From the Pastor’s Desk

We Have a Name!

After much deliberation and prayer, the Beacons Planning Council has decided on a name for our Family of Parishes, which will also serve (probably) as the name of the new parish we will form. The name is Our Lady of Divine Providence.

An Easter Thank You!

Palm Sunday, the Easter Triduum, and Easter Sunday are beautiful celebrations of our faith. They are also events which require a tremendous amount of work by many people in each parish. I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers of St. Bartholomew and St. Vivian Parishes who placed orders, took deliveries, arranged decorations (and rearranged decorations as the week went on), as well as those who volunteered for special roles in the liturgy (lectors, servers, singers, musicians, “foot washees”, etc.) Thank you! Thank you! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Divine Mercy Sunday – Today at St. Bartholomew Church! (For Our Family of Parishes and Beyond!)

The promise of eternal life from the resurrection of Jesus necessarily comes with a call to repentance and the promise of an outpouring of divine mercy, that we may be cleansed and healed from our sins. While Lent is a special season of repentance, this Feast of Divine Mercy provides another special opportunity to receive God’s Divine Mercy. For almost 25 years, there has been a tradition of a Divine Mercy celebration in the afternoon of the Sunday after Easter at St. Vivian, and later, St. Bartholomew Parish. We will have this celebration of the Lord’s Mercy this Sunday afternoon from 2:00PM to 5:00PM. There is a prayer/speaker program, but during this entire time there will be several priests hearing confessions. Should yours be one of them?

-Fr. Umberg