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Weekly Mutterings.  We are busy beings and live in an active and engaged world. I don’t think many of us ask the above question each moment of our lives, leave alone heightened concern on eternal life question. I sometimes find myself glancing at my watch and wonder where in the world has the time gone! It happens to all of us. I am sure when you are busy and engaged in your schedule, conferences, meetings, taking care of your children, planning events, attending to the sick or your aging family member, appointments, deadlines, school work, or getting from point A to point B, e.t.c. Time simply flies. Asking oneself about how many will be saved, all or few, is a remote concern with all that is around us, yet the longing for the divine and an assurance for eternal peace is at the core of any faithful’s being.

Clearly from the gospel today, it sounds as if there are going to be lots of people in heaven, people coming from all ends of the earth. Everyone has a shot, a place in the Kingdom, but individual effort and faithful commitment is key regardless struggles or failures. How many - asks for more details I guess. Practically, we would have liked a few more details, numbers, percentages, perhaps, but I guess Jesus figures we can answer the question for ourselves by seeing how people live according to his teachings. Jesus has been straightforward in His words; Whoever hears my word and lives by it has eternal life. John 5:24. If we live by his teachings, we’re on our way to eternal happiness; if not we will lose out. One of my favorite parts of our worship on Sunday is when the presider sendsus back home, to our world with these words, “Go in peace glorifying the Lord by your life” (Order of Mass). That entails a very specified individual call to live the message we have received from Christ, the nourishment both bodily and spiritual we have gained, and the faith we believe in. To live it out in life. As you strive to do His will, be assured of Christ’s presence and Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life.

I wish you Peace!
Fr. Mahonge



Parish News

Join the St. Barnabas Adult Choir
Our vibrant and energetic choir is recruiting singers to share their talents in leading the song of assembly at 10am Sunday liturgies, September through May. No experience necessary! Our Music Ministry is also seeking experienced instrumentalists. For more information, contact Kitty Ryan or register online.

Religious Education Registration
Registration for the 2016-17 Religious Education school year is now open online! Classes for grades Pre-K to 8 begin on September 11th, 8:15-9:50am and runs through the end of April. Details and schedules can be found online.

Bottles, Bites & Brews
Join us for Bottles, Bites & Brews, a tasting event featuring wine, craft beer and food pairings on Saturday, October 15th at St. Barnabas School. The event will also include the Grand Prize Drawings for the Big Bucks Raffle. Details and ticket information can be found online.

Need High School Service Hours?
The St. Barnabas Children's Choir is looking for a choir assistant to help at rehearsals on Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30pm, from September 7, 2016 through May 10, 2017. Responsibilities include taking attendance, helping with the music library, assisting at two pizza parties, and other duties as needed. Contact Kitty Ryan for details or to schedule an interview.

Fall Family Fest 2016
Please save the date for the annual Fall Family Fest, scheduled for Saturday, September 24th. A special 4pm liturgy will be followed by a fun and festive party in St. Barnabas Park. The event will include Early Bird drawings for the 2016 Big Bucks Raffle.

Children's Choir 2016-17
All students are invited to join the St. Barnabas Children's Choir 2016-17 season. Anyone, in grades 3-8 this fall, who loves to sign is encouraged to join this fun, exciting, and fulfilling ministry. Additional details and sign-up information can be found online.

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.



The 2016 Big Bucks Raffle has begun! Buy online or after weekend masses.


School News

Manna News
Start the new school year right by using the manna program.  The more you use it the bigger your tuition savings. Read More

Fall Soccer Registration
The St. Barnabas Soccer is now accepting registrations for the Fall 2016 program! 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


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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