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7's Perspective

Dear Parishioners,

One of the challenges of this space is often do I preview or review the week we have just completed or yet to be encountered. So many of our truly moving events center on the Eucharist and the trimmings. One great example from this weekend was Saturday's liturgy when the community blest and prayed over the teenagers and chaperones that will participate in the National Catholic Youth Convention in Indianapolis this weekend. We sent them on their way with best wishes and promises of prayer. They in return promised to be great representatives from our parish. The other example was the Veteran's Mass on Sunday. The spirit of gratitude for their service was so genuine. The visitors were amazed and commented on the beauty and solemnity throughout our prayer from beginning to the final song. They were two very different liturgies yet equally powerful. God should rest.

I have always found one of my most challenging moments is preparing a homily for Christmas or Thanksgiving celebrations. Shouldn’t those days be the easiest? Enjoy your family and Mary had a baby. But it's much more and much more profound than those simple truths. Every family is unique. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving is unique. We all have been given opportunities to either add or subtract from those gatherings. Your presence Thanksgiving morning will only add to our common voice of praise and thanksgiving.

Also, news from the Imagine Campaign! We met with the architects to begin plans for the groundbreaking which is targeted for March of 2019. We all know how fast 15 months will quickly come and go. Here are some useful facts... So far, 492 parishioners have pledged $3,219,273.70, and so far, $1,714,618 has been collected. The St Barnabas Endowment Foundation has recently pledged $500,000. This wise decision shows the commitment and belief in this project that will enable St Barnabas to be ensured both being a flagship parish and school in the Beverly community and the standard bearer of Catholic identity in this area. My hope is this Barnabas legacy will continue to grow for many generations. We have been given much and much is expected. 

Our way of life is built on those who have gone before us, their belief in God, their sharing of their gifts with the community, becoming leaders in this community and city. So much has been given, so much we take for granted. This campaign is our opportunity to provide for the next generation. This is holy ground consecrated to allow for the formation of young people. The convent that once housed the Sinsinawa Dominicans who taught our children continues to be used to educate our preschool children, provides space for our youth ministry programs, and our parish meetings. The school and church has so much history and yet so much yet be written.  

So I truly thank those who have pledged and invite those who have not, to prayerfully reconsider. We have come a great distance and have more ground to travel. 


As we move through this time in our history I would like to keep this project in the forefront of our attention and prayer. We have a campaign prayer that I invite each of us to actually pray. Not sure where it came from but it's on target.

Father Jim







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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:
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

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