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Weekly Mutterings. I think it was Erma Bombeck who wrote: “Every child threatens to run away from home. Sometimes it is the only thing that keeps a mother going.” We live by hope. But we live in dangerous times, and sometimes our hope must survive on a meager diet. Such was true long ago in Israel, when the prophet Isaiah used the image of a mighty oak tree to describe the past glory of God's people. At one time Israel was mighty, strong, powerful, and upright, but no longer. Now it was only a stump, useless and forgotten, politically, intellectually and morally dead. But peeking through that desolate and lonely stump of a tree arose a slender shoot with a tiny bud on the end of it. It was vulnerable and fragile, but still alive!

Isaiah gave that image to a people who were starving for hope. The bud was God’s promise of a new start for His people, a chance to renew the covenant. God was saying “I have hope for you.” It is the same message God gives to us today. We would prefer that our lives and our world resemble a mighty, full-grown tree. But sometimes we have to settle for something smaller, like a sliver of new growth on a dead stump. Our lives can be profoundly changed by events that don't seem very important at the time – like the birth of a single child long ago in a far off place. What are the signs of hope in or lives, in our time? Despair is the greatest sin.

The antidote for despair is hope. Christ be our Light!

Parish News

Senior Luncheon
The St. Barnabas Class of 2017 invites all senior citiznes of the parish to the annual Christmas Luncheon, Wednesday, December 7th, 12:30-2pm.  The luncheon will take place in the school gym. To RSVP, download and return the attached form; the form is also in this weekend's bulletin.

Gluten Free Hosts
Gluten-free hosts are available at all masses. The priest, who is saying the mass, will distribute these hosts. If you wish to receive a gluten-free host, please stand in the main celebrant's communion line.

Red Tag
The generosity and caring spirit of St. Barnabas has been exemplified for many years in the Red Tag Program. Gift suggestions will be posted on bulletin boards beginning November 25th, with items or monetary donations due December 11th. Thank you for your support of this important program to provide Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children and youth.

Five for 12/25
The St. Barnabas Peace & Justice Committee invites each family in St. Barnabas Parish is invited to join in five minutes of silence and prayer on Thursdays. Together we will pray for peace in our Chicago neighborhoods, November through Christmas. The holidays will be among us soon. Please take five minutes each Thursday to open your heart to peace.

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Manna News
Christmas is coming!!  Start buying manna for your Christmas shopping now and there will be no credit card bills in January.  Plus you could save hundreds of dollars in tuition. Read More

Open Athletic Board Positions
The St. Barnabas Athletic Board is looking for new members. Read More

Principal for a Day
Third-grader Jack Smith won a very special silent auction item at the Bottles, Bites & Brews event in October, and recently, he got to be “Principal for a Day!” Read More

Day of Kindness
We kicked off our first-ever All-School Day of Kindness on October 3rd. We celebrated and encouraged kindness with our students in Mass, in which they were told the story of the Good Samaritan. 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. Read More

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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:
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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