Upcoming Events

Please watch for upcoming meetings, activities and events this winter. It’s a busy time of year and I’m grateful for everyone’s participation. Time spent with Philoptochos will change your life for the better.

In Christ, & wishing you a warm winter in your hearts,
Annette Legeros | Chapter President
952-239-5060 | [email protected]

 Sacred Baking News 2023 – Prosforo

We are scheduling bakers for the new year. Please stop by our table during the Sunday social hour to sign up for a specific Sunday(s). Bakers are asked to make a minimum of 3 loaves, as 9 are used each Sunday. (We hope to schedule a prosforo workshop in spring, for those wishing to learn this sacred ministry.)

Women’s Book Club, Thursday Feb 2, 2023, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

The upcoming Women’s Book Club dates are Thursdays, February 2, and April 6, at 7:00 PM. The February book is How We Are Saved: The Understanding of Salvation in the Orthodox Tradition by Bishop Kallistos Ware, and the April book is Saint Nektarios. Both books are available for purchase from the bookstore. This will be a hybrid event with the in-person discussion at church and a call-in option. All women are welcome. To have your name added to the Book Club email distribution list, please contact Katherine Boosalis at [email protected]

 Sweet Sunday/Membership Drive, Sunday, February 12, 2023, Great Hall after Liturgy

Our annual Sweet Sunday fundraiser is happening during the social hour on Sunday, February 12. Make plans to pick up sweets for immediate consumption (!), to serve during the Super Bowl that afternoon, or to enjoy later. All proceeds will benefit Children’s HeartLink, whose tagline is “We save children’s lives by transforming pediatric heart care in underserved parts of the world.” Philoptochos members, there many ways for you to help make this a successful event. During the January meeting or at the Philoptochos table during the social hour, please volunteer to help before, during or after the event, or consider bringing a food item to serve. Thank you from our chairs, Cathy Forchas and Connie Kouzes.

Sacred Baking – Koliva/Memorial Wheat Workshop, Friday, Feb 17, 2023, 6:30-9:00 PM

Koliva is boiled wheat combined with ingredients such as almonds, walnuts, pomegranate seeds, raisins, parsley, powdered sugar. Koliva is used during the first Saturday of Lent and the two Saturday of Soul services prior to the start of Lent. Koliva is also used during memorial services. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create a Koliva/memorial wheat tray for use at the Saturday of Souls service on February 18. Participants, please bring a small bowl or tray. Workshops are led by Sacred Baking Chair Toni Bazakos. Register at the Philoptochos table on Sundays.

 Philoptochos Board meeting, Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023, 6:30 PM, Fireside Room

Board Members Assemble!

 Philoptochos General Meeting,  February 26, 2023, 11:30 AM

Come for fellowship, refreshments, and to make plans for Philoptochos activities throughout Lent, which begins on February 27.

 Philoptochos 2023 Membership Drive Is Underway, Thru April 30.

In January, all women of the parish received a letter inviting them to become a member of Philoptochos. For 90 years, Philoptochos has served as the philanthropic arm of the church. At St. Mary’s, our chapter actively supports local, national, international, and Orthodox charities, and coordinates many hands-on activities throughout the year. We also support the parish in many ways, including decorating for different seasons of the year, hosting Pan- Orthodox and other events, and hosting the festival bake sale. Stop by our table during the coffee hour on Sundays throughout the month to get more information, to drop off your membership form, and to volunteer for upcoming  activities. Membership dues are determined by each individual, with the first $22 going to our Metropolis and National Philoptochos and the remainder staying with our chapter.

Thank You…

Thank you to everyone who helped with recent events:

  • Vasilopita Bakers – Thank you Chairs Toni Bazakos and Tina Menter plus Cathy Forchas, Sofia Johnson, Annette Legeros, Maria Prassas – who baked more than 200 loaves of bread for the blessing, passing out on Vasilopita Sunday, and for the St. Basil Academy fundraiser. Thanks also to all who cut the bread for Vasilopita Sunday.
  • Women’s Book Club Chairs – Katherine Boosalis and Alexandria Kalina, for their work throughout the year.
  • Healing House Families at AHEPA Christmas Party – Thank you to AHEPA for including the families at this special holiday celebration. Thanks to Donna Psihos for coordinating gifts for the moms and children, and to all who participated in the gift giving.
  • Christmas Day Reception – Thank you Connie and George Kouzes, Stephanie, Nick, and Jeremy Barakos, and Linda Stanton, for hosting coffee hour following the Christmas Day Liturgy. Christ is born! Glorify Him!

Wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year!

What is Philoptochos?

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Founded in 1931, Philoptochos now has more than 400 local chapters the mission to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach, to preserve the sanctity of life and family, and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.

St. Mary’s established the official Philoptochos Chapter 2049 in 1945, but women of the church have been serving others since 1910 when seven women founded the first known service group Elpis, which means Hope in Greek. Today, nearly 200 women are members of our chapter. We hold fundraising events and receive monies from the parish to support many charitable groups, including:

  • Seven food shelves and four non-profits that lift up women and children in the Twin Cities
  • Orthodox organizations including Prison Ministry, 4 monasteries, 6 orphanages, Hellenic College Holy Cross Seminary, IOCC, OCMC, and Orthodox Christian Network
  • Organizations supported by the Chicago Metropolis and National Philoptochos Boards

We also provide support to the parish by planning decorations and special needs during the Easter and Christmas seasons, running a Women’s Book Club, hosting receptions for special occasions and guests, organizing hands-on service projects, and responding to clergy requests.

All women are welcome to participate in Philoptochos activities and invited to join as a member. The annual membership drive runs from January through April each year.

To contact St. Mary’s Philoptochos, please email [email protected].


St. Mary’s Philoptochos Chapter 2049 holds an annual membership drive from January through April. Dues are self-determined, meaning you decide the amount you wish to give, and in 2021, the average gift was $82. The first $22 of your gift supports Metropolis of Chicago and National Philoptochos programs, and the remaining donation stays in our local chapter.

All levels of giving and volunteering are welcome! Large and small gifts as well as significant and minimal involvement work together to make our Philoptochos chapter vibrant. And all members of the parish are invited to our activities – you don’t have to be a member to participate.

According to our bylaws, Philoptochos membership is open to Greek Orthodox women aged 18+, and associate (non-voting and non-office holding) membership is eligible to non-Greek Orthodox women married to Greek Orthodox men, Greek Orthodox men, and non-Greek Orthodox men married to Greek Orthodox women.

Worship Services

Vespers: 5:00 pm

Orthros: 8:30 am
Liturgy: 9:30 am


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