The Church looks to married couples as the heart of the entire family, which, in turn, looks to Jesus. The Sacrament [of Marriage] is not a ‘thing' or a ‘power', for in it Christ himself 'now encounters Christian spouses….He dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens."
Pope Francis
Amoris Laetitia, 73
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

Sacraments

By offering his living presence here at St. Bartholomew, Jesus is our intimate companion and point of entry into the very life of the Triune God. The Church teaches that the sacraments are signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church. It is through the sacraments that divine life is given to us, and it is through the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated that their graces are made present.

The sacraments bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131). The laity (those who share in the priesthood of baptism) and the clergy (those who share in the priesthood of ordained ministry) celebrate the sacraments together, prepared by the Word of God and the faith that welcomes that Word. The sacraments strengthen faith and express faith, and their fruit is both personal and for the whole Church. There are seven sacraments. The Catechism of the Catholic Church categorizes them into three groups:


The Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)

Sacrament of Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (Cathechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)

Through Baptism, the human person is washed clean of original sin and restored to the image and likeness of God. 

At St. Bart's, baptisms are administered on the 3rd Sunday of the month by appointment only. Parents are required to take a brief class related to the Sacrament prior to the Baptism. Classes are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Registration is required. Call the Parish Office at 301-229-7933, or e-mail: stbarts.admin@verizon.net for more information.

Sacrament of Confirmation
By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.(Lumen Gentium, 11)

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred on candidates from our parish 8th grade Confirmation preparation class by a bishop of the diocese.

Please call the Office of Religious Education at 301-229-3431 for additional information about confirmation at St. Bartholomew's, or email the Director of Religious Education, Ms. Cathy Mills, cmills@stbartholomew.org or ccdoffice@stbartholomew.org

Sacrament of the Eucharist
At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet "in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us". (Sacrosanctum concilium, 47)

First Holy Communion is the first Sunday in May for children in 2nd grade and above who have been prepared to receive the sacrament.  For 2014, there is a March 22 Retreat for First Communicants and their parents, a rehearsal on May 1 at 6:30 P.M., and First Holy Communion on May 3 at 10:00 A.M.

For more information, contact the Director of Religious Education, Ms. Cathy Mills, at 301-229-3431, cmills@stbartholomew.org or ccdoffice@stbartholomew.org

Sick and homebound parishioners should call the Parish Office at 301-229-7933 to arrange for a visit from an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.


The Sacraments of Healing (Penance & Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick)

Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. (Cathechism of the Catholic Church, 1440)


Men and women are in constant need of the Lord’s mercy, healing and renewal. Come experience the peace that only Christ can give as he washes away your sins, guilt and regret. Receive the grace to “go and sin no more” (Jn 8:11). If you have not been to Confession in a long time, ask the priest to help you. Wondering how to begin? Try this examination of conscience.

Reconciliation is offered at St. Bartholomew's on Saturday after the 8AM Mass, and from 3:30-4:30PM or by appointment. On Sunday, Reconciliation is offered in Spanish from 5:15-5:45PM. During Lent, reconciliation is also available at additional times. Please check the St. Bart's calendar for dates and time.

Anointing of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ. (Lumen Gentium, 11)

The Sacrament of the Sick is conferred on ailing/suffering members of our parish community at a special annual mass.  Please see the St. Bart's calendar for a specific date and time.  The Sacrament is also offered to sick and elderly parishioners in homes, hospitals, and hospices by calling the Parish Office at 301-229-7933.


The Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Matrimony, Holy Orders)

Sacrament of Marriage
The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1661)

The St. Bartholomew parish community rejoices with couples called to the Vocation of Marriage and Family. To schedule a date for your marriage, kindly contact one of St. Bart's priests at least six months in advance by calling 301-229-7933. Couples should note that we ask for six month preparation time so that they can learn about and fully understand that, on their wedding day, they administer the sacrament to one another with the priest acting as a presider. As a public sign and affirmation of God’s grace, the couple offers to the community this sign that their vows are not merely a private contract between two people, but instead, the beginning of a new family of love modeled after the Holy Trinity.  

Here at St. Bart's, we have a wedding coordinator who can assist you in all the logistical details that go into making your wedding day a beautiful and spiritually enriching day for you and your spouse and for the entire community.  Please contact Mary Ann Chalfant at 301-299-3739 for more information.

Sacrament of Holy Orders
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1536)

Men of the parish who feel called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders, either as priests or deacons, are encouraged to talk to the priests of the parish for guidance and counsel. DCPriest has additional resources and support for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. For information about the permanent diaconate, visit here. Women of the parish can find resources on the consecrated life here.

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We give you thanks, O Lord our God, for the communion of your holy, pure and heavenly mysteries, which you have given for the good, the hallowing and the healing of souls and bodies. Amen.

-St. Basil the Great (329-379)


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