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

BBQ for Veterans

St. Barbara’s Missionary Spirit Team is planning a BBQ for veterans and their families. On Sunday, July 19th we are going to the Fisher House at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood. The Fisher House is a facility which allows families of veterans being treated at the VA medical center to be close to their loved ones during the stressful time of hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease or injury.  Their motto is “A home away from home for families of our Nation’s Heroes”. The Fisher House provides a family suite which features a fully stocked kitchen, spacious dining room and several common living room areas for families to gather and offer each other support and friendship.  We want to offer our support for the families of our nation’s heroes by hosting a summer BBQ at Fisher House. Would you like to help? Volunteers are needed to help prepare a BBQ lunch at the Fisher House on Sunday, July 19th.  We will car pool from St. Barbara’s at 10:30 a.m. We are asking a $5.00 donation per volunteer to help with the cost of groceries. This service opportunity is open to everyone, but we ask that children 12 and under are accompanied by a parent. Children 13 and older are welcome with a permission slip. If you can’t come to the BBQ, maybe you’d like to make your favorite summer side dish or dessert. We will be signing up volunteers and humbly accepting monetary donations to help with groceries after all Masses July 4th and 5th. You can also contact us at missionaryspirit@st.barbarabrookfield.org.

Backpacks for Kids

St. Barbara parishioners very generously support the Christmas for Kids program each year to ensure all the children in our community have something to open up on Christmas morning.  Our Missionary Spirit team is collaborating with St. Barbara's food pantry to organize Backpacks for Kids to make sure these same children can start off the school year equipped with everything they need to succeed.  During July we will be collecting school supplies with the hopes to fill up a new back pack with supplies for each child whose family uses our food pantry.  Each week in the bulletin you'll find a list of supplies to drop off the following Sunday.  You’ll find a donation bin in the Parents’ Room at the main entrance of church.  Perhaps you’d prefer make a monetary donation to help with our efforts.  You can sponsor at the gold level for $35 for a new back pack filled supplies. Silver level sponsors can donate $25 for a new back pack.  At the bronze level you can cover all the supplies for one child for $15.  Donation envelops can be found on the Welcome Table, which you can put in the collection basket or drop off at the rectory.  Thank you for supporting our children.
Next week (July 11-12) we are collecting all things the kids can use to write and draw - #2 pencils, pens (black, blue or red ink), washable markers, colored pencils, Crayola crayons (24 count), pink erasers, pencil top erasers, highlighters, erasable pens, plastic pencil box/pouch (6x9 or smaller), set of water color paints, Crayola broad line markers, washable markers (8 count), dry erase markers (4 pack).

Your help is needed for the Parish blood drive   

St. Barbara's is hosting a community blood drive on Sunday, July 19th in the Parish Center from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please consider giving an hour of your time to donate blood. For more information please contact LifeSource Blood Services at 1-877-LIFESOURCE or www.lifesource.org.  To make an appointment contact Noel Thornton at 708-485-5935 or nthornton@ameritech.net.

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 Father Bolivar at the parish office at 485-2900.

Summer Book Discussion

We are trying something different this Summer!  Spend some time relaxing with Pope Francis and read his apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel this Summer.  Here is an excerpt: “We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.  Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization.  For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?”      A guided discussion will be held in August so stop by the Resource Center for your copy and get started.  Copies are available in English & Spanish for $15.00.

Fourth of July Parade

Show your support for St. Barbara Parish  by participating in this year’s Fourth of July Parade. 
Once again we will have a group of parishioners, a decorated pickup truck, horses and even a miniature pony representing St. Barbara in this years’ parade.  We are looking for volunteers to help decorate the truck and walk in the parade.  Come join in the fun and let’s show the residents of Brookfield that St. Barbara Parish is a large part of their community!      Sign-up sheets are on the Welcome Table at the entrance of Church.

Council of Catholic Women

St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women is again planning the annual 3-Day Getaway by motor coach to Meskwaki Indian Casino in East-Central Iowa for September 16-18.  Call Eve at 485-6854 for information.

Save the Date for Our Parish Centennial Celebrations

YES...mark your calendars for: Saturday, October 24, 2015 (5:00 pm Mass with Bishop Manz and Pot Luck Dinner to follow). It is our Parish kick off for our Centennial Celebrations! More details to come!!!

Food Pantry

     Summer has finally arrived and with that children are home from school. The pantry is in need of peanut butter and jelly, jello, pudding, spaghetti sauce & spaghetti, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned beans ( ie. pork n beans, chili).   God Bless you all and have a great summer! Maria

The Clothing Corner of the Food Pantry will be accepting spring and summer shoes and apparel. The winter clothing was so very much appreciated. Our clients were warm and happy during the cold season.

Invitation to Ministry of Care Formation

Place:    St. Louise de Marillac Parish ---- Time:     9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
When:   July 11, 18, 25, and Aug. 1 ----- Cost:      $40.00 per person
Contact Person:   Deacon Dave Brencic

10% off Spring Sale at the Parish Resource Center/Gift Shop

Stop by the Resource Center/Gift Shop after weekend masses to see our new items for sale! Catholic Watershed  now selling in the Resource Center for $20.  This is a book about our own Fr. Mike Ahlstrom and five of his classmates which covers over sixty years from their seminary days through ordination, first assignments.  becoming pastors, up to the brink of retirement.  The book speaks to the amazing changes in our Catholic church and their part in it, honestly addressing areas such as celibacy, prayer life and Church scandal.  The book is written by Michael Cahill, nephew of longtime parishioner, the late Gerry Cahill.

Note cards with pen and ink drawings of Assisi, Italy, beautifully rendered by Fr. Bob Hutmacher are selling for 2 cards for $1.00.  These cards are blank inside and we have several different scenes available. You can also find a unique wedding gift for that special couple - we have hand-made canvas prints or the beautiful Sacred Love sculpture.  As always, we have all occasion greeting cards for $1.50 and Fr. Hutmacher’s CD, Nature Suite, for $15.00.  In our Lending Library you can find books to guide you through post-Pentecost with suggestions for Christian discipleship.

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.

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.