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Our PSR program provides faith formation and sacramental preparation for students in pre-school through 8th grade who attend public school. Classes meet 9:45 - 11 AM on Sundays from September through April.

Our catechists (teachers) at each grade level are passionate about Catholicism, sharing it with children, and partnering with parents. PSR classes and activities are most effective when they are a consistent element of the family's broader (and habitual) faith life.

Questions? Contact Amy Staubach.


Children's Liturgy of the Word

During the 11:15 Mass on Sundays (September through May), children in pre-school through grade 2 are invited to join adult volunteers to experience the Gospel in a child-friendly format and environment. The children begin Mass with their families in the church and then are dismissed prior to the first reading to join their group leader. They return to their families during the preparation of the gifts.

Many children have commented that they look forward to participating each week and truly feel part of the experience of the Mass.

To help your child become part of CLOW...

Simply come to an 11:15 Mass (Sep - May) and wait for the celebrant to call forward the group leader and children. Your child will follow the leader to the kids' meeting space. Consider sitting in an obvious place so that your child can easily find you when s/he returns to the Mass. Questions? Contact Amy Staubach.


John Paul II Catholic School

The parishes of St. Bartholomew, St. Clare, Our Lady of the Rosary, and St. James of the Valley have come together to form a consolidated school, John Paul II Catholic School. The school operates on the campus of St. Bartholomew Parish and serves children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Bartholomew Parish supports students’ faith development by offering a reduced tuition rate and, in some cases, tuition subsidy for students at John Paul II Catholic School whose families are registered with the parish.

For more information about the parish’s financial support of Catholic education, contact the Business Manager, Kathy Rothschild. For information about the school, contact the school office at 521.0860 or visit their website.


Junior High Youth Connection


Junior High Youth Connection is an opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to gather and develop both a community of disciples, a great connection to the parish, and a greater connection with Jesus Christ. It is held on a monthly basis and is led by a high school teen leadership team, under the guidance of the Director of Youth Ministry, Amy Staubach.


St. Bart's  

Athletic Association 



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.

Visit the SBAA website if you would like to learn more about the sports teams we have and when to sign up.




The Cub Scout program involves boys in grades 1 through 5 in a variety of activities – everything from folding the US flag to changing a tire to using good manners. Cub Scouts operates as part of the Boy Scouts of America and is chartered to the parish. Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs in the area are chartered to other organizations. Contact the Parish Office to be put in contact with a Cub Scout contact.







Intergenerational fun! During this 5-day program (9 AM to noon each day), youngsters (3 years old through those entering 5th grade) learn their faith through the fun of music, games, crafts, and Bible stories. Parents are welcome to volunteer to be small group leaders or station leaders; all the resources you need are provided!

Keep your eye on the bulletin and website in May/June, or contact Amy Staubach.




Train children

in the right way,

and when old,

they will not stray.

Proverbs 22:6




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If you have a child who is eligible to receive his/her First Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation, contact Amy Staubach  for details on our sacramental preparation programs.


If you'd like to volunteer for any of these programs, check out our page for Serving Children & Families.



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.