Weekly Mutterings. The other evening I watched a program on TV where a reporter interviewed passers-by on the street about their opinions on the issues of the day, which candidates they supported, where they stood on the Middle East, immigration, and the economy. A surprising number of those interviewed said they had no opinion, they didn't watch the news, and they didn't vote, because their opinions didn't matter much anyway.
It's easy to judge such people harshly, but I realized that I share their concerns. The world is a big place, with really big problems that seem beyond our power to correct. None of us, even all of us together, could give everyone a job, or feed all the hungry people, or house the homeless. What chance do we have against the drug problem, or the violence in our city, or the forces of greed and addiction all around us? The difference between the size of the problems and the size of ourselves seems so overwhelming.
But take a look at the Prophet Isaiah. Like us, he lived in very troubled times. With his nation divided, ravaged by war, and in hopeless circumstances, Isaiah made his way to the temple where he saw a vision of the majesty and holiness of God. At first, it overwhelmed him, and he cried: “Woe is me, I am a sinner.” But then God called him to service, and Isaiah answered, “Here I am, send me.” Likewise Paul, the persecutor of Christians, had a vision, heard a voice, acknowledged his sinfulness, and became the apostle who preached the Gospel to the world. In today’s Gospel, when Jesus told Peter to put out into deep water, he did so reluctantly. When Peter made a huge catch of fish, he was overwhelmed with helplessness and unworthiness. But Peter did not stay there - he accepted Jesus' invitation to leadership.
It seems that the point at which any individual begins to make a difference is when that person assumes responsibility for his or her own life. Isaiah said “Here I am, send me” and he began to make a difference. With God's help, Paul changed his life's direction, and began to make a difference. Peter and his companions left everything to follow the Christ, and made a difference. Now we stand where they stood, living in troubled times, and facing impossible problems. We can easily excuse ourselves from the struggle. “What difference do I make?” The answer to that question, for believers in Christ, is that if there is any difference is to be made, we must be the ones who make it. Together we can put a big dent in the problems we face, because nothing is impossible with God and us.
Parish Directory 2016-17 Update
St. Barnabas is in the process of updating our Parish Directory. Please review and update the family contact information recently mailed to you by Feb. 13th - even if you have no edits so we know you are active parishioners. Return by: email
, phone 773-779-1166, mail to the rectory, fax 773-445-9671, or drop in a basket in the back of church.
Annual Catholic Appeal
Many of you have responded to the Annual Catholic Appeal mailing from Archbishop Cupich. Thank you for your support of this imporant appeal. If you have yet to do so, offertory envelopes can be returned by mail or during church. Learn more and watch the video online.
Eucharistic Ministers Needed!
Anyone interested in serving the faith community of St. Barnabas as a Eucharistic Minister is invited to attend Initial Training for New Eucharistic Ministers. The two-session training dates are February 11 & 18 at St. Symphorosa and April 18 & 25 at St. Francis of Assisi. Please contact Kitty Ryan
2016 Parish Mission
Please save the dates Sunday-Tuesday, February 21-23 for our Parish Lenten Mission, "Faith, Family, and Future." The Mission, led by Fr. Bill Stenzel, is a special way for all the people of our parish to prepare for Easter. Details to follow.
Men's 2016 Christ Renews His Parish
Men of the parish are invited to participate in the annual Christ Renews His Parish retreat, February 27-28th. Set aside a weekend to reflect upon and renew your faith in fellowship and prayer. Contact Chris Gonzales
for more information or to participate.
2016 Women's Christ Renews His Parish
Planning is underway for the Women's 2016 Christ Renews His Parish Retreat, scheduled for February 20th and 21st. Explore, deepen, and revitalize your faith at this weekend retreat that has touched the lives of more than 1,000 ladies of the parish. To learn more, or to sign-up, contact us
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St. Barnabas School is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 school year. Read More
Open Athletic Board Positions
The St. Barnabas Athletic Board is looking to fill several positions. Read More
Make it your New Year's resolution to start using the manna program and see how much you can save on tuition! Read More
Bitty Buckeyes is a unique program designed for young children (18 months to 3 years of age) accompanied by their adult companions. Read More
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Saint Barnabas Parish
10134 S. Longwood Drive
Rectory Office Hours:
Chicago, IL 60643
P. 773.779.1166 | F. 773.445.9671
Saint Barnabas School
10121 S. Longwood Drive
School Office Hours:
Chicago, IL 60643
P. 773.445.7711 | F. 773.445.9815
We invite you to join a small group. Make a commitment to set aside just 90 minutes each week this Lent to grow in faith and in relationship with your small group, our parish family. Learn more and join us.