Christmas Flower Memorials are a nice way to remember your deceased family and friends at this special time of the year and your donation in any amount will help cover the cost of holiday flowers at St. Bartholomew. If you would like to participate, please contact the parish office by December 20th. 

Christmas Window Candle Memorials are available for $3 per candle. These will be lit on Christmas Eve and run through the Christmas season to the Babpism of the Lord, January 10, 2022. Please send your intention and donation to the Parish office through the collection by December 20th, or contact the parish office. 

The Christmas Basket Committee at St. Paul's Church has decided to continue with the %50 gift cards to 100 recipients to by only groceries at Price Chopper for those in need at Christmas. As with Thanksgiving, the gift cards were purchased through the Holy Family School SCRIP program. Any donation amount toward the cost of the gift cards is appreciated. Thank you!

St. Paul's will NOT be collecting coats or books this year. 

This year, the Syracuse Diocese will participate in the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office of the U.S. Conference of Bishops. The funds raised in this collection are distributed, based on need, to religious communities of men and women to assist them in caring for their elderly, frail, and retired members. ost religious communities today have far more retired members than those serviing in active remunerative ministry, and their financial needs are great. The collection will be held the weekend of ec. 4-5. Please be as generous as you can. Every gift is important and deeply appreciated.    

For the month of December 2021, the Norwich Community Kitchen will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag at the Hannaford store located at 705 State Highway 28, Oneonta, NY. 

Come Home for Christmas:  Our Church choirs of St. Bartholomew and St. Paul extend a "Come Home for Christmas" to any of our returning college students and adults for our Christmas Eve Service. "Who? Any alumni of our schools, sisters, brothers, parents who would enjoy a chance to be part of God's Angels fo rthe 4PM  or 10PM Christmas Eve masses. Anyone who is interested can email, the parish office or contact any of our current choir members. Music will be emailed to the indiciduals. A signup list will be in the foyer of each church. Deadline is December 12th.

Music Ministry: Our combined choirs will be prociding music for the Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County's Light Up a Life Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 9th at the Hospice/Palliative Care office on Court street. We have been blessed with an opportunity to minister outside of our church lofts! 

"National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 7-13, 2021. Please ask our Lord for more didicated, holy priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God's gift of vocation." 

  Faith Formation Classes have Begun! Grades K-9 meet at Holy Family School at 9:45am. Confirmation students meet at St. Paul's Church Hall. Masks are required for everyone. New students please call 337-2200 to register for grades K-10.

Contact the office if your mailing address, telephone number or email address has changed. You can also put a note in the collection basket. We want to keep this information up to date in our records. Thank you!

As you know, the people of Haiti have again seen immense damage and had substantial loss of life by an earthquake and Tropical Storm. The impact will be long-lasting. Catholic Relief Services are on the ground providing humanitarian relief and will be with the community for an extended period of time. A special collection will be taken up this weekend to aid in the relief. Checks can be made out to St. Bartholomew’s Church, and we will send a check for the full amount collected to the Diocese. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and generosity.


Holy Family School Subsidy: Each church in Chenango County supports the Holy Family School in Norwich through a required subsidy. St. Bartholomew's subsidy to Holy Family School for July 1, 2021 though June 30, 2022 is $66,687 per year or $5,5557.25 per month. Your support of this collection is appreciated. Mr. Sorci, Principal at Holy Family School, extends his thanks to our parishioners for supporting Catholic Education in Chenango County and asks you to continue keeping them in your prayers.

Regular Offerings to the Church of St. Bartholomew: Thank you to everyone who is continuing their Church offerings to help our Church meet everyday expenses. If you choose to do so, please mail to St. Bartholomew Church, 30 Pleasant St., Norwich, NY 13815. Father receives all mail and distributes it to the Churches. If you would like to consider an automatic bank payment plan for the regular support to our Church (either through your checking or savings account), please contact the office by phone or email ( to get more information. Your may select deductions from your account on a weekly, biweekly, monthly or quarterly basis. An authorization form needs to be completed and can be changed any time. This option saves time and is a convenient way to give regularly.

The Office of Safe Environment is recruiting individuals interested in becoming a Safe Environment facilitator. The Safe Environment program teaches child sexual abuse prevention, including recognizing predatory behaviors, proper boundaries, and discussing how to create and maintain a safe environment for our most vulnerable. The Facilitator training dates are Wednesday, September 22, 2021: 9:00am - 3:00pm at the Chancery, Syracuse and Saturday, September 25, 2021: 9:00am - 3:00pm at the Chancery, Syracuse. Call the office at (315) 470-1421 for more information.

The HOPE Appeal Campaign: Bishop Lucia has decided to permanently move the HOPE Appeal Campaign to the Fall instead of the Spring. This year's HOPE Appeal Commitment Weekend will be held on September 11th and 12th. It will conclude on December 31, 2021. Please call the office at 337-2215 if you have any questions.

Seton Catholic is looking for a full-time driver to take students from Norwich to Binghamton in the morning and from Binghamton back to Norwich in the afternoon during the 2021-2022 school year. The driver will interact daily with children and serves as their trusted transportation to and from school. As such, the driver should be free of any traffic and criminal violations. Please contact

Project Rachel Ministry: Do you need post-abortion healing? How do you know if you need post-abortion healing? Do you feel reluctant to talk abiou the subject of abortion, or feel guilt, anger, or sorrow over your own abortion? Do you have lingering feelings of resentment or anger towards people involved in your abortion (baby's father, friends, your parents)? Have you felt a vague emptiness, a deep sense of loss, or prolonged periods of depression? Are you overly protective of any children you have now? These are some of the signs that you could benefit from post-abortion healing. Project Rachel Ministry can help you find peace. Contact us at 855-364-0076 or All calls and emails are confidential.

REMINDER:  If you are visiting from another parish and would like your donation to go to your parish, please use your own Church envelope or the envelopes in the pews or at the entrances for the first and second collections. If the envelope is labeled for a different parish, it will be sent to that parish. Thank you. If you attend Mass at St. Paul on Saturdays from April 1st through September 30th or on Sundays and would like your offering credited to St. Bartholomew, please use your collection envelopes, or place the offering in any envelope and label for St. Bartholomew with your name, and it will be given to St. Bart’s.


Diocese of Syracuse: Updates to the diocesan Instructions for the Celebration of the Sacraments in Time of Pandemic

Update from the Diocese June 23 2021

PCC Opportunities:


Revised Protocols for parishes from the Diocese:
Dispensation from Sunday Mass is discontinued. The Catholic faithful are asked to resume their full and active participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy through physical attendance at the Saturday Vigil Mass or Sunday Mass. Anyone who is frail or at risk due to advanced age or medical conditions is ALWAYS excused from this obligation. Caregivers, too, may have to use prudential judgment about attendance at Mass, carefully considering the risk factors involved.

Pre-Registration is no longer required for Mass. Fully-vaccinated parishioners are not required to wear a face mask unless they choose to do so. Those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and social distance. There is a designated area so that social distancing can be maintained.


Bankruptcy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, NY

Letter from Bishop Lucia regarding the Hyde Amendment.



Holy Family School is enrolling students for the 2021-2022 school year, offering a challenging academic program based on strong Catholic principles and traditions  We are very proud to have been awarded Middle States Accreditation for a School of Excellence by Design.  Holy Family School is not only affordable, it may be the best investment you ever make for your children. Call 607-337-2207 for more information.


Norwich Community Soup Kitchen is closed until September.