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Weekly Mutterings.  One of the enduring elements of being American is that we like to think of ourselves as rugged individuals. We admire self-made, independent, nobody’s servant, go-it-alone people like Teddy Roosevelt, or John Wayne, or the pioneer women. But that‘s pretty much a romantic fantasy. Not many of us could, or really even desire to make sense of life all by ourselves.

For example: if all I know about world history is what I have seen with my own eyes, I wouldn’t know very much at all. But if I were part of a history class, or travelled widely, or learned from other people’s experience, my understanding would multiply. It is even more true with God. If all I knew about God was what I had figured out for myself, I’d miss out on the searching and insight of so many others. To come to really know God requires fellowship and group effort.

In his letter to the little community of faith at Ephesus, Paul encourages them to speak and sing to one another, to pray for one another, to comfort and forgive each other. They were to love one another, bear each other’s burdens, and be a family to one another, because faith is not a private possession. It always involves community, because faith is not just a set of ideas or teachings written down in a book. Faith is a verb – it is something we do, not just have. It requires that we put into practice certain convictions about life, principles we have learned from Jesus and other people who tried to be like him.

Jesus wanted to change the whole world, and he still does! But he was not a rugged individualist. He shared the task with his family, his community, and all of us. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, a community that says: “I need you, and you need me.” The food that celebrates our belonging together is the Eucharist, the Bread of Life we share today. And whenever we sing songs, celebrate our friendship, eat food, feed the hungry, tell stories, laugh loudly, welcome strangers, gather with our neighbors, forgive from our hearts, and enjoy each other’s company, we come closer to being the Church Jesus wants us to be.

Forget rugged individualism. Our ultimate goal is to be like Jesus!

Parish News

Join our Adult Choir!
The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, in the church beginning September 9th and leads our parish assembly in song at the 10am Sunday liturgy, September-May. No experience necessary! For more information, contact Kitty Ryan, or register online.

Men's Club Golf Outing
Save the date for the Men's Club Golf Outing, Friday, September 4th at Water's Edge Golf Club. Tickets are $125 each and include golf, cart, lunch, dinner buffet, open bar post-outing, and raffle; dinner, open bar, and raffle only is $50. Reservations and payment can be made online or download the form. Proceeds support the Men's Club Scholarship Fund for St. Barnabas School. Thanks to our sponsors: AlphaGraphics, Beverly Environmental, Beverly Review, Core, Home Run Inn, PRS, and Town Liquor.

Online Religious Ed Registration
Registration for the Religious Ed 2015-16 school year is now underway. Families can now register online. Classes begin Sunday, September 13th and continues through mid-April. For more information, contact Matt Furjanic, Director of Religious Education.

Monthly Family Rosary
Beginning May 3rd, St. Barnabas will host a monthly family rosary gathering in the Holy Spirit Chapel. Whole families, and individuals of all ages, are welcome to pray together.



Tickets now on sale! Buy online today.

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

Bitty Buckeyes
Bitty Buckeyes is a unique program designed for young children (18 months to 3 years of age) accompanied by their adult companions. 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

Soccer Registration Open
Online soccer registration is now open.  For more information and to register please click here.


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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