September 16, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm
St. Marcellinus Secondary School (730 Courtneypark Dr. West, Mississauga)
Teaching those who may be new to the youth leadership ministry
or who are a seasoned veteran. Cost: $40/person
Contact: 416-599-7676 or youth@ocytoronto.org

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

Office of Catholic Youth

St. Bartholomew is one of ten parishes which make up the
Eastern Region Young Adult Ministry, called Spiritus Via.
We need two more young adults to assist Leigh Anne Best, in representing
St. Bartholomew in this energetic group.
There is a meeting at St. Barnabas Church, Wednesday, August 30 @ 11 am.
Please submit your name at the church office if you are interested
in becoming involved in this ministry.

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.


Due to spraying in the rectory, no one will be allowed in the
church or the catacombs after 2:30 pm until the following morning.
Thank you for your cooporation.

Annual Mass for the Faithful Departed

The annual Mass will be held at all Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Service Locations
August 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
More information is posted in the North Lobby.

Parish Picnic - August 19, 2017

That Saturday there will be NO MASS inside the church.
Mass will be celebrated outdoors on the school grounds at 4:00 PM
and the picnic will follow.
Music, Games and Activities for the Whole Family!
Tickets are on sale in the lobby after Mass & weekdays from the church office.
Cost is $5 per ticket.
No tickets will be sold at the picnic. Tickets must be bought in advance.

We need volunteers! (Set-up/Food Prep./BBQ/Sales/Clean-up)
Please leave your name at the church office.

New Beginnings

A ministry dedicated to helping people who have suffered loss through
separation, divorce or death of a loved one.
Information is posted on the church bulletin board, and additional
information is available from the office.

**Other resources focussing on aid and support
are posted in the north lobby bulletin board.

The RCIA is the process by which interested, un-baptized people,
or non-Catholic Christians become members of the Roman Catholic Church.
In a few weeks new sessions in this ongoing process will once again begin.

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.

Pilgrimage to Martyrs' Shrine

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Parishioners from across the archdiocese are encouraged to come together in faith
and fellowship as we celebrate together at a place of historical significance.

Koinonia Prayer Community

Wednesday evening prayer meetings and Wednesday afternoon holy hour devotions
have stopped for the summer months of July and August.
Meetings will begin again on Wednesday September 6, 2017.
Holy Hour will resume on Wednesday September 13, 2017.
Have a safe and blessed summer!

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.

An Update on the Church Hall

At the present time, we are meeting with the architect and the consultant,
appointed by the Diocese, to complete the Request for Approval Form which
must be submitted to the Archdiocese to obtain permission to build our hall.
We will keep you informed about our progress.

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.


You can find this week's bulletin on our Bulletins page.