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

        The Parish Council has reconvened for the 2016-2017 year and meets monthly to discuss activities related to our parish vitality.  Our last meeting was in September and featured a lively discussion of our goals for the year.  We renewed our role as “vision keepers” for the parish, based on the building blocks from our Parish Transformation journey in 2013.  The goals we set forth for the coming year are:
—Continue support of Missionary Spirit activities
—Promote lifelong formation (being Christ-centered) for all parishioners
—Develop community in our prayer and worship through liturgical ministry
We hope to get guidance from the coordinators for Lifelong Formation and Parish Vitality at the Archdiocese to carry out these goals.
We also gave feedback to Fr. Edgar on matters related to Renew my Church, particularly the groupings that have been proposed to partner our parish with neighboring parishes to assure the vitality of the church in our neighborhood.
Our next meeting will be open to the entire parish and will be on Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.  All are welcome!!

“Dress A Girl”

     St. Barbara’s Missionary Spirit Team is busy planning our next service opportunity. We are looking for volunteers to help make simple dresses, made from pillow cases for little girls in need.  The Dress a Girl Around the World organization works with missions in over 70 countries to help provide new dresses for girls that may not own a dress of their own. These girls may be abused or disregarded, but a new dress shows people they are looked after by people who care. Can you help on Saturday, October 22nd?  We’ll be in the Parish Center from 8:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m.  Come for a couple hours or the whole day.  People of all ages, with or without sewing skills, are invited to help.  We’ll have special projects for our younger volunteers to make for these girls in need.  RSVP at missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org

Seeking Volunteers

     BEDS Plus Care is a non-profit agency that helps homeless individuals obtain stable, affordable housing and provides a continuum of professional support services including an emergency overnight shelter.  St. Barbara Parish hosts a site each Friday night from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.  If you are interested in volunteering, our Missionary Spirit Team and Knights of Columbus are responsible for volunteering the 1st Friday of each month from October through May.
Our shift is from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Oversight during sleep.  All prospective and new volunteers must attend one volunteer orientation. You'll learn how you can help plus you'll meet great people with similar interests!  Orientations are held the second Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. Upcoming dates are October 10th, November 14th,  December 12th,  at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange - 2nd Floor Conference Room, 150 S. Ashland Ave., LaGrange. You can call the Parish Office at 708/485-2900 if you’re interested in volunteering.

Men’s overnight retreat

     Men, do you feel that God is calling you in a special way in your life? Do you feel the need to get away for some quiet time to reflect and pray?
Come and join us for an overnight retreat Nov. 4th and 5th at St. Mary’s Retreat House in Lemont.
The retreat will be led by Deacon Dave Brencic. The theme is “The Call.”   
The retreat will run from 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4th, to 3:-00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5th, and will include time for prayer, three reflections, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass, and wonderful camaraderie among men of faith.
St. Mary’s includes beautiful grounds, an outside Stations of the Cross and an outside Rosary.
The cost of the retreat is $45 and includes a social on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch. 

Men’s Fellowship

      St. Barbara’s Men’s Fellowship will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20th in the Parish Center. Please bring a smack and a beverage of your choice.

Phoenix Group

  St. Barbara Phoenix Group--a support group for the divorced, separated, and widowed--will meet on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  Come and join us and bring a friend.  Refreshments including pizza will be served.  Stories from St. Barbara’s 100 Years will be shared. 

 ACCW Fall Assembly

     The ACCW Fall Assembly Breakfast with Archbishop Blase J. Cupich will be held Saturday, October 22, at the Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook. Procession with honored guests begins at 9:15 AM.  A  plated breakfast will be served. Cost for St. Barbara CCW members is $20; non-members $32. (Note: You can join St. Barbara CCW and pay the $5 membership dues to take advantage of the discounted $20 cost.)    Please remit your check made payable to St. Barbara CCW with the attendee(s)' names by September 6 to Sylvia Gauthier, mark your envelope "St. Barbara CCW" and place it in the Sunday collection basket. If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia.

Crafters Wanted

     Display your "crafty" handmade items at the November 19th Fall Craft Show in the Parish Center.  Call Alicia for application fees and space information.

Saint Barbara Casino Nights need your support…   Become a sponsor today

      Become a table sponsor… At a cost of only $75 per table per night...We will place your name or the name of your business on one of our tables.  There will be 1 Bang table, 1 Lucky Wheel, 15+ tables of Blackjack, 2 Roulette tables, and 2+ Poker tables. In addition... we will list your name or the name of your business on the list of event sponsors at the entrance to Casino Nights. Become a sponsor of our Music Lounge…

      Back by popular demand… We’ll have various musical acts performing each night in our lounge.  At a cost of only $100 per hour… You can sponsor one (1) hour of entertainment and have your name or the name of your business  on the marquee at the entrance to the Music Lounge. In addition… we will list your name or the name of your business on a list of event sponsors at the entrance to Casino Nights.

     Contact us today…. call Angela at 708-485-2900 or e-mail at alawler@stbarbarabrookfield .org

Resource Room

     Come to the Resource Room and check out our End of Summer clearance specials!!
We have canvas prints that make perfect gifts for a wedding or anniversary.  Buy a canvas print at regular price and receive a featured CD “The Gift” for free.  This CD was recorded by Dale Vargas, one of our parishioners, and features 10 easy-listening Christian-themed instrumental selections.  His dedication for the CD is “to my God for the wonderful gift he’s blessed me with . . . for He is truly the world’s greatest music conductor!”  This CD sells for $15 in the Resource Room.  We also have books to buy (including Fr. Mike’s book), rosaries and statues, baptismal gifts and many special occasion cards for $1.50.  We are open after all weekend masses so stop by and browse!

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

The Medical Lending Closet is temporarily not accepting: Walkers, Commodes, Crutches, Canes.Thank you for your kind donations.

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.

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.