Alumni Visit

On Tuesday, December 7th, Mrs. Martin's fifth grade classroom had a special visitor. Mr. Robert Deering graduated from St. Frances of Rome School in 1938 and, for the last few years, has come by for an annual visit to our school. Mr. Deering spoke to our students about what it was like attending St. Frances of Rome School and St. Ignatius High School before going on to serve in World War II. The fifth grade students had many good questions for Mr. Deering. If only a bottle of pop still cost a nickel!

Immaculate Conception Feast

The third grade has been preparing to celebrate the Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This special feast celebrates God’s choice of Mary to be the mother of Jesus. God granted Mary no original sin from the moment of her conception. Today is the day that Mary began her growth as a baby inside of St. Anne. This feast is celebrated on December 8th and is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Scavenger Hunt for the Hungry

St. Frances of Rome students helped to feed the hungry this year. In the spirit of service, SFR students collected food for the Catholic Charities food pantry that distributes bags of groceries to many needy, local families. Catholic Charities was overwhelmed with the quantity of the food that our students delivered, which filled up their whole store room. ¡Juntos podemos! Together we can!

Super Readers

Ms. Kobeska's second grade classroom is getting excited about reading with the popular "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. Author Jeff Kinney started the series as an online blog which then became a popular novel series for young readers. The online version of "Wimpy Kid" is read by about 70,000 kids per day. The online version can be accessed here.

Breakfast at St. Nick's Gift Shop

The SFR Home and School Association will sponsor Breakfast at Saint Nick’s Gift Shop on Sunday December 5, 2010. The Breakfast features all you can eat eggs, sausage and pancakes as well as a gift raffles, pictures with Santa and a bake sale. The Gift Shop gives children the opportunity to shop for reasonably-priced gifts for everyone on their Christmas list. Most gifts cost no more than $10 each. Santa and his helpers will be there for breakfast and to take photos with you.

New Planned Giving Newsletter Posted

The November, 2010 edition of The Faithful Steward planned giving newsletter has been posted. Look for it in the Alumni area of the website

Student Council Halloween Costume Contest

The SFR Student Council sponsored a Halloween costume judging contest on Friday, October 29.  Prizes were awarded in various categories for each of the grades.  There were some great costumes on display!

The teachers and staff of St. Frances of Rome wish all our students and families a very fun and safe Halloween this year.

Cook County Sheriff Visits SFR School

On Friday, October 29, the students and staff of St. Frances of Rome School received a special visit from two deputies, Specialist Moerlien and Specialist Rhodes, from Cook County Sheriff's Police.  The deputies work in the canine unit and brought their police dogs for a special assembly.  They explained how the dogs are trained and the kind of work they do.  They also demonstrated how the dogs can locate drugs by smell and jump over fences and through windows.  As part of Red Ribbon Week, the deputies talked to our students about making good choices and avoiding drugs.

Thanks to both of the deputies for spending time with us.

Pictured: Specialist Moerlien and Specialist Rhodes (and friends)

Shop at Carsons - Support SFR School

Coupon books for Carson Pirie Scott stores are now on sale in the school office for only $5. They include incredible coupons that can be used on Saturday, November 13 starting at 6am. One of the coupons is for $10 off items $10 or more. What a deal for only $5! The best part is that St. Frances gets to keep all the money raised through the sale of these coupon books. Stop by the school office today to get your book! Thank you for your support.

Cicero Catholic Schools Night Out!

You're invited to join us for the Cicero Catholic Schools Night Out!  We'll be gathering at Duffy's Tavern at 7513 Madison Street in Forest Park on Friday, October 8th for an evening of fun and fundraising for Our Lady of Charity and St. Frances of Rome Schools.  Tickets are $30 each and include draft beer, wine, well drinks, and pop from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Tickets will be available for purchase in the school office beginning Thursday, September 30th. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of the event. For each ticket sold in the school office, families will be credited $15 toward their flex fundraising requirement.   Questions?  Please contact Mr. Martin or Tom Byrne.

Donors Needed: Wishlist Updated

Please take a minute to check out our new Wish List for the 2010-2011 school year.  It is a collection of our needs, wants, and dreams for our school.  All contributions are greatly appreciated. To access the list use the Wish List menu item at the left. Thank you for your continued support!

Mr. Martin in Catholic New World

Our principal, Mr. Martin was interviewed for the September 12th edition of the Catholic New World, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Mr. Martin talked about the importance of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in schools. Our students at St. Frances are benefitting from this approach to education, and our teachers enjoyed a special training day on the method before this school year began. See the whole story here.

Calling All Alumni

Our annual All-Years Alumni Reunion at St. Frances of Rome will be held on Saturday, September 25th beginning with 5:00pm Mass in the church.  Afterwards, there will be dinner, open bar, and fellowship in the school.  Please visit our reunion website for more information or to register:

St. Frances of Rome Student Wins 2010 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative Essay Contest

Christina Rodriguez, a 5th grader at St. Frances of Rome School, was one of the winners of the 2010 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative Essay Contest.  She won for her essay on Steven Rodriguez as her Father Figure of the Year.  Christina's essay was chosen as the winner from among three finalists at an award dinner held on June 10th at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Christina and Steven Rodriguez appeared with the other 2010 winners in the Chicago Tribune on June 27th.  Click here to see them.

Congratulations, Christina and Steven!  St. Frances of Rome is very proud of you!

Vendors Needed for Summerfest

St. Frances of Rome is seeking vendors for its upcoming Summerfest.  Vendor booths are available in the follow categories: Business/Commercial, Arts and Crafts, and Non-Profit.  Sponsorship packages including vendor space are also available.  Summerfest attracts over 4,000 people every year over the course of three days.  Don't miss this exciting, affordable opportunity for your business or organization.  See our webpage ( for more details or contact Tom Byrne at or by calling (708) 652-2277 (x. 203).

Summerfest/Kermés Coming Soon!

We are in the final stages of preparation for our St. Frances of Rome Summerfest/Kermés which will take place July 16-18.  Summerfest is a very important annual fundraiser for our school and is also a great weekend of fun and enjoyment for the whole family.  Summerfest admission is totally FREE and includes a full schedule of great musical entertainment.  Delicious food and drinks along with games and prizes can all be found at SFR Summerfest.  Visit our website for a complete entertainment schedule and more details:  See you at Summerfest!

The Scores Are In

The golfers at the First Annual Cicero Catholic Schools Golf Outing had a great time at Tamarack Golf Club.  We were blessed with good weather, food, and fellowship as we gathered more support for our Cicero Catholic Schools.  There were even some good golfers too!  Players from the Town of Cicero came in as the best team with a score of 10 under par.  James Hurley, friend of Mr. Martin, was the accuracy champ, winning the closest to the pin contest, and Mr. Martin himself was our big hitter as the winner of the longest drive contest.  Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone who came out in support of Cicero Catholic Schools.

Really Tired Relay Runners

Fr. Mark, Mr. Martin, and our teachers from St. Frances of Rome and Our Lady of Charity successfully finished their 200 mile race from Madison to Chicago on Saturday, June 12th.  It took them nearly 36 hours of running through heat, humidity, and rain, but they did it.  Please congratulate them for their efforts for our Cicero Catholic Schools when you see them.

Running from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL to raise money

Our pastor, principal, and teachers from Saint Frances of Rome and Our Lady of Charity Schools are running a 200 mile relay race from Madison to Chicago today and tomorrow. Please visit our blog to support them and cheer them on to victory.

Saint Frances of Rome School Presents Aladdin

This Thursday evening, May 20,  the talented students from Saint Frances of Rome will perform Aladdin for the annual spring program. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Come join us for a special evening of music.

First Pitch at Wrigley Field

School Principal, Mr. Martin, threw out the first pitch at the Cubs game on May 12 against the Marlins. The 4th through 8th grade students all attended the game on this day courtesy of tickets donated by Mr. Zangrilli. Although the weather was a bit cool, the day was loads of fun. 

Starting the wind-up …

Almost ready …

The pitch in flight

And caught …

2nd Grade Communion Retreat

The second grade students visited our sharing parish, St. Anne in Barrington, for a retreat in preparation of their First Communion. The students had a great time and enjoyed the visit. The picture below was taken at the end of the day. Many thanks to our friends at St. Anne for their continued support. Please pray for all these students as they complete their preparation for this wonderful sacrament.

Golf Anyone?

Saint Frances of Rome and Our Lady of Charity are happy to partner to host the Cicero Catholic Schools 1st Annual Golf Outing on Friday, June 25th to raise capital to advance the academic programs in both schools. The event includes a 4-person team scramble golf tournament, dinner, beverages and raffles at the Tamarack Golf Club in Naperville, Illinois. Hope you can join us! For more information go to

Holy Week Schedule

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Holy Thursday, April 1
7:00 p.m.: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, bilingual, in church
8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Annex 1
8:30 p.m.: Visit to 7 churches. Sign up in the Church office ($10 donation requested for bus).

Good Friday, April 2
12:00 p.m.: Living Stations, outdoors, bilingual, followed by Rosary in honor of Mary, the Sorrowful Mother, bilingual, in Church
3:00 p.m.: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross: English, in church.
6:00 p.m.: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross: Spanish, in church.

Holy Saturday, April 3
1:00 p.m.: Blessing of Easter Baskets in the Annex, 1st Floor
Note: no 5:00 p.m. Mass
8:00 p.m.: Easter Vigil Mass, bilingual

Easter Sunday, April 4
8:30 a.m. (Spanish), 10:30 a.m. (English), 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 6:00 p.m. (Spanish)

Prayer, People and a Good Mountain to Climb

Catch Fr. Mark in the February 28th edition of the Catholic New World. The article is written by Dolores Madiener and can be found by following the this link, You will be able to learn more about Fr. Mark and his call to the priesthood. 

Mardi Gras Gala Dinner Dance

Our annual Mardi Gras Gala Dinner Dance is just weeks away. Join us on Saturday, February 13 for this wonderful evening of Food, Music, Raffles, and Silent Auction. Tickets are just $30/person or $275 for a full table of ten.

Our goal this year is to raise $70,000 for St. Frances of Rome School.

For all the information, including sponsorship, ad book, and donations, visit our Mardi Gras website at

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" Let the Good Times Roll !

Classes Resume

Regular classes resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. The end of the second marking period is approaching rapidly. The rest and relaxation provided by the Christmas break should allow students to return invigorated and ready to finish the quarter to the best of their ability. Welcome Back!