Share Christmas has been a beautiful annual tradition at our parish for over thirty years. Through Share Christmas, generous parishioners have made Christmas special for thousands of individuals in the Chicago area who would otherwise not have gifts to open or be able to share a Christmas Day meal with their family.
Sign-up for Share Christmas runs November 17 through December 2 in the church Narthex. You can sign up to purchase a gift card for an individual or a whole family or provide both food and gift cards for a family. Then bring your gifts to the Parish Center December 3-5 from 9am-6pm. They will be delivered to grateful recipients at Blessed Sacrament Church, St. Agatha, BEDS Plus, Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly, St. Gall Parish, Helping Hand, and SJC.
Gift cards for food should be from Jewel or Walmart. Gift cards for family presents can be from Sears, Walmart, Kohl’s or Target. You can also choose to purchase a gift for a child aged newborn to 18.
For your convenience, our parish Scrip reps will be available in the church Community Room for you to purchase food and gift cards. Cash, checks or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) will be accepted. A 3% convenience fee will be applied to credit card purchases.
Donations can also be made here (select “Share Christmas” from the drop down menu). Your donations will be used to buy Share Christmas food and gift cards.
At Sign-Up, along with the names and ages of your recipient(s), you will receive a blank card that will be delivered along with your gift. We invite you to write a warm, personal note in the Christmas card, decorate it as you can, and make a point to pray for your recipient(s) daily. It may not be within our power to change the situation of those helped by Share Christmas, yet your encouragement, prayers, Christmas wishes and gifts let them know that they are not alone or forgotten. Thank you for participating in this work of mercy.
Volunteers are needed at all weekend Masses beginning November 17/18. Sign up here.