Philoptochos – March 2019


Dear Philoptochos Members and Friends:

Vasilopita Sunday, celebrated on January 27 was very successful in not only did we enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by some of the best and most humble cooks in Fayetteville, but more important we raised $1,550 for the children of St. Basil’s Academy.  Thank you to those individuals who provided tablecloths, cutlery, soft drinks, and also set up the church hall for the luncheon. Many thanks also to all those who baked vasilopites and cakes for this annual event.

Our Pascha, or Easter, is the most important sacred holiday of our church. This holy day, when we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ will be on April 28th. We will have many opportunities to renew our faith by attending the many special church services offered by Fr. Alexander throughout the Lenten Season. Check your bulletins and monthly newsletter for the exact dates of the services to include Pre-sanctified Liturgies, Friday night Salutations, Saturdays of the Souls and other special observances.

On Sunday, March 17th we will observe Sunday of Orthodoxy. This first Sunday after the beginning of Great Lent commemorates the restoration of icons to the Orthodox Church after an absence of almost a century and established that it is indeed proper to venerate icons. As is traditional with our church community on this day we will have a Lenten Pot Luck Meal. Please bring your favorite Lenten dish. Donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to the Holy Cross Seminary.

Our Philoptochos will offer the Lenten meal following the Wednesday, March 20th Pre-sanctified Liturgy. Please make every effort to attend all services and on this day bring a Lenten dish to share with parishioners following the evening worship.

Note to all members; 2019 Philoptochos stewardship deadline is April 30th.

This years’ Philoptochos Retreat is scheduled for March 15, 16 &17 and promises to be special as His Grace Bishop Sevastianos will celebrate the Divine Liturgy that Sunday. Deadline for registration is on March 1st.

We are again blessed to start this year’s journey of faith by attending special church services, fasting, prayer and engaging in personal reflection in hopes of drawing closer to God. Wishing everyone a rewarding and spiritual journey.

In God’s Love,

Dina Goodson Philoptochos President 

2019 Vasilopita Day 


Mrs. Irene Bantsolas helping deliver fans to the Department of Social Services to be given to the families in need in this hot weather.



Philoptochos Meeting and Dinner at Alberto's Restaurant



 Holy Thursday 2018