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Weekly Mutterings.      Perhaps you’ve seen the TV program “Antiques Road Show” where people bring their heirlooms and garage sale treasures to be appraised by experts, in the hope they might have something truly valuable and rare. Someday I expect someone to show up with my old baseball cards or Lionel train, and learn they are worth a small fortune.

Today Jesus tells the story of a poor man who finds a treasure hidden in a field. He sells everything he owns in order to buy that field. Another parable follows about a wealthy merchant who finds an exceptional  pearl. He, too, sells all he has to possess it. Whether by a lucky chance or by a trained eye, these two men become richer than their wildest dreams. But this was no garage sale, and not an exchange of just a few dollars. Each of them had to trade in everything else in their lives. The surpassing value of their new treasures made all their other possessions trivial.

Jesus is teaching that the Kingdom of God can indeed be found, but only by those willing to pay the price. It must replace all other possessions and pursuits. But where do we look? There is no map, no big “X” marking the spot where we should dig. How do we find the treasure?

I think Jesus is suggesting that the signs of the Kingdom are hiding in the last place most of us would look – out in the open and right there in front of our eyes! Maybe the Kingdom’s treasure is to be found in the smiles of our children, or in the saleslady with tight shoes and an angry disposition, or even in the midst of afternoon rush hour traffic.

If we are searching for the hidden treasure of God’s Kingdom – and I hope we are – the place to start looking is within our own families, in our own backyard, in the familiar place where we work. It would be just like God to be there. And it is the only treasure worth giving up everything we have.

Parish News

St. Barnabas Fall Soccer 2014
Children of the parish are invited to register for our fall soccer program. Please visit for more information and to register. Sign-up deadline is August. 24th.

Register Today for Religious Ed 2014-15
Registration is now open for our 2014-15 session of Religious Education. Children, ages pre-K - 8th grade, of the parish are welcome. For more information and to register, visit our website.

Mathias Michael in Concert
Please join us Sunday, August 3rd at 6pm for a special performance in the church by Mathias Michael, a 20 year old musician from the Diocese of Delaware, who is touring the country, sharing his gift of music and faith. All are welcome!

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.



Plesea click on the logo above for more information about 90th Anniversary activities and events.

School News

Manna News
Manna will be closed for the month of July.  The next manna sale will be on August 11, 2014.  Be sure to have your order in by 9am for pick-up on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Read More

Registration Ongoing
St. Barnabas School is still accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. 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

Summer Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 8am-8pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
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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