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@StBarbaraBrookfield.org with any questions.


Upcoming Service Opportunities

 

BEDS PLUS

beds plusBEDS PLUS needs volunteers for their summer shelter program. St. Barbara’s Missionary Spirit Team wants to reach out to the wonderful and generous people of our Parish to help BEDS PLUS find the volunteers they need. Can you help? Since 1988, BEDS PLUS has given the homeless a safe place to sleep, hot homemade meals, professional counseling, and the job services they need to become self-sufficient. BEDS PLUS has a mission to help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. BEDS PLUS relies on a large corps of volunteers, dedicated staff and the long term support of local faith-based communities to help homeless individuals and families come in from the cold and get back on their feet. Help is provided for the homeless in our community (west suburban Cook County). These people come from diverse backgrounds and situations who may have fallen on hard times due to job loss or cutbacks in public services. Others struggle with mental illness or addiction. They are our veterans, family and our neighbors. To learn more about this local charity and the ways they help people in our community visit www.beds-plus.org.

Location: Various churches in West Suburban Cook County
Date/Time: At St. Barbara, daily from June 11 - August 18. See SignUp Genius for details (link below)
Volunteers: Volunteers of all ages can help prepare meals. On-site volunteers must be 18 years or older. This is a great way to serve with your family, friends or group of co-workers. Click this link to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094daaa62aa02-summer

 

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 http://interfaithcommunitypartners.org/


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.