March 17th Dispensation Bishop Lucia has granted a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day. See the Dispensation enclosed with this bulletin.

THE NORWICH COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN now has the summer off. The doors will reopen in September. Enjoy a safe and happy summer, and we will see you in September!

PLEASE NOTE: EFFECTIVE 7-1-23: the Diocese has increased Mass intention fees to $15 per Mass intention.

• Confessions are heard at St. Malachy’s on Wednes- days, 6-7 PM and on Saturdays, 3:15-3:40 PM; 

 • No Masses at St. Bartholomew at this time on Saturdays or during the week. Mass on Sunday morning at 9 am only for now; instead, prayer services with communion are offered during those times; 

 • In an emergency or if anointing of the sick is needed, please call Fr. Dan Caughey at 607-674-9625.

HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED St. Paul’s Rectory is looking for a part-time housekeeper. Only a few hours a week for laundry, cleaning and house- keeping for Fr. Ralph. The current housekeeper Mary is retiring after many years! Please contact St. Paul’s Church office at 607-337-2216 for details. Employment applications are available on their website at:

Please update your email address with the office if you haven’t done so. We want to be sure to have current contact information on file. Thank you!

THE NORWICH COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN now has the summer off. The doors will reopen in September. Enjoy a safe and happy summer, and we will see you in September!

SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW 2023 applications for the Rev. Msgr. Guy A. Festa Memorial Scholarship are available for REGISTERED and ACTIVE mem bers of St. Bartholomew Church. The award will be made on character, service, scholarship and financial consideration. Applications need to be completed and returned to Father Ralph for his signature as soon as possible. Call the office at 337-2215 for more information.

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK In re The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, New York Case No. 20-30663 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, On June 19, 2020, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, New York, (“Diocese”) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). The Court has established January 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) (the “Supplemental Bar Date”) as the deadline to assert claims against the Diocese arising from or relating to abuse that occurred when the survivor was 18 years of age or older, and which, prior to the enactment of the Adult Survivors Act (S.66A/A.648A) would have been subject to a statute of limitations defense (“Adult Claims”). If you have an Adult Claim against the Diocese you must file a claim on or before the Supplemental Bar Date, which will be treated confidentially in accordance with prior court orders in this Case. Please visit for call (855) 329-4244 for more information on how to file your proof of claim. IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DIOCESE’S CHAPTER 11 CASE.



ST. BART’S ANNUAL SPAGHETTI SUPPER was another success, earning just over $4,600 for general expenses of the Church! THANK YOU to Holy Family Preschool classes for the lovely centerpieces. We would also like to thank our sponsors: Mirabito Holding, Rick and JoAnn Mirabito, Mike Quattrocchi, NBT Bank, Denny’s Wines & Liquors, Nazzitto’s Wines & Liq- uors, Price Chopper, Gilligan’s Island, Sal & Nancy Testani and Walmart. Most importantly a BIG THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who graciously gave their time for the event! ;

Weekday Masses at St. Malachy’s are Tuesday at 8:30 am and Fridays at Noon

 Confessions at St. Malachy’s are Wednesday, 6-7 pm and Saturday, 4:15—4:40 pm**. ** ON SATURDAYS BEGINNING 10/8, MASS TIME CHANGES TO 4 PM, SO CONFESSION WILL BE AT 3:15 PM.


PCA News St. Joseph’s in Oxford: Join their Divine Mercy Chaplet on Zoom at 1 PM on Fridays. The Meeting ID is 356555 6647 and the Passcode is 789987. Contact Kathy Anderson for more information at 607-316-1717.St. John’s of Bainbridge and St. Agnes of Afton host the Wednesday evening scriptural rosary via Zoom at 7 PM. Contact Dc. Tom Picciano at tpicciano@syrdio for a Zoom invitation. Immaculate Conception in Greene live streams Sunday Mass at 10 AM on the ICC YouTube Channel: Immaculate Conception Greene for Sunday Mass Livestream


The Norwich Community Soup Kitchen is up and ready to serve dinners again. We are scheduled to open September 13. We will open every Tuesday at 4pm and start serving at 5:15pm. If you would like to volunteer please call or email me at 607-336-3513 or



REMINDER: If you are visiting from (or attending) another parish for Mass and would like your dona- tion to go to your own parish, please use your own Church envelope (or any envelope) and label it for the parish you want it to go to. Your envelope will be sent to the parish written on your envelope.

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!

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.


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.