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Bell Tower
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


RCIA Inquiry Night
Wednesday, Nov. 5th and 19th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
in the St. Barbara Parish Center

Do you have questions about the Catholic Faith?  Do You Know Someone who may be considering becoming Catholic?  Would you like to learn more about our Catholic tradition? Are you baptized but never received the Sacraments of Initiation (Holy Communion and Confirmation)?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (or RCIA) is a ministry of St. Barbara Parish that reaches out to people with these types of questions.  Catechists (religious teachers) and sponsors (faith companions) will meet with you and others who have the same questions.  They look forward to walking with you on your faith journey.  It takes time to listen for God’s call in our lives.  Let the RCIA process help you to deepen your relationship with Christ and the Church.  For information or to register, send an email to RCIA@stbarbarabrookfield.org. There will be other inquiry nights on Nov. 5th and Nov. 19th.

Hospitality Sunday

    Hospitality will be offered after all the morning Masses next Sunday, Nov. 9th, in the Parish Center. Bakery and juice can be dropped off in Prairie Rooms A-B anytime on Sunday.

Men, Are You Being Called to Go on Retreat?

   “Do Not Be Afraid: Trust in God,” is the theme of this year’s Men’s Fellowship Retreat.
     All the men of the parish are invited to the retreat, which will be Nov. 7th--8th at St. Mary’s Retreat House in Lemont. The retreat, which will be led by Deacon Dave Brencic, will start at 7:00 p.m. Friday and end at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $40. For more information, call the Parish Office at485-2900 and leave a message for Deacon Dave Brencic.

How you can be part of Celebration Sunday

Have you heard about Celebration Sunday? The people of St. Barbara’s Parish are preparing to celebrate their Catholic faith and the wonderful things about our parish on Nov. 22nd and 23rd. You will soon be receiving a postcard in the mail inviting you to come to Mass and to bring someone with you – a spouse, a sibling, neighbor or friend.
     To make sure this weekend is a success, we are looking for people who are willing to be greeters before and/or after Mass. All that is required is a warm smile and a willingness to come 10 minutes before Mass or stay a few minutes afterwards to pass out bulletins.
     We also need people to bake and help with the welcoming and hospitality that will be in the Parish Center after each Mass. Call the Parish Office at 485-2900 and leave a message for Deacon Dave Brencic.

Thanksgiving Needs for the Food Pantry

 The holidays are fast approaching us. Please consider sending the following items to complete the Thanksgiving Meal given to the our clients at the food pantry for the holiday: Cake Mixes, Frosting, Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin in a can.          God Bless, Maria

Christmas for Kids

Christmas is coming, and the Missionary Spirit Team will be coordinating the "adopt" a family of children program, called Christmas for Kids.  The children are from registered members of the St. Barbara Food Pantry.   Anyone wishing to "adopt" a family of children, ranging in age from infant to eighth grade, can do so after the masses on November 1st and 2nd and November 8th and 9th.  You can also contact missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org if you have any questions.  Thank you for your generosity and God bless!      

Council of Catholic Women: Mass

 The 9:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 16th, will be celebrated for the intention of the deceased members of St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women to honor those no longer with us. All current CCW members are encouraged to attend.          

CCW: Calling All Bakers

The Council of Catholic Women is looking for cakes, pies, cookies, homemade breads, candies, or your signature items for the Pumpkins 'n Holly Bake Sale & Craft Show to be held on Saturday, November 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bakery can be brought to the Parish Center on Friday, November 21st, between 3:00-7:00 p.m. or on Saturday, November 22nd, after 8:00 a.m. Please call Sylvia Gauthier at 485-1126 with any questions.

Fall Pumpkins and Holly Craft Show & Bake Sale

Saturday, November 22nd -- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — St. Barbara Parish Center -- Crafters will display their handmade items for your early Christmas shopping as well as delicious homemade pastries.
Admission is FREE. Children are welcome. Lunch is available  — Handicapped Accessible -- The event is sponsored by the CCW; proceeds help support our Church, Food Pantry, and other parish

CCW Meeting and Christmas Party

St. Barbara Council of Catholic Women will host a General Meeting and Christmas Party Tuesday, December 9th, in the Parish Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments. Dinner catered by Rose will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. Holiday entertainment will follow. Member and guest tickets are $10 each. Deadline to RSVP with payment is December 1st.   Payment with your name/phone number can be mailed to Eve Donovan, 3906 Forest Ave., Brookfield, or placed in the Sunday collection basket marked “CCW Christmas Party.” Tickets will not be available at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!  

Phoenix Group

 St. Barbara Phoenix Group, a support group for the separated, widowed, and divorced, will meet on Thursday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.  On the agenda will be a celebration of Thanksgiving with cheese and crackers and some dessert. For further information please leave a message for Deacon John Debnar at the Parish Office, 485-2900.

     Youth Ministry

 Adult Volunteers are needed who are interested in bringing a Youth Ministry to St. Barbara Parish.
The Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catechesis will be hosting an information meeting on Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. on Getting Started in Youth Ministry. We will be meeting at the Parish Center Room C.  If you have any questions please contact, Roseanne Carlson.


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.

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.