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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
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Open Parish Council Meeting!

All parishioners are invited to attend an open parish council meeting on Thursday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center.
Our Casino Nights' license has been procured and we have important announcements regarding that upcoming event (October 24-25) as well as proposed St. Barbara Parish Centennial Celebrations.  Exciting details about new and continued goals for Parish Transformation and different ways to share your talents and gifts in our parish and its many ministries will also be discussed. Please come and be part of the light that shines so brightly in our parish.

Dress a Girl Around the World

St. Barbara’s Missionary Spirit Team is busy planning our October service project.  We are looking for volunteers to help us make simple dresses, made from pillow cases for little girls in need.  The Dress a Girl Around the World organization works with missions in over 70 countries to help provide new dresses for girls 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 Friday, Oct 17 from 6-10pm and Saturday, Oct 18 from 8am-4pm in the Parish Center.  People of all ages, with or without sewing skills are invited to help. To RSVP email missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org.

  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.


  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. 
     If you know anyone who may be interested in becoming Catholic or completing sacraments, let them know.  More information will follow in next week’s bulletin.

Food Pantry

    Thank you so much. September 6th and 13th over 40 volunteers distributed flyers and collected food resulting in another hugely successful Food Drive. Thanks to the support of the Community, Parishioners, and St. Barbara Knights of Columbus we succeeded in restocking the pantry and collecting donations totaling $706.42. A special thank you to the Kuchynka and Harazin families.  St Barbara Pantry sincerely appreciates your generous support.

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

Please Help! We are in desperate need for sacristy help. If you can do any of the following –even occasionally– we need you!  Please complete this form, check off what you can do and drop it off at the Rectory, Attention: CCW  or  call Bea 485-7830 with any questions or to volunteer.

 ___ GENERAL CLEANING: (1 day/week approximately 1 hr.) Dusting;  Dry mop Sanctuary & Sacristy;  Trim fresh flowers

___ LAUNDRY: 1 grocery bag full of small items; Washing and flat ironing  4-6 times/yr.                    
___ PREPARING PALMS:   ½ day on Friday before Palm Sunday

___ HOLIDAY  CLEAN-UP:   ___ ½ day before Easter;  ___ ½ day before Christmas

___ PREPARING FLOWERS:   ___½ day on Holy Saturday ;  ___ ½ day on Christmas Eve                             

Name:   ___________________________Phone:  ___________________________ 

  **  Drop off or send this form to the Rectory,  Attention:  CCW  **

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.

Market Day

        The next Market Day pick-up is Saturday, Sept 27th from 10:00--11:00 a.m. in the Parish Center. Orders are due by  Wednesday, Sept 24th. Order online, drop off in Market Day mailbox outside Rectory 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.Why not try Market Day products? You can get $5 off your first order by using the promotion code NEWFIVE when you spend $25.


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.