St. Bartholomew Catholic Church 2930 Hanover Pike Manchester, Maryland
Pastor: Fr. Michael Roach, MRoach@archbalt.org
Assisting Priests: Msgr. Jeremiah Kenney and Msgr. James McGovern
Parish Center: 3071 Park Avenue Manchester 410-239-8881
Secretary: Mary Sharon Ruby
Coordinators of Youth Ministry: Linda Sterner, LSterner@archbalt.org and Kelly Guest, KGuest@archbalt.org
Coordinator of Adult Formation and R.C.I.A: Tom Abbott, TAbbott@archbalt.org
Coordinator of Religious Education: Lynn Szymanski, LSzymanski@archbalt.org
Administrative Assistant: Theresa Stone, TStone@archbalt.org
 Mass Schedule
Celebrated at New Church: 2930 Hanover Pike
Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.
Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon
Holy Days of Obligation: 6:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Confessions are heard every Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Celebrated in the Historic Church: 3071 Park Avenue
Daily Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. If Carroll County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather...there is NO Morning Mass!
Eucharistic Adoration is Every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 Mass Attendance
We strongly believe that our beautiful Mass is an opportunity to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, hear His words and give us strength for daily life. This is a necessary part of our Catholic formation, both as children and adults. As well as in keeping the third commandment—"The Christian Sunday (the Lord’s Day) celebrates the new life of the world born in Christ’s Resurrection. All humans have a duty, to praise God and give him thanks. Thus all Christians are bound to participate in the Mass, and must partake of the Eucharist at least on holy days of obligation. Deliberate failure to do this constitutes a grave sin (CCC 2181)." In addition to this teaching from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, children are at a distinct disadvantage in understanding our Catholic faith and traditions if they are only attending classes and missing Mass each week. So to encourage all students and families to attend Mass together, we will be continuing our program this year, "SUNDAE MASS". Families participating will be invited to attend a SUNDAE party at the end of the year. Watch for the Sundae Mass sheet coming home with the September newsletter. Enjoy attending Mass together as a family throughout the year and then have fun eating and celebrating with other Religious Education families!
In addition, continuing this year, we will be asking our A session students to attend the 9 a.m. Mass and our B session students to attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass and our D session students to attend either the 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Mass according to the following schedule.
Nursery and Kindergarten Students: January 27, 2013
First Grade Students: January 13, 2013
Second Grade Students: November 11, 2012
Third Grade Students: December 9, 2012
Fourth Grade Students: February 24, 2013
Fifth Grade Students: March 17, 2013
Sixth Grade Students: April 14, 2013
Attendance will be taken at these Masses as the students and catechists will sit together in the side section to the left of the altar. Please enter from the parking lot through the side door closest to the altar.
 Religious Education Classes Continue...
Classes for Students in Nursery through Sixth grade continue as scheduled throughout the Month on Sundays and Mondays.
Our last class for this year will be on Sunday, April 28 and Monday, April 29th
Catechists for the 2012-2013 year...
Nursery: Mrs. Tina Holland; Mrs. Michelle Drumgoole;
Kindergarten: Mrs. Tina Cunningham; Mrs. Sunshine Safley; Mrs. Michele Grimm
First Grade: Mrs. Kim Dignan; Mrs. Maria Cappadora; Mrs. Leslie Chesley
Second Grade: Mrs. Carol Thornton; Mrs. Lisa Brooks; Mrs. Theresa Stone
Third Grade: Miss Chris Parks; Mrs. Kathy Clagg; Mrs. Rose-Mary Rineheart
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Marie Cunningham; Miss Stacie Sterner; Mrs. Rosemary Donovan
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Becky Walsh; Mr. Pete Farley; Mrs. Janet Stefanelli
Sixth Grade: Mrs. Kara Barth; Mrs. Barri Cappadora; Mrs. Jennifer Cuneo
In addition to our Faith First curriculum, students in grades one through eight will receive Family Life and Child Protection education in our weekly classes. Materials will be available for parent preview in the R.E. office during the month of September. Your child's grade level syllabus will show when classroom instruction and homework lessons will be taught for each grade level.
 Home Study
Sunday, October 21
Sunday, December 16 Christmas Celebration
Sunday, March 3:
Sunday, April 28: End of Year Celebration; all materials turned in; Pizza Party
Please call the R.E. office, 410-239-8881, if you are unable to attend the session, to arrange a time to drop off your child's book to monitor progress throughout the year.
 Grades 7 to 9
Seventh Grade Catechists: Mr. Michael Gary, Mr. Jeff Peters and Mrs. Maggie Wade
Eight Grade Catechists: Mr. John Bailey, Mrs. Catie Garrett and Mrs. Sandy Martin
Ninth Grade Catechists: Mrs. Ben Bray, Mrs. Mary Kelly and Mr. Bill Morley
FALL for Grades 7, 8 and 9 Classes begin on Sunday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. and will be held for six weeks through and including October 21. Progress reports will be mailed home to parents in early November.
WINTER SEMESTER for Grades 7 and 8 Classes begin on Sunday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be held weekly February 24 through and including March 24. Please note NO classes on Sunday, February 17th
Winter Semester curriculum will include Family Life from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Progress reports will be mailed home to parents in early April.
Children must be registered in a R.E. program or Catholic School one year prior to the year of preparation and reception of Sacraments.
Parents are asked to attend two meetings to assist in the preparation of your children for both the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist.
First Reconciliation Materials from CANCELLED Meeting on January 28th will be available on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 3 and 4th when you bring your child for class in the room next to second grade. Videos will be shown at the beginning of each session...please plan to pick up your packet of materials and watch the videos, so your child will be fully prepared.
First Reconciliation Celebration: Saturday, February 16th at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. in our New Church
First Eucharist Parent Meetings are scheduled on Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m., both in the Parish Center.
First Eucharist Celebration: Saturday, May 4th at 10 a.m. or 12 noon in our New Church
Confirmation Classes for the Class of 2013 will begin on Sunday, February 10, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Parish center, by pre-registration only after attending the informational meeting on either Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:00 OR Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the HISTORIC Church.
Classes will then continue on Sundays, Feb. 24, March 3, 10 and 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with our last class and Confirmation Retreat: Sunday, March 24 beginning with the 12 noon Mass AND continuing in the Parish Center til 5 p.m.
2013 Confirmation Mass will be Saturday, September 21st at 10 a.m. with practice for students and their sponsors on Sunday, September 15 at 3 p.m...all in the New Church, 2930 Hanover Pike.
 Additional Resources and Websites
http://www.faithfirst.com Website for students and catechists from our publisher RCL...fun games and information for all ages
http://rclbfamilylife.com Website for students and parents from our family life publisher RCL...
http://kofc9127.org Website of our parish Knights of Columbus organization...keep informed of parish activities
http://archbalt.org Website for the Archdiocese of Baltimore
http://fisheaters.com Website recommended by Mr. Tom Abbott, St. Bartholomew Coordinator of Adult Formation
http://catholicmom.com Website recommended by our catechist, Mrs. Jennifer Cuneo