Philoptochos – February 2019
Dear Philoptochos Members and Friends:
The beginning of the year is a good time to discuss membership in the Philoptochos Society. This philanthropic organization of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has been in existence since November of 1931, over eighty five years. As a reminder to our newer members of the church, our own Sts. Constantine and Helen’s chapter was chartered in 1955. It gives us heartfelt satisfaction in that the Philoptochos Society is recognized nationally as the 2nd largest women’s philanthropic organization in terms of monies donated to charities. Think of the good we have done and what we can still do!
We strive to help those in need, whether it is sickness, financial concerns, the orphaned, the elderly, the unemployed, whatever the case may be. It is also of upmost importance to promote our Greek Orthodox faith and carry on the divine traditions of our church. We try to make a difference in our community and beyond, working with Father Alex and the Parish Council and with the support of our church members. As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King this month, let’s remember his words as quoted on the Philoptochos website: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “what are you doing for others?” We welcome you to join the Philoptochos and make a difference.
As this letter is being written, we are preparing for the Philoptochos annual nationwide fundraiser, Vasilopita Sunday. We will be serving a dinner after church on January 27th, to be followed with the cutting of the vasilopites. All proceeds from this event will go to help the children of St. Basil’s Academy.
Other recurring yearly obligations for January and February include our donations to Social Services, the Cancer & other Major Illness Fund, the Autism Assistance Fund, and to the Saint Photios Shrine. Thank you to our community members who support us throughout the year enabling us to fulfill our commitments.
This year’s Philoptochos Retreat will be held March 15, 16, and 17 at the Diakonia Center. His Grace Bishop Sevastianos will celebrate his name day on the 17th with the church service at the Panagia Chapel on the last day of the retreat. Forms for the retreat can be picked up at the church office.
As always let’s keep those in prayer who are dealing with illness or who are just unable to make it to church for other reasons.
Our next meeting will be on march 3rd. Hope to see you there.
In God’s Love,
Dina Goodson Philoptochos President
2019 Vasilopita Day
Philoptochos Meeting and Dinner at Alberto's Restaurant
Holy Thursday 2018