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Weekly Mutterings. The greatest challenge to my faith revolves around the question of why there is suffering in the world. Perhaps that is true for you, too. How is it possible that innocent children suffer, Why, in fact, do some people suffer more than others? How do these things resolve with a God who loves us, desires what is best for us, and hears our prayers?
      Today might well be called “Storm Sunday” because all of the readings are about storms. We have suffered our share of devastating storms and hurricanes in the last few years. The people of New Orleans surely must have asked, like the disciples asked of the sleeping Jesus in their boat during the tempest: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? Why do you not rebuke the wind and tell the sea to be still?”
       Several years ago there was a book entitled “When Bad Things Happen To Good People.” It was a runaway best-seller because it spoke to our experience and pain. “Look at what life dies to me. I’ve got problems I don’t deserve with health, money, children . . . Why me, Lord? Where are you when I need you?”
       God’s response to those difficult questions is Jesus. The Incarnation. His own Son became one like us, one of us. God chose not to take away our suffering, but to endure it with us. God-with-us give meaning to every part of our humanity, even our suffering.
       After Jesus calmed the storm in today's gospel, his disciples were terrified. He asked them: "Do you not yet have faith?” In other words, “Do you not know that you need God to get through the terrible storms in your life?” Times of pain and suffering are when our faith needs to be the strongest. We believe that God is compassionate, gentle, and forgiving. We believe that God knows and shares our sadness and anger when nature goes on a rampage. We believe that Jesus joins his heavenly Father and their Holy Spirit in weeping over the devastations caused by natural disasters.
       Suffering is an incomprehensible mystery. There is no justice or fairness about it. What our faith contributes to the discussion is the challenge to be like Jesus, and to do what Jesus did: When bad things happen to good people, we must be the good people that happen to bad things.

 
 

Parish News

Block Parties and the Environment
The St. Barnabas Eco-Committee can help you have a more environmentally friendly block party this year. Call the rectory with the date of your block party and we can provide recycle bins for aluminum cans, water coolers, and paper cups. Pick up and drop-off of items available too! "God's earth is ours to use, but not abuse."

Grant Awarded to Food Pantry at St. Gall's
Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl recently awarded a grant to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Gall's Parish. Each week, volunteers from St. Barnabas assist in serving over 200 families. This grant will help the food pantry meet a growing need in the Gage Park and surrounding communities. A special thanks to Sr. Julie Flynn and Bill Waddell for spearheading the grant application and for their ongoing efforts towards our human concerns initiatives.

Online Religious Ed Registration
Registration for the Religious Ed 2015-16 school year is now underway. Families can now register online. Classes begin Sunday, September 13th and continues through mid-April. For more information, contact Matt Furjanic, Director of Religious Education.

Men's Club Golf Outing
Save the date for the Men's Club Golf Outing, Friday, September 4th at Water's Edge Golf Club. Tickets are $125 each and include golf, cart, lunch, dinner buffet, open bar post-outing, and raffle; dinner, open bar, and raffle only is $50. Reservations and payment can be made online or download the form. Proceeds support the Men's Club Scholarship Fund for St. Barnabas School.

Men's Spirituality
All men of the parish are invited and encouraged to be a part of our Men's Spirituality Group. Learn about our faith, discuss how our faith is lived in and out of our daily lives and live our faith in the community by doing works of charity. Upcoming meeting dates: June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, 7-9pm in the church convent. Contact Maryellen Harrington for additional information.

Monthly Family Rosary
Beginning May 3rd, St. Barnabas will host a monthly family rosary gathering in the Holy Spirit Chapel. Whole families, and individuals of all ages, are welcome to pray together.

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The St. Barnabas Master Plan is from our parishioners and for our parishioners. The study will help us determine how our facilities can best serve the needs of our vibrant ministries.

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School News

Manna News
Manna is closed for the summer.  The next order will be August 17, 2015.

Fall Soccer Coordinator Needed
The St. Barnabas Athletic Board is looking for someone to run the St. Barnabas Fall Soccer program. Read More

Young Authors
The Young Authors program at St. Barnabas, currently in its 12th year, provides students all of grades with an extracurricular opportunity to write and illustrate a book. Read More

One Book, One School
St. Barnabas School implemented a One Book, One School program this academic year. The book Wonder by RJ Palacio was chosen by the school's staff because of its incredible message of kindness and anti-bullying. Read More

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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:
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