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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
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Centennial Pictorial Directory

           If you had your family portrait taken for the centennial directory, your copy is available and can be picked up in the Resource Room after all the Masses this weekend. During the week come to the parish office.  Thank you.

Help at the Ronald McDonald House

      Our Missionary Spirit Team is looking for volunteers to help prepare a home-cooked meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  The meals allow the families to unwind, de-stress, and fortify their bodies to be at their best for their child in the hospital.  Volunteers will prepare dinner for the families at the House near Loyola Hospital on Wednesday, March 1st.  This can be a great way to start off lent if you are looking for a way to help others.  Children 10-12 can join us with a parent; teens need a permission slip.  We'll carpool from St. Barbara's, leaving at 4:30 p.m.  If you are interested  please contact Carol at 630-655-0326 or missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org.  There is only space for ten volunteers. 

Council of Catholic Women

         The next General Meeting of St. Barbara CCW is Tuesday, March 7, at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center. Nominations of officers for 2017-2018 will be presented for voting and the 2017 Woman-of-the-Year will be discussed. Please plan to attend. Refreshments will be served. Interested parish women are also welcome. 

Exploring the Diaconate

Have you ever felt the Holy Spirit was calling you to consider a vocation as a deacon?
The Institute for Diaconal Studies invites all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to serve the Church in a special way to attend an Exploring the Diaconate Session on Thursday, March 2nd.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Office of the Diaconate, 816 Marengo Ave., Forest Park. The meeting will be a time to pray, discuss and learn more about the discernment process and the formation program that aspirants and candidates pursue. For more information, contact Deacon Bob Puhala at (847) 837-4564 or Deacon Dave Brencic at (708) 366-8900.

Sacrament of Confirmation for Adults   —  Spring 2017

     Parishes and Vicariate Bishops are scheduling adult Confirmation celebrations for adults. Active Catholics, age 19 and older who have celebrated the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and have not been confirmed are invited to participate in the program. Classes will be held at St. Barbara Parish in both English and Spanish. To register, contact Maria Ramos at 708-927-4017 or reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org. Click here for a registration form. See information below:

Confirmation Date:           June 17, 2017
Rehearsal:                        Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Location:                         St. Barbara Parish. Classes held in the Parish Center
Class Dates:                     March 22 & 29, April 5, 12, 19 & 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, June 7
Fee:                                 $75.00 per participant
Time:                               6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Contact:                          Maria Ramos  708-927-4017 reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org

Sacramento de la Confirmación para Adultos -- Primavera de 2017

      Las parroquias y los obispos de los vicariatos están programando celebraciones de la Confirmación  para adultos. Los católicos activos  mayores de 19 años que han celebrado los sacramentos del Bautismo y de la Eucaristía y no han sido confirmados están invitados a participar en el programa. Las clases se llevarán a cabo en la parroquia de St. Bárbara en inglés y español. Para registrarse, comuníquese con María Ramos al 708-927-4017 o reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org. Precione aqui para la forma de registercion. Vea la información a continuación:

Fecha de confirmación:         17 de junio de 2017
Practica:                      Miércoles, 14 de junio a las 6:00 p.m.
Lugar:                          Iglesia Santa Bárbara, Clases en el Centro Parroquial
Fechas de las clases: 22 y 29 de marzo, 5, 12, 19 y 26 de abril, 3, 10, 17, 24 y 31 de mayo, 7 de junio
Costo:                         $ 75.00 por participante
Hora:                           6:00 pm a 8:00 pm
Contacto:                    María Ramos 708-927-4017 Reled@stbarbarabrookfield.org

Men’s Fellowship

         St. Barbara’s Men’s Fellowship will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 16th at the Parish Center.  Please bring a snack and a beverage of your choice. Any questions please call Ted Zayner at 708-485-9145.

NEW! Spring Flea Market

Mark your calendar –
Saturday, April 29th —   9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  in the Parish Center

      Reserve your space – $15.00. Bring your own table or rent one.   Bring your items (gently used clothing, household, etc.) and the profit is all yours!   Start putting your items together and get ready to make some $$$. Call Alicia at 485-2502 for more information.  Sponsored by St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women.

Resource Room

     Lent is just around the corner and the Resource Room has something for everyone who wants to make Lent special this year.  We have Little Black Books for $1—these books have six-minute reflections for every day from Ash Wednesday until Easter.  This book provides the framework for you to enjoy “lectio divina” (sacred prayer) as Fr. Edgar discussed in his bulletin article last week. This six-minute program starts on Sunday, February 26th, which gives you three days to get ready for Lent!  Get your Little Black Book while the supply lasts!

     Come check out our supply of rosaries for sale or just check out a book to read during Lent.

     Did you know that Candlemas Day takes place 40 days after the birth of Jesus?  This feast celebrates the presentation of Jesus at the temple.  This year, it was celebrated on February 2nd and it is customary to bless candles for the home at this time.  The Resource Room has boxes of candles used for prayer in the home for $3/box.  These candles can be blessed by the priest and brought home to be used throughout the year for religious celebrations, sick room visitation and as sacramentals during time of hardship, danger and for Divine guidance.

What is Missionary Spirit?

     In 2013 our Missionary Spirit Team grew out the Parish Transformation process.  We were reminded that by virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation we are all called to be missionaries, whether that be where we live, where we worship or where we work.  We are called to reach out, as Jesus did, to help the poor, the sick and the sinner. 

     The Missionary Spirit Team works to find service opportunities for our parishioners.  Our goal is to give all parishioners an opportunity every month to serve someone in need.  We look for opportunities to serve those in our parish, our local community and beyond.  We have helped the hungry and the ill; our parish and our environment; children and the elderly. 

     St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team is planning some great service opportunities for 2017!  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.

February: Fisher House meal (similar to Ronald McDonald House, but set up for families of veterans being treated at Hines VA)

March: Ronald McDonald House meal ; Feed My Starving Children

April: Project NICE; Community Food Drive

May: Special Olympics; Wear Purple for Peace

June; Relay for Life; Feed My Starving Children

July: Community Food Drive

August: Backpacks for Kids;Feed My Starving Children

September; McCormick Woods; Ronald McDonald House meal

October: Pack the Pantry Dress a Girl

November: Veterans Senior Center  (meal or movie night or game night)

December: Christmas for Kids

St. Barbara's Rosary Makers.....

 .....are 16 years old in January.  We have made over 29,000 corded rosaries since we began January 2001.  Irene, Therese, Estelle, Marge, Stacy, Dora, Nancy, Joan, Carol, Rose, Elma and Jenny are our Rosary Makers.  We meet one morning a month to hand over the rosaries that we have made during the past month, and then pick up the supplies that we need for the next month.  Our finished rosaries are mostly sent to a contact lady in Florida who distributes them to missionaries who come to her from Central and South America.  New Rosary Makers are always welcome. We are supported by the CCW.

Click here to view Centennial Event Slideshows

Click here or above to view our 2015-2016 Parish Financial Report  

Rosary Times

New the summer: Evening Rosary in the Church on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. We also have Rosary after the 8:00 a.m. Mass daily Monday through Saturday and in Spanish on Friday evenings 6:00 p.m.

Medical Lending Closet

     Due to the successful work of Michael Keegan on his Eagle Project, we are temporarily not accepting any medical equipment at this time. On behalf of St. Barbara I would like to congratulate Michael on the completion of his Eagle Project and thank him for all his hard work. Thank you again for your willingness to serve. You embody all that is good in Scouting. Aida Gatch, Lending Closet Director

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 wants 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.