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Weekly Mutterings. Some folks take great pride in being a “type A” personality. You know the characteristics: impatient, competitive, easily upset, always under pressure, assertive, aggressive, independent, obsessed with work, and confident. Are you a “type A” person? Are you married to one? “Type A” folks commonly find asking for help to be difficult and unnecessary. They will stubbornly refuse to ask for directions when they are lost, or refuse to see a doctor when they are sick, or refuse to give up an argument that was long ago lost. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus says “Ask and you will receive. Knock and the door will be open to you.” It makes prayer sound so simple. It seems like the perfect antidote to “type A’ness.” All we have to do is ask, and almost magically, we will receive whatever we want!

The truth is, of course, not so simple. God is not a vending machine of favors granted. To believe that God answers our prayers is not magic, or that we can manipulate God into giving us what we desire by the multiplication of words. Prayer is an expression of faith, an acknowledgement that we cannot do everything by ourselves. But often our “type A” pride will not let us ask for help. We don’t want to risk appearing weak, or foolish, or wrong. When we deny our frailty and refuse to ask for the help we need, we put ourselves in jeopardy, and the people we care about, too.

Jesus’ invitation to ask and receive, knock and enter, is really not very much about what we pray for. It is much more about the trust, confidence, and persistence with which we pray. With that spirit of prayer, anything is possible!


Parish News

Children's Liturgy of the Word
It's summer break for Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)! This special liturgy will resume Sunday, September 11th, at the 10am mass. Adult volunteers are needed to proclaim the Word to children, while teens/adults are needed to assist in reading, leading prayers, and modeling good church behaviour. Contact Matt Furjanic to volunteer.

Religious Education Registration
Registration for the 2016-17 Religious Education school year is now open online! To help save on costs, we hope you will register children, grades kindergarten-8th, by the end of June. Details and schedules can be found online.

Men's Club Annual Golf Outing
The Men's Club will host its annual Golf Outing Friday, September 2nd at Water's Edge Golf Course, 11:30am check-in and light lunch, with a shotgun start at 1pm. Tickets are $125 per person, including golf cart, lunch, and dinner with two hours open bar after. Tickets can be purchased online, or checks can be given to Rich Baudo, 10530 S. Hamilton. Proceeds benefit the Men's Club Scholarship Fund. For questions and to provide foursome information, contact Joe Esselman.

St. Barnabas Eccommittee Request
St. Barnabas' Eccommittee can help make your summer party eco-friendly. They will provide/pick-up containers to recycle aluminum cans and paper cups and water coolers to avoid using water bottles. Call the rectory, 773-779-1166, or 773-779-6064 to schedule.



Pope Francis announced an Extraordinary Jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the importance of being merciful to one another as God is to us. Over the next 12 months, you will be invited to explore the theme of mercy in many ways.


School News

Registration Ongoing
St. Barnabas School will continue accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 school year through the summer. 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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