VERO BEACH | The church calendar designates every October as Respect Life Month. This is a time when renewal can become the focus as people move toward Thanksgiving. This is also the time of year when hearts can turn to faith, family and remembrance.
The fourth annual Butterfly Release Memorial at St. Helen Parish in Vero Beach was held Oct. 24 to honor children who died in miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion, or were denied life through an accident, illness or other means.
This year memorialized in a special way the event’s originator, Holli Skraptis, who passed away Oct. 15 from brain cancer. Sponsored by the parish Respect Life ministry, those who knew her said Skraptis’ only concern to the end was for others.