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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


Parish Council Meeting

All interested parishioners are invited to attend an open meeting of the Parish Council on January 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center Music Room.  On the agenda are Parish Centennial activities, solicitation of Centennial Committee Activity members, and Parish Council membership terms.  Please come and be involved in helping our parish celebrate all aspects of community life.
Refreshments will be served following the meeting.

Thanks to our blood donors

What amazing support we had at our blood drive last Sunday!  So many generous people selflessly volunteered a couple hours of their time to donate a total of 65 units of blood.  Thank you to each and every person that helped - you have given the gift of life. If you were not able to make it to the blood drive you may contact LifeSource at 1-877-543-3768 or www.lifesource.org to make an appointment at a donor center.

Book Discussion    

     Please join us for a guided discussion of the Advent book, Walking Together—Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship by Mary Poust, on Sunday, January 25th from 2:00 p.m.--4:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. 

Resource Center Update—Featured Item!

We have several copies of a new CD composed by Fr. Bob Hutmacher, entitled “The Nature Suite“,  which was recorded in Italy this past summer and performed by Orchestra da Camera di Perugia.  The price is $15. We also have inspirational CDs composed and recorded by the Sisters of St. Joseph and many books to borrow in Sr. Margaret’s Lending Library.  Stop in after weekend masses to browse books to borrow and sacramental items and gifts to purchase.  Suggestions and volunteers are always welcome.

Market Day

     The next Market Day pick-up is Saturday, Jan. 31st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Center.
Orders are due by Tuesday, Jan 27th. Order online, drop off in Market Day mailbox outside Rectory by Sunday, Jan. 25th or call Marge at 485-4484. Order forms can be found near the bulletins in church or online at www.marketday.com. Remember you can also buy Market Day products at Gordon Food Service(GFS) stores and St. Barbara will still receive credit.     

Eucharistic Adoration

     For well over twenty years now, St. Barbara has had Monday Eucharistic Adoration. This was possible because of a small group of volunteers, both primary Hourly Guardians and Substitutes, that could be called when an assigned Hourly Guardian is not available for his or her assigned hour. This cadre of people has diminished over time for various reasons (e.g., illness, death, work assignments—just to name a few). Perhaps you or a friend could offer to be an Hourly Guardian for a particular hour, for 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each Monday. (Church law requires that an assigned individual or substitute always be present when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration. Being an Hourly Guardian only requires that one be present at Eucharistic Adoration each Monday at the hour one has volunteered for. Occasionally substitute Hourly Guardians are needed to fill in for the Hourly Guardian during the assigned hour. Contact Jerome Gauthier, Eucharistic Adoration Coordinater at jnsgathier@aol.com if you are interested or have any questions.   

Light Weigh One King

     Light Weigh One King is returning to St. Barbara. Would you like to break free from the frustrating cycle of dieting or overcome another temptation in your life? Light Weigh One King is a 12-week Bible Study-DVD program that seeks to help people find freedom in Christ. New research shows church-based meetings increased people's success rates. There are no weigh-ins. A Light Weigh Orientation/sample Bible Study will be held Sunday, Jan. 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Prairie Rooms of the Parish Center. Hope to see you there.

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.

Thank You from the Food Pantry

Happy New Year! I want to personally thank you all  who donated financially and/or spiritually to the Food Pantry this past Holiday Season. You answered the call set by the Holy Spirit to give to those less  fortunate in our community. Thanks to you, Jewel, Tischler and Liz Kenney we were able to serve 248 Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Our families were very appreciative and grateful for the generous outpouring of love shown to them. I also want to thank the organizations, schools, churches, clubs, individual owned companies, my volunteers and any others I may have left out, who made this season so special. In the month of November and December 279 individuals and families passed through our door and witnessed the generosity of our wonderful community. Remember to continue sending in your canned goods, food, coats, gloves, hats they are much appreciated.                God Bless you all! Maria


"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.