Serving Children & Families at St. Bartholomew

What great joy one finds in bringing young children closer to Christ and deeper in their faith! Our children truly are the future of the Church; through the gift of our time and talents, we will leave a rich legacy for our parish's future generations.

Adults who are interested in serving in any of these areas are required to complete and maintain proper training and background checks as established by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. (For additional information, see the paragraph on the left.)





 of the Word


For about 25 minutes during our Sunday 11:15 AM Mass (September through May), our group leader helps children (pre-school through 2nd grade) experience the Gospel in a child-friendly format and environment. We provide training as well as a teacher handbook that includes a complete lesson with ideas for activities and discussions. We aim for volunteers to lead CLOW once a month.

Many children have commented on how they look forward to this special time each week, and the group leaders find it both fun and rewarding.

Contact Amy Staubach to learn more about becoming a CLOW leader or assistant.


 John Paul II

 Catholic  School

We are blessed to have John Paul II Catholic School on our campus. This is a consolidated school, meaning that several parishes work cooperatively to oversee this ministry. If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities at JP2, call the school office at 521.0860 or visit JP2's website.


 Parish School  of Religion



PSR classes provide faith formation and sacramental preparation for students in pre-school through 8th grade who attend public school. Partnering with parents, the teachers ("catechists") at each grade level present weekly lessons that deepen student's love of God and the Catholic faith. 

We provide training and resources to help keep it manageable for catechists and meaningful for students. Catechists lead their classes 9:45 -11 AM on Sunday mornings (September through April) in our school building.

Contact Amy Staubach to learn more about becoming a PSR catechist or assistant.



 St. Bart's





Athletics can be a powerful forum for developing skills, virtue, social connections, and even faith! Recognizing this, we follow the new guidelines established by the Archdiocesan Youth Athletics Initiative.

Our team of association officers, coaches, and volunteers promotes athletic events for the youth of St. Bartholomew Church, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, St. Clare Church, and/or John Paul II Catholic School. 

Visit the SBAA website if you would like to learn more about getting involved as a coach or volunteer.







Vacation Bible School is a week-long event held in summer for children ages 3 through grade 5. VBS is done with our sister parish and involves prayers, games, crafts, music, food, and simple age-based religion lessons. A successful VBS requires a significant number of volunteers.

  • VBS Core Team: Core Team members are part of the planning team together with the Pastoral Associates for Religious Education from both parishes in our pastoral region. Preliminary planning usually begins in February.
  • Station Coordinators: Station Coordinators are adults who run one of the stations during the VBS program. This involves some planning of station activities, although most planning is done by the Core Team. It also involves being present during the week of VBS and managing teen volunteers and activities for the station.
  • Program Volunteers: Program Volunteers are adults and teens (grade 6 and higher) who interact with the children and help the program run smoothly during the week.

Contact Amy Staubach if you'd like to learn more about volunteering for VBS.




Be sure to check out these other wonderful options for Serving as a member of St. Bartholomew:




...Jesus called for them

and said,

"Let the little children

come to me

and do not stop them;

for it is to such as these

that the kingdom of God belongs.

Luke 18:16


Looking for how to get your child involved in some of the programs you see here? Go to Growth Opportunities for Kids.



Our Youth Ministry is funded in part by Kroger's Community Rewards program



Domestic Church: The Secret of a Happy Family


In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, all staff and all volunteers who work with children are required to attend Child Protection Training, have approved background checks, and stay current on monthly bulletins regarding child safety and protection topics. To learn more, go to the Archdiocesan site.