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Assistant Lay Chairperson Report - January 2014

Submitted by Phil Stamatakos


Comparison between 2013 and 2014: Data as of 01/14/2014 Statistical data is based on 2014 weekly donations (77 Estimated Giving Amounts)

There was a 3.85% increase in Estimated Giving from 2013 to 2014.


The parish contributed about $17,000 to charities in 2013. 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 an "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:
• Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC);
• International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) 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 is a California monastery that is home to one of our former parishioners.
• PADs, the organization that sponsors our work sheltering women and children from September through April.
• Ancient Faith Radio, a station that evangelizes and spreads the Word.

The aggregate amount of our charitable giving for the last four years is set forth below:

Year Amount
2013 $ 17,055
2012 $ 12,643
2011 $ 22,113
2010 $ 16,909

Over the past four years, the parish gave an average of $17,180 per year to charities, so 2013 charitable giving was in line with amounts given by the parish in the past. Below is a complete list of charitable giving by the parish in 2013:

Date Charity Name Comments Amount
01/23/13 All Saints Church - Father Peter Qilquist Memorial January Charity 1,145.00
02/16/13 OCMC February Charity 240.00
02/18/13 Mission Fund February Charity 1,650.00
03/26/13 Coptic Orphans March Charity 1,880.00
04/06/13 Ancient Faith Radio April Charity 675.00
04/06/13 IOCC April Charity 675.00
04/13/13 PADS April Charity 1000.00
05/20/13 Holy Assumption Monastery May Charity 860.00
06/01/13 Needy Parish Family June Charity 450.00
06/11/13 YOMACA Registration June Charity 350.00
06/22/13 St. Herman June Charity 750.00
06/22/13 OCA Deanery Camp June Charity 300.00
07/22/13 Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church July Charity 1000.00
08/18/13 St. Elizabeth Convent - Lithuania August Charity 1000.00
08/26/13 Tony Tapralis Family August Charity 1000.00
09/10/13 Holy Trinity Orthodox Church - Program Book September Charity 200.00
09/10/13 St. Panteleimon Orthodox Church - 75th Anniversary Septmeber Charity 100.00
09/25/13 Coptic Orphans September Charity 2080.00
10/02/13 PASS October Charity 750.00
11/01/13 St. Elizabeth Convent - Lithuania November Charity Paid in August
12/16/13 St. Jude's Chilrdens Hospital December Charity 950.00
Total 17,055.00

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

PADS Tom Kozbiel

This past Fall St. Luke continued hosting homeless women and children every Monday night (except during the summer) through PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). Tom Kozbiel continued as the St. Luke site manager with the assistance of Jill Olson and a large phalanx of dedicated volunteers. Our guests arrive in the evening, enjoy meals (dinner and breakfast) and fellowship in our social room, stay the night and leave in the morning after breakfast. Our food teams provide our guests with dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch for the following day. The number of guests per week varied from under a dozen to over two dozen. The women and children are extremely grateful for our hospitality and shelter. During the 2012-2013 PADS season Doreen Dabney, a member of St. Alphonsus Church in Lemont, assumed responsibility for scheduling PADS volunteers at St. Luke and actively solicited involvement from area Roman Catholic churches, many of whom have contributed volunteers. Their involvement has been of tremendous help in keeping our St. Luke site running because we have found it difficult to staff volunteers solely from St. Luke. During the current 2013-2014 PADS season Jill has been coordinating volunteers, taking inventory of items on hand and often is there to open the shelter in the evening and close the shelter in the morning. Generally, our shelter is running smoothly thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers and the food teams provided by the Lemont Churches, Family Harvest Church, Sts. Constantine and Helen, Our Lady of the Woods, and St. Luke; all of whom are doing an outstanding job.