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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
708-485-2900
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Parish Life at St. Barbara Parish

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Congratulations to our RCIA Candidates!

Last Sunday our RCIA candidates took a major step on their journey to complete their initiation into the Catholic Faith.  Their sponsors and catechists presented them to Bishop Alberto Rojas at the Rite of Election at Holy Name Cathedral on March 1st.  These five candidates ask for your continued prayers during the next few weeks before they complete their initiation at the Easter Vigil.  Congratulation to (from left to right) Jessica Salto, Yuri Colon, Bianca Diaz, Crystal Nagel and Jonathon Diaz.

Reconciliation and Parish Mission

     Come receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for our Lenten Parish Mission on Friday, March 13th at 9:00 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. We welcome Sr. Sallie Latkovich, CSJ from Catholic Theological University.

Lent 2015

      Can you spare 5 minutes per day during Lent?  If so, pick up one of the Little Black Books for Lenten reflection and prayer for $1.  They are available after weekend masses in the Resource Center/Gift shop. 

      Also in the Resource Center, pick up your copy of “Made for More” (“Hechos Para Mas”) by Curtis Martin available in English and Spanish for $5.  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.  As part of One Book, One Parish there will be a guided discussion of the book in English and Spanish in March—date to be announced. 

     New Arrivals in the Resource Center/Gift Shop!!  Children’s Mass Booklet in English and Spanish has arrived and is available for $3.  We have also obtained several more copies of a CD by Fr. Bob Hutmacher called Nature Suite for $15. As always, we have greeting cards, gifts for special occasions and books to borrow.

  Lenten Stations of the Cross with our Knights of Columbus

  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 Knights of Columbus at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6th.

Come to an Evening Lecture to Better Understand the Catholic Mass

   According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life.”  In this Season of Lent we invite you to deepen your understanding of the Eucharist.  On Wednesday, March 4th, we will offer an informational evening to learn about the Mass and its ministries.  And, for those who wish to be trained as lectors and Eucharistic ministers, we will be conducting further training following that initial gathering on the 4th.

If you are interested in serving as a lector or Eucharistic minister here at Saint Barbara, please submit your name to Fr. Casey in the coming weeks. If you have an interest in any liturgical ministry, please take time to talk to those who are already involved in that ministry to learn more about it.

The Mass at St. Barbara is a wonderful celebration.  We are blessed to have a number of laypeople willing to volunteer for our Liturgical Ministries.  But, we are in need of more volunteers.  Please take some time this Lent to discern how God may be calling you to participate in a liturgical ministry in our parish.

Stand Strong Against Violence

        The Missionary Spirit Team is planning a March event called Stand Strong Against Violence.  Please join us on Saturday, March 21st when we will come together in front of church after the 5:00 p.m. Mass to be an example of peace in a world that so often is confronted by anger and violence.  We want to take a stand to show that peace and love is more powerful than hatred and evil.  Together we will pray and sing to support victims of violence and for those who protect us. We hope this will be a great opportunity for people of all ages to come together. There will be activities for kids to help.  Remember to wear blue – the color for peace. Please consider spending an hour, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., as we show our community that St. Barbara Stands Strong Against Violence.

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 14—15:  boxed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes.

Community Food Drive 

        St. Barbara’s Knights of Columbus are planning a Community Food Drive for Saturday, March 14th to help stock the shelves of St. Barbara’s food pantry.  As you know, the food pantry has been working very hard to provide groceries every week for an ever increasing number of families. food and personal-care items collected will be donated to our food pantry.  We are looking for volunteers of all ages (children under 12 need to volunteer with a parent) to collect the donations left out on front porches on Saturday, March 14th.  Volunteers will meet in St. Barbara’s parking lot at 9:00 a.m. We’re also looking for a second shift of volunteers on March 14th to help finish sorting and delivering food to the food pantry from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sign-up at missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org or 708-485-5935.

Phoenix Group

                 St. Barbara Phoenix Organization, a support group for the divorced, separated, and widowed, will meet on Thursday, march 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. On the agenda is a discussion on the winter, Lent, and all the people who need our prayers. Come and join us. Bring a friend. Refreshments will be served. For further information please call Deacon John at 708-579-3674 or Ruthann at 708-220-6361.  

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
www.marketday.com.
      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.

 

 

    

 

 

Market Day

         

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.