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

Religious Education Program

    Religious Education Classes start on Wednesday, September 16th or on Sunday, September 20th depending on which day you pick.  All registration forms and any missing baptismal certificates need to be turned in before classes start. If your child or children are new in the program, we encourage you to register them for the classes. You can download the forms above or find them in church by the table near the baptismal fountain.  Please don’t hesitate to call the Religious Ed office at 708-485-4610  if you have any questions. Thank you! 

Programa de Educación Religiosa

   Educación Cristiana  clases comienzan el Miércoles, 16 de septiembre o el domingo 20 de septiembre, dependiendo del día que elija. Todos los formularios de inscripción y los certificados de bautismo que faltan deben ser entregados antes del inicio de clases. Si su hijo o hijos son nuevos en el programa le animamos a inscribirse para las clases, usted podrá bajar la aplicación de la computadora a www.stbarbarabrookfield.org o encontrarla en la iglesia junto a la mesa de la fuente bautismal. Gracias por su pronta atención a este asunto. Por favor, no dude en llamar a la Oficina de Ed Religiosa  a 708-485-4610 si tiene alguna pregunta. ¡Gracias! 

Knightly Notes

     The rosary offers a great opportunity for members of the Knights of Columbus and their families to strengthen their faith.  With this same passion we as Knights of Columbus would like to share this same with YOU our parish family. Please join us as we pray the rosary together on Saturday, August 29th at       4:00 pm (Before the 5:00 pm Mass)(Bring your rosary and a prayer card will be provided if needed)


             The RCIA process will be starting soon. Team members for various roles are needed. If you are interested in being a team member, e-mail RCIA@stbarbarabrookfield.org. 
     If you know anyone who may be interested in becoming Catholic or completing sacraments, let them know.   More information will follow in next week’s bulletin.

Yoga Mats

     The Missionary Spirit Team is hoping to lend a hand to Heartland Alliance's Violence Recovery Services (VRS). VRS works in Chicago with people impacted by domestic and sexual violence.  They are starting a yoga program to help teens and adults find relaxation techniques to use as they recover and move forward from their abuse.  If you have a gently used yoga mat or yoga bricks that you would like to donate, please drop them off in the marked bin in the parents' room at the main entrance of church.  Thank you.

St. Barbara Phoenix Organization

      St. Barbara Phoenix Organization for the separated, widowed, and divorced will meet Thursday, September10th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. On this agenda is getting reacquainted and discussion on the summer time events. Some cake and cookies and drinks will be served. For further information please call Deacon John Debnar at 708-485-2900.

Parish Picnic — September 13th

Mark your calendars and get out your recipes!  Our Parish Picnic is right around the corner.  And, as has been our custom, we will celebrate a Mass of Unity on Sunday the 13th of September at 11:30 am.  Following Mass we will gather on our parish grounds to enjoy some food, friendship, and fun. The parish will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, and refreshments.  We invite our parishioners to bring salads, side-dishes, and deserts.  Keep an eye on the Welcome Table for the sign-up sheets so that we may know how many people will be attending and what dish you’d like to bring to share.


CRAFTERS WANTED for the Pumpkins 'n Holly Craft Show and Bake Sale to be held Saturday, November 21st, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Parish Center. Spaces are 9 feet wide by 8 feet deep and are $30; tables to rent are 8 feet wide by 2 feet deep and cost $10; electric hook-up is $5. No vendors please. For an application, call Alicia 708-485-2502 or email amancini@boomboominc.com

New Books to Borrow for your Summer reading pleasure!

     Have you ever read a book by Edward Hays?  He is a contemporary spiritual writer with over 30 best sellers and a Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Kansas City.  We have the following books by Hays available to borrow in the Resource Room: Chasing Joy, Holy Fools & Mad Hatters, Feathers on the Wind,
In Pursuit of the Great White Rabbit, St. George & the Dragon.
We also have several of the Joshua series books by Joseph Girzone.  Girzone is a retired priest and founder of the Joshua Foundation, an organization dedicated to making Jesus better known throughout the world. The main character, Joshua, is a carpenter who transforms everyone with words of peace and actions of love (sound familiar?)  These are good books for young adult and adult too and we have several titles on the shelves.

CCW Meeting and Membership Drive

   The next General Meeting of St. Barbara CCW will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  An Ice Cream Social and a very interesting program will follow.  Come join the parish women for an evening of fun and refreshments!  Annual dues are still only $5. New members are always welcome.

The CCW membership drive is underway for 2015-2016.  The dues are STILL only $5 for the year which covers printing and mailing newsletters, attendance at our meetings (with great refreshments and fun programs), and other events we have during the year.  This is still THE BEST BARGAIN IN TOWN!! 

   New and continuing members must complete the form below, include it with your $5 dues, and either drop it off at the Rectory, mail it to Starr Donovan, 3906 Forest Ave., Brookfield, IL 60513, or pay at our next meeting.   2015-16 membership cards will be mailed with the next newsletter.         Please note:  Newsletters are sent via first-class mail and will only be sent to paid members.  Please forward your membership form and dues now to ensure your name and address will be included in the updated 2015-16 membership list (used for newsletter mailings).  Those trickling in later in the year may not be added to the membership list. Thank you for your cooperation! See Aug. 9 bulletin for form.  

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.

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.  

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

                 The Food Pantry is in dire need of donations. Items to restock our shelves: Soup, Beans, Peas, Corn, Mixed Veggies, Jelly, Tuna, Chili, Spam, Ham, Spaghetti Sauce, Toilet Paper, Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, Pasta Sides. At this point our shelves that usually hold canned goods of soups and mixed vegetables are completely empty. Summer months are usually critical because of the children being home from school. It is because of our generous community we are able to help struggling families through their time of need.  Thank you all for your generosity and continued support. God Bless, Aida                          

St. Barbara Casino Nights

St. Barbara Fall Casino Nights will be held November 6th and 7th, 2016. Funds raised will be use for our up coming Centennial Celebrations. Volunteers and participants will be needed … more details will be forth coming. So please pass the word so all 21 and over can participate in this FUN event.

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.