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 Involving the Parish members more directly in outreach activities.
- Sharing our faith,
- Building bridges through friendship and understanding,
- Sharing gifts, money, food, clothing and ourselves.
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. Saint Gelasius in Woodlawn was a long time sharing partner until the Archdiocese closed the parish in 2002. Saint Anne was then linked with 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 two other sharing partners: Saint Columbanus Food Pantry and Southside Center of Hope (Formerly St. Martin de Porres).
A relationship was established with these sharing partners during our years with Saint Gelasius.
Funds received from the “Gold Envelopes” or “Parish Sharing Envelopes” and electronic donations collected every month 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 all of our partners, as well as food drives for Saint Columbanus Food Pantry, a Christmas party for the residents of the Southside Center of Hope, 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 847-606-5858, 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. Saint Anne, through the Sharing Board, has supported Saint Frances’ s attempts strengthen its school program by establishing school scholarships for students showing 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.
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.
The Sharing Board had sharing experience with Fr. Mark Bartosic and continue to support him as he moves into his new ministry.
We welcomed to our meeting in September 2016 the new Pastor of SFR, Fr. Paul Stein, and the Principal Anthony Clishem ("Deacon Tony"). Fr. Paul grew up in Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg, graduated from U of I, and was ordained in 2001. He speaks fluent Spanish and is conducting home visits to understand parishioners perspectives.
Saint Anne and Saint Frances of Rome
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 2019-20
St. Frances School Liaison
St. Columbanus Food Panty
Food Drive Coordinator
Sharing Tree - Co-chairs
Human Concerns Commission
Members at Large
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, which automatically contribute via bank debits or credit
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO PARISH SHARING:
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.