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Weekly Mutterings. It seems strange to set aside a Sunday to celebrate the dedication of a big old church in Rome that most of us have never seen or know much about. But the Basilica of St. John Lateran is a significant place. There has been a Catholic church on its site since the  cornerstone was first laid by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century.

A cathedral is a truly wondrous and beautiful creation. But to build a church out of people is a much more difficult challenge. Stones have nothing to say about how they will be shaped or where they will be set. But people have everything to say about how they will commit themselves to God and each other, about where they want to be placed, and about what they will support. A Church made of people is a fragile, imperfect structure – fragile, but still full of hope.

St. John Lateran in Rome reminds us that if God wants something to endure, it will. Our own “little” church of St. Barnabas is not a cathedral or a basilica, but it is holy ground to us. It is home for our worship, baptisms, communions, confirmations, weddings and funerals. It is the place where we are forgiven, where we know we are loved. Above all else, this house is beautiful because God is present here. We come here because we are looking for God here. The strange thing is that when we come seeking God, we discover that God is seeking us. To appreciate this is to begin to understand what Paul wrote to the Corinthians: we don’t come to church to be holy. We come to church so we can be the body of Christ when we leave this holy place.

The beautiful temple in Jerusalem, where Paul and Jesus worshipped, no longer exists. Someday the magnificent Lateran Basilica will lie in ruins. So too will St. Barnabas Church, because all material things will ultimately come to an end. But because Jesus is the foundation and cornerstone of our Church, because Jesus is the source and the summit of our Christian faith, the Body of Christ will exist until the end of time. As long as there are people who seek to live the Gospel and share it with their children, we will endure.

Parish News

Christmas and New Year's Liturgy and Special Services
Join us in celebrating this blessed season! Click on the image below

Advent Small Faith Groups
Set aside time this Advent for the true reason of the season Weekly small faith groups will be gathering to discuss the Gospel, Tuesday's at 7pm in the convent. Contact Maryellen Harrington to join us.

Christ Renews His Parish 2015
Planning is underway for the Womens' and Mens' CRHP Retreats in 2015, scheduled for February 21-22, and February 28-March 1, respectively.

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.



Thank you St. Barnabas parishioners and friends for another successful Mixer!


School News

5th Grade Science
The fifth graders have begun their science unit on the forces of motion. Read More

One Book, One School
Upon return from Christmas break, our school will adopt a One Book, One School program in which we will all read the New York Times Bestseller, Wonder, written by R.J. Palacio. Read More

Manna News
Christmas is coming!!  Start buying manna for your Christmas shopping now and there will be no credit card bills in January.  Plus you could save hundreds of dollars in tuition. 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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