Almsgiving connects two St. Anne Catholic Communities
Barrington, Illinois and Penitas, Texas
In 2003, a rare tornado struck a poor area populated by Mexican immigrants in Penitas, Texas. Three Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sister Fatima Santiago, Sister Carolyn Kosub, and Sister Emily Jocson (pictured L-R) visited this devastated community. They were shocked not only by the destruction, but by the poverty of the region. They listen and learned finding God and a profound and rich faith amidst the rubble. Sister Carolyn said that what they discovered was “a new family, materially poor but spiritually rich “in qualities that matter much more: family, helpfulness, sharing, joy and—energizing it all—the solid conviction that God is with them.” The sisters saw this as a sign. They moved into the community and established Proyecto Desarrollo Humano, an outreach center created to address four main areas of concern in this isolated, rural area: health, social services, education and evangelization. The center, which is abuzz with activity day and night, includes classrooms, a kitchen, space for large assemblies, a computer lab, a medical and dental clinic, and an organic garden. In 2013 the church (pictured at left) was built and dedicated to St. Anne to further the spiritual care of four surrounding communities.
Our 2018 almsgiving will support the radical commitment of Proyesto Desarrollo Humano to change the lives of those in this border community
Beneficiary: Proyecto Desarrollo Humano
In advance of World Youth Day, Pope Francis shared a special message with young people at St. Anne in Penitas, Texas in the Diocese of Brownsville. The parish, which has long received support from Catholic Extension, sits near the U.S.-Mexico border in one of the most impoverished and densely Catholic areas of the United States. The papal message came on the parish’s feast day of St. Anne, as thousands of Catholic youth gathered in solidarity with World Youth Day festivities. Pope Francis urged Brownsville youth to live life to the fullest while doing their best to spread hope and mercy, despite the obstacles they face.
Helping the people of Penitas is Proyecto Desarrollo Humano. In the fourteen years since its founding, PDH has become a leader in its community, partnering with universities, hospitals and local constituencies to serve the material and spiritual needs of the people. Here are just some of the programs PDH offers:
- nutrition courses • medical clinic • University partnerships • Media lab • pre- and post-natal care • Thrift Store • Girl Scouts • summer program • community cleanup • sewing classes • computer classes • music classes • Zumba • Arts and crafts • Library • Early learning facility • self-esteem workshops • drugs and alcohol classes • job training • after-school tutoring • full service dental clinic • EKG and X-Ray machine • Financial literacy courses • Community garden • Training in leadership and community-building • Parenting classes • ESL classes for adults
2018 Goal = $30,000
The following list provides a general summary of programs that St. Anne – Barrington can help fund during their Lenten Almsgiving initiative of 2018. These details represent examples of items that could be funded by individual gifts.
|Medical supplies for team from Univ. of Texas||$5,000|
|One EKG and stress-test session||$1,500|
|Food for high students during immersion trip||$1,000|
|Internet service for media lab||$500|
|Zumba training sessions||$200|
|Pre- and post-natal counseling session||$150|
|Supplies for financial literacy course||$125|
|Supplies for Tienda de Segunda (Thrift Store)||$100|
|Breakfast / lunch for Summer Academic Program||$75|
|Vision and Hearing Exam for 4 to 6 year olds||$55|
|Teaching supplies for Girl Scout program||$50|
|Updated children’s instruments for music classes||$45|
|Cost for one child to attend annual Field trip||$40|
|Needles and thread for sewing class||$30|
|Box of non-perishable items for food pantry||$25|
|One children’s book for library||$20|
|Arts and crafts supplies for after school program||$15|
|ESL training supplies per student||$10|
|Seeds for community garden||$5|
The Giving of Alms
Discuss what the giving of alms really means for each member of your household. If you are part of a small group, think about doing something together. Perhaps you might set a goal and put aside something each week.
Almsgiving donations can be made throughout Lent. At each weekend Mass beginning March 18th a container will be placed on the table in the Gathering Space. This will be emptied at the beginning and end of each Mass.
Checks can be made out to: St. Anne Catholic Community. In the memo line, please write PDH or Catholic Extension.