“It is Jesus [who] you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.”
Saint John Paul II
World Youth Day, August 2000
EDUCATION: Formed in His Communion

Small Groups

All St. Bartholomew parishioners are encouraged to participate in a small group experience whether it be within the family, a gathering of friends or other groups that are formed here in the community. Small group companionship allows the encounter with Jesus to be experienced "in the flesh" through relationships of authentic love and friendship.

Faith and Fiction Book Club

The Faith and Fiction Book Group hosts meetings between September and June to discuss books by noted Catholic authors or that broadly deal with religious and spiritual topics.   For more information, see the Faith and Fiction Book Club page.

Men's Group

The St. Bart's Men's Group is a long-standing discussion and prayer group consisting of laymen, priests, and religious.  Meetings are held in members' homes on the first and third Saturday of the month  from 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.  The meeting host provides light refreshments, chooses a topic for the meeting, prepares short opening remarks to open the discussion, and solicits members to host the next meeting.  The group has no structure and no leader, as we rely heavily on the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We usually open and close with formal prayers; otherwise, meetings consist of members sharing their experiences and thoughts.  We usually focus on personal experiences in dealing with family and community and social and spiritual matters.  Relationships wth adult children, community members, and siblings are frequent topics of discussion, as are dealing wth aging and aloneness.  Please contact Jerry Hoskins at jfhoskins@comcast.net for more information.

Busy-Men-at-Works Group

Are you a busy man? Then please consider joining St. Bartholomew's "Busy-Men-at-Works" Group which meets on the Tuesdays, 7:30PM-9PM in the rectory dining room. If you are interested, please consider joining us for readings, discussions, prayer and fellowship! For more information, please contact Manny Berard, jmb10@caa.columbia.edu

Renew Groups

Originally formed more than 25 years ago as a Renew Group, this ministry has evolved during its quarter century existence into the Helen Glazer/Berneice Maloy Study Group. The members meet 6 weeks in the fall and again 6 weeks during the Lenten season on Wednesdays from 1 pm - 2:30 pm to read religious works or for self-directed Bible study. There is a discussion for about an hour, followed by a social gathering with food and fellowship for all. We also have a Mass and luncheon during the Christmas season, and again in the spring.  If you are interested or have any questions, please call Helen Glazer 301-229-0187 or Fran Hickey 301-229-1859.

St. Bart's Women's Saturday Morning Prayer Group

The St. Bart's Women's Saturday Morning Prayer Group meets on the first and third Saturday of the month from 8.30 a.m.-10.30 a.m. in private homes, with light refreshments offered. Besides opening and closing prayers, we read and discuss selected books that deepen our faith and our understanding of how it fits into our lives and bringing us closer to God. The group is open to all women and new members are always welcome. Contact: Kathleen Goldsmith, goldsmithkit@gmail.com or call  301-469-6455

Women's Prayer and Book Discussion Group

St. Bart’s Women’s Prayer and Book Discussion Group has been meeting for over 15 years in various respective members' homes. During two hours of fellowship, members share their faith, offer intercessory prayers, and discuss current faith-related books and topics.  The group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. New members are welcome.  Please contact Ann Kennedy at 301-229-7614 or alkenne@aol.com for more information.

Meditative Prayer Group

The Meditative Prayer Group, led by Roger Oussoren, meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m. in the Rectory Conference Room. If you are interested in attending, please call Roger at 240-793-5737 or email him at roger.oussoren@gdit.com. There is no cost but please consider either a donation to St. Bart’s or a charity.

270Catholics for Young Adults

270Catholic is a regional ministry for young adults (college-aged to mid 30s). Monthly events include: Theology on Tap, Christ in the City, Sunday night dinners, and bi-weekly bible studies. Sign up for a weekly email of events at 270Catholic.org or visit Facebook.com/270 Catholic.


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Prayer for small groups

Powerful, sovereign Queen, come to our aid. Speak for us to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Who can do it better than you, who conversed so intimately with him here on earth, and now so fully possess him in Heaven? Speak to your Son for us! Amen.

-St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

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