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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
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Holy Week Schedule

Tenebrae -- Wednesday, April 1st -- 7:30 pm Prayer Service on Seven Last Words of Christ  

Tenebrae, Miercoles, 1 de abril
Servicio de Oración en el templo      7:30 pm


Holy Thursday, April 2nd --

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


Jueves Santo, 2 de abril
Misa de la Cena del Señor (bilingüe)      7:30 pm
(el templo se quedará abierta hasta la


Good Friday, April 3rd --
Living Stations            11:00 am
Liturgy (English)          3:00 pm
Last Living Station      7:15 pm followed by a bilingual Liturgy --- 7:30 pm

Viernes Santo, 3 de abril
Vía Crucis                                  11:00 am
Liturgia (inglés)                            3:00 pm
Ultima estación del Via Crucis    7:15 pm
Liturgia       -------------       7:30 pm


Holy Saturday, April 4th
Blessing of Easter Baskets (parish center) 12 noon
Easter Vigil  (bilingual)           7:30 pm   


Sábado de Gloria, 4 de abril
Bendición de Comida    12:00 pm   (gimnasio)      Vigilia Pascual  (bilingüe)         7:30 pm


Easter Sunday, April 5th
Mass of the Lord's Resurrection
7:30, 9:15, 11:00 am,12:30 pm (in Spanish)


Domingo de Resurrección, 5 de abril
Misa de la Resurrección del Señor
7:30, 9:15, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm (en español)

Resource Center/Gift Shop FEATURED ITEM!!   

        We have obtained several copies of a beautiful standing crystal cross made by Mikasa.  This would make a perfect Easter gift or be a focal point in the home of newlyweds.   The cost is $15.00 and when the limited supply is gone, there will be no more available.
     Spring is coming and with it, First Eucharist celebrations and weddings.   We have children’s Mass booklets in English and Spanish available for $3.00 along with beautiful rosaries.  There are hand-made paua shell cross bracelets and necklaces.  For wedding gifts, check out several of our hand-made canvas prints or the beautiful Sacred Love sculpture.  As always, we have greeting cards and CDs for special occasions and books to borrow. Complimentary copies of Senior Connection and Catholic New World are also available in the

Lenten Stations of the Cross with our Hispanic Community

Following the footsteps of Christ to Cavalry in the Stations of the Cross is a long-held Lenten tradition.  Stations of the Cross will be offered at St. Barbara Church each Friday of Lent at 7:30 p.m. followed by Benediction. Pray the Stations with our Hispanic Communityat 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27th.

Lent 2015 Book Discussion on April 26th from 2:00--4:00 p.m.

     We will be discussing the book, “Made for More” (“Hechos Para Mas”) by Curtis Martin.  This quick and easy-to-read book helps you answer questions about the deeper meaning of life. You will be encouraged to get beyond the distractions of our culture and discover that you really are “made for more” and have an irreplaceable role to play in the world.  The guided discussion will take place in English and Spanish in different rooms of the Parish Center.  All are invited!

Food Pantry Collection

     Once again, St. Barbara Parish will have a weekly food drive during Lent to benefit our Food Pantry. A few items will be requested each week to make it easier when shopping at the store. Thank you for your help with this food drive. For next weekend, March 28th and 29th: non-refrigerated hams, rice.

Market Day

     The next Market Day pick-up is Saturday, March 28th from 10:00--11:00 a.m. in the Parish Center. Orders are due by Tuesday, March 24th. Order online, drop off in Market Day mailbox outside Rectory or call Marge at 485-4484. Order forms can be found near the bulletins in church or online at
      Bonus Pies this month! St. Barbara will earn 15% for this months orders instead of the usual 10%!
Donate any pie to be given out with the Easter meals either on the separate form or add it to your personal order and donate at pick-up. Click here for Easter pie order form.
     Remember you can also buy Market Day products at Gordon Food Service(GFS) stores and St. Barbara will still receive credit.
     Why not try Market Day products? You can get $5 off your first order by using the promotion code NEWFIVE when you spend $25.

Got Scissors?

Bring your scissors and have coffee with us Friday, March 27th, 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. 

CCW Woman of the Year

       St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women is accepting nominations for the 2015 Woman of the Year.
     Some of the requirements follow: * 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 the reasons 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 29th.        

Helping Hungry Children with St. Barbara and St. Louise de Marillac Parish

     In the US, 1 in 6 children do not know where their next meal is coming from and often go to bed hungry.  Although this is a startling statistic, we can work toward eradicating starvation and hunger one person at a time.  St. Barbara and St. Louise are joining forces to prepare nutritious meals for children.  Volunteers of all ages are needed to bag, weigh, heat-seal and box these meals.  Please help us at this event at St. Louise on Sunday, April 19th from 12:00--4:00 p.m.  Information packets are available at the Welcome Table at the main entrance of church.  Questions – Joy Shadden at joyshadden@gmail.com.

Catholic Watershed

     Recently a book was published about me and five of my ordination classmates.  It is titled Catholic Watershed and starts off when we were entering high school in 1957.  It traces us through twelve years of seminary training and our ordination in 1969.  It covers our first assignment as rookie priests and goes through the years as we became pastors. It continues to the brink of our retirement.  It is a very candid book about our struggles, failures and accomplishments as we served under three cardinal archbishops.  It covers areas like celibacy, spirituality, and the sexual abuse crisis.  It is a very good read and reviews the change in the Church over the past fifty years.

     On Sunday, April 12th, the author, Michael Cahill, will be here to sell copies of the book after Mass.  The cost is $20.  You will enjoy meeting him and I think you will enjoy the book.      Father Mike Ahlstrom

Little White Prayer Books for Easter Time

   "We will have Little White Books available starting on April 4 and 5 for daily prayer and reflection throughout the Easter season.  Pick up your copy for only $1. in the Resource Center/Gift Shop."

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 or him/her 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 want 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 ext. 6.

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12th—2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join with us on Sunday April 12th for a very special Holy Hour. At 2:30 p.m. there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. At 3:00 p.m. there will be Prayer and Reflection on the Divine Mercy, with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Litany of Divine Mercy, and Benediction. All are welcome!

Eucharistic Adoration

        On  Monday, April 6th Eucharistic Adoration will not be held at St Barbara Church. The regular adoration schedule will be resumed on the following Monday.  

St. Barbara Phoenix Organization

St. Barbara Phoenix Organization for the separated, widowed, and divorced will meet on Thursday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. On the Agenda is an Easter celebration with pizza and sweets.

SAVE THE DATE for our annual Parish grounds clean-up on April 25, 2015.  More details to follow!!!

*Bunco -Prizes -Cake -Coffee -Raffles*

     St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring a Bunco Party Fundraiser on Sunday, April 19th, from 2:30--4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.  Advance ticket donation is $5.00 or at the door, the ticket is $6.00.   Come for an afternoon of fun and refreshments. Proceeds support the Food Pantry and other  parish-sponsored programs.

Book Recycling    

Recycle your used, outdated or worn books in the new book donation bin located in the parking lot.
St. Barbara Parish benefits from every pound of books donated! Our goal is to reuse as many books as possible and recycle those that we can’t so that no book ends up in a landfill. 630-283-3093.