We believe that our Sharing Program makes the Gospel vision of love real through effective action. The Sharing Program provides a concrete way of expressing this vision by:
- Sharing our faith,
- Building bridges through friendship and understanding,
- Sharing financial resources, food, clothing and ourselves.
- Involving the Parish members more directly in outreach activities.
A Tradition of Sharing
Parish Sharing is an archdiocesan-wide program that seeks to build bridges between communities separated by race, ethnicity, culture and economic disparity. Parishes of differing backgrounds are linked as sharing parishes, with the hope that each will strengthen the other through the sharing of faith and resources.
Saint Anne has participated in Parish Sharing since its inception. Since 2002, our Sharing Parish has been Saint Frances of Rome in Cicero.
At Saint Anne, the Sharing Board oversees the Parish Sharing program. Members of the Sharing Board keep in close contact with our Sharing Parish, Saint Frances of Rome in Cicero, as well as another sharing partner: Saint Moses the Black Food Pantry (formerly the Saint Columbanus Food Pantry.)
Funds received from the “Gold Envelopes” or “Parish Sharing Envelopes” and electronic donations collected every month via Give Central are directed to the needs of our sharing partners. The Sharing Board also looks for ways to build and strengthen ties between our different communities.
The Sharing Board has many ongoing activities throughout the year to support our Sharing Partners. These include the Sharing Tree, held during Advent, which benefits both of our partners, as well as food drives for Saint Moses the Black Food Pantry and school activities for the students of Saint Anne and Saint Frances. There are many ways to get involved! We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about what we do to come to one of our monthly meetings or contact our chairperson, Mark Roeckell with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Frances of Rome Parish
Since 2003, our sharing parish has been Saint Frances of Rome, located in Cicero. Saint Frances is a vibrant faith community, which has in recent years welcomed a large Hispanic population and is working to meld different cultural traditions.
As our Sharing Parish, the majority of the funds collected through Parish Sharing envelopes and electronic donations are directed to St. Frances of Rome. They have consistently directed most of these funds to support tuition assistance for the many students in their school that have financial need.
Opportunities for a social, cultural and liturgical exchange are as important as sharing of resources. Members of each parish are always welcome guests at the liturgies in the other parish. In addition, the children of both parish schools participate in a number of cooperative programs, building a foundation of cross-cultural friendship and understanding.
Find out more at www.sfr-school.org
We welcome Pastor Father Paul Stein to our Sharing Board meetings several times each year so that he can update the Board on the St. Frances of Rome parish and school.
Saint Anne and Saint Frances of Rome Schools
An important part of the Sharing Board's mission is to build bridges through friendship and understanding. Our Sharing Schools program helps achieve this by bringing students from both parish schools together on a regular basis to build relationships and learn more about each other through a variety of activities.
For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Eryka Accordino at email@example.com
Sharing Board Members
Fr. Joji Thanugundla firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairperson/St Frances of Rome Liason
St. Frances School Liaison
Eryka Accordino email@example.com
St. Columbanus Food Pantry
Food Drive Coordinator
Claire Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Pescheret email@example.com
Holly Madden firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Koehler (co-chair) email@example.com
Human Concerns Commission
Mark Roeckell and Peggy Hirsch
Members at Large
Bob Powers firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Fitzgerald email@example.com
WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
We are able to support our Sharing Partners through YOUR contributions. There are two ways to donate:
- Contributions through the Sharing Envelope (pictured)
- Electronic contributions via Give Central, which automatically contribute via bank debits or credit card.
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO PARISH SHARING:
- EDUCATE students of families in need by providing tuition assistance to our Sharing Parish school, St. Frances of Rome, in Cicero while supporting our shared faith relationship.
- FEED the hungry working poor families on the south side of Chicago via the St. Columbanus Food Pantry.