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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
708-485-2900
E-mail: bulletin@stbarbarabrookfield.org
 
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 Divine Mercy

Parish Council Nominations

DID YOU KNOW – St. Barbara Parish Council has been busy this past year and has many positive achievements:
--Welcomed, supported and advised our new Parish Administrator, Fr. Edgar Rodriguez
--Coordinated remaining events for Centennial Celebration
--Supported Casino Nights
--Supported the many parish activities of Missionary Spirit Team
--Continued supporting the Resource Center Gift Shop
--Attended deanery meetings and provided input for archdiocesan planning for “Renew My Church” 
--Participated in a shared Parish Mission for Lent with Divine Infant and St. Louise de Marillac 
--Learned how Intentional Discipleship can enhance parish life

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE – since several current members have terms of office that are expiring, we are going to need a few new members this year.  Have you considered the many gifts you or another parishioner may have that would be valuable qualities for a member of St. Barbara Parish Council?  In the next few weeks we urge you to take a look at these gifts and begin a personal journey of discernment about becoming a member of the Parish Council.  More details will be revealed in May at the Parish Council meeting which is open to all parishioners.  Nomination forms are on the Welcome Table for you to complete or stop at the Welcome Table where representatives from the Parish Council can answer any questions.  

Council of Catholic Women -- NEW! Spring Flea Market

Flea Market

Death is OUT at St. Barbara!

     As you probably noticed, our grounds look strikingly different. Some things are missing! Give up? Our dead trees are gone! After waiting for a long time, we decided to bite the bullet and go ahead and cut the trees. By some act of divine intervention, however, the bullet did not sting at all. We got a very good deal for the job and were able to do more than originally expected. On Monday, the day after Easter, the tree people came and cut seven dead or diseased trees, and reconditioned and trimmed three. That same day we were lamenting that, after we had done all this, we still had three dead trees right in front of the church. I suggested that we should call the village and ask them to try speeding up the cutting of those trees. I was still debating whether or not to call them when, like something from the Twilight Zone, I heard a chainsaw going again. I looked outside the window and Lo and Behold! It was the village cutting the trees in front of the Church. Was it coincidence? Or was it, again, divine providence? I believe it was the later! Well, I hope you all like it. It was one more Easter present from God the Son.              Happy Easter! Fr. Edgar

DOROTHY BALL -- 2017 Woman of the Year

     St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women is pleased to present Dorothy Ball as the 2017 Woman of the Year. In 1976 Dorothy and her husband, Norm, moved to Brookfield and joined St. Barbara parish. They have two children and three young grandchildren that are the “love of their lives.” Dorothy has been active in our parish for 40 years.

     Everyone entering our church witnesses Dorothy’s talents that continue to amaze us as she seasonally transforms the church. Her magnificent Lenten, Easter and Pentecost banners capture the liturgical theme, bringing the holy days to life without the need for words.  As a Missionary Spirit Team member, the “Dress-a-Girl” project is dear to her heart as she teaches the young and the young-at-heart volunteers how to make lovely dresses for girls in less-privileged countries. At our Craft Show & Bake Sale, you will find her selling raffle tickets after she bakes for the bake sale!  As sacristan, Dorothy launders, sews and creatively re-purposes altar linens.  If a stain on an altar cloth captures her eye, after daily mass she pulls out that stain-remover and, just like Mr. Clean…she makes the stains disappear!

     Dorothy was a vital member of the Steering Committee for recent Centennial Events.  Somehow, she also finds time to work at Casino Nights, be a Lector at Sunday and daily Masses, a member of our Art and Environment Committee, the Liturgy Commission, and our Garden Ministry.  Dorothy exquisitely maintains the parish gardens from spring through fall in a definite “hands-on” manner. When you see her digging in the dirt, planting or weeding, she actually enjoys it!  She solely maintains the church’s outdoor planters with flowers, harvest-time plantings and attractive winterscapes. 

Relay for Life

    Our Missionary Spirit Team invites you to join St. Barbara's Relay for Life Team.  Volunteers are needed to participate in this fundraising walk which benefits the American Cancer Society.  Some of the event highlights include a survivor and caregiver lap, luminaria ceremony, DJ, themed laps, food and fun.  The Relay is Saturday, June 10, 2017 from noon to midnight at Lyons Townships South Campus.  Help us in the fight against cancer by joining our team at RelayForLife.org/WestCookIL and choose the St. Barbara Walks for Life team.  Team members take turns walking throughout the event - come for an hour or show your support through the entire event!  Contact missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org

Save the Date!! “Called and Gifted” Workshop on April 27th at 7:00 p.m.

     If you have been following the articles in the bulletin during Lent discussing highlights of the book, Forming Intentional Disciples, you will want to attend this workshop on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  The Parish Council will be hosting a special speaker, Kathy McNichols , who will lead us in the discernment process to discover our charisms.  You may ask what “charisms” are---According to the Catherine of Sienna Institute in Colorado,

      “Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God's goodness for people.”

     Being intentional disciples means sharing these charisms but we must first identify them—they are different from our natural talents in several important ways.  “We use these charisms together with our natural talents and all that we are, to serve God and our neighbor.”  Please sign up on the RSVP sheet at the Welcome Table and join us as we explore our spiritual gifts together.  For more information, visit this website: https://siena.org/charisms-faq

Resource Room Update

     Easter Season is a great time to do some reading and we have great books in the Resource Room to help you along your journey .  Fr. Mike's book, "Catholic Watershed", along with "Forming Intentional Disciples", both of which sell for $15 and "Rediscovering Jesus" which is no charge.  Come in and see what we have!  We are open after every weekend Mass in the small room at the back of church.

Annual Spring Grounds Clean-Up

   SPRING IS HERE...trees budding, flowers blooming, grass greening and winter debris needing to be cleaned-up. St. Barbara Parish will be part of Brookfield's PROJECT N.I.C.E. (Neighbors Involved in a Clean Environment) on Saturday, April 22nd. Our Group will be preregistered...So --- Gather up your family-friends-rakes-shovels-brooms-gloves and meet outside at the Parish Center 9:00 a.m. to noon. Water and snacks will be provided.  Your participation is appreciated and needed, so come for 1-2-or 3 hours!!! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and make new friends-do service hours or  just have  FUN  IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS KEEPING IT HEALTHY AND LOOKING GOOD!!!

Women’s Day of Reflection  

     The women of St. Barbara and St. Louise de Marillac are invited to a special Day of Reflection from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 20th, at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien. The theme of the day is “A Grateful Heart” and will be led by Deacon Dave Brencic. The day will include prayer, reflections, discussion and quiet time. The cost is $40 and will include refreshments and snacks in the morning, and lunch. For more information or to register, call Deacon Dave at (708) 485-6614.

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. During the week come to the parish office.  Thank you.

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.

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  

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.