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!

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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: https://www.saintbarnabasarden.org/food-pantries
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. 

Robert & Margie Riffle…. June Family of the Month & Family of the Year for Council 8923
When the Riffles left Florida our community was truly blessed. Bob has been an active member of the Knights and has served in numerous leadership roles. He has led our Fish Fry events as well as The Annual Golf tournament. He serves as a Greeter at our Church.  Bob has been a Knight for 21 years. His wife Margie is a Eucharistic Minister, serves in the Bell Choir and active with the Charity Knitting Group. Both participant in numerous events within the church and are leaders within the Couples Club also. If something needs cooked, we get Bob to help organize and purchase supplies.  They are in charge of the Funeral Luncheons. They both show deep compassion for others and give tirelessly of their time, talent and treasure. On several occasions when Bob was considered for Family of the month he would suggest someone else wanting to support fellow Knights. The Riffles are also the Family of the Year for 2019-2020 for Council 8923.

Zachary & Erin Carter… May Family of the Month
Zach has been a very active member of our Church, Council and Assembly. He has served as Grand Knight, Color Guard Commander and has been helpful with protocol for meetings and Church functions. His wife served as Chair of the Education Committee at Church and is not a principle leader in the Churches new efforts at Stewardship. Zach is a Quality Auditor and is very active within the community. He has taken on the responsibility of helping our Church during the Covid-19 outbreak by setting up the Live Streaming of Mass for all members.

Albert & Catherine Navarro… April Family of the Month
Albert joined our council a couple of years ago and has become very active and supportive. He works at the airport air traffic control and has long hours but makes time for many  Council functions. He was instrumental in getting our Council and Church Community to sponsor a 1st Responders Luncheon. He is also helping to plan a Special Mass with services return to some sense of normal. Albert serves as our Chancellor and has recently taken over as the Faithful Navigator for our local Assembly. Albert has also stepped up to help repair our Outside Stations of the Cross with another Knight. He has been supportive of our Council projects and provides valuable input.

Mark & Anne Liegghio…. March Family of the Month
Mark is fairly new to our Church and Council but he and his wife lumped in full speed. Mark is the Deputy Grand Knight and served his 1st year as Warden. He and Anne are Religious Education instructors at the Church. They helped organize our 1st Responders Luncheon and both have been very active with the church couples Club also. Mark led and managed our Novena For Life Project this past year. He recently took on responsibility for another Knight the repair of our outside Stations of the Cross area at the Church. He repaired and repaint the Mary Statue. They both reach out to others in need and truly give of themselves.


In accordance with North Carolina "Phase 2" COVID-19 guidelines and with direction from the Bishop's office St. Barnabas Church has resumed Masses in the church.
Each Mass will be limited to 125 people, and sign-ups will be required (see below). You may review the guidelines at this link.

Confession on C Hall Saturday, June 20 from 11 am to 12:30 pmSign up here

Confesión en el C Hall el sábado 20 de junio de 11 am a 12:30 pm  Registrate aquí

Masses IN THE CHURCH will be celebrated Sunday, June 21 at 8 am (English), 10 am (bi-lingual and also live-streamed), and 12:00 pm (English). All Masses have a 125 person limit (so as to maintain social distancing) and you will need to sign-up to attend. Sign up here

Las misas EN LA IGLESIA se celebrarán el domingo 21 de junio a las 8 am (inglés), 10 am (bilingüe y también en vivo) y 12:00 pm (inglés). Todas las misas tienen un límite de 125 personas (para mantener el distanciamiento social) y deberá inscribirse para asistir.
Registrate aquí