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

Missionary Spirit to Serve Our Veteran

  The Missionary Spirit Team is planning a service project open to parishioners of all ages for Sunday, August 17th.  We are arranging a lunch-time barbecue for the veterans that are living at a shelter in Wheaton.  These men have honorably served our country and protected us, but are now having difficulty getting back on their feet.

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans was founded in 2000 to ensure that no veteran is left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental-health issues.  They provide veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency.  The average length of stay is less than eight months.  You can find detailed information and more volunteer opportunities at helpaveteran.org.

Council of Catholic Women -- Membership Drive

    The CCW membership drive is underway for 2014-2015.  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.   2014-15 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 2014-15 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! Shirley Bednar  *********************************************
First name_________________________________ Last name_________________________________
City __________________     State ____________ Zip__________Phone________________________
New member ______  Continuing Member_______
Please check one or more of the following categories to let us know what you are interested in doing this year…    
Baker____________     Rosary Maker___________
General Meeting hostess_____________________  
Help in Sacristy (once a week)________________
Honor Guard at Funeral Mass_________________ Other____________________________________

The next General Meeting of St. Barbara CCW will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7:00 pm 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.

Council of Catholic Women -- Save the Dates
Sept. 9 – 7:00 pm General Meeting; Oct.  19 – 2:30-4:30 Bunco Party
Nov. 22 – 9:00-3:00 Craft Show/Bake Sale -- Detailed information to follow.                  

                Food Pantry                          

Hello, I can not believe that the month of July has come and gone so quickly and we served 99 individuals and families at food pantry.
     I would like to thank all parishioners who have given and encourage you to continue with your donations. We are in need of coffee, jello, ham, chili, canned fruit, cake mixes, rice and mac & cheese.
     Remember that children are preparing to return to school so if you could add school supplies like spiral note books, pencils, pens, colors, erasers etc. it would be greatly appreciated.
     Also, a big thank you to the parishioners of St. John of the Cross in Western Springs and our benefactor Dennis Tischler who continue with their  support of St. Barbara Food Pantry.
                           God Bless and thank you again,
                                     Maria Espinosa   

Happy Feet

We find, along with school supplies for the upcoming school year our little ones and students are badly in need of warm socks.  All sizes.  So, in your shopping travels, please find your way to the foot ware section and purchase a couple of pairs.  We would really appreciate it.

God bless,

             The Kids Care Corner of the Food Pantry

Religious Education Registration

Religious Education classes will be held on Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. See the Religious Education page on our website www.stbarbarabrookfield.org for registration forms in English and Spanish or at the back of the Church on the Welcome Table. See the Religious Education page on our website www.stbarbarabrookfield.org for registration forms in English and Spanish.

Registración de Educacion Religiosa

     Las clases de educación religiosa van a ser los domingos de 10:30 am a 12 mediodia O los miércoles por la noche de 6:00 pm a 7:30 pm. Registraciones en la mesa de bienvenida a la entrada del templo o vea la página de educación religiosa en nuestra website www.stbarbarabrookfield.org para hojas de registración en ingles y en español.  Para más información llame al 708-485-2900.

Market Day

The next Market Day pick-up is Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Center. Orders are due by  Wednesday, August 20th. Order online, drop off in Market Day mailbox outside Rectory. Order forms can be found near the bulletins in church or online at
Remember you can also buy Market Day products at Gordon Food Service(GFS) stores and St. Barbara will still receive credit.
Why not try Market Day products? You can get $5.00 off your first order by using the promotion
code NEWFIVE when you spend $25.

Interfaith Community Partners Looking for Volunteers

Interfaith Community Partners is a 501[c]3 community organization that offers escorted transportation, friendly visitation, telephone reassurance and well-being checks.  All services are performed by trained and screened volunteers. St. Barbara Parish is a coalition member of ICP.

Help Us Help Others!
Volunteer training date:  September 10th, at  9:00 a.m.  Each training session lasts 1 ½ hours and meets at Congregation of St. Joseph Ministry Center, 1515 W. Ogden Avenue,  LaGrange Park.  If you are interested or need more information please Contact the ICP Office at 708-579-8929 or parish liaison, Kate Marshall 708-485-5097.

Help St. Barbara Parish Centennial Celebration Get Off to a Great Start by Volunteering

This FUN EVENT (Casino Nights) is being held to generate funds to use towards our Centennial Celebrations, October 2015 to October 2016.
What a milestone for our Parish:  many great times, many Sacraments received, and many friendships formed.  Let us keep these many wonderful memories of 100 years going for many generations to come.
YES…many volunteers are still needed in order for our Parish to get a State License for Casino Nights.  The plan is to have enough volunteers that we can possibly have two shifts per night (October 24th & 25th). Detailed information for volunteers is included on the personal forms.
So if you are still thinking about joining in the FUN… we NEED to have all FORMS by AUGUST 1st, 2014 (sooner is always better). We cannot officially advertise until we have obtained our license.  Don’t forget to ask family and friends (must be 21 years and older) if they would like to lend a hand!!!
Forms for this event are on the welcome table at the main entrance of Church, our website: www.stbarbarabrookfield.org or by calling our Parish Business Manager, Angela Lawler at 708-485-2900. THANK YOU to those of you who have already volunteered!!!

Parish Office Hours for the Summer

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -- 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Thursday  9:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Call Angela 708-485-2900 to pick a key for an evening meeting.

We are looking for new Altar Servers!

     If you are looking for a way to serve God through your neighbor, we would like to invite you to consider becoming an altar server. On May 6th,  we are going to have a meeting with parents whose children have showed interest in becoming altar servers. The meeting will be held in the parish Rectory, 4008 Prairie Ave. If you would like to become an altar server, please send the information below to the rectory office and we will contact you.

Name: __________________________________Phone Number: ___________________________
Address:  _________________________________________________________________________
Parent Names: ___________________________________________________________________

Parent E-mail address: ______________________________________________________________




Are you engaged and planning a wedding in the Catholic Church? Going through the process of Pre-Cana is required of all couples getting married in the church. Deacon Dave and Jane Brencic are now offering Pre-Cana classes here in the parish.  The program consists of two two-hour sessions and covers such topics as communication, finances and building a strong relationship.


When asked where he stays (or what are you about), Jesus answered 'Come and See'    This is our invitation to you who have not been baptized, baptized in another faith or baptized Catholic and have not completed your initiation. If you or some acquaintance is interested in becoming a member of  the Catholic Christian community 'Come and See' what Jesus' way of life is about. For more information call the rectory at 485-2900.