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Weekly Mutterings.  Dear Friends,
The ordinary age of retirement for the pastor of a parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago is 70 years old. I will be 70 next summer, and will retire as pastor of St. Barnabas on June 30, 2017. A new pastor will officially begin his service to the people of our parish on the next day. The reason I am telling you now, some nine months before these events take place, is that the process of finding the next pastor has already begun! One month from now, on November 9th, the bishop of our Vicariate, Andrew Wypych, our local Dean, and a team from the Priests’ Placement Board will visit St. Barnabas to interview our parish staff and leadership about the vision and needs of our parish for the future. That evening,all of you will be invited to a parish consultation meeting in the church to talk about the life of St. Barnabas, and identify the qualities and priorities needed in the next pastor.

In the weeks that follow, priests who are interested in being the pastor will have the opportunity to apply, visit St. Barnabas, and talk to our parish leaders. The Placement Board will gather all the information and make their recommendation to Archbishop Cupich by the end of March. Shortly afterwards, the parish will know who our next pastor will be. I have great confidence that the next pastor will be a fine priest, well-equipped to participating in the life of this remarkable parish. The information you share with Bishop Wypych and the Placement Board will be of great help in their search for the priest with the qualities of leadership and faith you desire. I encourage you to take part in the process. Come to the parish consultation on November 9th, and let your voice be heard! More information will be available soon.

As for me, I am beginning to look at retirement as the opportunity to be a parish priest minus the burdens and responsibilities of administration. If the new pastor — and you — are agreeable, I would enjoy continuing to live and work here at St. Barnabas. I plan to take some personal time, and to do a little travelling, but there may be some ways I can be of help to the parish and to the new pastor, too. There is much that will unfold during the next few months.

Parish News

Parish Consultation - Our Next Pastor
Please join us Wednesday, November 9th at 7pm, for a parish consultation meeting to participate in the process to select a new Pastor of St. Barnabas Parish. The meeting will take place in the church. Please see the online document from the Priests' Placement Board for additional information.

Mass in Honor of our Military
On November 13th, we will pay tribute to our military, past and present, at our 10am mass. We invite all veterans and current members of the military to participate in the gathering procession. Read the online document for more information.

Winter Clothes Collection for St. Gall's Parish
The Children's Clothing Closet at St. Gall's is a ministry dedicated to children, ages newborn to 12. They are in need of clean, gently used fall/winter coats and clothing. Collections will take place in the church narthex, the weekend of October 22-23. Thank you for your generosity!

Baby Bottle Project
In honor of Respect Life Month, St. Barnabas is again participating in the Baby Bottle Project, benefitting the Women's Centers of Greater Chicagoland. Please take a bottle after mass and fill it with your spare change - last year, more than $3,000 was collected! Bottles must be returned by October 23rd. Thank you!



Thank you for another successful Big Bucks Raffle!
The winners of the Grand Raffle are as follows:

$50,000 #1495 Maria Vega - ticket sold by Moira Benton
$20,000 #0745, Nola & Ed O'Keefe
$10,000 #0874, Dorena Sams

Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to the Big Bucks Team Captains: Bonnie Flannery, Colleen Bilecki, Liz Corr and Dominic Wizgird - and thank you to our sellers, especially our 10 + sellers!


The Bottles Bites & Brews Committee would personally like to thank all of our Sponsors, Chef’s, Wine Vendors, Food Sponsors, Auction and Raffle Donors, Volunteers and everyone that attended. A special thanks to Barraco’s, who helped coordinate beer and wine distributors, as well as Brian Wright, who helped coordinate the chefs.  

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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:
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Sat: 8am-5pm
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Saint Barnabas School

10121 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, IL 60643
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