This picture was donated by Dr. Patrick Di Iorio.
St. Bartholomew is the patron of our parish,
his feast day is
Who is St. Bartholomew?
He is one of the Twelve Apostles (cf. Mt 10: 3; Mk 3: 18; Lk 6: 14; Acts 1: 13). He has traditionally been identified with Nathanael. This Nathanael came from
When Jesus sees Nathanael approaching, he exclaims: "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile!" (Jn 1: 47). This provokes the curiosity of Nathanael who answers in amazement: "How do you know me?" (Jn 1: 48). Jesus says: "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you" (Jn 1: 48). We do not know what had happened under this fig tree. It had to do with a decisive moment in Nathanael's life. His heart is moved by Jesus' words, he feels understood: "This man knows everything about me, he knows and is familiar with the road of life; I can truly trust this man". And so he answers with a clear and beautiful confession of faith: "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" (Jn 1: 49). This confession is the first step in the journey of attachment to Jesus.
According to information handed down by Eusebius, the fourth-century historian, a certain Pantaenus is supposed to have discovered traces of Bartholomew's presence even in
St. Bartholomew is the patron of: bookbinders, butchers, furriers, leather-workers, plasterers, shoemakers, tailors, tanners, vine-growers, and Florentine salt and cheese merchants. He is invoked against nervous disorders and twitchings.
The picture above was donated by Dr. Patrick Di Iorio.