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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
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Parish Life at St. Barbara

Parish Picnic -- Sunday, September 7th

     There will be no 11:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Masses on September 7th. There will be an 11:30 a.m. Mass followed by our annual picnic on our parish grounds. There are sign-up sheets at the back of church to sign if you are coming and what kind of dish you can bring to share. For more information, call the rectory office at 485-2900.

Picnic Parroquial --Domingo,  septiembre 7

    No habrá misas a las 11:00 a.m. o 12:30  mediodia  el domingo 7 septiembre. Habrá una misa a las  11:30 de la mañana  seguida por nuestro picnic anual en nuestra parroquia. Hay hojas de inscripción en la parte posterior de la iglesia si usted viene y qué clase de plato puede traer para compartir. Para obtener más información, llame a la oficina parroquial al 485-2900.

Community Food Drive

     Members of our St. Barbara family are planning another community food drive for Saturday, September 13th to help stock the shelves of St. Barbara’s food pantry.  As you know, our food pantry has been working very hard to provide groceries every week for an ever increasing number of families.  

     We are looking for volunteers to help distribute bags to homes in Brookfield on Saturday, September 6th and collect the donations on Saturday, September 13th.  Both days, volunteers will meet in St. Barbara’s parking lot at 9:00 a.m.  The volunteers had a great time when we did this last spring!  If you are unable to attend, please join us in praying for the families that our food pantry serves.

    Please contact Tom Carlson if you have any questions.

Food Pantry

     We would like to thank all our parishioners who have given  food and encourage you to continue with your donations. We are in need of coffee, jello, ham, chili, canned fruit, cake mixes, rice, spaghetti, pork and beans and crackers.

Religious Education Registration

         Religious Education classes will be held on Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. this year.  Registration forms are due by September 17th. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 25th and on Sunday, September 29th. See the Religious Education page on our website www.stbarbarabrookfield.org for registration forms in English and Spanish or at the back of the Church on the Welcome Table.

Registración de Educacion Religiosa

               Las clases de educación religiosa van a ser los domingos de 10:30 am a 12 mediodía O los miércoles por la noche de 6:00 pm a 7:30 pm.  Entrega del formulario de registración  a más tardar el 17 de septiembre.  Las clases comenzaran el miércoles 24 de septiembre y el domingo 28 de septiembre.   Registraciones en la mesa de bienvenida a la entrada del templo o vea la página de educación religiosa en nuestra website www.stbarbarabrookfield.org para hojas de registración en ingles y en español.  Para más información  llame al 708-485-2900.


   The next General Meeting of St. Barbara CCW will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center.  An Ice Cream Social and a very interesting program will follow.  Come join the parish women for an evening of fun and refreshments!  Annual dues are still only $5. New members are always welcome.

Council of Catholic Women -- Membership Drive

The CCW membership drive is underway for 2014-2015.  The dues are STILL only $5 for the year which covers printing and mailing newsletters, attendance at our meetings (with great refreshments and fun programs), and other events we have during the year.  This is still THE BEST BARGAIN IN TOWN!! 
New and continuing members must complete the form below, include it with your $5 dues, and either drop it off at the Rectory, mail it to Starr Donovan, 3906 Forest Ave., Brookfield, IL 60513, or pay at our next meeting.   2014-15 membership cards will be mailed with the next newsletter.         Please note:  Newsletters are sent via first-class mail and will only be sent to paid members.  Please forward your membership form and dues now to ensure your name and address will be included in the updated 2014-15 membership list (used for newsletter mailings).  Those trickling in later in the year may not be added to the membership list. Thank you for your cooperation! Shirley Bednar  *********************************************
First name_________________________________ Last name_________________________________
City __________________     State ____________ Zip__________Phone________________________
New member ______  Continuing Member_______
Please check one or more of the following categories to let us know what you are interested in doing this year…    
Baker____________     Rosary Maker___________
General Meeting hostess_____________________  
Help in Sacristy (once a week)________________
Honor Guard at Funeral Mass_________________ Other____________________________________

Youth Ministry

     Adult Volunteers are needed who are interested in bringing a Youth Ministry to St. Barbara Parish.
The Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catechesis will be hosting an information meeting on Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. on Getting Started in Youth Ministry. We will be meeting at the Parish Center Room C.  If you have any questions please contact, Roseanne Carlson at 708-485-0665.

Knights of Columbus

     The Saint Barbara of Brookfield Council of the Knights of Columbus continues to seek more men from our parish who may be interested in becoming a knight.  The next general meeting of the Knights of Columbus will be on September 9th in the Parish Center.  Our Knights are currently participating in a raffle to support the seminarians of the Archdiocese and will be assisting with the upcoming Food Drive to benefit our parish’s pantry.

Interfaith Community Partners Looking for Volunteers

Interfaith Community Partners is a 501[c]3 community organization that offers escorted transportation, friendly visitation, telephone reassurance and well-being checks.  All services are performed by trained and screened volunteers. St. Barbara Parish is a coalition member of ICP.

Help Us Help Others!
Volunteer training date:  September 10th, at  9:00 a.m.  Each training session lasts 1 ½ hours and meets at Congregation of St. Joseph Ministry Center, 1515 W. Ogden Avenue,  LaGrange Park.  If you are interested or need more information please Contact the ICP Office at 708-579-8929 or parish liaison, Kate Marshall 708-485-5097.

Help St. Barbara Parish Centennial Celebration Get Off to a Great Start by Volunteering

This FUN EVENT (Casino Nights) is being held to generate funds to use towards our Centennial Celebrations, October 2015 to October 2016.
What a milestone for our Parish:  many great times, many Sacraments received, and many friendships formed.  Let us keep these many wonderful memories of 100 years going for many generations to come.
YES…many volunteers are still needed in order for our Parish to get a State License for Casino Nights.  The plan is to have enough volunteers that we can possibly have two shifts per night (October 24th & 25th). Detailed information for volunteers is included on the personal forms.
So if you are still thinking about joining in the FUN… we NEED to have all FORMS by AUGUST 1st, 2014 (sooner is always better). We cannot officially advertise until we have obtained our license.  Don’t forget to ask family and friends (must be 21 years and older) if they would like to lend a hand!!!
Forms for this event are on the welcome table at the main entrance of Church, our website: www.stbarbarabrookfield.org or by calling our Parish Business Manager, Angela Lawler at 708-485-2900. THANK YOU to those of you who have already volunteered!!!

Parish Office Hours for the Summer

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -- 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Thursday  9:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Call Angela 708-485-2900 to pick a key for an evening meeting.

We are looking for new Altar Servers!

     If you are looking for a way to serve God through your neighbor, we would like to invite you to consider becoming an altar server. On May 6th,  we are going to have a meeting with parents whose children have showed interest in becoming altar servers. The meeting will be held in the parish Rectory, 4008 Prairie Ave. If you would like to become an altar server, please send the information below to the rectory office and we will contact you.

Name: __________________________________Phone Number: ___________________________
Address:  _________________________________________________________________________
Parent Names: ___________________________________________________________________

Parent E-mail address: ______________________________________________________________


Are you engaged and planning a wedding in the Catholic Church? Going through the process of Pre-Cana is required of all couples getting married in the church. Deacon Dave and Jane Brencic are now offering Pre-Cana classes here in the parish.  The program consists of two two-hour sessions and covers such topics as communication, finances and building a strong relationship.


When asked where he stays (or what are you about), Jesus answered 'Come and See'    This is our invitation to you who have not been baptized, baptized in another faith or baptized Catholic and have not completed your initiation. If you or some acquaintance is interested in becoming a member of  the Catholic Christian community 'Come and See' what Jesus' way of life is about. For more information call the rectory at 485-2900.