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Welcome to the Saint Helen Chapter of  the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.

St Helen Philoptochos was established in 1979 and consists of women in the Parish whose main objectives are of a charitable and philanthropic nature. At its founding the concept of Circles was introduced by Father Theodore Phillips. Each member is requested to join one of the three Circles. Through our three circles, various activities and programs, we provide a wide range of services.

Click on each activity for further information.


  • Agape Circle
    Provides a personal touch of comfort, support and fellowship to others.
  • Pistis Circle
    Takes care of the special religious items such as holy water, palm crosses, the Epitaphio,weekly prosphoron, flowers and cleaning of the sacred utensils.
  • Elpis Circle
    Coordinates major events and fundraising activities such as: the membership tea, Palm Sunday luncheon, and a major fundraising event among others. In addition, we participate in community activities such as the Holiday Basket Program with Community Resource Center and the homeless feeding program with Two Fishes.

Other Activities supported by the Philoptochos

Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy

Email St. Helen Philoptochos

Please click the button below to make a donation to St. Helen Philoptochos

Volunteers needed to assist with the baking of the weekly Prosphoro (Bread)

We are trying something a little new for supplying the prosphoro which we need on an ongoing basis. We will be having baking sessions where a group of about 5-6 will meet in the Senior Center Kitchen and use the big mixer to make 20 or more loaves at a time. We will do these baking sessions about every month of so. It takes 3 hours to make the breads and then a little more time for them to cool before they are wrapped and put in the freezer. If you would like to join these Baking Sessions or you would like to make on your own and contribute to the supply. Please contact Irene Mylonas, 858-459-2288, e-mail St. Helen Philoptochos


Irene Mylonas, President

Pistis Circle Activities: Our Pistis Circle is an active, devoted group of ladies who quietly provide many of the items that support and enhance our religious services. In December, they delivered, set up, and lovingly cared for 75 beautiful and vibrant poinsettia plants that graced the solea. In January, for Theophany, they filled 500 water bottles, set them on trays and saw to it that everything was ready for the services. For Vasilopita Sunday, they made sure the tables were set and ready, knives, cutting boards and napkins were in place, and volunteers were notified to bring in vasilopitas and to help with the cutting and distribution. Thank you very much to Helen Crisafi, Pistis chair, Christine Dorudian, co-chair, and Matina Dale, volunteer coordinator, who organized these activities and ensured that all details were addressed. Thank you, also, to our Philoptochos and Junior Philoptochos members who assisted with these special events and activities.

Vasilopitas: Many thanks to the following individuals who prepared and brought vasilopitas for us on Vasilopita Sunday, January 12: Georgia Afendoules, Matina Dale, Maria Goudamanis, Sevasti Hatzimichael, Mimi Howland, Maria Kladouras, Patty Moises, Irene Mylonas, Maria Poniros, Jeannie Ranglas, Linda Santogeanis-Crow, Lenore Trigonis, and Christina Vassiliadis. Everyone in attendance that day received at least one piece of the delicious, sweet breads and cakes. We are truly grateful for their time, talent, and generosity.

Agape Circle: Our Agape Circle once again has lovingly prepared gifts for our Homebound Parishioners. They made a small package consisting of a bottle of holy water and a piece of vasilopita, which were given out for distribution. We are grateful to Pauline Tsoris, Agape chair, and Matina Dale, co-chair, who organized the gifts, and to the many volunteers who took these gifts to our homebound and spent time with them, letting them know that we love and remember them and that they are very much in our hearts.

Fellowship: We sincerely appreciate the following groups and individuals who provided fellowship during the month of December: Sunday School, Dance Groups, Parish Council, Choir, Marilyn Cantrell, Maria Goudamanis, and Litsa Orenich. Our Fellowship Hour is a wonderful way to enjoy the company of old and new friends, and we are thankful for their efforts towards making it an enjoyable time of the day.

Membership: With the beginning of the New Year, we are asking once again that you join Saint Helen Philoptochos or renew your membership for 2014. We are the major philanthropic organization for the church, and your membership helps to support our many worthwhile activities and charities. You may send in your contribution to the church, stop by the Philoptochos table on Sundays following the liturgy to turn in your membership form and donation, or go online to the Philoptochos page on the church website. The amount you give is up to you. The first $30 goes towards fulfilling our National and Metropolis obligations, and the rest stays here within our own chapter, helping us do our good works. Please make checks payable to Saint Helen Philoptochos. Thank you.

Upcoming Events

Wear Red Sunday: On Sunday, February 9, we encourage all parishioners to wear red to church. The American Heart Association sponsors Go Red for Women to increase awareness and help prevent heart disease, the number one killer of American women. However, it seems that the goals we are trying to promote – that we take charge of our own well-being and live healthier, stronger lives – are good for all of us, men, women, and children alike, so we ask everyone to participate in this activity. On that Sunday, we will be distributing information to you about the importance of awareness and prevention of heart disease, and we look forward to seeing a sea of red within our congregation!

General Assembly Meeting: Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for a meeting on Sunday afternoon, February 23, following the Liturgy. We will gather in the Senior Center, where we will have our own fellowship, roll up our sleeves, and get busy making plans and sharing ideas. We will break into our three circles and discuss circle projects and activities for the upcoming months. We welcome your participation and look forward to having you join this most important meeting.

Spiritual Retreat: On Saturday morning, March 29, we have a special event planned that you will not want to miss. We are honored to have as our guest speaker, Presbytera Tsagalakis, from Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, who will give a fascinating presentation titled: Balance – The Art of Giving and Receiving – Reflections on Saints Mary and Martha. She will be challenging Orthodox Christian women to find balance in their lives. Presbytera Tsagalakis is an engaging speaker, and will impart thoughtful insights that are sure to be meaningful to all who attend. More information will follow next month. 

February 9, 2014 - Philoptochos and Parish Ladies wear red for Heart Healthy month.

 ·         All Members - Quarterly Meeting (See the Calendar for Dates and details)
·         Philoptochos Board and Circles Meetings – Monthly, or as needed (See the Calendar for Dates and details)


NOTE:  Dates may change.  Notification will be sent of any changes.  Thank you.

Date                       Activity                                               

May 4, 2014                     Kids ‘n’ Cancer Reception 2-5pm, Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, CA                             

TBD                                 General Assembly Meeting – in the Senior Center

Jun. 15, 2014                   Sunday School Promotion and Luncheon 

NOTE:  Dates may change.  Notification will be sent of any changes.  Thank you.


February 2014 onwards coming at a later date

Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Fellowship "Coffee and Conversation" is an important part of our Sunday morning worship experience. It is a wonderful opportunity for members, friends and visitors to greet one another and enjoy conversations, helping us to get to know one another better and provide a welcoming, warm, and caring environment for all.

To that end, our ministries, organizations and families sign up to host fellowship throughout the year. We ask that all that are able sign-up to host and bring a light snack or treat to share so we can enjoy for each Sunday. Many hands make for light work!

Have a special event to celebrate? Sign up to host at a Sunday close to your event, bring a light treat, and let us celebrate with you!

Click here to see the Fellowship Schedule

We thank each and everyone of you for signing up and making our fellowship time together possible.

How do I Join?

Your contribution is so welcome and by participating in some of the activities of our various Circles and other activities your efforts are of value to our community and will strengthen the organization.

You can complete a Membership Profile online or download and fill out our Membership Profile then mail the completed form to the address below.

Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Attn: Argie Demas, St. Helen Philoptochos
3459 Manchester Ave.
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

Just by joining and giving us your membership dues (the amount is up to you), you help us to continue the financial support of the many charities we sponsor. (NOTE: The National and Metropolis Philoptochos treasuries receive a total of $25 of every member's stewardship. Whatever you give above and beyond $25 stays in our chapter to do good works for our Philoptochos ministries as well as supporting our church. You can join any time and get involved as much or as little as you would like. Please make checks payable to St. Helen Philoptochos. Thank you for your love and support.)

What happens to the money we raise?

Annually, we give over $20,000 to support our church-based institutions such as International Orthodox Charities, St. Basil's Academy, Hellenic College/Holy Cross, St. Nicholas Ranch, our Mission priests and our seminary school students as well as to outside charities such as Community Resource Center, Elizabeth Hospice, Kids 'n' Cancer, San Diego Food Bank, Voices for Children, Autism Assistance, the Cancer Fund, UNICEF, Haiti Relief Fund among others. In addition, we have provided financial assistance for individual needs within our community and to our parishioners.

National and Metropolis Ministry Commitments

  • Help Those in Need
    • Social Services - Provides outreach, support, financial assistance
    • 75Th Anniversary Founders Fund - Supports care facilities for aged
    • Social Welfare Emergency Fund (Metropolis)
  • Worldwide Outreach
    • Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) - Supports missionaries
    • Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) - Helps Clergy to build facilities, do training
    • International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) - Provides food, shelter, self-sufficiency
    • National Philoptochos Emergency Fund - Responds immediately to disasters
    • Pennies 'n' Prayers (Metrolpolis) - Aids mission churches
  • Support Our Youth
    • Saint Basil Academy - Provides for its operating expenses
    • Sisterhood of St. Basil Academy - Provides for physical needs of children
    • Orthodox Christian Fellowship - Supports fellowship on college campuses
    • UNICEF - Protects rights, health, and well-being of all children
  • Our Clergy
    • Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology - Scholarships, operational expenses of the school
    • Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Endowment Fund
    • Retired Clergy and Widowed Presvyteras Benelovent Fund - Helps those facing financial problems
    • National Sisterhood of Presvyteras Benelovent Fund - Provides short-term support for clergy and families in times of crisis
  • Religious Centers
    • Ecumenical Patriarchate - Benefits its philanthropic programs and charities
    • Saint Photios - Assistance to preserve the National Shrine
    • Saint Nicholas Ranch (Metropolis)
  • Medical Charities
    • Cancer Fund - Provides individuals with financial assistance
    • Autism Assistance Fund - Assists individuals, promotes awareness
    • General Medical Fund - Provides financial resources for individuals
    • Kids 'n' Cancer - Provides for a family camping experience
    • Women's Health and Wellness (Metropolis)

Our Local Contributions

  • Parish Activities
    • Purchase Fellowship Supplies
    • Sponsor Weekly Newsletter
    • Pistis Circle - Provide flowers and other religious service items, including Holy Week
    • Homebound Parishioners are provided with support and gifts
    • Host Educational and Spiritual Events - Caregiver Presentations, Spiritual Retreats, Meetings, Abbess of Lifegiving Spring Monastery Brunch
  • Our Youth
    • Sunday School Breakfasts and Luncheons
    • Vacation Bible School Assistance
    • Greek School Summer Camp Scholarships
    • College Project - Provide small gifts of rememberance and love
    • Adopt a Seminarian - Send Financial assistance and encouragement
  • Assist Those in Need
    • Emergency Fund - Provide short term financial assistance to parishioners
    • Grocery Gift Cards
    • Holiday Gift Baskets
  • Dontations to Local Charities
    • Community Resource Center
    • Elizabeth Hospice
    • FOCUS
    • Project Mexico
    • San Diego Food Bank
    • Two Fishes
    • Voices for Children
  • Donations to Outreach Programs
    • Father Themis and Paradise Kids for Africa
    • Global Outreach Program of the American College of Nurse Midwives - Beanie Baby Hats
    • Haitian Relief Fund

President                                           Irene Mylonas

1st Vice President                             Carolyn Koumaras

2nd Vice President                            Diane Truesdell

Recording Secretary                        Michelle Pekos

Corresponding Secretary                Gail Slemon

Treasurer                                           Nicki Cometa

Assistant Treasurer                          Heather Hetrick

Advisor                                               Carolyn Grage


Agape Circle                                      Pauline Tsoris, chair; Matina Dale, co-chair; Patricia Karetas

Elpis Circle                                         Anne Panagakos, co-chair; Alexis Ranglas, co-chair; Patricia Karetas; Marianne Pekos; Diane Truesdell; Pauline Tsoris

Pistis Circle                                        Helen Crisafi, chair; Christine Dorudian, co-chair; Heather Hetrick

Charity Liaison                                  Pauline Tsoris, Patricia Karetas, Nicky Cometa, Maria Leslie Georgiou

College Project                                 Michelle Pekos, Heather Hetrick

Educational Programs                     Gail Slemon, Marianne Pekos

Fellowship Coordinator                  Irene Mylonas

Historian                                            Carolyn Grage

Junior Philoptochos/Angels           Rene Grevas, Carolyn Grage

Membership                                      Argie Demas, chair; Gail Slemon; Diane Truesdell

Newsletter                                        Diane Truesdell

Parliamentarian                               Carolyn Koumaras

Prosphoro Coordinator                  Matina Dale

Seminarian Liaison                          Rene Grevas, Carolyn Grage

Special Projects                                Maria Leslie Georgiou, Nicky Cometa

Volunteer Coordinator                   Matina Dale










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