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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


Do You Know Someone Who Is Considering Becoming Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  If you know anyone who may be interested in becoming Catholic or completing sacraments, let them know.  The RCIA process will be starting soon. Team members for various roles are needed. If you are interested in being a team member, e-mail RCIA@stbarbarabrookfield.org.  There will be a team meeting on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00pm in the Music Room.     

Dress a Girl Around the World

     Volunteers and donations are needed for St. Barbara’s October service project.  Our Missionary Spirit Team is looking for volunteers to make simple dresses, made from pillow cases for little girls in need (sewing experience is not needed).  The Dress a Girl Around the World organization provides new dresses for girls in over 70 countries that may not own a dress of their own.  These girls are abused and disregarded, but a new dress shows people they are looked after by people who care.  We are looking for people who care to help us on Friday, Oct 17th from 6:00--10:00 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 18th from 8:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  We will be at the main entrance of church after all Masses next weekend (October 4th and 5th) to sign up volunteers and collect new, sturdy, cotton pillowcases.      Contact missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org to RSVP or with questions.

Blessing Mass for Marathon Runners, October 11th -- 5:00 p.m. Mass

 Will you be running the 2014 Chicago Marathon or another marathon this fall? Planning to support a runner as a spectator? Come join us for a Blessing Mass for Marathon Runners.Whether you’ll be hitting the course yourself or cheering on a loved one, we hope you’ll join Fr. Bob and the runners of Team Taller de José as we gather to pray for the safety and perseverance of everyone involved with this year’s marathon. Be sure to bring your running shoes for a special blessing!

  Exploring the Diaconate 

    Have you felt the call of the Holy Spirit to consider a vocation to the Diaconate? The Institute for Diaconal Studies (IDS) invites all men who feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit to attend an Exploring the Diaconate session from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9th, in Prairie Rooms A-B of the Parish Center. St. Barbara is hosting the meeting for Vicariate IV. Come and pray, discuss and learn about the discernment process and the formation program. Please join us with your wives, if married. For more information, contact Deacon Gerald Nora at (847) 837-4548 or gnora@usml.edu.

Interfaith Community Partners

  Looking for Volunteers— Help Us Help Others! -- Interfaith Community Partners is a 501[c]3 community organization that offers escorted transportation, friendly visitation, telephone reassurance and well-being checks.  All services are performed by trained and screened volunteers. St. Barbara Parish is a coalition member of ICP.Volunteer training date:  October 8th at 7:00 p.m. and October 21st  at  9:00 a.m.  Each training session lasts 1 ½ hours and meets at Congregation of St. Joseph Ministry Center 1515 W. Ogden Avenue,  LaGrange Park.  If you are interested or need more information please contact the ICP Office at 708-579-8929 or parish liaison, Kate Marshall 708-485-5097.

Food Pantry

     Thank you to all our parishioners who have given  food and we encourage you to continue with your donations. We are in need of peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, canned meat, chili, tuna, pasta, and laundry soap.

Religious Education Registration

        Religious Education Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 24th at 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 28th at  10:30 a.m.  If you haven’t registered yet, please come to or call the Parish Office at 485-2900.

Registración de Educacion Religiosa

             Las clases de educación religiosa  comienzan el Miércoles  Setiembre 24 a las 6:00pm
 Y el domingo Septiembre 28 a las 10:30 am. Si no se registrado todavía, venga a las oficinas de la parroquia  o llame al 708-485-2900.

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.

Council of Catholic Women

The next General Meeting of St. Barbara CCW will be held Tuesday, Oct. 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  Come join the parish women for refreshments and an evening of fun. Bring a friend or neighbor!  Annual dues are only $5. New members are always welcome.

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.

St. Barbara’s Men’s Fellowship

         So what is the Men’s Fellowship? Men of the parish gather once a month and discuss the  Scripture readings for the coming Sunday and how the readings relate to their lives.
     Do I have to read the Bible before I come to the meeting? No, just come with an open mind and heart.
     Anything else? After the meeting, there are snacks and refreshments and “guy talk.” (Some say that’s the best part of the meeting.)
     When does the Men’s Fellowship meet? We meet at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the Music Room of the Parish Center. Upcoming meetings will be Oct. 16th, Nov. 20th and Dec. 18th.
     One more thing: We will have our annual overnight retreat Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7--8
     Need more information? Call Deacon Dave Brencic or Ted Zayner.

Light Weigh

      Light Weigh One King is returning to St. Barbara. Would you like to break free from the vicious 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, Sept 21 st at 6:30 p.m. in Prairie Rooms of the Parish Center. Hope to see you there. If you are interested but cannot make the orientation, please contact Jane at jane.brencic@gmail.com.


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.