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Weekly Mutterings.     

A while back I had a strange dream. I was driving through the parking lot at Ridge Mall, which was almost totally deserted. I thought I would easily find a good spot to park, but as I drove around, no matter what aisle I tried, there was a blue handicapped symbol painted on every parking space! I don’t remember dreams very often, and I’m certainly no good at interpreting them, but today’s Gospel made me think of that dream. You and I were not the original people invited to the wedding feast. We were not the king’s first choice. We are the ones he found on the highways and byways, the gentiles invited only after the chosen people had rejected their invitations.

All of us are handicapped in one way or another—spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, or intellectually. But when we come to church to celebrate the Eucharistic banquet, we are welcome to park in any available space, because every seat is for handicapped folks. We can find ourselves sitting next to the most unexpected of guests, all of us gathered by the Lord. The Christian life is not about who gets the highest place at the wedding feast, nor is it a race which only the rich and strong can win. Jesus says the eternal banquet is for those who have compassion for the poor, sick, hungry, imprisoned, and anyone else who is handicapped like us. I hope you have found a good place to park at St. Barnabas Parish. (It is a pretty big church in so many ways!) Be assured that the great feast of God’s love happens here every Sunday, and you are an honored guest.

Parish News

Mass in Honor of All Service Men and Women
On Sunday, November 9th at 10am, the fiath community of St. Barnabas will gather to celebrate a Mass in Honor of all Military Service Men and Women, Past and Present. To add a name to the list that will be read at the Prayers of the Faithful, please contact Kitty Ryan.
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All Souls' Day Mass
A special Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on All Souls' Day, November 2nd at 3pm. Anyone who has had a loved one die this past year and did not receive an invitation or who was not buried from St. Barnabas and would like to participate in remembering your loved one, should call the rectory-773-779-1166.

St. Barnabas Family Timeline
As a part of our 90th Anniversary celebration, we created a timeline banner, spanning 1924 to 2014, and invite parishioners to document the year their family joined St. Barnabas Parish. As families mark the year they joined the parish, the banner will grow to show our parish family history. Before or after mass this weekend, please visit the banner at the back of church and add your family name.

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Bitty Buckeyes
Bitty Buckeyes is a unique program designed for young children (18 months to 3 years of age) accompanied by their adult companions.  Each session will expose children to language and motor skill development along with religious instruction through the use of fun, age-appropriate activities. Read More

Manna News
Start the school year right by using our manna program. It's easy to use and could save you hundreds of dollars in tuition. So why not start saving today! Read More

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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

School Office Hours:
Mon-Fri  7:30am-3:30pm











 
 
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