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Pastor's Mutterings. There was a devout rabbi who once said, “In my youth, fired with the love of God, I thought I would convert the whole world. But soon I learned it would be quite enough to convert the people who lived in my village. When that did not happen, I decided to try to reform the members of my own household. I couldn't convert them either. Finally it dawned on me that I must work only upon myself. But I have stumbled in my attempts to accomplish even that.”

While the world is surely filled with great injustice, and there are endless lists of causes that we might take up, world reform can only begin with a serious attempt to reform ourselves. The world will find itself being changed at the speed of each personal conversion. That is the reason for undertaking another Lent. We feel so powerless to effect change in the world, but Lent crashes in upon our powerlessness, and says, “You can do some thing, you can be what God calls you to be.”

This Lent we will ask God to help us “Open Our Eyes.” Our prayer on this first Sunday of Lent is that we might use this holy time to recognize our own temptations and weaknesses, but that we will not let them overwhelm our response to the grace of God at work in us to build the Kingdom land make a difference. May we pray for each other as we begin ts we begin this magnificent pilgrimage, that God will guide our Lenten journey from darkness to light and from death to life.


Ash Wednesday Schedule
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:45 am, 8:45 am, and 7:00 pm liturgies
3:15 pm Prayer Service

View the full Lenten Schedule online.

100 Days of Prayer

All are invited to join in prayer for the first one hundred days for this president and his new administration. Pray for wisdom and for a peaceful transition of leadership. We call to mind the inspiring words of Pope Francis to Congress: "You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics." May we be a source of grace for our country and the world as we unite in prayer each day.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we received, it is pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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

Second Annual Service Day
St. Barnabas celebrated the end of the school year by holding our 2nd Annual All-School Service Day! Read More

Parade of States
Mrs. Folliard, Mrs. Kane and Mrs. Ward’s 4th grade social studies students recently completed a project on the United States. Read More

Kindergarten Butterflies
Mrs. Reynders kindergarten class released butterflies they have been helping grow from caterpillars to chrysalides, and finally to beautiful butterflies. 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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