An ORGANIST and CHOIR DIRECTOR is needed at the Church of St. Bartholomew, 73 East Main, Norwich, NY for Masses on Sunday mornings at 9 am, Saturdays at 4 pm from October through March and special services including Christmas, Easter, Holy Week and holy days when requested by Pastor.  You may be asked to play for weddings and funerals, if available, for a separate stipend.  Email contact information to or send to: Church of St. Bartholomew, 30 Pleasant St., Norwich, NY  13815

2021 Formation for Ministry/Deacon Formation Information Sessions: Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1:00PM in Liverpool: Pope John XXIII and Sunday Oct 24 at 1:00PM in Fulton: Holy Trinity. Register at or call 315-470-1479. Session will include an overview of the two-year Formation for Ministry program leading to commissioning as a lay ecclesial minister and an overview of the process for becoming a deacon. Formation for Ministry is a prerequisite for becoming a deacon.

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.

For all engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony: an "In-Person" PreCana Day will be held on Saturday, September 18th at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 192-194 Court St., Binghamton, NY. The fee for the day is $50. Due to Covid restrictions, there are a limited number of spots, so please make your reservations EARLY by calling the Parish office at 607-723-5383 or 607-722-6492.

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

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.