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Pastor's Mutterings.

Dear Parishioners,

I was looking for some information about the founding pastor Reverend Timothy J. Hurley. He established this parish in 1924. I was more intrigued by that fact he was born in 1870 and ordained in 1898.  He died July 7, 1946. The only notation was he was pastor of St Barnabas.  What was the world like back then?  Pius IX was Pope. Pius IX was the longest reigning pope for 31 years from 1846 to 1878.   St John Paul II came in second with 26 years.  Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President.  His real name was Hiram Ulysses Grant and his final resting place is truly Grant's tomb. 

Chicago was mission territory for seminaries of Europe. He was ordained in 1898 and sent to Chicago.  He began as Pastor of Margaret of Scotland until Cardinal Mundelein gave him the job of establishing this place we call Barnabas.  As legend has it Catholics were not welcomed and even burned a cross to protest. We have come a very long way.  What a challenge to bring the Catholic faith to this part of the city. I am sure he longed for his native Ireland.

I am curious about whose footsteps I am following as Pastor of St. Barnabas.  Does anyone have memories of Father Hurley? Perhaps you have heard stories passed down from your family members?   Well, I think I learned a little along the way about our history and now I know who the longest reigning Pope was.

Father Jim




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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.

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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:
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Sat: 8am-5pm
Sun: 9am-2pm

Saint Barnabas School

10121 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, IL 60643
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