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Parish Life at St. Barbara

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St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
E-mail: bulletin@stbarbarabrookfield.org
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Parish Life at St. Barbara

We Welcome Maria Espinosa

     Hello, my name is Maria Espinosa and my family and I have been St. Barbara parishioners since 2000. My husband Victor and I have two sons, Victor III and Adam who received their sacraments and attended religious education here.
     As I continue the ministry of St. Barbara Food Pantry which Sister Margaret Halligan started thirty odd years ago, I am grateful for her vision and dedication in serving those less fortunate in our community. Her development and strong community ties with surrounding area organizations and individuals are very evident and continues on. I only ask from the parishioners of St. Barbara to pray for me and to continue to support the volunteers and generous donors who maintain and grow this vital ministry of our church.

Sincerely Yours in Christ, Maria Espinosa

Opportunity for Spiritual Direction  

    Spiritual direction is the practice of spiritual companioning with a trained director to attend to and develop one’s personal relationship with God.   Sr. Celeste Cotter, CSJ, is interning as a spiritual director, and is able to offer spiritual direction this year without charge to a maximum of five people of any Christian denomination.  Those interested must commit to monthly sessions for ten months beginning in August.  This service will be offered at the Congregation of St. Joseph Center at 1515 West Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park.  Contact Sr. Celeste at 708-482-1207 or celestecotter@creighton.edu for more information.

New Path to Follow

It’s always difficult to say goodbye, but the time has come when I must do so. With my education completed, I have accepted a full-time position at another organization.
Thank you to the families, parishioners, and staff of St. Barbara for allowing me to serve as your Coordinator of Religious Education for the past six years. It has been my pleasure to work and grow in faith with the many wonderful children and their families of the program. Many blessings and well wishes for the program’s continued success. I look forward to seeing you around the parish and at Sunday Mass.
Thoughtfully yours, Michelle Czmil.

                Food Pantry                          

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
It’s hard to believe that our fully stocked Food Pantry in May has now been sadly depleted.  We are in need of your help again.  Items needed are, cans of corn, green beans, peas, chili, tuna, chicken, ham, spam, pork and beans and miscellaneous beans.  Boxed items needed are potatoes, Rice A Roni, Hamburger Helper, crackers and cookies.  Jars of jelly and spaghetti sauce are also in need.  It’s also not too early to start sending in school supplies!   
Thanks much! 
The Food Pantry Staff

Religious Education Registration

         Religious Education classes will be held on Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. See the Religious Education page on our website www.stbarbarabrookfield.org for registration forms in English and Spanish.

Interfaith Community Partners Looking for Volunteers

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.

Help Us Help Others!
Volunteer training date:  September 10th, 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.

Help St. Barbara Parish Centennial CelebrationGet Off to a Great Start by Volunteering

This FUN EVENT (Casino Nights) is being held to generate funds to use towards our Centennial Celebrations, October 2015 to October 2016.
What a milestone for our Parish:  many great times, many Sacraments received, and many friendships formed.  Let us keep these many wonderful memories of 100 years going for many generations to come.
YES…many volunteers are still needed in order for our Parish to get a State License for Casino Nights.  The plan is to have enough volunteers that we can possibly have two shifts per night (October 24th & 25th). Detailed information for volunteers is included on the personal forms.
So if you are still thinking about joining in the FUN… we NEED to have all FORMS by AUGUST 1st, 2014 (sooner is always better). We cannot officially advertise until we have obtained our license.  Don’t forget to ask family and friends (must be 21 years and older) if they would like to lend a hand!!!
Forms for this event are on the welcome table at the main entrance of Church, our website: www.stbarbarabrookfield.org or by calling our Parish Business Manager, Angela Lawler at 708-485-2900. THANK YOU to those of you who have already volunteered!!!

Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass

       The Golden Wedding Anniversary mass will be held on Sunday, September 14th at 2:45 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago, IL.  Couples married in 1964 interested in attending this celebration should contact Sr. Mary Lou at the Parish Office at 708-485-2900.

Parish Office Hours for the Summer

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -- 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Thursday  9:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Call Angela 708-485-2900 to pick a key for an evening meeting.

We are looking for Adults who want to be Altar Servers.

     If you are interested in serving as an altar server during mass, please contact Fr. Bolivar Molina for more information or send the information below to Fr. Bolivar at the rectory.

Name: __________________________________Address: _________________________________________
Phone number: ___________________________E-mail address: ___________________________________

We are looking for new Altar Servers!

     If you are looking for a way to serve God through your neighbor, we would like to invite you to consider becoming an altar server. On May 6th,  we are going to have a meeting with parents whose children have showed interest in becoming altar servers. The meeting will be held in the parish Rectory, 4008 Prairie Ave. If you would like to become an altar server, please send the information below to the rectory office and we will contact you.

Name: __________________________________Phone Number: ___________________________
Address:  _________________________________________________________________________
Parent Names: ___________________________________________________________________

Parent E-mail address: ______________________________________________________________

Reminder: Update Information Forms -- Click here

     We are updating our computer files. Please complete the form and send it to the Parish Office. There are extra forms on the table in back of church and also on our website at www.stbarbarabrookfield.org.  Thank you for your cooperation. Sr. Mary Lou


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.


When asked where he stays (or what are you about), Jesus answered 'Come and See'    This is our invitation to you who have not been baptized, baptized in another faith or baptized Catholic and have not completed your initiation. If you or some acquaintance is interested in becoming a member of  the Catholic Christian community 'Come and See' what Jesus' way of life is about. For more information call the rectory at 485-2900.