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Weekly Mutterings. Some time ago during a wedding reception I overheard a young man talking to a friend about his father. He was just reminiscing. He said: “My dad was the best man I ever knew.” I hope his father knew how his son felt about him, before he died, because that kind of endorsement means more than all the other accolades in the world. When someone says: “I don’t know and I don’t care what people think about me,” I hope it isn’t true. If someone is important to me, what that person thinks or feels about me really matters. I cannot simply dismiss that person’s opinion or experience. Jesus cared about what others thought and felt about him. He asked his disciples “Who do people say that I am?” Some had no opinion, some thought he was an old prophet come back to life. But Peter, his friend said: “You are the Messiah of God.”

If we were to ask the same question about ourselves - “Who do people say that I am?” - we would learn that some folks know us from a distance, others closer up, and that all of us have a reputation. We would probably learn that we’re not as bad as some people think we are, and not nearly as wonderful as we might tell ourselves. Within our own circles, people know us very well. We are all famous at home, at work, at school, and in our parish community. We care very much what those people think about us, because it’s hard to hide the truth from people we see every day.

For example, I would like to know that I am considered to be an honorable person, someone with integrity. It would hurt very much to learn that people say of me that I am a hypocrite. Even though much of what people say is beyond our control, it takes a lifetime of effort to earn a good reputation. It is a blessing not easily achieved. Together with Jesus, we might ask ourselves today: “Who do people say that I am?” “Who do the people I love say that I am?” For all of you who are fathers, I pray that you may have the incredible joy of knowing your children would answer: “My Dad is the best man I have ever known."

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

Manna News
Manna will be closed for the month of July so start stocking up on manna for 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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