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Weekly Mutterings. Many years ago, I went back-packing in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. On my first night in the wilderness I remember that the silence was almost deafening. It was so quiet that it hurt my ears! But an even greater shock happened when I looked up in awe at more stars than I had ever seen in my life. I couldn’t believe my eyes! And every now and then, to my wonder and delight, a shooting star would dart across the sky.

That was a religious experience for me. Here in Chicago, it’s not possible to star-gaze, as only a handful of stars are visible on any given night. But I will always remember that cold, dark night on a mountain in Wyoming, long ago, when I felt like I had discovered the universe.

Lent has begun. It is our annual opportunity to escape the bright lights that surround and entice us, but can also blind us to the presence of God in our midst. Like the disciples in the Gospel, we need to get away, go up on the mountain, hear God’s voice in the silence, and be filled with amazement at the beauty and glory of God’s grace. When Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James, and John, so were they. Changed forever, they could never look at their friend and teacher or themselves in the same way again.

There are such moments and encounters in all of our lives that leave us speechless and awestruck. Perhaps it was the birth of your child, or an experience of closeness with someone you love, or a moment of exquisite beauty or joy. Whatever it was, I ask you to hold it safe in your heart, and return to it when you’re down in the valley of confusion, doubt, or trial. That precious glimpse can carry you in difficult times, because you’ve been to the mountain, and you know it is possible to go there again.

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Re-Discovering God Day by Day
This Lent, Fr. Jim Donovan will lead St. Barnabas in a Parish Mission. From Sunday, March 8th, 7pm, through Tuesday, March 10th, we will gather as a parish community to listen, learn, and deepen our faith together. Daily themes include "God Loves Us," "God Forgives Us," and "God Calls Us to Love Each Other." Monday's gathering will be preceeded by a soup and bread supper; please contact Maryellen Harrington if you can bring soup to share. Babysitting will be available. View the flyer for details.

Children's Liturgy of the Word Info/Training Session
There will be a short formation meeting for those who would like to serve in the Children's Liturgy of the Word Ministry on Sunday, March 8th in the Holy Spirit Chapel, immediately following the 10am mass. The session will be approximately 45 minutes.

Operation Rice Bowl
"Lent is a fitting time for self denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty." ~Pope Francis. Operation Rice Bowl takes us to the coffee highlands of Nicaragua, where we're called to protect both the goodness of creation and the livelihoods of struggling families. Please take, fill, and return a rice bowl. They are available at church, in the rectory, and at St. Barnabas school.




View our schedule of Lenten Services and Liturgies

The St. Barnabas Master Plan is from our parishioners and for our parishioners. The study will help us determine how our facilities can best serve the needs of our vibrant ministries.

It will not be a success without you. What will our legacy be?


School News

Get Behind the Vest
St. Barnabas students held two dates for "Dress Blue" where students paid $2 each for the privilege of being out of uniform and wearing the color blue to support the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation's "Get Behind the Vest" program. Read More

St. Baldrick's shirts
Be sure to order your St. Baldrick's shirt before it's too late.  All proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research.  Click here for an order form.  Get your order in while supplies last.

Manna News
It's never too late to start using could save hundreds of dollars in tuition. Read More

Registration Ongoing
St. Barnabas School is accepting registrations for the 2015-2016 school year. 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.  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


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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