An annual drive in January for baby items to support the COURAGE Program, a volunteer organization based at St. Germaine Parish, Oak Lawn, IL. The COURAGE Program is built on compassion and Christian values, advocating for pregnant young women and their families. Through education and counseling, they try to help young women avoid unplanned pregnancies, but when necessary, seek to offer viable alternatives to abortion, including adoption and responsible parenting. These young women have access to a variety of resources to help them make important life decisions on issues of sexuality, self-esteem, parenting, personal growth, and maturity. Through managing crises and establishing personal relationships with those in need, volunteers attempt to guide them calmly into happy and productive lives.
program. To learn more visit www.courageprogram.org.
SWADDLE DIAPER DRIVE IN OCTOBER
SWADDLE - Southwest Area Diaper Depository for Little Ends, works to providing diapers to needy families in the Chicago Southland. WIC and other assistance programs do not cover diapers/laundry detergent to clean cloth diapers. Laundromats do not allow washing of cloth diapers. Babies who stay in diapers too long become stressed along with their moms and families who listen to them cry in pain, which can lead to domestic abuse. Day Care Centers require parents to provide disposable diapers for their child. This expense often causes parents to decide between buying food or buying diapers. For information or to donate diapers visit www.swaddlediapers.org.
FLOWERS FOR LIFE
Each Mother's Day we hold a fresh bouquet flower sale to help support women in crisis pregnancies that supports The Women's Center of Greater Chicagoland, an organization that assists women and families with crisis pregnancies. For more information please visit www.womens-center.org.
LIFE CHAIN SUNDAY
On the first Sunday of October, Respect Life Sunday, our parishioners are encouraged to join in a national ecumenical effort by participating in a silent, prayerful one hour protest against abortion and in support of adoption. All protest signs are provided and offer positive life-affirming messages.