Philoptochos Newsletter January 2020


Philoptochos Upcoming Events

Heart Sunday is on February 3, 2019, and ladies coming to Church will receive a gift to celebrate Cardiac Health Awareness for Women Month. Join us and wear red to give attention to this worthy cause.

On February 26, 2019 in the Parlor Room, there will be a Business Meetingand a presentation on Women’s Cardiac Health to celebrate Cardiac Health Awareness for Women Month. Alexis Auger, MSN, NP-BC from MGH Cardiology will be the speaker. Topics will include prevalence of heart disease in women, review of the path physiology of the heart, risk factors, symptoms, how to reduce risk, and how we treat heart disease. If there are any other topics you would like to hear about, please contact Stacey Yavorski. Bring a friend and enjoy fellowship, have fun and learn all about heart disease and how to prevent it in women!

On March 18, 2020, Business Meetingand Presentation to be announced, 6:30 p.m., Parlor Room.

2020 Meetings and Events – Mark your calendars:

  • February 3, 2020 – Heart Sunday – Wear red and come to Church to receive a gift from Philoptochos to celebrate Cardiac Health Awareness Month for Women.
  • February 26, 2020, Business Meetingand Women’s Cardiac Health Presentation, 6:30 p.m., Parlor Room (please note that this meeting is on the 4th Wednesday of the month, not the 3d).
  • March 18, 2020, Business Meetingand Presentation to be announced, 6:30 p.m., Parlor Room.
  • March 25th Annunciation and Greek Independence Day Celebration– Date to be announced.
  • April 22, 2020, Business Meetingand Film – “On the Precipice of Extinction” – the story of the plight of our beloved Patriarchate in Turkey, 6:30 p.m., Parlor Room.
  • May 20, 2020, Business Meeting, Pot Luck Dinner andArbonne Presentation by Tracey Franggos, 6:30 p.m., venue to be announced.
  • May 2020, Haven From Hunger, food preparation and serving. Dates to be announced.
    June, End of Year Celebration – Event/date to be announced (Bring your ideas to the Jan. meeting!).
    This spring, stayed tuned for upcoming baking and cooking workshops with Stacey Yavorski and Ruth Morfis. The workshops will feature koulourakia, pastries and Greek Easter Bread. For more information please contact Ruth Morfis at 978-531-8655 or Stacey Yavorski at

Other happenings this spring will include ongoing Veterans Drive(updated list of items to follow and/or contact Maria Collins at 978-531-6832), Outreach to homebound members during Easter (contact Maria Collins at 978-531-6832), Easter Egg preparation and more. For additional information, if you have new ideas, or would like to help please contact Evelyn Rockas.

Just a reminder that as one of the Ministries of our beloved St. Vasilios, Philoptochos Athena hosts a coffee houronce a month throughout the year. For more information, or if you would like to help, please contact Tina Manolakos.

We have been using our new email address and all emails being distributed to the general membership come from:

Throughout this update and in previous bulletins, new members have been invited to join Philoptochos Athena. Please come see what we are all about and be a part of our mission to help those less fortunate and give to many worthy causes. Join us and meet new friends, enjoy fellowship and feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you have contributed to the greater good. And if you are a member that hasn’t come to meetings or events recently, please come back. 2020 is a great time to start something new or get reacquainted. We can’t do it without your help!

As always, in closing, the Executive Board, Board of Directors and current members look forward to welcoming new members and teaming together to carry out the Philoptochos Mission with joyful, loving and pure hearts.

With your help and as Father Chris says: “Many Hands Make Light Work”. We are a great team. We can and will accomplish so much together!

Feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas and/or comments.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. May 2020 be replete with good health and much happiness!

With best wishes always,

Evelyn Limberakis Rockas
President, St. Vasilios Philoptochos Athena




Mission Statement

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Inc., is the duly accredited women's philanthropic society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The mission of the Society shall be:

  1. To help the poor, the destitute, the hungry, the aged, the sick, the unemployed, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the widowed, the handicapped, the victims of disasters, to undertake the burial of impoverished persons and to offer assistance to anyone who may need the help of the Church through fund raising efforts; and

  2. To promote the charitable, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, through instructional programs, presentations, lectures, seminars and other educational resources;

  3. To preserve and perpetuate Orthodox Christian concepts and the Orthodox Christian Family, and through them, to promote the Greek Orthodox Faith and traditions, in accordance with its doctrines, canons, discipline, divine worship, usages and customs;

  4. To promote participation in the activities of the Greek Orthodox community, with the cooperation of the Parish Priest and the Parish Council.

  5. The charitable work of the Society shall be performed with discretion, courtesy and kindness.

Executive Board 2019-2020

  1. Evelyn Limberakis Rockas - President.

  2. Tina Manolakos - First Vice President
  3. Helen Nikolouzos - Second Vice President
  4. Bonnie Antoniou - Corresponding Secretary
  5. Helen Papadopoulos - Recording Secretary
  6. Stacey Yavorksi - Treasurer
  7. Advisor - Haritomeni Frangias

Board of Directors 2019-2020

  1. Anna Agourides 
  2. Myrna Dalkouras 
  3. Fran Diamantopoulos
  4. Barbara Falardeau 
  5. Dorothy Galanis
  6. Mary Limberakis
  7. Irene Martinoli
  8. Paula MacDonald
  9. Ruth Morfis 
  10. Ellen Nordquist
  11. Debbie Pantazelos
  12. Sandy Ruggeri
  13. Bessie Silva
  14. Peggy Triantafilou
  15. Joan Tsapatsaris
  16. Chrissy Votto
  17. Anna Zaimes

Who We Are

Philoptochos or "friends of the poor" is a philanthropic Ministry of St. Vasilios, primarily dedicated to local and national support of charitable organizations and individuals. Aside from benevolence on an individual basis, this group maintains an ongoing program of philanthropic projects which support St. Basil Academy, an Archdiocesan school for needy children, the Benevolence Fund of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the National Philoptochos Children's Open Heart Surgery Program and the Cyprus Children's Fund.

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We also maintain a program of visitation and gift-giving to parish elders who are nursing home patients, and of other programs too numerous to mention here. In addition to its philanthropic endeavors, Philoptochos generously supports parish capital projects and provides numerous fellowship opportunities, beyond our community, through social events and an active and extensive travel program.

The Philoptochos would like to thank the clergy, the parish council, and the entire community for supporting our work so generously. It is this wonderful spirit, the spirit of the Saint Vasilios’ community, which makes it possible for us to receive these national honors.

The Patron Saints of Philoptochos are Sts. Cosmas and Damianos, the Holy Unmercenaries. They were physicians who tended to the poor and afflicted without compensation except to ask the healed that they confess and believe in Christ. Their lives ended in martyrdom in the year 284, under the Roman Emperors Carinus and Numerian.

Philoptochos invites all women of our Church over the age of 18 to become a part of our great cause in helping others, providing hope, kindness, courage and love.

Our President, Evelyn Rockαs can be contacted at

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