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

Thanks to Blood Drive Donors

    There was an incredible turnout of donors for our blood drive last Sunday.  All together 56 units of blood were collected!  A big thanks goes out to everyone who chose to give the gift of life to a complete stranger.   Please take some time this week to say a prayer of gratitude for all our donors, as well as, a prayer of health and healing for those who will be receiving this gift.  If you were not able to donate at our drive, you can always make an appointment at a donor center at lifesource.org or 1-877-543-3768.

Guide Book Directory —Update Your Membership Information

     Does our Church database have your family membership record correct?  (Are you registered as a parishioner? If not and you would like to be, there are registration forms on the table at the back of the church.) It is time for us to update our parish database with any changes, additions, or deletions that may have occurred your family over the past year. Our annual Guide Book and Directory will be updated and ready for publication by October.
Have you changed your phone number Have you moved? Are you preparing to move soon? Are all of your children still at home and are they all included in your membership record? Do you want your record published?
If you have not already informed the Parish Office about changes to your record, please let us know so that the information in the Guide Book and Directory is correct.  Thank you for your help.  Sr. Mary Lou 708-485-2900.

Saturday of Service

St. Barbara’s Missionary Spirit Team is planning our next service opportunity which is going to take place very close to home. Everyone is invited to help spruce up the Parish Center. Please join us for a few hours Saturday, August 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  We will be dusting, cleaning and organizing.  We are looking for hard workers of all ages.  If you are 11 or younger, you must come with a parent.  Anyone under 18 must have a permission slip if you are not volunteering with a parent.       
We need everyone’ help with this project… Do you have a couple hours to clean with us?
Can you bring the workers some drinks or snacks? Can you pray with us for the success of this work day?     We are also looking for a few special people with DIY skills that might be able to bring their tools and help out with some minor repair projects.  Contact the Missionary Spirit Team if you can help email missionaryspirit@stbabarabrookfield.org).

BBQ for Veterans

This past Sunday volunteers from St. Barbara prepared a BBQ lunch for the veterans being treated at Hines VA and their families who get to stay at the Fisher House in order to be close to their loved ones.  The volunteers were able to give these American heroes and their families a little distraction from some of the medical troubles they have been struggling with daily.  Some of these veterans are being treated for months at a time, so being able to keep their family nearby is a blessing for them.  The Missionary Spirit Team would like to thank you to everyone who made this possible – our wonderful, hard-working volunteers (pictured with a couple of the vets), our amazing bakers who brought homemade pies, Rice Krispie treats and brownies, and all of our incredibly generous parishioners who donated to help us pay for all the wonderful food that was served.  Your generosity for our veterans is astounding. Thank you.

Backpacks for Kids

         St. Barbara parishioners very generously support the Christmas for Kids program each year to ensure all the children in our community have something to open up on Christmas morning.  Our Missionary Spirit team is collaborating with St. Barbara's food pantry to organize Backpacks for Kids to make sure these same children can start off the school year equipped with everything they need to succeed.  During July we will be collecting school supplies with the hopes to fill up a new back pack with supplies for each child whose family uses our food pantry.  Each week in the bulletin you'll find a list of supplies to drop off the following Sunday.  You’ll find a donation bin in the Parents’ Room at the main entrance of church.  Perhaps you’d prefer make a monetary donation to help with our efforts.  You can sponsor at the gold level for $35 for a new back pack filled with supplies.  Silver level sponsors can donate $25 for a new back pack.  At the bronze level you can cover all the supplies for one child for $15.  Donation envelops can be found on the Welcome Table, which you can put in the collection basket or drop off at the rectory.  Thank you for supporting our children.

     Next week (July 25-26) we are collecting all things to stock the classrooms (and miscellaneous items) - facial tissue, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, ziplock freezer bags (quart and gallon), disinfectant wipes (for desks), antibacterial wipes (for hands), glue sticks, white glue, scotch tape, scissors. 

Welcome to Maria Ramos 

Maria Ramos is the new Religious Education Coordinator for our parish.
     Maria was born in Guerrero Mexico then she came to Chicago in 1983. She got married in 1997 to Cesar Ramos who is originally from Guanajuato Mexico. They have two children Cesar Jr. ,13 years old and Sarah Monique, 10 years old.
     Maria’s responsibilities include oversight of the religious education and formation of children, catechists, and adults. She has worked at various parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago for the past 30 years. She has worked at St. Procopius Parish in Pilsen for the past three years as a Director of Religious Education, eight years as Director of Religious Education at St. Anthony of Padua in Cicero and 9 years at Our Lady of Tepeyac in Little Village as Pastoral Associate. In addition to parish ministry, she had also been a member in various Archdiocesan institutes in the Spanish ministry training and formation such as Instituto Para La Catequesis Hispana and The Hispanic Liturgy Institute. She studied several semesters at Catholic Union University earning a master degree in pastoral studies.  In 2012 she obtained an Associate Degree in Early Childhood (ECE) at St. Augustine College. 
     Maria considers herself very fortunate because she works in a profession that is also her vocation, and she enjoys serving and being around people and sharing the gifts that she had received from God. Her expectations and goals are to be able to contribute to the program that will offer service to the community of St. Barbara. Maria is very thankful to God for this great opportunity and to Fr. Bob Casey for his trust in her. She considers this opportunity as a great blessing in her life.

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.

Summer Book Discussion

We are trying something different this Summer!  Spend some time relaxing with Pope Francis and read his apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel this Summer.  Here is an excerpt: “We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.  Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization.  For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?”   A guided discussion will be held in August so stop by the Resource Center for your copy and get started.  Copies are available in English & Spanish for $15.00.

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!!!

St. Barbara Resource Center

Just a couple copies left!   Catholic Watershed  now selling in the Resource Center for $20.  This is a book about our own Fr. Mike Ahlstrom and five of his classmates which covers over sixty years from their seminary days through ordination, first assignments.  becoming pastors, up to the brink of retirement.  The book is written by Michael Cahill, nephew of longtime parishioner, the late Gerry Cahill.
     Note cards with pen and ink drawings of Assisi, Italy, beautifully rendered by Fr. Bob Hutmacher are selling for 2 cards for $1.00 These cards are blank inside and we have several different scenes available.

Food Pantry

Time is flying by this summer and the food pantry is in need of the following items to restock our shelves: soup, tuna, canned meats, spaghetti, pudding, jello, jelly, peanut butter, mac n cheese and pork & beans. Thank you all for your generosity and continued support of our brothers and sisters in need.                                                                 

Life Line Screening at St. Barbara on July 15th

     St Barbara Parish will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. This event is also being sponsored by MacNeal Hospital. Protect your health by registering today for the 6 for Life Health Assessment for $79. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners to schedule your appointment.  Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.

     The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD and lung cancer.  A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change.  Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment. Other testing can be done for thyroid TSH screening, prostate PSA testing and more.

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.