Philoptochos - March 2018
Dear Philoptochos Members and Friends:
Easter comes early this year as we are already in the beginning of the Lenten season. Pascha or Easter, which will be celebrated on April 8, is the most important religious holiday of our faith. We will have many opportunities to renew our spiritual selves by attending the many church services throughout Lent as we prepare in remembering the Resurrection of Christ.
Vasilopita Sunday was observed on the 28th of January. Following a delicious chicken meal, we had the annual cutting of the sweet breads and cakes. Because of our community’s generosity we were able to raise $1,650 for St. Basil’s Academy. A little known fact about St. Basil’s is that the 450 acres of land in New York that it is situated on, was purchased by the Philoptochos in 1944 for $55,000. What an achievement! Many thanks to those who baked the vasilopites, to those who cooked the delicious meal, to those who donated the pizzas, to those who donated the bread, to those who set up the church hall, and to all those who supported this event. You know who you are and we thank you.
This past week we also celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Our Sunday School children, icons held proudly in their hands, participated in a special procession with Father Alex during the Divine Liturgy. Following the church service, in what has become one of our community traditions, the Philoptochos hosted a community Lenten potluck luncheon. Thank you to all parishioners who shared their delectable special dishes. Donations were accepted and $500 was raised for Holy Cross Seminary.
This next week our church will celebrate the 2nd Pre-sanctified Liturgy of the Easter Season as well as the Friday night Salutation Service. All of our church ministries take turns in providing a Lenten meal following the Wednesday night Pre-sanctified Liturgies. Contrary to what this letter sounds like food is not the center of the Easter season. Great Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, humility, self reflection, repentance, forgiveness and always a time of Christian sharing and caring. Partaking in a simple Lenten meal together is a time of fellowship with Father Alex and each other.
Our Philoptochos chapter continues to grow. If you are interested in helping others in need and in being part of an organization that our church depends on then please consider becoming a member of this wonderful giving organization.
We are truly blessed to once again be in the midst of our annual Lenten journey. Καλή Σαρακοστή! See you in church.