Schedule for 2021 Ash Wednesday

  • 7:30 am: Distribution of Ashes only, no Mass / Distribución de cenizas únicamente, sin misa
  • 9:00 am: Mass in English and Distribution of Ashes / Misa en inglés y distribución de cenizas
  • 7:00 pm: Mass, bi-lingual, and Distribution of Ashes / Masa, bilingüe y distribución de cenizas

Sign up is required for the 7 pm Mass only / Es necesario registrarse solo para la misa de las 7 pm


Stations of the Cross for Lent begin Friday, 2/19/21

  • 3:00 pm: English and Live-Streamed
  • 7:00 pm: English
  • 8:00 pm: Spanish

Lenten Fish Frys sponsored by the Knights of Columbus begin Friday, 2/19/21.
This year they will be takeout only, due to Covid 19 protocols. Order online here!




A Catholic Culture Moment 

Incorporating pretzels into our Lenten program is a wonderful and appropriate devotion. The pretzel being symbolic of prayer and penance is a small but powerful instrument in bringing families to God.  Making pretzels with children is a great way to explain that Lent is a period of fasting, self-denial and prayer in imitation of our Lord's fasting for forty days and forty nights in preparation for the feast of Easter.  Our fasting and penance comprises forty days, not including Sundays, from Ash Wednesday to the end of Holy Saturday. The term "penance" should be made clear to children. It means a "change of heart," a victory over sin and a striving for holiness. The sacrifices of fasting and self-denial are only means and signs of this spiritual penance.

A traditional means of reminding the family that it is the holy season of Lent is the Lenten foods which are served only this time of the year. Thus parents and children realize, even at their meals, that prayer and penance should be practiced during these days.

The pretzel has a deep spiritual meaning for Lent. In fact, it was the ancient Christian Lenten bread as far back as the fourth century. In the old Roman Empire, the faithful kept a very strict fast all through Lent: no milk, no butter, no cheese, no eggs, no cream and no meat.

They made small breads of water, flour and salt, to remind themselves that Lent was a time of prayer. They shaped these breads in the form of crossed arms because in those days they crossed their arms over their chest while praying. Therefore, they called the breads "little arms" (bracellae).  From this Latin word, the Germanic people later coined the term "pretzel."        

So, the pretzel is the most appropriate food symbol in Lent. It still shows the form of arms crossed in prayer as an expression that Lent is a time of prayer, and consists only of water, flour, and sometimes yeast, as a remembrance that Lent is a time of fasting.

The fact that many people today eat pretzels all through the year in taverns and restaurants, and paired with peanuts and the like is only an accidental habit. In many places of Europe, pretzels are served only from Ash Wednesday to Easter, helping to keep the ancient symbolism alive.

There seems to be no reason why our Christian families should not return to this beautiful custom of our ancient Roman Christian ancestors, especially since we still have these breads everywhere. The children will be delighted and greatly impressed when they hear the true story of the pretzel.

Suggested reading:
The Year of the Lord in the Christian Home                              by Rev. Francis X. Weiser, S.J. (Collegeville, Minnesota,       The Liturgical Press, ©1964)   
- Tiffany J Gallozzi


Soft Pretzel Recipe ~ What you need:

  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • extra salt for the tops - large salt works best!

Mix your yeast, water, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, and knead until the dough is smooth. Shape into the form of arms crossed in prayer and place it on a baking sheet. Brush the dough with a beaten egg to give it a shiny finish (you can use oil if you prefer). Sprinkle the top with salt, and bake in an oven
preheated to 425 degrees for 15 minutes.


As you know our 11 am Masses on Sundays are live-streamed on our YouTube channel. Beginning this weekend, we will be streaming all weekend Masses live. Instead of giving you a specific link to a particular live stream, please make note of our YouTube channel web address as follows below. Then go to the channel when it is time for Mass. If the stream has started you should see a Live Now image like one of the pictures shown below. If you don't see it the stream may not have started yet and you will need to refresh your browser when it does start.
This is the link to our YouTube channel

Short video by Manna Food Bank about our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry!


Our long awaited church renovation begin this week! Masses will be celebrated in the social hall beginning Thursday (no Masses Monday or Wednesday).
Entrance will be via the porch side of the building. The church sanctuary will not be open during the renovation, which is expected to last until early December. Adoration on Wednesday nights and Sundays will continue, but that, too, will be in the social hall. The Tabernacle will be in the Adoration Chapel. You are welcome to come and pray in the Chapel throughout the week. Please observe the ten-person maximum capacity.

If you have occasion to visit the office during weekdays during Mass, please be mindful when you enter and observe silence if possible.

We know this will be an inconvenient time for us as a church, but we greatly look forward to our much-improved church sanctuary, and we are especially grateful for the return on the endowment that has funded this project.



We know that many families are struggling financially right now, and that many of us at St. Barnabas may not be able to pay registration fees this year. We will not allow that to keep anyone from participating. We invite all parishioners who feel called by God to donate towards our Faith Formation scholarship fund to please do so. You may send in a check written out to St. Barnabas Church with “Faith Formation Scholarship Fund” in the memo, or donate online via the link on the parish website. Be sure to select the Faith Formation option at the bottom of the donation page. Thank you so very much to all our generous donors in advance! It will help empower our parents to lead their children in the Faith!

Click on the button below to get started!

Mobile Giving App also available! Click here for more info



Due to rising numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 in our county the Food Pantry will be closed after July 23 for the new few weeks. It is scheduled to re-open on August 13, and we will keep you posted on any updates on their schedule.

There are a number of other food pantries in our area.
You can find many of them at this link:
Call first to make sure they are open. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to serving our community again in the near future.


On Friday, July 17 at 11:30 am there will be an outdoor Communion service at 11:30 AM for those who do not feel comfortable coming to Mass. 

Thank you to all the parents who participated in the COVID-19 survey for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry! Your comments were especially helpful in seeing where everyone is at for the coming year and determining what is the best way we can support your families in your faith.

A majority of you said you prefer a mix of in-person and online faith formation and youth ministry, and a strong second prefer online only. We respect everyone’s preferences and are working to accommodate them while not sacrificing the quality of faith formation support. Here is our plan until further notice:

Given the survey and directions from the governor and bishop, in order for there to be regular faith formation without hiccoughs, we need to be accustomed to online learning. I found the My Catholic Faith Delivered website we used last year to be cumbersome for large families. We would like it to be a joy to learn our Faith, so we will be switching programs to Sophia Institute’s Spirit of Truth! The online class format will assist us (and you) in keeping perfect track of what has been done and what is still needed. Print books will be available to those of you who understandably desire to avoid the internet when it is not necessary. Homework from print books will be dropped off in the social hall in a drop box with the name and grade of the child.

I appreciate the comments about the importance of personal contact within our parish family. I could not agree more! Catholicism is more than book learning; it is relational. We need prayer, Catholic friendships and mentoring. However, people are in different places from each other on what is the best fit for them in their situation, and we cannot require any particular in-person program at this time. We will practice safety measures such as abiding by the diocesan guidelines of sanitation and social distancing while we make optional opportunities available for in-person gatherings. This year is an opportunity for you as parents to commit to your calling which you have always had as the first teachers of your children.

Some of the in-person gatherings I envision when we are allowed to meet are small gatherings of children and teens limited in size via to tie-in what has been learned at home to personal experience of relating to Jesus. We may also be able to have some optional social and prayer events for the teens, and practical workshops for parents. We will prioritize outdoor gatherings when possible.

Registration will begin after we have transferred to our new data system, sometime at the end of July or beginning of August.

Thank you again for giving your input on the survey!

Catechists Needed!
Our parish needs catechists who are comfortable meeting sporadically or on a rotating basis with small numbers of children and/or teens when it is feasible. These sessions will be primarily relational and prayer oriented, helping the children and teens to tie what they have been learning online with their lives and the central core of our Faith. Interested? Contact Simeon Willis:, 828-684-6098 x1303.