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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
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State of the Parish 2014 Finance Report

Estado de la Parroquia 2014 Reporte Financiero


Celebrate Christmas
with St. Barbara Parish

Celebre Navidad
con la Parroquia de Santa Bárbara

Advent Reconciliation Service
Tuesday, December 16th
7:00pm Communal Prayer Service
Sacramento de Reconciliación
Martes, 16 de diciembre-- Servicio de Oración Comunal a las  7:00pm
Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24th
4:00pm Christmas Pageant Family Mass
9:30pm Carols with the Choir
10:00pm Candlelight Christmas Mass

Nochebuena -- Miércoles, 24 de diciembre ---Misa de las Familias  4:00pm ----------Villancicos con el coro  9:30pm -------------Misa Luminaria de Navidad  10:00pm

Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25th
Mass at 8:00am, 10:00am
and 12:00pm (Spanish)

Día de la Navidad
Jueves, 25 de diciembre
Misa en inglés a las 8:00am y 10:00am
y misa en español 12:00am

New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31st
5:00pm Mass
Prayer Service for Peace at 11:30pm

Víspera del Año Nuevo
Miércoles, 31 de diciembre
Misa a las 5:00pm

Servicio de Oración por la Paz a las 11:30pm

Solemnity of Mary
Thursday, January 1st
Mass at 10:00am

Solemnidad de María
Jueves, 1 de enero
Misa a las 10:00am

   Advent Prayer  Tree

This Advent, St. Barbara’s Parish is having a special Prayer Tree. On the first weekend of Advent  we  had the opportunity to write an intention on a paper ornament that was placed on our Prayer Tree at the entrance of church.  On this second weekend of Advent, December 6th and 7th we encourage all to take an ornament from the tree home and pray for that intention during the Advent and Christmas Season. This Advent Prayer Tree will unite us as a Parish Family of Faith and Prayer.

Book Discussion    

Take time during the busy holiday season to focus on the spiritual friendships in your life.  Our book for  is Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendships.  Addressing a growing modern hunger for deep soul friendships, popular Catholic New York columnist and Our Sunday Visitor blogger Mary DeTurris Poust looks honestly but hopefully at today's culture, where people feel increasingly isolated despite the advent of myriad gadgets designed to keep them “connected.” In ten practical chapters, Poust explores issues such as commitment and acceptance, the virtues that make for a lasting friendship, the importance of listening, open communication, and praying together. Readers will find here the guidance and encouragement to take the next step in developing spiritual friendships in their lives, one of the basic necessities of spiritual life.     Pick up your copy in the Resource Center.  The cost is only $5.00.  Small group discussion will take place after the holidays—dates to be announced.

St. Barbara Resource Center/Gift Shop

Stop by after mass on Sunday to see our "new look". The Resource Center/Gift Shop is located in back of church and will be open after all weekend masses starting on Celebration Sunday. We have many religious items for sale including special occasion cards, CDs, framed prints, inspirational quotes and calendars.  Seasonal items will be available in the future. We also have catalogs available from Ministry of the Arts (Congregation of St. Joseph in LaGrange) if you want to order additional items or have any items personalized.  Books can be borrowed from Sr. Margaret's Corner in the Resource Center.  We will be expanding gradually according to your wishes so stop by and let us know what you think. Helpers are always needed--contact Marge Kearney if you are interested or need more information. 

Thanks to Everyone!

      The Missionary Spirit Team would like to extend a very, merry thank you to everyone who helped with Christmas for Kids!  Together, as a parish, we helped get  gifts for 178 children, who, without  your help, may not have had much under their Christmas tree this year.  We pray that God give these children and their families good friends, good health and good fortune in the new year.

Roll up your sleeve for the Parish Blood Drive

     St. Barbara's is hosting a community blood drive on Sunday, January 18th 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.

     Jessica shares her story on why she is grateful everyday for people who donate blood…

     I was in a bad car accident on the way to my cousin’s wedding. I was ejected from the car breaking my pelvis and rupturing my spleen.  Because of the seriousness of my injuries I went into shock. Receiving blood transfusions is a part of why I’m still alive today. I was a donor before my accident. Now, I really know the good it does.
For more information please contact LifeSource Blood Services at 1-877-LIFESOURCE or www.lifesource.org.  To make an appointment contact Noel at nthornton@ameritech.net.   

Food Pantry

We served 135 individuals and families this Thanksgiving with the baskets provided in conjunction with Liz Kenny/Jewel. We want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the parishioners and friends of St Barbara's Food pantry.  Our clients expressed that they had the best Thanksgiving and were very grateful in being able to share this meal with their loved ones. We would like you to be aware that 145 visits to the pantry were made during the month of November. We are in need of spaghetti sauce, spaghetti or pasta, peanut butter and jelly, any kind of soup, dry milk, canned fruit and pudding & jello.

The “Clothing Corner” of the Food Pantry-- “Baby, It’s Cold Outside

We didn’t expect to be singing that old song until mid-December and January. This unexpected frigid air and snow highlights the need for warm coats and jackets, boots, gloves, scarves and hats for children and adults. We like nothing better than to see our friends and clients leave smiling and warm. Thanks to all and God bless.

Women’s Faith Sharing

   Our next meeting will be held on January 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.   If you need further information on our group, please contact Ruth at rhroncich@sbcglobal.net or 708-704-8525.  Wishing you all blessings this Advent! 

Christmas Wafer - Oplatek

     Sharing of the oplatek (pronounced opwatek) is the most ancient and beloved of all Polish Christmas traditions. Oplatek is a thin wafer made of flour and water, similar in taste to the hosts that are used for communion during Mass. The Christmas wafer is shared before the Christmas Eve supper. The head of the household usually starts by breaking the wafer with his wife and then continues to share it with everyone at the table. Wishes for peace and prosperity are exchanged and even the pets and farm animals are given a piece of oplatek on Christmas Eve. Legend has it that if animals eat oplatek on Christmas Eve, they will be able to speak in human voices at midnight, but only those who are pure of spirit will be able to hear them. This tradition dates back many centuries when a thin, flat bread called podplomyk was baked over an open flame and then shared with the family gathered around the fire on Christmas Eve. Patterns would be cut onto the bread to make breaking easier. This is why oplatek today still have patterns on them, usually of Nativity scenes. The Christmas Wafer will be available in the Rectory Office during office hours Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and in the Resource Center on weekends. The cost is $2.00 for an envelope containing four wafers.

"3rd Grade Religious EducationWarm Clothes Drive"

Big and small, we all can help live by Jesus Christ's example. The 3rd grade class has decorated a box to collect items to be distributed by St. Barbara's Food Pantry. Not item is too big or too small.  Please help the 3rd graders contributions –Thank you!   

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.