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.

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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.

 

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