The Norwich Soup Kitchen will be closed after May 24th and will re-open in September. Date to be announced.

Assorted cookies from the Ave Maria/Rosary Society bake sale are still available for $12 a pound. Contact Barb Lawton @ (607) 334-9415 or call the office at (607) 337-2215.  

Relics of Saint Bernadette will Visit Diocese May 28-31 The Diocese of Syracuse will host the relics of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes Saturday, May 28-Tuesday, May 31. The relics will arrive at Holy Family Church in Fairmount late in the day on Saturday, May 28. They will be transferred to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, May 29 in time for the 9:45 a.m. and a wel- come Mass celebrated by Bishop Douglas Lucia. On Monday, May 30 they will be at Sacred Heart Parish in Cicero. They will then go back to Holy Family in Fairmount on Tuesday, May 31. This will be the first time the relics of Saint Bernadette will be in the United States and part of a tour that will run through August. Cen- tral New York and New York City are the only New York State sites on the tour. The specific hours and programs associated with each of the parish visits are being fine-tuned. The latest schedule is available at Responding to the invitation of many including Bishop Lucia, Sanc- tuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France organized the pilgrimage in partnership with North American Lourdes Volunteers based in Syracuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Hospitalité de Miami, and the Order of Malta. “The Vatican has granted a plenary indulgence for those visiting the relics during the tour and meeting the usual conditions,” said Maria Miller of the Lourdes Volunteers organization. “It is an extraordi- nary opportunity to discover Lourdes, pray with St. Bernadette, follow her example of holiness and to allow God to increase our own faith.”

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.

St. Paul’s Cemetery/Church is looking for a part time seasonal (May-September) maintenance person.  Candidate must hold a valid driver’s license. Position includes landscaping, mowing, trimming and janitorial duties. Applications can be found online at our website or can be picked up at the church office. Send application and resume to St. Paul’s Church, 30 Pleasant St., Norwich, NY 13815. Call 607-337-2216 for more information. 

SAVE THE DATE: HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary this September! Please save the date for the weekend of Sept. 16-18, 2022. More information to follow!  

SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW 2022 applications for the Rev. Msgr. Guy A. Festa Memorial Scholarship are available for REGISTERED and ACTIVE members 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.  

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL is enrolling students for the 2022-23 school year. Holy Family offers a challenging academic program based on strong Catholic principles and traditions. Contact the school at 607-337-2207 or go to for more information. 

Tax Statements:  If you would like your 2021 contribution report, please send in your request, or place it in the collection basket along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Statments can also be picked up in the all-purpose room. The Form is in the 12/26/2021 bulletin. 

Holy Family School PTO still has copies of the SaveAround Tri-County Coupon Books in stock until January 31st! If you are interested in a copy, email or call/text 607-316-2755. 

2022 Le Moyne College C.Y.O. Scholarship: For many years, Le Moyne College and the Catholic Youth Organizations have worked together to offer eight $4,000 scholarships ($1,000/year). Again, in 2022, eight deserving students in the geographical Diocese of Syracuse will be awarded to prospective Le Moyne students who have demonstrated leadership abilities and have performed outstanding service to their school, community, and parish.  Applications are available at the Church office by calling 607-337-2215. Completed packets must be returned to the Regional Chairperson (NOT THE COLLEGE) no later than January 1, 2022.     

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!

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.

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.