Your Help is Needed!

Several committed St. Barnabas parishioners, including members of our Barnabas St. Vincent De Paul Society, have been working hard all summer to ease the burdens faced by South American refugees being housed at Chicago Police Stations, including district 22 in Morgan Park and district 7 in Englewood.


Thank you so much to everyone who has donated items for the migrants at District 7 police station.
St. Vincent remains committed to providing essentials to the migrants in the area.
We are still in need of the following items in new or good condition:
Backpacks for children and adults
Large Suitcases with Wheels
Gym shoes for men, women and children
New underwear for men, women and children
Air Mattresses
Please drop off donations at Catholic Charities on 12731 South Wood Street in Blue Island from 9 am to 2
pm Monday through Friday.
Please call or email Susan Poole at 773-320-9876 or [email protected] if you need more
Thank you for your help!


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Barnabas seeks to provide, in confidence, material and financial assistance to parishioners in need.  There are also numerous volunteer activities throughout each month: preparing and serving food, working at food pantries, ministering communion, visiting nursing homes for games and fellowship, special events, etc. Contribute your time once a month or once a year. Every contribution is valuable! We meet the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 in the Church Hall. Visit our Facebook page for the latest announcements @svdpofstbarnabas. You can also reach out to get involved or learn more by contacting Denny Conway at  773-779- 6064, Bill Waddell at 773-896-7801, or Susan Poole at  [email protected]

A-Home Bound Communion: Please contact Deacon Bill Flamm at 708-638-3010 for more information.

B-Belhaven Nursing  Home (11401 South Oakley, Chicago, 60643): Visit Residents at your convenience, bring communion to Catholics, monthly prayer service. Please contact Susan Poole for more information.

C-Avantara Nursing Home (10124 South Kedzie, Evergreen Park, 60805) 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 am to 11:15 am. Visit residents, bring communion and play games. Please contact Susan Poole for more information.

D-St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry (St. Gall Church at 5511 S. Sawyer, Chicago, 60629) Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon. Contact Bill Waddell for more information.

E- Beds Plus - days and location vary. Contact Bill Waddell for more information.

F-Southwest Chicago Homeless Services (3121 West 71st, Chicago, 60629) days and locations vary. Please contact Susan Poole for more information.

G- Pro Labore Dei sandwich ministry on Thursday and Saturday  from 10 to noon at St. Stan’s in  Posen. Contact Susan Poole for more information.

H- Individual Donations are distributed after review by St. Vincent DePaul members. Please contact Denny Conway or Bill Waddell for more information.

I- Aluminum can drop off at the Southwest corner of the parish parking lot on the last Sunday of the month. Please contact Denny Conway for more information.


On November 18-19, a group of intrepid volunteers braved subfreezing temperatures to sleep outside in the school parking lot in solidarity with the ministry work of the Covenant House of Illinois, a shelter for homeless youth on Chicago's west side. Led by Denny Conway and members of our St. Vincent DePaul
Society and our Human Concerns Committee, the group raised awareness of the plight of homeless and at-risk youth of our city. To learn more about Covenant House, please visit


Quote from Caley Byrne Doran: “We did not make it through the night. The kids were sound asleep and as cozy all    bundled up as can be, but I was the one who was freezing and woke them up to leave about 2am. It sure was an eye opening experience for all of us. We walked in the door afterward and felt the rush of heat as well as instant gratefulness for all we have. It was a very tangible way to recognize how significant being homeless truly is and how we can give what we have, whether it be possessions, funding or our time to help in aiding those who have so little. I hope they expand on this and do it in a similar capacity in the future.“