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.

News and Events

Advent Reconciliation Service

As our parish prepares for the birth of our Savior, we invite you to join us for a beautiful evening of prayer and reconciliation. Following a brief prayer service, several local priests will be available throughout the church to hear Confessions. No matter how long it's been, we encourage you to return to the Lord's mercy and let your heart be cleansed to receive the newborn King. This reconciliatory celebration will take place on Tuesday, December 19th, at 7:00PM in the church. There will be Spanish-speaking priest available.

St. Barbara's Holy Days Schedule 2017

christmasThe Advent season is almost over! Four weeks of Advent are scarcely enough to "prepare the way of the Lord" for His coming to us as King. However, if we have used this season as a preparation, we are ready now to receive the Redeemer who will deliver us from sin in answer to our requests. Christ's coming must be a reality accomplished in our lives and our children's. Take advantage of this last week of Advent to open up to Him for the coming celebrations. Below is the schedule of events here at St Barbara Parish:

HOLY DAYS SCHEDULE 2017

December 23rd - Saturday Evening: 5:00pm
December 24th - Sunday: 7:30am, 10:00am,
&12:30pm (Spanish)

Christmas Eve Masses – December 24th
4:00pm – Christmas Pageant Family Mass
9:00pm – Christmas Cantata
10:00pm – Candlelight Christmas Mass

Christmas Day Masses – December 25th
7:30am, 10:00am, 12:30pm (Spanish)
December 30th - 31st - Saturday Evening: 5:00pm
Sunday: 7:30am, 10am, 12:30pm (Spanish)

New Year’s Eve Mass – December 31st - No evening
mass (Not a Holy Day of obligation this year)

New Year’s Day Mass – January 1st  - 9:00am


St. Barbara's New Advent Banners!

In Fr. Edgar's homily on the first Sunday of Advent, he spoke about the new Advent banners we have in church and explained the symbolism behind its colors and shapes. Some asked if we could post the explanation on our website. If you would like to read it click here...

 

If you love to cook and have a favorite family recipe, you won't want to miss this event! Click here for more information.

 

To Teach Who Christ Is

TTWCIWe had a very successful To Teach Who Christ Is campaign here at St. Barbara raising more than $332,995 in pledges. A pledge is made in good faith to God to support His Church. This campaign is very important for our parish as it will help us to improve accessibility to our church and parish center. We will create a more accessible, safe and professional environment in our parish office. We will also grow our building fund “First Fruits” for needed improvements in the future. To make it easier for families to keep up with their pledge payments, we will designate the 1st Sunday of each month as PLEDGE PAYMENT SUNDAY for the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign. Please bring your payment envelope to Mass, put your name on it, and place it in the 2nd collection. Of course, if you prefer to mail-in your payment you may continue to do so. Additional envelopes will be available in the church pews for your convenience. If you have questions about your pledge or wish to contribute please contact the TTWCI office at 312 532 8500 or you can go to http://www.toteachwhochristis.org. Thank you!

Calling All Cooks!

Our Missionary Spirit Team would like to introduce our next service opportunity. We are looking for volunteers who would like to help prepare a meal once a month for Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants (ICDI). ICDI has two homes in the Chicago area, the Marie Joseph Houses of Hospitality are in Cicero for men and in Hyde Park for women and children. 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. Food and shelter is provided for people awaiting future court dates or waiting 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 for10-15 people. This will be an ongoing service project where we will be providing dinner for the men's shelter every second Sunday of the month and dinner for the women every second Friday. Our next meal will be on Friday, September 8. Contact MissionarySpirit@StBarbaraBrookfield.org to volunteer for September 8 or to sign up for a future date.

Think Textile Recycling

St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team has been partnering with USAgain for the past year to divert textile waste from landfills. Maybe you've been doing some spring cleaning and have a bag of old clothes or towels that you are not going to use again. 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. Non-reusable clothes are recycled into insulation, wiping rags, or are broken down to reclaim fiber. Bring your unwanted clothing, shoes or household linens (towels, sheets, blankets, curtains, etc.) in a tied plastic bag and deposit them in the green and white bins in the church parking lot anytime. Learn more about textile recycling at www.usagain.com. Contact missionaryspirit@stbarbarabrookfield.org.

What is Missionary Spirit?

In 2013 our 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.

The 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.

St. Barbara's Missionary Spirit Team is planning some great service opportunities for 2017! We hope there is something on the calendar 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.org.

December: Christmas for Kids


St. Barbara's Rosary Makers.....

 .....are 16 years old in January. We have made over 29,000 corded rosaries since we began January 2001. Irene, Therese, Estelle, Marge, Stacy, Dora, Nancy, Joan, Carol, Rose, Elma and Jenny are our Rosary Makers.  We meet one morning a month to hand over the rosaries that we have made during the past month, and then pick up the supplies that we need for the next month. Our finished rosaries are mostly sent to a contact lady in Florida who distributes them to missionaries who come to her from Central and South America. New Rosary Makers are always welcome. We are supported by the CCW.

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our 2015-2016 Parish Financial Report

St. Barbara Parish Altar Servers Ministry

Do you believe God is calling you to serve him in a special way? Do you think Jesus is calling you to serve him?  Would you like to serve God and his people? If your answer is ‘YES’  Come and become an Altar Server to serve God and his people! If you would like to be an altar server, please call the parish office at 485-2900.

Pastoral Care Ministry

The Pastoral Ministry would like to share with you the following information: If a friend or family member is sick and you want us to pray for them, please call the Pastoral Care Ministry at (708) 485 – 2900 ext. 6 --- If a love one or relative is sick and wants to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist or the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick, please call the Pastoral Care Ministry at (708) 485 – 2900.