The Fest

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Sunday, August 3, 1-11pm

The Fest is a free, day-long party with 35,000 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership (on the grounds of Borromeo Seminary) in Wickliffe.  There are concerts all day on the main stage by national Christian bands: Third Day, For King & Country, Colton Dixon and Mandisa; BMX bike shows, GIANT inflatables, kids tents, vendors from all over, food, tons of giveaways, vocations tent, reconciliation, Eucharistic adoration, and the grand finale:  a huge outdoor Mass followed by fireworks.  It is an event for the whole family!

If teens would like to go to the Fest with St. Barnabas Life Teen, download a consent form and drop it off to the rectory by July 27 (so we make sure we have enough drivers).  We will meet in the St. Barnabas parking lot near the rectory at 1pm and will return around 11pm (depending on Mass ending time and traffic).  Chaperones will provide transportation. Bring money for food and any other things you wish to buy.

Teens, if you want to attend the Youth Rally with us, but are finding your own way to the Fest, please RSVP by email to let me know so I have enough tickets for you.

Water Baseball & More


Sunday, July 20, 2:30-6:30pm, Pavilion & Church

Join us for an afternoon of water baseball (slip-n-slide into home plate and other wet additions), messy games, and a massive water balloon fight!

Help us welcome the freshmen into our fold! All high school teens are welcome – from incoming freshmen to new graduates. Feel free to bring your friends!

This will not be a dry afternoon! If you wear a bathing suit, please wear a t-shirt over it. You’ll need a towel and change of clothes for 5:30pm Mass.


Servants 4 Christ Retreat

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July 13-17, 2014

Want to have an amazing week hanging out with teens from around the diocese, crazy young adults, & crazier adults, serve folks in our community, be inspired, and play hard?

Join us for a mission ‘trip’ this summer. We are partnering with area churches to serve our local communities — including those in our parish. We’ll be staying at St. Mary Church of Hudson. During the day we head out in small work crews to serve at various locations, followed each evening by a dynamic retreat experience and sleepover. Our last day will be an intense day of play. Come make a difference and be inspired!

Click here for more information and the retreat application. Applications and $140 fee are due June 29.

Melchizedek Project

fitness-roman-collarJune 23, July 7, July 21, Aug4, Aug 18*, 7-8:30pm, Life Teen Lounge

EVERY Young Catholic man should ask himself:

Is Jesus Christ calling ME to become a priest?

Where is God Calling YOU?

Do you want to do great things in your life? To follow God’s will? Spend some time seeking what that will is!

This is a group for guys ages 14-25. We’ll pray, we’ll chat, we’ll eat some snacks, we’ll have a good time, we’ll discuss how and where God might be calling us in our lives — whether that be to the Priesthood, to the Religious Life, to Marriage, or to the Single Life. No pressure, just good, open, and honest discussion.

Email Fr. John ( or call the Parish Office (330-467-7959) if you have any questions.

*If the group chooses, we may add more dates

Ultimate Frisbee


Every 2 weeks on Mondays, 7-8:30pm, starting June 16

Come play Ultimate Frisbee with us on the lower fields (between the baseball diamonds). Don’t know how to play? Someone will teach you. Or come, hang out and just watch.

We’ll be playing: June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, & August 25.

Catholic Youth Summer Camp

June 15-20, 2014

CYSC is a week-long residential Catholic camp experience in the Columbus area which includes activities like paintball, Eucharistic Adoration, zip line, retreat talks, jet skis, Reconciliation, climbing walls, and much more!

CYSC combines high adventure activities with high adventure faith. At CYSC you may come for the ropes courses but you’ll leave with a stronger faith and a deeper love for Jesus and His Church.

The total cost of the camp is $495 – $100 off and now only $395 if you register the week before camp!

Sign Up form and $395 full payment OR $100 installment of 4 month payment plan can be dropped off ot the rectory by June 12. StBLT only has a few spots left!

Cardboard Campout

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4pm, Sat April 26 — 1:30pm, Sun April 27

Join us for a simulated experience of a homeless night – complete with sleeping outside in a cardboard box and soup kitchen-style meals – games, guest speakers, prayer and more. After all Masses we will collect monetary donations for the Maggie’s Place, which provides for the immediate physical and emotional needs of pregnant women including shelter, food, clothing, and a supportive community. We will as also offer tours to parishioners of our cardboard city.

This will not likely be a comfortable experience – that’s part of the point. There will be speakers, prayer, games, and activities. Meals will be nutritious, but food will be limited and simple.

Click here for much more information, including items to bring for Maggie’s Place, and the Consent Form which is due April 21. Cost is $10.

Holy Thursday Chapel Crawl


Holy Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm – midnight

Join us in a mini-pilgrimage to
‘watch and pray’ with Jesus
as the apostles did
after the Last Supper.

We will start with Mass of the Last Supper at St. Barnabas. After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the main sanctuary and reposed in Bedell Commons. We will begin our mini-pilgrimage by moving there to pray before the Eucharist. After a period of quiet prayer we will drive to Our Lady of Guadalupe and other local Catholic churches for Eucharistic Adoration, including St. Basil the Great to join them in praying the chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

Start: 7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Barnabas (sit up front with us!)
End: Around midnight at St. Barnabas
Bring: A rosary and a journal!
Attire: Please wear a St. Barnabas retreat t-shirt so that we may be seen during our pilgrimage! However, this is a significant day in our liturgical year so please dress reverently: khakis/slacks/skirt, no jeans, no athletic apparel.

Chaperones will provide transportation.

Consent Forms are due April 14.

Westside Catholic Center

IMG_1601Saturdays: March 29, April 26 from 8:30am-1:30pm

The Westside Catholic Center has a monthly fresh-produce distribution for the poor and you can be a part of it! Only a small group gets to go to the mobile pantry each month, so first come, first SERVE! We will meet in the St. Barnabas parking lot, near the rectory.

RSVP the Wednesday before to Angie Forkapa and download a Consent Form to bring with you (from the Forms page).

2014 Spring Retreat

7 pm Friday, March 21 — 6:30pm Sunday, March 23

Our biggest event of the season is quickly approaching!

It’s a time to get away from the stresses of everyday life and relax, allowing an opportunity for God to be present to us. You never know, you may see your friends, yourself, & our God from a whole new perspective. The retreat is a great way to make new friends, hang out with the old, & get even closer to God!

This retreat is planned BY teens, FOR teens. The Retreat Team has been meeting weekly since the beginning of January to get it ready for you and they can’t wait for you to be a part of this great weekend!

Consent, Medical forms and $85 fee are due February 24. Checks should be made payable to St. Barnabas. You can drop them off to the rectory.

Don’t miss out on this incredible weekend!

You are welcome to invite friends – they don’t even have to be Catholic!