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Weekly Mutterings. Jesus wept. It is the shortest verse in the whole Bible, but one of the most profound. Jesus wept because he mourned the death of his friend Lazarus. When someone we love dies, how can we not shed tears? We need to pay attention to our tears, because they come from the deepest places in our soul. They cry out what matters most to us. To mourn is not a sign of weakness, but rather a part of our humanity. Our tears are precious to God, and Jesus’ tears give us example in our own experience of sadness and loss. But perhaps there is more to Jesus’ grieving. One week after the death of Lazarus, Jesus himself would be placed in a new tomb, his body wrapped with linen cloths and sealed in a cave by a stone. Jesus knew that he must soon die, and so he wept. Perhaps, too, Jesus wept because the Pharisees scorned him, the crowd doubted him, his friends Martha and Mary were angry with him for not being there, and his own disciples didn’t understand him. Jesus was alone on a sea of disbelief, and his heart was hurting.

This Gospel story is a challenge to our trust in God’s presence in our time of pain. It is a story about death and resurrection, about the things we need to let go and rise above in our own lives. It is a story about Jesus calling us out of our own personal tombs. It is an invitation to get up again after we have been brought low, and live in the light of Easter joy.

Parish News

DSC_0361.jpeg 90th Anniversary Video History Project
Help us commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the first mass celebrated at St. Barnabas by sharing your memories for the St. Barnabas video project. The next available date is Friday, April 11th during the Pasta Dinner - sign-up today, it only takes 10 minutes! View a sampling of the interviews online. Read more.

2014 Parish Pictorial Directory
Be a part of our parish community photo album - the first in five years! Sign-up for your family session online - available dates are April 22-26, 2-9pm, May 13-17, 2-9pm, and June 12-14, 2-9pm. A photo session for a family of seven or less takes just 10 minutes.

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.

St. Barnabas All-School Reunion
Save the Date for an All-School Reunion, Saturday, June 7, 2014! Planning for the reunion is underway. Visit our reunion page for more information.

Lent @ St. Barnabas
The Lenten season is upon us. View the the mass and special service schedule online.

The Barnabas Minute
Some of the most memorable moments during St. Barnabas' 75th Anniversary were our parishioners' short stories and memories of faith, family, and friends - The Barnabas Minute. During our 90th year, we are reviving this celebration of our history and who we are as a parish. We invite you to participate and share your story, which will be read during mass, printed in the bulletin, and added to our website. Stories should be approximately 150 words and emailed to Monica Wilczak or Fran Kelly or mailed to the rectory.



Click the logo to read a Lenten Reflection from our Liturgy Committee.

School News

Bitty Buckeyes
Bitty Buckeyes is a unique program designed for young children (18 months to 3 years of age) and their adult companions.  Each session will expose children to language and motor skill development through the use of fun, age-appropriate activities. Read More

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

Manna News
Planning a Spring Break vacation?  There are many airlines, hotels and restaurant manna opportunities for your spring break.  Why not get tuition credit for your vacation? 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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