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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
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Parish Council

Feb. 25, 2016

Religious Ed 2016 Registration Form

Religious Ed 2016 Spanish Registration Form


Fourth of July Parade

The float is finished!  
The musician is ready! The convertibles are filled with our senior parishioners!  
The horses are coming!
 Now all we need are walkers!  Everyone is encouraged to walk with us this 4th of July in honor of St. Barbara's 100 years of sharing the Catholic faith in Brookfield.  The sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Table so get your walking shoes or bicycle ready and sign up to join us.  We will plan to meet at the gathering site at 9:30 a.m. Line up on Cleveland Ave. south of Grand Blvd. Our positions is Section B #28.  Wear your centennial t-shirt if you have one. It is not required.

Gathering at Kiwanis Park

YES...after the 4th of July Parade St. Barbara Parishioners and Friends will be gathering at the park for Fun and Fellowship. Bring your family, friends, food, chairs, blankets, etc. and
look for the ST. BARBARA CANOPY.

Backpacks for Kids

St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit team is collaborating with St. Barbara's food pantry to organize Backpacks for Kids to make sure all the children in our community can start off the school year equipped with everything they need to succeed.  Last year, with your help, we were able to provide 78 children with their school supplies!  This weekend )July 2-3) and next weekend (July 9-10) we will be collecting monetary donations to purchase school supplies for each child whose family uses our food pantry.  You can be "Head of the Class" with a $35 donation, join the "Honor Roll" with a $25 donation or be a "Class Act" for a $15 donation.  Thank you for supporting our children.                     

Save the Date…August 13, 2016 Fresh Meadows Golf Course Outing --- Watch the bulletin for more information

    "School's out! Help our kids eat all summer long"

A record number of kids get free or reduced-price breakfast/lunch during school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without these essentials. In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat.
Families struggle with concerns on how to keep food at home for their children while they're at work, they wonder "are they going to have enough." Parents no longer can rely on those meals provided by the schools. They need help to fill in the gap, feeding their children in the summer time can be a real hardship.
This is when they turn to us for help. I have been blessed to be a part of this parish and community. I have seen how the power of the Spirit in you works when it comes to your generosity and I thank you. Please continue in helping us with our mission to keep St. Barbara's Food Pantry shelves stocked, and let’s help these kids stay strong and healthy over these summer days.


Help us celebrate St. Barbara’s Centennial!

     Share with us a story, a photo, or a cherished memory… Did your family help to found St. Barbara Parish 100 years ago?  Have you celebrated Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations at St. Barbara’s for generations?  Were you married in the old church?  Do you have great memories of singing in the choir or participating in the Nights of the Dolphin? Did you help to build our current church? You are invited to remember and celebrate your cherished memories of our parish by purchasing a space in our Centennial Book.

     Perhaps you’d like a memorial page for your deceased family members.  Perhaps you’d like a “then and now” page with your classmates from school.  Perhaps you’d like a page to celebrate the many generations of family that have shared together the blessing of St, Barbara Parish. Express your gratitude… Share a memory… Maybe even include a special photograph. (¼ page --$100, ½ page --$200, full page --$400)

     Please attach your camera ready memorial with your payment.  We will scan any picture attached and return the original to you, or you can send a digital picture/memorial to centennial@stbarbarabrookfield.org. If you need assistance you can call the Parish Office at 708/485-2900. Please turn in to the Parish Office by June 30th.

Centennial T-Shirts

Centennial T-Shirts continue to be available at the Resource Room at Church. Also this month they will be available at the Parish Council’s Open Meeting on Wednesday, May 25th. Don’t miss out on a chance to show your St. Barbara Pride by adding a Centennial T-Shirt to your wardrobe or purchase one for a gift.
Short Sleeve Blue Adult Small to Extra-Large and Youth Small to Large size Tees are $10 each. Larger Adult sizes and Long Sleeve Shirts are available for special order and an extra charge.

Joy’s Closet

     Joy's Closet at the Food Pantry is in need of spring clothing. The days are looking nicer and the kids will be out of school and on summer break. Children clothing is always big request along with men's and women T-shirts. If you have spring cleaning scheduled soon or just making room, your donation will be a blessing. Thank you for your generosity and your kindness. Aida Gatch Director 708-295-7336

Seniors in Need

A growing number of seniors are facing financial hardship and together we can provide the help. St. Barbara's Lending Closet is always in need of Medical Equipment. Wheelchairs, Tub Transfer Bench, Transfer Chairs, Toilet seat risers and Walkers w/seat. We are located at the Rectory Clubroom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to accept the donations, we can provide a tax receipt as well.  Thank you for your support. Please contact Aida Gatch at 708-295-7336 to make arrangements.

Centennial Activities

Click here for our Schedule of Centennial Events

Missionary Spirit Service Opportunities

St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team is planning some great service opportunities for 2016!  We hope there is something on the calendar that catches your attention and gets you thinking about how you can help.  More details will be posted in the bulletin as each event approaches.  If you'd like to get an e-mail update about service projects (this is a great idea for families with Confirmation candidates!), contact us at missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org.


Fisher House for Veterans; Letter Writing Campaign to Active Military


Backpacks for Kids; Blood Drive

September   Community Food Drive
October   Dress a Girl

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 the parish office at 485-2900.

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 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.