Special Religious Development (SPRED)

Special Religious Development (SPRED) is a program specifically designed to meet the needs of persons with developmental challenges. At St. Barnabas, we welcome persons 17-21 years old and prepare them to participate in the liturgical life of our parish. Other parishes in our area welcome individuals of different age levels.

Our young adults are able to share in a community of faith and to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation with SPRED friends and their families. Please contact Colleen Doherty at 773-320-3874, colleenjdoh@aol.com or the rectory at 773-779-1166 for more information about SPRED for different age groups.


Every other Wednesday, September-May, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

3 Community Trips:
August-Outdoors Activity, January-Cultural Experience and June Sports  Event


Liturgies: Family Mass at St. Barnabas Parish Church (May), Mass at the SPRED Center Chapel (December).


Colleen Doherty, Chairperson
Maureen O’Donnell, Environment Chair
Kevin Doherty, Lead Liturgical Catechist
Nancy Anchacles
Kate Walsh


Saint Barnabas Parish


Saint Barnabas School

10134 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
P. 773.779.1166 | F. 773.445.9671


10121 S. Longwood Drive
Chicago, 60643
P. 773.445.7711 | F. 773.445.9815