Sanctity Of Life Report Annual Meeting January 2008
By Mary Jo Werbiansky
For several years St. Luke parish has supported the pro-life, non-profit agency now called PASS, a pro-life pregnancy care center in Tinley Park. In 2007 various St. Luke parishioners donated diapers from May through August, attended the PASS Life Banquet in October, and collected diapers and baby clothes as our Giving Tree donation in December. Already in January of 2008 PASS speaker, Courtney Unruh (also an Orthodox Christian), visited St. Luke and shared information about the organization. In May Mary Jo hopes to coordinate a “shower” coffee hour with our youth group (YO) to collect items for PASS. Attendees will be asked to bring a baby gift, and refreshments will be served. A tour of the PASS facilities, which have been recently remodeled and expanded, may occur during the summer of 2008. This could take place in conjunction with a Restaurant Rovers’ dinner at a Tinley Park restaurant. Participants would then go to PASS for the tour and dessert, which PASS will provide.
St. Luke parish also participates in the activities of the Chicago Chapter of the national Orthodox Christians for Life (OCLife). Meetings are held each month at an Orthodox church in the Chicagoland area, and anyone can attend. St. Luke hosted an OCLife meeting in the Fall of 2007. Annually, a good-sized group of Chicagoland Orthodox Christians attend the March for Life in Washington, DC, that is held on January 22nd. Our parishioner, Pearl Homiak, participated in this March twice in the recent past.
Another Sanctity of Life activity that has been, unfortunately, very poorly attended over the years is the Life Chain. (Only two people participated in 2007). Parishioners are asked to gather on an October Sunday afternoon for a couple of ours at a designated location along LaGrange Road in Orland Park. This is actually a national event occurring simultaneously all over the country on this Sunday. Many Chicagoland Christian churches participate and line both sides of LaGrange Road for a long distance. Pro-life signs are held up for viewing by passing motorists to remind them of the importance of preserving the God-given gift of life from conception onward.