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.


Misionary Spirit Team

With God all things are possible.  ~Matthew 19:26

Missionary Spirit Team grew out the Parish Transformation process.  We were reminded that by virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation we are all called to be missionaries, whether that be where we live, where we worship or where we work.  We are called to reach out, as Jesus did, to help the poor, the sick and the sinner. 

St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team works to find service opportunities for our parishioners.  Our goal is to give all parishioners an opportunity every month to serve someone in need.  We look for opportunities to serve those in our parish, our local community and beyond.  We have helped the hungry and the ill; our parish and our environment; children and the elderly. 

Are You Being Called to Serve?

Contact MissionarySpirit@StBarbara Brookfield.org with any questions.


Upcoming Service Opportunities

MARCH

Parish Grounds Clean-Up Day

shovel in groundVolunteers are needed to help spruce up the grounds around our church as we prepare for Easter. Spring will soon be here when trees will budding, flowers will blooming, grass will be getting greener and winter debris will need to be cleaned-up. Volunteers are needed help with this clean-up project. So gather up your family, friends, rakes, shovels, brooms, gloves, and come for 1-2-or 3 hours!!!

Location: St. Barbara Parish Meet in the parking lot outside the Parish Center 4015 Prairie Avenue

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17, 2018 / 9:00 am to noon

Volunteers: Open to people of all ages. Children 12 years and younger must come with an adult family member.


Feed My Starving Children

feed my starving childrenVolunteers are needed to help pack individual meals, called MannaPacks, which are designed to save the lives of severely malnourished and starving children. The nutritious ingredients also improve the health, growth and physical well-being of children who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation. The MannaPacks are shipped around the world to areas where children are most in need. Each pack can be boiled with water and will provide six meals. To learn more about the incredible work Feed My Starving Children does for children around the world visit www.fmsc.org.

Location: Feed My Starving Children in Aurora

Date/Time: Friday, March 23, 2018 / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Meet at St. Barbara parking lot at 7:00 pm to carpool Return about 10:15 pm

Volunteers: Open to adults and children as young as 5 years old. Children 5-12 years of age must attend with an adult family member. Volunteers assembling MannaPacks will be standing, but there are other jobs for people who need to sit. We have space for 25 volunteers, so please contact us to reserve your spot – MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org.


McCormick Woods Restoration Project

forest"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15)

Volunteers are needed to help care for a bit of God’s creation right here in Brookfield. We will work to restore this site to a savanna lush with wildflowers. Enjoy a few quality hours outside and learn to identify and remove invasive plants that threaten biodiversity in the preserves.

Location: McCormick Woods, 31st Street and 1st Avenue in Brookfield

Date/Time: March 24, 2018 / 9:00 am to noon

Volunteers: Open to people of all ages. Children 12 and under must come with an adult family member. We have space for 10 volunteers - contact us to reserve your space MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org.

 

APRIL

Ronald McDonald House Meals from the Heart

Ronald Mcdonald HouseWe need volunteers to help prepare a home-cooked meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The meals allow the families to unwind, de-stress, and fortify their bodies to be at their best for their child in the hospital. Volunteers may be preparing breakfast or lunch for the families. To learn more about the work the Ronald McDonald House Charities does to keep families together visit www.RMHC.org.

Location: Ronald McDonald House near Loyola Hospital

Date/Time: Sunday, April 8, 2018 / 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Volunteers: Open to people as young as 10 years for age. Children 10-12 years of age must come with an adult family member. We have space for 10 volunteers - contact us to reserve your space MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org.


Breakfast for Veterans

fishers houseVolunteers are needed to prepare breakfast for veterans and their families at the Fisher House at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood. The Fisher House provides a place to stay for families of military and veterans being treated at the VA medical center, so they can be close to their loved ones during the stressful time of hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease or injury. Their motto is “A home away from home for families of our Nation’s Heroes”. Would you like to help our nation's heroes? To learn more about the Fisher House and the great work they do for veterans and their families visit www.FisherHouse.org.

Location: Fisher House Near Loyola Campus in Maywood

Date/Time: : Saturday, February 17, 2018 / Meet at St. Barbara parking lot at 7:30 am to carpool. Return about 10:30 am.

Volunteers: Open to everyone, but children 12 and under volunteer with an adult family member. We ask for a $5 donation per volunteer (if you are able) to help with the cost of groceries. There is only space for 8 volunteers, so please contact us to reserve your spot at MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBroofkield.org.

 


ONGOING WAYS TO HELP

Book Drive for Children’s Hospital
It can be so simple to help a sick child.  We had our first book drive in July 2017 to collect new books that were donated to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn for children to enjoy during their hospital stay.  We will continue collecting books and take them to the hospital throughout the year.  Books need to be new to protect the health of these ill children.  You can donate a book for a child of any age, but the hospital especially appreciates board books for parents to read to their babies in the neonatal ICU, teen books and any books in Spanish.  Books may be dropped off at the rectory (building just south of church) during their regular hours (Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm).  Please contact us if you have any questions - MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org.


Refugee Meals

We need volunteers to prepare a meal for Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) for people at staying at the Marie Joseph Houses of Hospitality in Cicero. The refugees here have already gone through the detention process after being forced to leave their country (many have fled Somalia) in order to escape war, persecution or violence. Often their fear of persecution is for reasons of their race, religion, nationality or political opinion. ICDI provides these refugees food and shelter as they await future court dates or wait for work permits. Would you like to help these people in need? We are looking for volunteers to prepare a entree, side dish or dessert for 10-15 people. This will be an ongoing service project where we will be providing dinner for the shelter every second Sunday of the month. Please contact us if you can help - MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org.

To learn more about ICDI's mission, visit http://www.icdichicago.org/about/


Help the Elderly with Interfaith Community Partners


interfaith community partnersBy giving Interfaith Community Partners (ICP) a little of your free time you can make a big difference in the life of some of your neighbors!  With the help of ICP's volunteers,
older adults and people with disabilities living in our community maintain their independence.  ICP offers escorted transportation, visitation, telephone reassurance and well-being checks. All transportation services are performed by trained volunteers who use their own vehicles to drive clients to appointments.  Please contact us if you have any questions - MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org.

To learn more about ICP and the people they serve, visit www.interfaithcommunitypartnes.com.


Textile Recycling


textilesSt. Barbara has hosted several textile drives over the years.  Since 2016 we have had a permanent drop-off bin in our parking lot.  This is a great opportunity to divert textile waste from landfills.  Any time you are doing some cleaning around the house and find yourself with some bags of old clothing, shoes, towels, bed linens or curtains you can donate it at St. Barbara's textile drop box.  Instead of becoming trash, these items are reworn, reused and recycled both here in the US and abroad. Reusable clothes are wholesaled and retailed at affordable prices.  Items that are damaged are recycled into wiping rags (like the kind used at car washes). Clothing and textiles not suitable for wiping purposes are processed back into fibers that are then remanufactured into paper, yarn, insulation, carpet padding, sound proofing, etc.

All textile items should be placed in any type of plastic bag, tied and dropped off in the green and white USAgain drop off bin in St. Barbara's parking lot (south east corner of Prairie and Windemere).   Please contact us if you have any questions: MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org.

To learn more about USAgain and their mission, visit www.usagain.com.

 

We hope there is something here that catches your attention and gets you thinking about how you can help.  More details will be posted in the bulletin as each event approaches. If you'd like to get an e-mail update about service projects (this is a great idea for families with Confirmation candidates!), contact us at missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.