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Guest Mutterings. I have a new Bible which has a wonderful translation that tells it like it is. Eugene Peterson, a Protestant minister, did the translation and the language is very contemporary. I read the Message every day and I love the direct approach. He calls the Bible “The Message.” Today’s gospel is from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel. We read an old version of the Sermon. I would like for you to hear how Rev. Peterson would give the message: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best — the sun to warm and the rain to nourish — to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and the nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of the-mill sinner does that.

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way god lives toward you.” Matthew 5, 38-48

Fr. William Kenneally

Parish News

St. Patrick's Mass
The annual St. Patrick's Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 11th at 4pm, with Irish musical preludes beginning at 3:30pm. The Liturgy will be followed by a soda bread reception in the church hall. Bakers and volunteers needed! Contact Geri Doherty, 773-779-1166, to help.

Parish Mission with Fr. David Kelly
Fr. David Kelly, Executive Director of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, returns to St. Barabas March 19-21 to lead our Parish Mission, "Return to God and Turning Toward our Neighbor." The Parish Mission is a wonderful way to deepen and enrich the Lenten experience. We hope you will join us.

St. Patrick's Day Party
Join us Friday, March 10th, 7pm-midnight for a St. Patrick's Day party. Tickets are $20 at the door; live music by Sean & Charlie, cash bar, raffle, food available for purchase. Must be 21 or older. All proceeds benefit Pediatric Cancer Research, Pat Mac's Pack and
St. Baldrick's Foundation.

You Are My Neighbor
Please save the date and join us for "You Are My Neighbor;" an interfaith event welcoming our Muslim, refugee and immigrant neighbors, Thursday, March 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm. Join us to hear from Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders on the challenges faced by these communities and what we can do to help.

March Madness Viewing Party
Join the St. Barnabas Parish Men's Club to watch the six evening games of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 18th, 4pm in the gym. Multiple screens will be set up to watch March Madness Round 3 action, $20 fee covers food, BYOB. $25 Square Pool with payouts for every game - SOLD IN ADVANCE. Contact Rich Baudo with questions.

Companions on the Journey
St. Barnabas invites parishioners to set aside 90 minutes each week this Lent to join a small group faith discussion. Companions on the Journey is an opportunity to assess your relationship with God, to realign your priorities, to make more room for God, and to go forth to do good works from your experience. Learn more and sign up today.

Youth Ministry NCYC 2017
St. Barnabas Youth Ministry is gearing up for National Catholic Youth Conference 2017. This conference, scheduled for November 16-18, invites the young Catholics to "Encounter Christ. Experience church. Be Empowered for Discipleship." Registration is now open: see what it's all about, contact Maryellen Harrington for more information, and pay online or sponsor a parishioner.



Ash Wednesday Schedule
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:45 am, 8:45 am, and 7:00 pm liturgies
3:15 pm Prayer Service

View the full Lenten Schedule online.

100 Days of Prayer

All are invited to join in prayer for the first one hundred days for this president and his new administration. Pray for wisdom and for a peaceful transition of leadership. We call to mind the inspiring words of Pope Francis to Congress: "You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics." May we be a source of grace for our country and the world as we unite in prayer each day.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we received, it is pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

School News

Junior Basketball
Junior Basketball is back at St. Barnabas beginning in March.  Registration form and payment due by February 24, 2017. Read More

Manna News
Save money on tuition while buying Valentine's Day treats for your children or yourself! Read More

Bitty Buckeyes
Bitty Buckeyes is a unique program designed for young children (18 months to 3 years of age) accompanied by their adult companions. Read More

Open Athletic Board Positions
The St. Barnabas Athletic Board is looking for new members. Read More


Saint Barnabas Parish

10134 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, IL 60643
P. 773.779.1166 | F. 773.445.9671

Rectory Office Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Sat: 8am-5pm
Sun: 9am-2pm

Saint Barnabas School

10121 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, IL 60643
P. 773.445.7711 | F. 773.445.9815

School Office Hours:
Mon-Fri  7:30am-3:30pm

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