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Philoptochos News - February 2023

Updated: 3 days ago

As is the tradition of our parish, on Sunday, January 22nd we honored St. Basil the Great with the “Cutting of the Vasilopita”. Following Divine Liturgy, Father Andrew cut and distributed the Vasilopita. Donations in the amount of $2,250 were collected to support the efforts of St. Basil Academy located in Garrison, New York, for the continued support of those children in need. A heartfelt thank you to all of our donors.

A sincere thank you to our baking co-chairs Jenny Capetanakis and Niki Dougenis as well as our lovely bakers, Julie Karagianides, Vicky Mellos, Jannie Gallanis, and Christina Marantos. These ladies bake from the heart with love, and they continue to treat our community with their culinary talents! Thank you for all you do, ladies!

Our annual Anthousa Membership Event is quickly approaching. Please join us on Saturday, February 25th at 10:00am in the Cypress Room for our Complimentary Membership Brunch. We invite all new and renewing members, and we welcome all – ladies and gentlemen – to help us make a difference in the lives of many. If you cannot actively participate, your membership pledge helps our continued support of many charitable endeavors within our parish, as well as local, national, and international communities. RSVP with the Church Office by February 20th – 619.297.4165

By joining Philoptochos, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, share experiences, knowledge, and feel the joy in your heart of helping others who desperately need the support. Your continued love and support is greatly appreciated and needed now more than ever! The National and Metropolis Philoptochos treasuries each receive $15 of every membership donation, so any amount over $30 remains in our chapter’s treasury. To join or renew , visit our Membership page. Please contact Melanie Anastopulos at or Kalliopi Samouris at, if you have questions.

AGAPE MEALS are offered to our community members during difficult times. If you know of a family in need or are interested in volunteering with preparing meals, please reach out to Marian Dougenis at 619.520.3660 or

SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP - Our cherished tradition of gathering to visit with church family and guests is only possible with the support of our parishioners. Please sponsor a Sunday Fellowship Hour with friends & family by providing simple refreshments: donuts or bagels, fruit, juice. Contact Anne Zouvas 619.248.6644.

ICON ADORNMENT - Philoptochos invites every family to commemorate a special Feast Day in honor of your someone special by offering a donation to cover the cost of decorating the icon with beautiful fresh flowers for display in the Narthex. The liturgical year presents many opportunities to honor your family member and an important day in the life of the Church (suggested donation is $75). Please contact Soula in the church office at 619.297.4165 or to reserve your date now.

Please join us as we continue to put faith into action through our Philoptochos ministry. Our work will provide you with many gratifying opportunities to serve your parish and community, make new friends, and embrace and promote the faith of our mothers and fathers in our Orthodox beliefs.

Yours in Christ,

Sofia Samouris

Anthousa Chapter President

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