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.
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Provides a personal touch of comfort, support and fellowship to others.
Takes care of the special religious items such as holy water, palm crosses, the Epitaphio,weekly prosphoron, flowers and cleaning of the sacred utensils.
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
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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
Mimi Howland was presented with the Philoptochos AGAPE Award this year in honor of her tireless efforts on behalf of our church community and the community at large. Leader of the Thursday Baking Group, Christian Outreach, and the Prime Timers, volunteer with Tri-City Medical Center, the Newcomer's Club, and San Diego Madres, Mimi is a caring individual with an enormous heart and an eye towards ensuring the well being of those around her. Her initiative led her to spearhead groups and activities that have led to the betterment of our Philoptochos, church, and the city in which she lives and to bring the light of Christ's love to those around her. Congratulations, Mimi, for receiving the AGAPE Award.
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.
NOTE: Dates may change. Notification will be sent of any changes. Thank you.
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.
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
This is the time of year when we invite you to join or renew your membership to Saint Helen Philoptochos. As the major philanthropic organization of our church, your membership helps support our many worthwhile activities and charities.
What is Philoptochos? Philoptochos is an army of women whose collective drive, dedication and heart help those who need it most. Philoptochos is compassion; it is love; it is strength.
Why join Philoptochos? Invite, Embrace, Involve is our motto. When you join, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and share experiences, knowledge and laughter. Members are the foundation, heart and soul of our organization. The need is greater than ever before. Help expand our outreach and continue to give assistance, hope and love. We welcome and encourage you to join us in making a difference. Your presence and/or financial support can truly enable our chapter to help others whose challenges are staggering and often life altering.
How do I Join?
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: St. Helen Philoptochos
3459 Manchester Ave.
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
You can also give your completed form to a Philoptochos Board Member at the Philoptochos table during fellwoship or turn it in at the Philoptochos Membership Luncheon.
Include your donation. The amount is up to you. The National and Metropolis Philoptochos treasuries receive $30 of every member’s fees. Whatever you give above and beyond that amount stays in our chapter. Please make checks payable to: Saint Helen Philoptochos. You can also pay online using the PayPal button below.
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
President Irene Mylonas
1st Vice President Carolyn Koumaras
2nd Vice President Diane Truesdell
Recording Secretary Christine Dorudian
Corresponding Secretary Gail Slemon
Treasurer Nicki Cometa
Assistant Treasurer Despina Papadatos
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; Diane Truesdell; Pauline Tsoris
Pistis Circle Helen Crisafi, chair; Christine Dorudian, co-chair
Charity Liaison Pauline Tsoris, Patricia Karetas, Nicky Cometa, Maria Leslie Georgiou
Educational Programs Gail Slemon
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, Maria Vlahoulis, Litsa Orenich
Volunteer Coordinator Matina Dale
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