Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, September 27, 2022 we start the Philoptochos year with fellowship, dinner, and our first meeting.

The new ecclesiastical year brings the start of a new Philoptochos year. Please join us next week for our September gathering:

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
5:30pm Fellowship • 6:00pm Dinner • 7:00pm Meeting
Presentation from our National Philoptochos Convention Delegates
Terrace Room
Help Needed That Day: 3:30pm Cook • 4:30pm Set Up • Serve and Clean Up

RSVP during the Social Hour on Sunday or to Cathy Forchas ([email protected] or 651-387-116) or Connie Kouzes ([email protected] or 612-804-2239)

The newsletter also includes lots of information about upcoming fall activities. But let me first say THANK YOU to all who helped make the Taste of Greece Bake Sale a success: co-chairs, cookie captains, baking and packaging session volunteers, and festival workers. Working together lightened the load, enhanced friendships, and resulted in excellent products and big sales. I’m grateful for everyone’s participation.

In Christ and with gratitude,
Annette Legeros | Chapter President
952-239-5060 | [email protected]

Philoptochos to Cook & Serve a FOCUS Dinner, Sunday, October 2, 2022

Philoptochos will provide dinner for FOCUS Minnesota guests-in-need on Sunday, October 2, and invites all interested parishioners to participate. FOCUS reports that 200 to 250 meals are being served each Sunday evening, punctuating the need in the community at large. We will serve Greek chicken, potatoes or rice, carrots, a tossed salad, rolls, and cookies. Volunteers will prepare the entrée, vegetable, and salad in St. Mary’s kitchen on Saturday and Sunday. We are  asking for donations of rolls and cookies to be dropped off either October 1 or 2 in the kitchen. Our volunteer/donation request is as follows:

  • 7 volunteers to prepare the entrée, salad and vegetable in St. Mary’s kitchen on Saturday, Oct 1.
  • 7 volunteers to finish baking the entrée and vegetable and prepare the salad on Sunday, Oct 2.
  • 6 volunteers to bring 4 dozen rolls to the kitchen on Saturday or Sunday, Oct 1 or 2.
  • 16 volunteers to bring 4 dozen cookies (homemade or store-bought) to the kitchen on Saturday or Sunday, Oct 1 or 2.
  • Up to 8 volunteers to transport food, dish out food and serve dining guests at FOCUS HQ in St Paul.

Please help if you can. Volunteer online SIGNUP HERE or at the Philoptochos table after Sunday liturgy. Please direct questions to Carol Smith, Chair, 952-210-8618, [email protected]

FILLO Sale, Oct 16-30 with delivery on Nov 13, 2022

Place your order with Andrea Tiggas or on Sunday after church, starting October 16.

Service Sunday with Church School, Sunday, October 23, 2022, 9:00 am

This annual day of service will take place in the Terrace Room in lieu of Sunday School. Helpers are needed for set-up at 9:00 am and student assistance after commmunion. Contact Dena Tortorelis to volunteer.

Philoptochos Sunday, October 30, 2022

On Sunday, October 30, we will celebrate our Patron Saints Cosmas and Damion with artoclasia, a special collection for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and by hosting the social hour. Learn more at the September 27 meeting.

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


The St. Mary’s Philoptochos Newsletter is published several times a year. Click here to read the most recent editions for stories and information on events.


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