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Assistant Lay Chairperson Report - January 2012

Submitted by Phil Stamatakos


The parish contributed over $22,000 to charities in 2011. Charitable giving is funded almost entirely through monthly collections taken one Sunday each month during the Divine Liturgy. The parish's charitable contributions, which are entirely a function of the good will and generosity of our parishioners, have assisted a variety of Orthodox Christian missions and causes at home and around the globe.

The parish council believes that the combination of repeatedly giving to charities that are effective in doing good, Christian works and giving in a "ad hoc" manner as needs arise provides both the parish and the recipient organization with a number of benefits. Repeat giving permits the parish to become more closely identified with an organization and its objectives and allows the recipient organization to rely upon a relatively consistent level of annual giving; giving to newly identified organizations permits the parish to address immediate needs.

Certain charities have been recipients of giving for several years and are likely to receive money from the parish in the future. These include the following:
• The Orthodox Church in America,
• International Orthodox Christian Charities which offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide,
• PASS, a pro-life organization that serves the South Cook County area and South suburbs, and
• Holy Assumption Monastery, a monastic community for women in California and the current home of one of our former parishioners.

Below is a complete list of charitable giving by the parish in 2011:

Date Charity Name Comments Amount
01/24/11 St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Monastery January Charity 750.00
02/22/11 Ancient Faith Radio February Charity 455.00
02/22/11 Orthodox Christian Network February Charity 455.00
03/21/11 Mission Trip March Charity 1,128.00
04/01/11 The Chicago Deanery Collected $439 Plus 50% Match of $219.50 658.50
04/07/11 Transfer to Special Projects Mission Trip 5,400.00
04/18/11 Transfer to Special Projects Mission Trip 450.00
04/20/11 IOCC - Japan Victims April Charity 2,936.00
5/9 & 5/23/11 IOCC - US Flood Victims May Charity 2,354.00
05/03/11 Transfer to Special Projects Mission Trip 450.00
06/20/11 Holy Assumption Monastery June Charity 835.50
07/18/11 Orthodox Christian Fellowship July Charity 1,092.00
08/24/11 Coptic Orphans August Charity 1,156.50
09/20/11 St. Peter Orthodox Church September Charity 794.00
10/01/11 PASS Annual Banquet October Charity 750.00
10/26/11 PASS Supplies October Charity 230.00
11/23/11 OCMC/Floyd Franz November Charity 1,409.00
12/22/11 OC Life-Chicago/Martha & Mary House December Charity 809.00 TOTAL $22,113

If you have suggestions for monthly charities, please contact Phil Stamatakos.

PADS Tom Kozbiel

For yet another year, the Church hosted homeless women and children every Monday night (except during the Summer) through the PADs organization. Our guests arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner in our social room and many stay the night and leave in the morning. The number of guests per week averaged about 14 for dinner and 9 for overnight stays. This activity is running smoothly and the Church's food teams are doing an outstanding job, but active participation from our parishioners remains a necessity if we are to continue this activity for another year.

Tom Kozbiel continues to lead this important charitable activity and was assisted by a large phalanx of regular volunteers, but particularly Jill Olsen, who has played a particularly active and very important role filling in for Tom on many occasions. A group of Catholics from Lemont has staffed and will be staffing several shifts during the 2011-2012 PADs year and Sts. Constantine and Helen is also staffing a food team. A group from the Family Harvest Church, which has been volunteering to be on the food team, will not participate in PADs during the 2012-13 year because of low participation from that parish. This may increase the need for volunteers from our parish.