No Weekday Masses, Jun 20-22, 26-28

Fr Catania is away June 20 to June 28. During that time, all weekday Masses are canceled. The Sunday Mass on June 25 will be celebrated by Fr. Scott Hastings, Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Adult Formation on break until July 9

The weekly Adult Formation class at St. Barnabas meets in the undercroft on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. We have just completed a series on the Precepts of the Church, concluding with a study of the recent Pastoral Letter on Holy Matrimony, A Plighted Troth, by Bishop Steven Lopes. The class will be taking a break for the next few weeks, resuming on Sunday, July 9.

Instruction for reception into full communion into the Catholic Church is generally given in a one-on-one format, with the Catechism of the Catholic Church used as the primary text. Please contact Fr. Catania with any inquiries.

Weekly update from Fr. Catania 6-10-17

Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,

Greetings on this Trinity Sunday weekend, and a blessed commemoration of our patron, St. Barnabas the Apostle. Though his feast on June 11 is superseded this year by the Universal Church's celebration of the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, we nonetheless give thanks for his life and witness to the Gospel, and ask for his intercession for each of us, and for our parish family. Holy Barnabas, pray for us, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

The Thursday following Trinity Sunday has historically been kept as the feast of Corpus Christ, the commemoration of the Most Holy Eucharist and the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation dating from the Thirteenth Century. In our Ordinariate calendar, this observance is transferred to the following Sunday, in order to make more it more accessible for the greatest number of participants. At St. Barnabas, we will be restoring the practice (one that has apparently lapsed in recent years) of an outdoor procession following Mass. If all goes as planned, we will process the Blessed Sacrament to the grounds of Joslyn Castle, where Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be given. The weather is currently projected to sunny, but significantly cooler than it's been of late, so it should be a glorious day honor to Our Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

For many churches, Corpus Christi is the culmination of the "regular" church year, before parish events slow down somewhat during the summer months. In anticipation of this, after next Sunday's celebration of Corpus Christi, work will begin on the final phase of our church renovation. The installation of the new tile in the nave is now nearly complete, and I have heard countless comments on how beautifully it complements the new ceiling and paint. But the crowning conclusion of the church renovation will be the sanctuary. Before tile is installed (matching that in the nave), the chancel floor will actually be lowered by about nine inches. Not only will this provide a much better sense of height and proportion, it will also allow for the construction of two steps between the sanctuary floor and the footpace (the area directly in front of the altar where the priest stands). Thus St. Barnabas will have the customary three steps up to the altar commonly seen in Catholic and Anglican churches that have preserved the traditional arrangement of the sanctuary. Though the lowering of the floor will cause some disruption, it will not require us to move back down to the undercroft for Sunday Mass, and the work is expected to be completed by early-to-mid August.

This week, I received a letter from Bishop Lopes inviting me to ordinations to the diaconate he will perform the evening of Wednesday, July 5 at the Ordinariate community of Our Lady of Hope in Kansas City, Missouri. Given the wide geographical area which the Ordinariate covers, events such as this provide clergy and laity alike with an opportunity to share fellowship and prayer with members of other congregations in a particular region. He has therefore asked me to encourage members of the St. Barnabas community to consider making a parish pilgrimage out of this event. The Mass of Ordination will be at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 2552 Gilliam Road, Kansas City. I plan to attend, so if anyone is interested in going as well, please let me know.

On a final note, please know that we still needs volunteers to host coffee hour after the Sunday Mass. Now that the duties of set-up and clean-up are being taken over by our sexton, Patrick Loveless, hosts only need to provide the food itself. In order to make it more of a meal, savory items are being served as well as sweets; you may sign up to provide one or both. If you have any questions regarding coffee hour, please speak to Norma Morehouse.

As always, I ask your prayers for our congregation as we continue in this exciting new phase of our history, and for me, as I seek to faithfully serve this community as your parish priest.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jason Catania

Weekly update from Fr. Catania 6-3-17

Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,

Greetings on this Whitsunday weekend.

I will keep this missive brief, but I would like to begin by thanking all those who participated in what I hope will be the first of many joint celebrations of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass between St. Barnabas and the Chesterton Academy of Omaha on Ascension Day. It was a beautiful Mass, and the fellowship which followed was warm indeed. As I prepare to officially begin my duties as president of the board of Chesterton, I am more hopeful than ever that our growing partnership with will be of mutual benefit to both the congregation and the school.

One aspect of that partnership is the role of of sacred music in both the liturgical life of St. Barnabas, and the classical curriculum of Chesterton. This shared devotion to the Church's patrimony of sacred music is furthered by our new organist-choirmaster, Mr. Thomas Andrews, who takes up his duties this Sunday, the feast of Pentecost. When the school year begins, he will also be responsibly for all musical instruction at Chesterton. I am very pleased that he is at last with us, and I am confident that he, his wife Amanda, and their son William will become cherished members of our parish family.

Looking ahead to next couple of weeks, please note that this year, the feast of our patron St. Barnabas falls on Trinity Sunday, which as a solemnity takes precedence over other observances. Therefore there will be no celebration of St. Barnabas Day as such on June 11, though our patron saint will certainly be acknowledged at Mass that day. The following Sunday, June 18, is the solemnity of Corpus Christi. I understand that in years past, there was a tradition of St. Barnabas processing the Blessed Sacrament on the grounds of Joslyn Castle. I will be exploring the possibility of reviving that custom this year; details will be forthcoming.

Finally, with June's arrival, the end of my service and residence at Christ the King Parish is coming to an end. I am very much looking forward to taking up residence in the new rectory by the end of the month, and more importantly, being able to devote all of my time and energy to the ministry of St. Barnabas. I remain extremely confident in the future of our congregation, and I hope all those who love St. Barnabas will join me in my efforts in making this congregation fulfill its enormous potential.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jason Catania

Weekly update from Fr. Catania 5-12-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 5-5-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-30-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-22-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-8-17

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 4-1-17

Dear members and friends of St. Barnabas,

As we enter the final weeks of this holy season of Lent, I'd like to update you on several items which should be of interest. I know it is a great relief to everyone that we are now once again worshiping in the church, which means we will be able to observe the rites of Holy Week and Easter there. The full schedule is listed on the website as well as the St. Barnabas Facebook page. Be sure to thoroughly explore the new website and return regularly for the latest news and information.

As most of you are aware, we have now commenced our new Sunday morning schedule. It consists of adult education and Sunday school at 9:30 am in the undercroft, Confessions beginning at 10:00 am (or shortly thereafter), and the Parish High Mass at 10:30 am. Until our new confessional is installed at the back of the church (where the old one was located), confessions are heard in the Lady Chapel. Child care continues to be available in the nursery during Mass. The subject of the current series of adult classes is the Precepts of the Church. The discussion at our first session last week was lively and informative, and so I urge you to join us if you haven't already.

Lent is characterized by the disciplines of penance, fasting, and alms giving. In regards to the last of these, I would like to commend to you several avenues for sacrificial giving. The first is stewardship for the support of our congregation and its ministry, an ongoing need for the maintenance and growth of St. Barnabas. The second is the Bishop's Appeal. Please be sure to pick up a brochure and pledge card if you have not sent one in already so that we can meet (and hopefully exceed) our rather modest congregational goal of $3,500. Finally, by way of direct support to those in need, please see a word from Jackie Quigley, chair of our finance council, about our newly re-purposed food basket.

Finally, many of you will have heard talk around the parish about various pending real estate transactions, so let me take this opportunity to confirm that by the end of April, St. Barnabas will have closed on two properties in close proximity to the church. The first is 3915-3921 Davenport Street, the two duplex buildings immediately to the east of the church. Acquiring this property will provide badly-needed classrooms and office space for the Chesterton Academy of Omaha, as well as a residence for our new organist (once that position is filled). Furthermore, it will allow the addition for the elevator to be situated on the east side of the church building rather than the south, making for a much more cost-effective addition than originally planned. The other property is 4124 Davenport Street, about a block and a half west of St. Barnabas. This will become the new rectory, including not just a residence for me, but also room for the parish offices, meeting space, and guest quarters. This property includes a carriage house with a two-bedroom apartment above, which will be perfect to house a sexton. With the need for a rectory thus fulfilled, the "blue house" will be demolished, allowing for an expanded (and paved) parking lot. Bishop Lopes has given his permission for both of these purchases, and he is in full agreement with me and the pastoral and finance councils that they will be of tremendous benefit to the ministry of St. Barnabas in the years to come. Once we take full possession of these properties, there will be a series of events which allow parishioners and friends to see our new acquisitions first hand.

As always, I encourage anyone with any questions or concerns to contact me, either by phone at St. Barnabas or by email.

Wishing you a blessed Passiontide,

Fr. Jason Catania

Holy Week Schedule 2017

Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms and High Mass at 10:30 am

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Food Basket

The St. Barnabas food basket (currently located in the undercroft outside the Sunday School room) has a new purpose. As you know, there is considerable need in our community and now – by providing food to those less fortunate in the area – our food basket is making a difference.

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Weekly update from Fr. Catania 3-24-17

Dear members and friend of St. Barnabas,

At long last, the day we have been awaiting is finally here. After worshiping at the temporary altar in the undercroft for the past six months, we will celebrate our first Mass in the newly-renovated church this Sunday at 10:30 am. While work on the renovation is not quite 100% complete, it has sufficiently progressed to the point that we can emerge from the "catacombs", as it were. One of the most striking features of this project is likely the new ceiling in the nave, which now extends all the way to the peak of the roof.  Another is the newly painted ceiling and walls throughout the church, and the new lighting. Most of the woodwork was been refinished, as has the floor beneath the pews. Those of you who have been upstairs in the past week have been able to see progress a little bit at a time, but now the overall effect of this transformation can be full appreciated. It is my sincere hope that all our parishioners, as well as many of our friends, will want to present for this historic occasion.

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Our Lady of the Atonement enters the Ordinariate

The original Anglican Use, Pastoral Provision parish, Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas, is now a parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. See the details here.

Bishop Steven J. Lopes

On this Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas), we give thanks for Bishop Steven J. Lopes on the 1-year anniversary of his ordination as Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Ad multos annos!