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Bell Tower
St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
708-485-2900
E-mail: bulletin@stbarbarabrookfield.org
 
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RCIA Inquiry Night
Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
in the St. Barbara Parish Center

Do you have questions about the Catholic Faith?  Do You Know Someone who may be considering becoming Catholic?  Would you like to learn more about our Catholic tradition? Are you baptized but never received the Sacraments of Initiation (Holy Communion and Confirmation)?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (or RCIA) is a ministry of St. Barbara Parish that reaches out to people with these types of questions.  Catechists (religious teachers) and sponsors (faith companions) will meet with you and others who have the same questions.  They look forward to walking with you on your faith journey.  It takes time to listen for God’s call in our lives.  Let the RCIA process help you to deepen your relationship with Christ and the Church.  For information or to register, send an email to RCIA@stbarbarabrookfield.org. There will be other inquiry nights on Nov. 5th and Nov. 19th.

Casino Nights

 St. Barbara Parish Center, 4009 Prairie, Brookfield -- October 24th and 25th -- 6:00pm to 1:00am Looking for a FULL HOUSE... Help us get ready for our Centennial! Food & Drinks, Blackjack - Poker, Roulette - Bang - Wheel Admission $5 - FREE ADMISSION 6:00--7:00 p.m.  Adults 21 & over -- Ample parking & handicapped accessible

Men, Are You Being Called to Go on Retreat?

      “Do Not Be Afraid: Trust in God,” is the theme of this year’s Men’s Fellowship Retreat.
     All the men of the parish are invited to the retreat, which will be Nov. 7th--8th at St. Mary’s Retreat House in Lemont. The retreat, which will be led by Deacon Dave Brencic, will start at 7:00 p.m. Friday and end at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $40. For more information, call (708) 485-6614.

Celebration Sunday

  So what is Celebration Sunday? This special weekend is a chance to celebrate our Catholic faith and what it means to us, along with celebrating our parish of St. Barbara. All parishioners are invited – active, inactive, occasional – to come and see how we worship and live out our faith.
     Why should I come? Many people say, ‘I don’t have to go to church because I can pray at home.’ God is everywhere and yes you can pray any time of day or any place you like. But it is only at Mass where you can experience and partake in the sacred Eucharist – the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Eucharist that nourishes our souls and fills us with God’s grace.
     What are you asking me to do? Number 1: we want you to come the weekend of Nov. 22nd--23rd and join with your parish family in the celebration of the Mass. Let’s pack the house as they say. Number 2: invite someone to come with you. Maybe that someone is a spouse or an adult child or a sibling or a neighbor. Number 3: think about the kind of relationship you have with God and the people of St. Barbara. Are you satisfied with that relationship or are you searching or in need of something more?
     Anything else I need to know? There are a variety of new things going on at St. Barbara that are worth checking out -- from our Missionary Spirit Team to our new Resource Room to our dynamic choir. We’re hoping you like what your see, hear and experience and will want to join us every Sunday.
     One last thing: We are looking for greeters to help make Celebration Sunday a success. We want people who come and worship at St. Barbara to feel welcomed. We are looking for people to be greeters before and/or after Mass. All that is required is a warm smile and a willingness to come 10 minutes before Mass or staying a few minutes afterwards to pass out bulletins. If you are interested, call the rectory at 485-2900 or Deacon Dave Brencic at 485-6614.

Dress a Girl Update

        Last weekend was an incredible time to experience the spirit and enthusiasm of the people of St. Barbara and our community as we came together to participate in Dress a Girl Around the World.  All in all, 124 people came out to volunteer 435 hours!  Together we made 61 dresses that will be sent to girls who may be receiving their first and only new dress.  The Missionary Spirit Team wants to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped - we had expert sewers, novice sewers and non-sewers; we had women and men, boys and girls.  Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for providing refreshments.  Thanks to everyone who donated supplies and offered monetary support.  Check out St. Barbara's Facebook page for pictures of the event.

Thanksgiving Needs for the Food Pantry

        Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ with the holidays fast approaching us. Please consider sending the following items to complete the Thanksgiving Meal given to the our clients at the food pantry for the holiday: Cake Mixes, Frosting, Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin in a can.          God Bless, Maria

Christmas for Kids

       Christmas is coming, and the Missionary Spirit Team will be coordinating the "adopt" a family of children program, called Christmas for Kids.  The children are from registered members of the St. Barbara Food Pantry.   Anyone wishing to "adopt" a family of children, ranging in age from infant to eighth grade, can do so after the Masses on Nov. 1st and 2nd and Nov. 8th and 9th.  You can also contact missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org if you have any questions.  Thank you for your generosity and God bless! 

Fall Pumpkins and Holly Craft Show & Bake Sale

Saturday, November 22nd -- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — St. Barbara Parish Center -- Crafters will display their handmade items for your early Christmas shopping as well as delicious homemade pastries.
Admission is FREE. Children are welcome. Lunch is available  — Handicapped Accessible -- The event is sponsored by the CCW; proceeds help support our Church, Food Pantry, and other parish

Market Day

  The next Market Day pick-up is Saturday, Oct. 25th from 10:00--11:00 a.m. in the Windemere Room (basement of school). Orders are due by  Wednesday, Oct 22nd. Order online or drop off in Market Day mailbox outside Rectory. Order forms can be found near the bulletins in church or online at www.marketday.com.     Remember you can also buy Market Day products at Gordon Food Service(GFS) stores and St. Barbara will still receive credit.

     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.

Pre-Cana

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.

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.