St. Barbara Parish
4008 Prairie Ave.
Brookfield, IL 60513
708-485-2900

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MASS SCHEDULE

Weekday Masses:
8:00am Monday through Saturday

Weekend Masses:
5:00pm on Saturday Sunday: 7:30am and 10:00am; 12:30pm in Spanish

Mass Holy Days:
7:00pm on the day; See current bulletin for any changes.

Get Involved!

St. Barbara Parish has a diversity of ministries for you to get involved in. Below you will find all the ministries in our parish with a short description of each.

Get Involved … In Worship

Liturgy Commission

The Liturgy Commission is responsible for coordinating all the liturgical ministries, as well as evaluation and preparing the worship.

Art and Environment Committee
“One God, many gifts.” A similar phrase describes the Art and Environment Committee - “One destination, many roads.” We have all been blessed with a variety of wonderful gifts, among these are our senses and our minds. Uniting the latter in a total experience of the Eucharistic Celebration is the ongoing purpose of this Committee. By working to enrich the celebration in this way, we hope to encourage the use of our God-given gifts to return thanks and praise to God.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers play an important role at Mass by helping in the distribution of the sacred Body and Blood of Christ. Eucharistic Ministers are assigned either to distribute the Eucharistic bread or cup at Mass. In preparation for this ministry, there is a mandatory training session. Eucharistic Ministers are mandated for a three-year period with renewal available.

Lectors
The most important word that we speak is the Word of God. Lectors proclaim the Word of God to the assembly at Mass. Lectors play an important role in the Liturgy of the Word. Effectively proclaiming Scripture requires time for prayer, study and practice. Ideally, a lector should have some public speaking experience since it requires standing in front of the assembly and articulating the readings distinctly and clearly. To do this effectively, the lector must have a strong, personal faith and be able to reveal that faith through simple, natural delivery of the Word. Lectors read at daily Mass, Sundays and feast days.

Altar Servers
St. Barbara’s altar servers consist of school aged girls and boys from grade 5 through high school. Training is usually conducted in the Spring. If training is desired by new parishioners, please feel free to contact the Parish Office at 485-2900. The servers are taught to assist at Masses. Serving promotes respect, reverence, teamwork, and responsibility toward the Liturgy. Adults are also welcome to be trained as altar servers.

Music Ministry
St. Barbara’s Music Ministry is designed for all ages of parish life. We have an adult choir, a cantor ministry, as well as instrumentalists playing at various liturgical celebrations. Membership is open to anyone with a passion for faith being brought forward through music and or voice. Please read further to see how you can become a part of a beautiful ministry at St. Barbara Parish.

St. Barbara Choir
The St. Barbara Adult Choir sings at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Liturgy. Our music is a combination of contemporary and traditional songs, giving life to liturgy. The choir is here to support and encourage the full, active, and conscious participation of the assembly. Rehearsal for the 2017-2018 season will be held on Sundays at 9:15 am and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Church. A schedule is given to all members of the ministry, as rehearsals are not every Thursday.

St. Barbara Resurrection Choir
The St. Barbara Resurrection Choir sings for funeral celebrations throughout the year with rehearsal prior to the liturgy. While many of our members are retired, any adult who is available during the morning hours Monday through Saturday when funeral celebrations are held is invited to join. No prior singing experience is required. Instrumentalists are also invited and encouraged to participate.

St. Barbara Cantor Ministry
St. Barbara Cantor Ministry is open to those individuals who are “pitch” oriented and are able to lead an assembly in singing responsorial psalms, gospel acclamations, and other various pieces of music within a liturgical celebration. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed and cantors are scheduled to sing at various Mass times. The minimum age for this ministry is High School.

St. Barbara Instrumentalists
Instrumentalists of every kind are welcome. Woodwind, brass, strings, percussionists, keyboard, bass and guitar players are always welcome, not only to accompany the choir, but for any of the four weekend liturgies. The accompaniment of instruments adds energy and beauty to the music. It is not necessary to commit weekly, we are flexible!!

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered to all children ages three to eight years old who are attending the 10:00 a.m. Mass. While at the Children’s Liturgy of the Word the children will hear the Sunday scripture readings in a kid-friendly tone. They will then have the opportunity to participate in the adult-led group discussion on the meaning of the reading. Each week Children’s Liturgy of the Word concludes with a short interactive project before each child returns to their family in church.

Sacristans
Dedicated staffs of volunteers share the responsibility of maintaining the sacristy. Their duties include: light housekeeping, laundering of altar linens, decorating and cleaning for special Holy Days, maintaining the holy water fonts, sewing Baptismal robes, and preparing the Sanctuary for weddings, funerals, and baptisms. The Sacristy Chairperson is responsible for securing volunteers, coordinating work and time schedules, keeping current inventory of altar supplies, checking vestments for cleaning and repair. Volunteers are always needed and are most welcome.

Ushers
The ushers are present at weekend and Holy Day Masses and other services when requested by the Pastor. They welcome and assist all who attend. They are responsible for collecting the financial contributions from the congregation.

 

Get Involved… with Formation/Education

The Adult Catechumenate (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults are prepared to enter the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is directed by a team of lay persons, using as the basis for catechesis, Sacred Scripture and Catholic tradition. Meetings consist of lectures, discussions, and meditative reflection all aimed at building a foundation of faith, prayer and Christian living. Each person is accompanied on their journey of faith by a sponsor who represents the parish community. The RCIA is open to all who have never been baptized, those baptized in other faith denominations and those who have been baptized Catholic and have never had any instruction, or those who are seeking a life in Christ.

Confirmation for Adults
Parishes and Vicariate Bishops offer during Spring Confirmation celebrations for adults.  Active Catholics, age 19 and older who have celebrated the    
sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and have not been confirmed are invited to participate in the program.

Religious Education of Children
The Religious Education Program provides religious instruction for children who are not attending parochial schools. The Religious Education Program coordinates preparation for Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation for all parish elementary school children.

Evangelization Team
St. Barbara’s Evangelization Team is the “spark plug” of our parish. Our goal is to kindle the flame of faith in the hearts of our church community and to reach out and bring Christ to those within our parish, those who have stopped coming to church and those who are seeking to know Christ.

 

Get Involved … with Service

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is a distribution center for emergency and supplemental food, clothing and supplies for those in need. The food pantry is located at 9300 West 47th Street, Unit #1W. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays. Donations are always welcome.

Medical Equipment Lending Closet
Medical equipment is available for those in need: wheelchairs, walkers, etc. through the Food Pantry Lending Closet which is located at the Parish Office basement.

Ministers of Care
Mandated parishioners visit and bring the Eucharist to the homebound and to those in nursing homes and hospitals, offering prayer, compassion and understanding. The elderly, sick and homebound parishioners are asked to pray for specific needs of the parish.

Bereavement Ministry
Members of this ministry provide supportive presence and traditional support to the bereaved. Assistance is given in planning the Vigil and Funeral Liturgy. Contact the Parish office at 708-485-2900.

Beds Plus
Beds Plus provides a safe, warm place for the homeless to sleep and to get a warm meal. St. Barbara hosts this group on Fridays.

Missionary Spirit
This group of parish volunteers answers the call to be a missionary through works of charity locally and beyond. Current activities are always posted in the parish bulletin. Anyone of any age can volunteer. To contact by email: missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org

 

Get Involved … with Leadership

Parish Pastoral Council
The Pastoral Council is the primary consultative group in the parish. The Council is a group of elected lay members of the parish and members of the parish staff who together strive to represent the concerns and needs of the entire parish. They join with the Pastor in setting goals of the parish and determine the means of reaching their goals. Contact by email: pc@stbarbarabrookfield.org

Finance Council
Parishioners assist the Pastor in the overall financial operation of the parish. The major challenge of the Finance Committee is the annual preparation of the parish budget. The committee, periodically, monitors the financial condition of the parish and advises the Pastor on needed or added sources of revenues and keeps the total parish operation solvent.

 

Get Involved … with Community

Blood Drive
The Blood Assurance Program sponsors blood drives twice yearly to assure the life-sustaining needs of all parishioners.

Council of Catholic Women (CCW)
The council of Catholic women known as the CCW is open to all women who subscribe to the Mission Statement of the Council to promote sanctification of its members and to provide apostolic service. Meetings are held monthly featuring ecumenism, charity, speakers and socials.

Knights of Columbus
Men’s organization that focuses on acts of charity and support.

Rosary Makers
The Rosary Makers of St. Barbara were founded in January 2001. They have made and delivered nearly 23,000 rosaries in the past thirteen years. Beaded rosaries are sent to churches and missions all across the states, as well as to missionaries in Central and South America. Pro-Life rosaries are mailed to priests who request them. The group meets one morning every month to get more rosary supplies and leave the rosaries that are finished. New Rosary Makers are always welcome. The Rosary Makers are supported by the CCW.

Men’s Fellowship
The Men’s Fellowship Group meets every third Thursday of the month in the Parish Center. Each meeting begins with greetings and sharing of personal lives. The meeting then proceeds with Bible readings and a discussion about how the readings affect our lives. In addition a men’s retreat is held in the fall. New members are always welcome.

Phoenix Ministry
A support group for the separated, divorced and widowed meets to lend understanding and comfort to each other through spiritual, informational and social activities. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.

 

Get Involved … with Parish Sponsored Ministries

Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is a diverse organization open to all girls from Kindergarten through High School. Adult volunteers are also active in the Girl Scout movement. Interested adults and girls are asked to call the Girl Scout Parish organizer for more information. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI), our regionally-located Gathering Place is in Lisle and covers many of the near western suburbs, which includes St. Barbara Parish.

Boy Scouts
Scouting uses a fun program to promote character development, citizenship training and personal fitness for every member. Any boy can be a Boy Scout if he has completed the fifth grade, or is eleven years old, or earned the Arrow of Light Award, but is younger than 18 years of age. Meetings are held Monday evenings in the Parish Center.

Alcoholics Anonymous
AA meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. All meetings take place in the Parish Center. AA is a twelve step program for recovering alcoholics.

Al-Anon
Al-Anon meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Center.
Al-Anon is a recovery program offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers.

School and Tutors on Wheels
Learn English with your own tutor. Free tutoring is offered one hour each week. This service is provided by the Congregation of St. Joseph and is available at St. Barbara School on Tuesday. Call 708-609-0945 in the a.m., and 708-482-5077 in the p.m. for more information.

For more information on any of the above ministries, please call the Parish Office at 708-485-2900.