Welcome to St. Barbara Parish

Parish Life at St. Barbara

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

Religious Education Registration for 2017-2018

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Welcome Aboard!

Effective August 21st, Ruth Hroncich joins our parish staff here at St. Barbara! She will be our Assistant
Liturgy Coordinator. Her experience in liturgy makes her an excellent addition to the workforce in our parish and we are delighted that she is working with us in this capacity. Please welcome her and support her in making our liturgy even better than it is.

If anyone is interested in learning more about becoming a Lector (reading at Mass), being a Minister of the Holy Eucharist, or any other liturgical ministry, please give her a call at the parish office 708-485-2900.

Volunteer Tutors Needed

Volunteers are needed for School and Tutors on Wheels Adult Literacy/ English as a Second Language program. It is a Ministry sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph of La Grange Park. Tutors are asked to teach one hour or more per week, during the hours of 9am to 1pm, or 3pm to 8pm at locations
in Addison, Bloomingdale, Brookfield, Cicero, Downers Grove, Lombard, Naperville, Summit or Woodridge. No prior second language skills are needed; however, it is necessary to attend a two-session tutor training from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays, August 19th, and August 26th, 2017, at the First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100S. 6th Avenue, La Grange, IL. For further info call (630)217-0396, (630)248-9594 or visit our website at: www.schoolandtutorsonwheels.org

Calling All Cooks

Our Missionary Spirit Team would like to introduce our next service opportunity. We are looking for volunteers who would like to help prepare a meal once a month for Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI). ICDI has two homes in the Chicago area, the Marie Joseph Houses of Hospitality are in
Cicero for men and in Hyde Park for women and children.

The refugees here have already gone through the detention process after being forced to leave their country (many have fled Somalia) in order to escape war, persecution or violence. Often their fear of persecution is for reasons of their race, religion, nationality or political opinion. Food and shelter is provided for people awaiting future court dates or waiting for work permits. Would you like to help these people in need? We are looking for volunteers to prepare a entree, side dish or dessert for10-15 people.

This will be an ongoing service project where we will be providing dinner for the men's shelter every second Sunday of the month and dinner for the women every second Friday. Our next meal will be on Friday, September 8. Contact MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org to volunteer for September 8 or to sign up for a future date.

Update Membership Information

Does our Church database have YOUR family membership record correct?Here is your chance to update YOUR record for our annual Guide Book & Directory (if you haven’t already done so).It is time for us to update our database with any changes, additions, or deletions that may have occurred in YOUR family over the past year.Have you changed your phone number? Have you moved? Are you preparing to move soon? Are all of your children still at home and are they all included in your membership record? Do you want your record published? If you have not already informed the Parish Office (708-485-2900) about changes to your record, please let us know by July 28th so that the information in the next Guide Book and Directory is correct. Thank you for your help!

Resource Room - Spring Arrivals! 

We have in stock gift items for children receiving First Communion—Spanish and English boxed sets, crucifixes, rosaries, wooden prayer cubes and children’s mass booklets.  We also have items for those being confirmed.  If you have last minute shopping to do, check us out.  We are open after all weekend masses and are located in the rear of church.

Parish Council

Parish Council

     The Parish Council completed its discernment process on Saturday, June 17th and the following parishioners were added to the Council-: Lynn Brkovic and Paul Straka.  Alternates were also named, if any of the Council members are unable to fulfill their terms of office: Rosaura Arellano and Tony Georgeson.  We say good-bye and a big thank you to Kate Marshall for her faithful service to the Parish Council over the last few years.  Pictured above are some of the Parish Council members present for discernment.

Front row: Louise O'Connor, Marge Byrne, Marge Kearney, Lynn Brkovic, Jenn Davila with Ella Rose; Back row: Anthony Skokna, Karen Klein, Katleya Healy, Ruth Hroncich, Nadine Cloherty & Paul Straka.    Missing:  Rose Hernandez,  Bill Martin and Noel Thornton

Think Textile Recycling

       St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team has been partnering with USAgain for the past year to divert textile waste from landfills.  Maybe you've been doing some spring cleaning and have a bag of old clothes or towels that you are not going to use again.  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 or household linens (towels, sheets, blankets, curtains, etc.) in a tied plastic bag and deposit them in the green and white bins in the church parking lot anytime.  Learn more about textile recycling at www.usagain.com.  Contact missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org.

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.

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.

 

 

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