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

Feb. 25, 2016


Pentecost Celebration at St. Barbara’s

Pentecost is fifty days after Easter and marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.  Tongues of fire came to rest on each of the apostles.  This filled them with the Holy Spirit allowing them to go out and minister to people everywhere.

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together.”  Acts 2:1 You are invited to join together at an overnight Pentecost Vigil to celebrate this awesome event in our history.   The outdoor fire will be lit at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 14th and the vigil will continue through the night until a morning prayer service at 7:00 a.m. Sunday, May 15th.

Join us indoors for Eucharistic adoration and quiet, personal prayer.  Praise and worship music, a sung Eucharistic adoration, is from 8:00--9:00 p.m.  Reconciliation will be available from 7:00--8:00 and 9:00--10:00  p.m.  Outdoors you can gather around our fire pit for reflection and fellowship.  Come for a few minutes or stay for a few hours.   Volunteers are needed to be hourly guardians of the Eucharist or tenders of the fire.  You can sign up after Masses this weekend or contact Dorothy Ball 708-485-6184 or nddlball@att.net.

Clothing and Shoe Collection Drive

     St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team is partnering with USAgain to divert textile waste from landfills.  Instead of becoming trash, these items are reworn, reused and recycled both here in the US and abroad. Reusable clothes are wholesaled and retailed at affordable prices. Non-reusable clothes are recycled into insulation, wiping rags, or are broken down to reclaim fiber.  Bring your unwanted clothing, shoes, household linens and other textiles in a tied bag to the church parking lot on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers will be there to help.  You won't even have to get out of your car!  Contact missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org with any questions.

Help us celebrate St. Barbara’s Centennial!

     Share with us a story, a photo, or a cherished memory… Did your family help to found St. Barbara Parish 100 years ago?  Have you celebrated Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations at St. Barbara’s for generations?  Were you married in the old church?  Do you have great memories of singing in the choir or participating in the Nights of the Dolphin? Did you help to build our current church? You are invited to remember and celebrate your cherished memories of our parish by purchasing a space in our Centennial Book.

     Perhaps you’d like a memorial page for your deceased family members.  Perhaps you’d like a “then and now” page with your classmates from school.  Perhaps you’d like a page to celebrate the many generations of family that have shared together the blessing of St, Barbara Parish. Express your gratitude… Share a memory… Maybe even include a special photograph. (¼ page --$100, ½ page --$200, full page --$400)

     Please attach your camera ready memorial with your payment.  We will scan any picture attached and return the original to you, or you can send a digital picture/memorial to centennial@stbarbarabrookfield.org. If you need assistance you can call the Parish Office at 708/485-2900. Please turn in to the Parish Office by June 30th.


Saturday, June 11, 2016  -- Start Time 8:00 AM



REGISTER ONLINE stbarbarabrookfield.org
REGISTER by: May 28th 2016 to receive free t-shirt
*No fee to participate!
Nonperishable food items will be accepted for the Food Pantry
Elhert Park --Congress Park Ave -- Brookfield, IL 60513
For more info contact: St. Barbara 708-485-2900 -- Aida Gatch  708-295-7336

Click here for Registration form and Waiver

Your help is needed for the Parish blood drive

                St. Barbara's is hosting a community blood drive on Sunday, May 22nd in the Parish Center from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please consider giving an hour of your time to donate blood. For more information please contact LifeSource Blood Services at 1-877-LIFESOURCE or ww.lifesource.org.  To make an appointment contact Noel Thornton at nthornton@ameritech.net.

Open Parish Council Meeting

       St. Barbara Parish Council invites you to our next Open Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 25th at 7:30 p.m.in the Parish Center.  Agenda items include: Welcome of prospective Parish Council members, Pastor comments (ongoing programs e.g. To Teach Who Christ Is, Renew My Church), highlights of this year’s activities, centennial updates, pentecost report, transition plans for next pastor.   We welcome your attendance and comments.  Refreshments will be served.

Fourth of July Parade

The Fourth of July will be here before you know it (& hopefully Summer too)! In honor of St. Barbara’s Centennial, we will have an entry in Brookfield’s Fourth of July parade.  We want it to be bigger and better than before!  We are looking for volunteers: 1) Handymen or women to help build a replica of the first church and current bell tower, 2) Small musical group or single musician to ride the float & play during the parade, 3) Owners of convertibles wh.o could drive their car in the parade, 4) Centenarians who are parishioners of St. Barbara to ride in the convertibles, 5) Parishioners of all ages to walk, ride, skate or be pushed in the parade wearing our centennial T-shirts—we want to be 100-strong,
6) Decorators and sign makers for the vehicles. If you are interested in any of these volunteer activities, please leave a message for Marge Kearney at the Parish Office 708-485-2900

Reminder:  Men’s Fellowship

     St. Barbara men’s Fellowship will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th (not May 19th), in the Parish Center. Please bring a snack to share and a beverage of your choice.
We will be having a Mass celebration and a BBQ to follow on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Donation $7.00. RSVP and questions, please leave a message for Ted Zayner at the Parish Office 708-485-2900.

Council of Catholic Women

Gladys Wheeler -- 2016 Woman of the Year

  St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women is pleased to present Gladys Wheeler as the 2016 Woman of the Year.  In 1972 Gladys and her family moved to Brookfield and became St. Barbara parishioners.  From that time, Gladys began many years of active participation in parish groups, including the Phoenix Group, Missionary Spirit Team, Bereavement Ministry, and Eucharistic Ministry at Mass and to nursing home patients, 18 years as part of the RCIA team, and the CCW Executive Board holding the Office of Secretary and other positions.
      Most recently, Gladys serves on the CCW International Concerns Commission as the Liaison to Missions.  In that capacity, she collects and delivers donated articles to Hines Hospital, Cantata Assisted Living and the Women’s Prison in Dwight, Illinois. She has also been spotted working at Nights of the Dolphin and Casino Nights. 

     Gladys has been a widow for 20 years. She has six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, with another due in October!  Her oldest great grandchild currently serves in the Marine Corps.  Besides family and church, Gladys has always found time for the community.  She helped establish the Hummel Club’s LaGrange Park Chapter, is active in the Indian Head Park Women’s Club, the Ceska Beseda (the oldest Czech Fraternal Organization in Illinois), and was President of the Blackhawks Fan Club for over 25 years. Several times a year, Gladys and Fan Club members and/or St. Barbara Missionary Spirit Team volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House tirelessly assembling meals for families of children being treated at Loyola’s Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital. We don’t know where Gladys has time for hobbies, but she knits, crochets and participates in the Kindergarten Reading Program at Highlands School. 

     Gladys wears many hats and is always willing to help.  She lives by the saying, “Thank you, God, for another day of living, another chance to work, love and sing.” As you can see, Gladys is indeed a lady of many talents and uses them well.  For this reason, St. Barbara proudly recognizes Gladys Wheeler as our Woman of the Year. On May 14, the Vicariate IV Luncheon will honor all parish Women of the Year at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park.  Congratulations, Gladys, on a job well done for so many years!

 Have Old Photos of St Barbara Events?

We are looking for photos you may have from our first or second church.  If you have old photos, drop them off at the parish office, and we will scan them and get them back to you.  If you use email, we will even send you digital files of anything we scan.  Although we cannot guarantee to place them in the Centennial Book, we will choose some for inclusion, and all will be posted on our parish Facebook page,  facebook.com/stbarbarabrookfieldIL.  

Centennial T-Shirts

Not too late to purchase a Centennial T- Shirt for Mother’s Day…May 8th and Father’s Day…June 19th.  Also don’t forget to get one for yourself to show your St. Barbara pride…especially with the 4th of July Parade a couple months away. How GREAT it would be to have at least 100 parishioners walking together in Centennial Tees.
     Short Sleeve Blue Adult Small to Extra-Large and Youth Small to Large size Tees are available at the Resource Room at Church for $10 each. Larger Adult sizes and Long sleeve Shirts are available for special order and extra charge.

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.

Centennial Activities

Click here for our Schedule of Centennial Events

Missionary Spirit Service Opportunities

St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team is planning some great service opportunities for 2016!  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.

May   Special Olympics; Blood Drive

Feed My Starving Children; Stand StrongAgainst Violence


Fisher House for Veterans; Letter Writing Campaign to Active Military


Backpacks for Kids; Blood Drive

September   Community Food Drive
October   Dress a Girl

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.