Philoptochos Mission Statement

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

The mission of the Society shall be:

  • To help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and

  • To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;

  • To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;

  • To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.

Following Worship Services on Sunday July 16, elections for Philoptochos Officers for the term 2017 – 2019 were held in St. Catherine’s Chapel.  The new officers are:

2017-2019 Officers:

President: Valerie Green
First Vice-president: Francine Kott
Treasurer: Melia Linardos
Recording secretary: Nikki Massouras
Corresponding secretary: Maria Lakerdas
Advisor: Ann Dervis
Parish Council Liaison: Evelyn Maggos

2017-2019 Board Members:

Marina Demos
Jetta Georgopoulos
Patricia Karabas
Demetra Lakerdas
Joan Leakakos
Nancy Pilafas
Frances Riha
Lillian Stamas
Betty Tsiolis
Sophia Vlahos

Christine Kanel
Violet Skuteris
Elaine Yannias

2017 Membership Sign-Up





Tentative Calendar of Events October 2017 to December 2018

19 - Thurs General Meeting - St. Catherine Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. (Grand Raffle, in the evening, Empress Banquets, Addison)
5 - Sun Sts. Cosmas and Damianos Artoclasia; Philoptochos Members Memorial; Coffee Hour; and 2018 Membership Kickoff
16 - Thurs General Meeting, St. Catherine Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m.
24 - Fri Vespers of St. Catherine, Fellowship Reception
25 - Sat St. Catherine Feast Day, Reception
2- Sat Christmas Party, Brief Meeting, Greek Islands Restaurant, Lombard, 11:30 a.m.
10 - Sun Christmas Open House at the Metropolis House, 40 E. Burton, Chicago
12 - Tues Feed the Hungry, Annunciation Cathedral, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
16 - Sat Baking and Packaging for Bake Sale, 9:30 a.m.
17 - Sun Bake Sale and Christmas Pageant
7 - Sun Assumption Church Vasilopita - pass tray for St. Basil Academy
7 - Sun Metropolis Vasilopita - venue TBD
18 - Thurs General Meeting, St. Catherine’s Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m.
4 - Sun Womens’ Heart Health Day - Wear Red
11 - Sun Apokreatiko Glendi - Diplomat West - Reception 4:00 p.m.; Dinner 5:00 p.m.
19 - Mon Clean Monday - Beginning of Lent
25 - Sun Loukoumathes Sunday - tentative
10- Sat Metropolis Annual Lenten Retreat, venue TBD
11 - Sun Loukoumathes Sunday - tentative
15 - Thurs General meeting, St. Catherine’s Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. - Lenten Lecture
24 - Sat Baking, Plato Hall, 9:30 a.m.
31 - Sat Saturday of Lazarus - Packaging for Bake Sale after Divine Liturgy
1 - Sun Palm Sunday - Bake Sale; pass tray donations for Epitaphio flowers
5 - Thurs Holy Thursday, and Fellowship Reception
6 - Fri Good Friday - Decorate Epitaphio, 10:00 a.m.
7 - Sat Anastasi Resurrection Service
8 - Sun Pascha/Easter
TBD General Meeting
TBD Fundraiser in Honor of 20th Anniversary of Assumption Philoptochos, Venue TBD
17 - Thurs Evening General Meeting, Pan Arcadian, 7:00 p.m., Possible Guest Speaker
TBD General Meeting or Outing

Other events may occur or some changes may be made. Please check the bulletin or call the Church Office at 773-626-3114.