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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
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Lenten Opportunities at St. Barbara --March 22nd to April 2

—Come to daily Mass at 8:00 a.m.
—Join us at Eucharistic Adoration from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays
—Pray the Rosary daily after the 8:00 a.m. Mass, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in Spanish

—Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. (March 24 focus will be from Mary’s perspective)

—Reconciliation on Saturday morning 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

—Lenten Reconciliation at St. Louise at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28th

Are you an Intentional Disciple???

     “Go and Make Disciples!!”  This is what evangelization is about.  How many of us, here in the pews every Sunday, can honestly say that we are intentional and deliberate about our discipleship? And what does Intentional Discipleship look like?  Does it mean standing on a street corner proclaiming God’s word or is it something more personal than that? . . . Something like having a personal, lived relationship with God.
Throughout the weeks of Lent, you will find excerpts and thought-provoking questions to examine your personal relationship with God in the bulletin.  For those who want to take a deeper dive, the book “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell, is available in the Resource Room for $15.  Warning!  This book may change your opinion of what it looks like to be a disciple and make you eager to learn more.

Three-Parish Lenten Mission

     This Lent the parishes of St. Barbara, Divine Infant and St. Louise de Marillac are joining to host a Three-Parish Lenten mission. Different speakers will give mission talks at each of the three churches. The schedule is as follows:

  Tuesday, April 4th, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louise de Marillac Church, 1144 Harrison Ave., LaGrange Park. Deacon Allen Tatara will speak on “How to Listen for God’s Voice in an EarBud Wearing World” – we all love listening to music. In fact, 80% of us agree that music is an important part of our lives for it defines who we are and helps us tune out the rest of the world. And there is the problem: we are using our earbuds to tune out the rest of the world. This talk will help you understand why you may not be able to hear God’s voice and provide you with steps you can follow to hear God speaking to you.

Living Stations -- We are looking for volunteers.

            If you are looking to do a great deed during this lent, we would like to invite YOU to participate in the Living Stations. If you want to be part of this prayer moment and want more information, please call the Parish Office at 708-485-2900.

Holy Week Schedule


Palm Sunday, April 9


Domingo de Palma, 9 de abril

5:00 pm (Sat), 7:30 am,10:00 am, 12:30 pm (Spanish)


5:00 pm (sábado), 7:30 am, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm (en español)

Tenebrae , Wednesday, April 12


Tenebrae, Miercoles, 12 de abril

       Prayer Service in church at 7:30 pm


Servicio de Oración en el templo  7:30 pm

Holy Thursday, April 13


Jueves Santo, 13 de abril

Mass of the Lord’s Supper (bilingual) at 7:30 pm
(Church will remain open until midnight)


Misa de la Cena del Señor (bilingüe) 7:30 pm
(el templo se quedará abierta hasta la medianoche)

Good Friday, April 14


Viernes Santo, 14 de abril

Living Stations            11:00 am
Liturgy (English)          3:00 pm
Last Living Station      7:15 pm
Liturgy                        7:30 pm


Vía Crucis                            11:00 am
Liturgia (inglés)                            3:00 pm
Ultima estación del Via Crucis    7:15 pm
Liturgia  (en el gimnasio)             7:30 pm

Holy Saturday, April 15


Sábado de Gloria, 15 de abril

Blessing of Easter Baskets at12:00 pm
(in the parish center)
Easter Vigil  (bilingual) 7:30 pm 


Bendición de Comida   12:00 pm (en el gimnasio)

      Vigilia Pascual  (bilingüe)         7:30 pm

Easter Sunday, April 16


Domingo de Resurrección, 16 de abril

Mass of the Lord's Resurrection
7:30, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm (in Spanish)


Misa de la Resurrección del Señor
7:30, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm (en español)

CCW Woman of the Year

     St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women is accepting nominations for the 2017 Woman of the Year. Requirements are
—Currently active CCW member who fulfills the mission statement; —Participates in CCW and Parish activities/events —Willingly shares skills with others for the benefit of the CCW and Parish.      Include your nominee’s name and reason(s) you selected her to be deserving of this honor.  Your signature is optional.  Past Women of the Year are not eligible.  Address your envelope “CCW Woman of the Year” and place it in the Sunday collection basket or take to the rectory by March 28th.

   Got Scissors?

     Bring your scissors and have coffee with us Friday, April 7th, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. If you have an hour or two to have coffee and conversation while trimming and separating the palms for Palm Sunday distribution, we hope you can join us. Even if you can only stay for part of the time, we'd love your company. 

Council of Catholic Women

The next General Meeting of St. Barbara CCW is Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  The agenda will include the 2017 Woman of the Year and the election of 2017-18 Executive Officers. We hope to see you all there. New women in the parish are invited to attend any meeting as our guest and enjoy refreshments. 

Sacrament of Confirmation for Adults   —  Spring 2017

     Parishes and Vicariate Bishops are scheduling adult Confirmation celebrations for adults. Active Catholics, age 19 and older who have celebrated the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and have not been confirmed are invited to participate in the program. Classes will be held at St. Barbara Parish in both English and Spanish. To register, contact Maria Ramos at 708-927-4017 or reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org. Click here for a registration form.

Confirmation Date:           June 17, 2017
Rehearsal:                        Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Location:                         St. Barbara Parish. Classes held in the Parish Center
Class Dates:                     March 22 & 29, April 5, 12, 19 & 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, June 7
Fee:                                 $75.00 per participant
Time:                               6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Contact:                          Maria Ramos  708-927-4017 reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org

Sacramento de la Confirmación para Adultos -- Primavera de 2017

      Las parroquias y los obispos de los vicariatos están programando celebraciones de la Confirmación  para adultos. Los católicos activos  mayores de 19 años que han celebrado los sacramentos del Bautismo y de la Eucaristía y no han sido confirmados están invitados a participar en el programa. Las clases se llevarán a cabo en la parroquia de St. Bárbara en inglés y español. Para registrarse, comuníquese con María Ramos al 708-927-4017 or reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org. Precione aqui para la forma de registercion. Vea la información a continuación:

Fecha de confirmación:         17 de junio de 2017
Practica:                      Miércoles, 14 de junio a las 6:00 p.m.
Lugar:                          Iglesia Santa Bárbara, Clases en el Centro Parroquial
Fechas de las clases: 22 y 29 de marzo, 5, 12, 19 y 26 de abril, 3, 10, 17, 24 y 31 de mayo, 7 de junio
Costo:                         $ 75.00 por participante
Hora:                           6:00 pm a 8:00 pm
Contacto:                    María Ramos 708-927-4017 Reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org

NEW! Spring Flea Market

Saturday, April 29th  9:00-3:00 in the Parish Center -- Reserve your space – $15. Use your table or rent one. Bring your items (gently-used clothing, household, etc.) and the profit is all yours!   Start putting your items together and get ready to make some $$$. Call Alicia at 485-2502 for an application. Sponsored by St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women.

Easter Baskets for Children

     Every year it is our goal to serve over 100 needy families by providing them with a special Easter Meal. For many families this will be their only meal. Along with the meals we want to collect special Easter Baskets for the children ages birth to 13 years old.  Please consider donating items and helping us in our mission.
You can help in several ways: making and donating Easter Baskets, donating items to go in the baskets, making a monetary donation to St. Barbara's Food Pantry for Easter allocation, donating a ham or gift card.
If you would like to make Easter Baskets to donate, here are some ideas. All baskets should be age and gender appropriate. A Great Basket Includes: One basket or plastic bucket, Easter grass, 5 filled plastic eggs, wrapped candy, one age appropriate item, small stuffed animal or book, baskets should be wrapped in cellophane.
Please have all items delivered to the food pantry by April 3rd. Pantry is open on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is  located at 9300 W. 47th St. Items can be dropped off before or after all Masses in the family room. If you have any questions please contact Aida Gatch 708-295-7336. Thank you for all your support.

Join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt and picture.

Saturday, April 8th --- Ages 5 and under, and 6 to 12 --  St. Barbara Church (between Rectory and Church) --  9:00 a.m. -- Sponsored by St. Barbara Knights of Columbus

Centennial Pictorial Directory

If you had your family portrait taken for the centennial directory, your copy is available and can be picked up in the Resource Room after all the Masses. During the week come to the parish office.  Thank you.

What is Missionary Spirit?

     In 2013 our Missionary Spirit Team grew out the Parish Transformation process.  We were reminded that by virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation we are all called to be missionaries, whether that be where we live, where we worship or where we work.  We are called to reach out, as Jesus did, to help the poor, the sick and the sinner. 

     The Missionary Spirit Team works to find service opportunities for our parishioners.  Our goal is to give all parishioners an opportunity every month to serve someone in need.  We look for opportunities to serve those in our parish, our local community and beyond.  We have helped the hungry and the ill; our parish and our environment; children and the elderly. 

     St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team is planning some great service opportunities for 2017!  We hope there is something on the calendar that catches your attention and gets you thinking about how you can help.  More details will be posted in the bulletin as each event approaches. If you'd like to get an e-mail update about service projects (this is a great idea for families with Confirmation candidates!), contact us at missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org.

April: Project NICE; Community Food Drive; May: Special Olympics; Wear Purple for Peace

June; Relay for Life; Feed My Starving Children; July: Community Food Drive

August: Backpacks for Kids;Feed My Starving Children; September; McCormick Woods; Ronald McDonald House meal

October: Pack the Pantry Dress a Girl; November: Veterans Senior Center  (meal or movie night or game night); December: Christmas for Kids

St. Barbara's Rosary Makers.....

 .....are 16 years old in January.  We have made over 29,000 corded rosaries since we began January 2001.  Irene, Therese, Estelle, Marge, Stacy, Dora, Nancy, Joan, Carol, Rose, Elma and Jenny are our Rosary Makers.  We meet one morning a month to hand over the rosaries that we have made during the past month, and then pick up the supplies that we need for the next month.  Our finished rosaries are mostly sent to a contact lady in Florida who distributes them to missionaries who come to her from Central and South America.  New Rosary Makers are always welcome. We are supported by the CCW.

Click here to view Centennial Event Slideshows

Click here or above to view our 2015-2016 Parish Financial Report  

St. Barbara Parish Altar Servers Ministry

Do you believe God is calling you to serve him in a special way? Do you think Jesus is calling you to serve him?  Would you like to serve God and his people? If your answer is ‘YES’  Come and become an Altar Server to serve God and his people! If you would like to be an altar server, please call the parish office at 485-2900.

Pastoral Care Ministry

The Pastoral Ministry would like to share with you the following information: If a friend or family member is sick and you want us to pray for them, please call the Pastoral Care Ministry at (708) 485 – 2900 ext. 6 --- If a love one or relative is sick and wants to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist or the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick, please call the Pastoral Care Ministry at (708) 485 – 2900.