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Weekly Mutterings. I recently heard about a high-school football coach who during half-time asked his players to name the three most important bones in their bodies. The players just looked at him and scratched their heads. The coach went on to say that the three most important bones in the human body are your backbone, your wishbone, and your funny bone. There is much to consider in his answer, not only for athletes, but for any of us who are trying to find our way in this challenging world.

If we expect success and happiness in marriage, our family life, our career, or our life of faith, we are going to need backbone.  No one ever promised that life would be easy. To have backbone means to have the courage to face troubles head-on, be strong for the ones we love, stand up for what we believe, face up to difficult decisions, and trust that God is with us in the scary moments of our lives. Our wishbone is also important, because we must have reason to look to the future with hope. Hope is not just wishful thinking or praying that the worst won’t happen. Hope is positive, joyful expectation which is built on something we already know – that we are loved, that we have been blessed with many gifts, and that our gifts are needed if God’s Kingdom is to unfold as it should.

Perhaps most important of all is our funny bone. That bone does not permit us to take ourselves or our problems too seriously. It reminds us to enjoy each other’s company, to laugh often and not sweat the small stuff, and avoid becoming over-burdened with daily concerns and problems. A wise person once said that we take ourselves most seriously when we laugh at ourselves. My prayer for all of us is that we will find, in whatever our circumstances, much life, joy, sunshine, and laughter. May we have days to remember and gifts to share with our families and parish community. These things, and many others, are ours if we have a strong backbone, a good wishbone, and a great big funny bone!

Parish News

First Responders Mass
Recognizing the critical roles first responders play in our community and society, our parish will honor firefighters, police officers, paramedics/EMTs at a special mass on February 1st at 10am. First responders are invited to participate in uniform. If you would like to add the name of a first responder who lost their life in the line of duty to the list that will be read during the mass, please contact Kitty Ryan.

CRHP Potluck Postponed!
The Saturday, February 7th Christ Renews His Parish potluck is being rescheduled. Please refer to the bulletin or website for the new date.

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.



Thanks to all who participated in our Town Hall meeting! We had a great turn-out and an inspiring conversation. If you weren't able to make it, you can still participate via our online form.

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?

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School News

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Open Athletic Board Positions
The St. Barnabas Athletic Board is looking to fill several positions. Read More

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