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National Philoptochos announces a new program: An Orthodox Christian Telephone Cancer Support Group

A telephone cancer support group for Orthodox Christians, 21+, who are undergoing cancer treatment is being initiated by the National Philoptochos Department of Social Services. Via conference call and at no cost to participants, the discussion group will be accessible to members of our community nationwide on six consecutive Thursday evenings beginning January 11- February 15, 2018, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, EST.  The group will be facilitated by Theodora Ziongas, M.A., who has a strong background in cancer patient services through positions she has held at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and CancerCare.  Additional details are available here.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Persons interested in joining the discussion group can preregister by emailing To maintain confidentiality- a foundation for all of our social services - this email address is designated specifically and solely for this program.

For more information, contact Paulette Geanacopoulos, LMSW, Director, National Philoptochos' Department of Social Services at, or by telephone at (212) 977-7782.

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 Christmas Luncheon and Sing-a-Long
at Greek Islands Restaurant, Lombard on Saturday, December 2, 2017


2017 Membership Sign-Up





January - June 2018 Calendar of Events (as of 12/2017)

14 - Sun Assumption Church Vasilopita - collection tray for St. Basil Academy
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
10- Sat Metropolis Annual Lenten Retreat, Assumption Church
11 - Sun Loukoumathes Sunday
15 - Thurs General meeting, St. Catherine’s Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. - Lenten Lecture
24 - Sat Baking, Plato Hall, 9:30 a.m.
25 - Sun Loukoumathes Sunday
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
19 - Thurs General Meeting, St. Catherine’s Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m.
26 - Thurs 20th Anniversary Celebration - Assumption Philoptochos, Maggiano’s Oak Brook
17 - Thurs Evening General Meeting, 7:00 p.m., (St. Catherine’s Meeting Room or TBD), 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.