Membership Drive - $30.00; We welcome additional donations to support charitable outreach ($50, $100) - payable cash/check (drop envelope in Church office), Venmo, or PayPal. Philanthropic outreach is the heart of the National Philoptochos Society, with each chapter around the country contributing to their communities and beyond in unique ways. The St. Dorkas Adelphotis Chapter at Ss. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen has been involved in a number of outreach efforts over the last few years—and we want you to know about them. Please open the document to learn about the charities our chapter has supported, which has been made possible through your continued prayers, support, and financial donations.  

LOOK FOR:

JANUARY 9 - New Years St. Basil Celebration - CommUNITY Breakfast

FEBRUARY - Membership Tea

APRIL 30 - Comedy Night

The Ladies Philoptochos St Dorkas Adelphotis News:

The Ladies Philoptochos welcomes all to join our chapter. We will begin our membership drive on October 25th, the feast day of St Dorkas, our patron saint. The Philoptochos will host coffee hour and have an information and membership signup table. JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Over the summer and in September, the ladies were hard at work making delicious Greek desserts for our festival; all the pastries sold out at this successful event. Thank you to all who made the pastry sales and festival a success. We also supported SOFIA, a local organization assisting battered women, by participating in their annual walk in September as well as supporting them with monetary donations.

The Chapter also attended the Clergy-Laity meeting on Sept 20. Vikki Glock and Vivian Pagoulatos attended the Metropolis Philoptochos convention as delegates with Helen Oliva attending the banquet. The award of our chapter honoree, Vasiliki Fotinis, was accepted by her son, Manolis Fotinis.

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Female Saints of the Orthodox Church:

(Click on the links below for more information)

Dec. 4:    St. Barbara the Great Martyr

Dec. 22:  Anastasia the Great Martyr

Dec. 24:  Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome

Dec. 31:  Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome

Jan. 12:  Tatiana the Martyr of Rome

Jan. 14:  Agnes the Virgin-martyr

Jan. 24:  Xenia, Deaconess of Rome

Jan. 30:  Athanasia the Martyr & her 3 daughters
Jan. 31:  Holy Women Martyrs Theodote, Theoktiste and Eudoxia

Feb. 5:    Agatha the Martyr

Feb. 11:  Theodora the Empress

Feb. 17:  Mariamne, Sister of Apostle Philip

We support local charities and our Metropolis/National Archdiocese

Philoptochos Charities & Social Services

Orthodox families helped by local Philoptochos: in our parish, gentleman facing medical issues/bills.

Case #1 Mother died very young, in her 30’s, from cancer. Father died soon after in an accident. Grandparents raising the two children.

Charities Supported by our Philoptochos Chapter:
 

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Mud Girls Studios - www.mudgirlsstudios.org
Empowering Women.

Transforming lives through art.

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S.O.F.I.A.https://supportsofia.org/
Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates

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Toni's Kitchen
https://toniskitchen.org/
Responding to our community
in this challenging time.

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The Apostles' House - Newark, NJ
https://theapostleshouse.org/index.html
Faithfully serving this community since 1982

CLICK HERE for a list of Charities and causes supported by the National Philoptochos.

Philoptochos Membership Drive

$30; we welcome additional donations to support charitable outreach ($50, $100) -payable cash/check (drop envelope in church office), Venmo or Paypal

 

Giving – Successful Food Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Koliva – Donate

$20 or more to Philoptochos Saturday of the Souls

(Mar 6, 13, 20)

Join us - Baking for Pastry Sale:

  • Mon Mar 1 (3 pm – 8 pm)

  • Wed Mar 3 (10 am – 4 pm)

St. Dorkas / Tabitha
Patron Saint of Philoptochos
Chapter 1028/1029

O Lord Jesus Christ, we bow our heads before You, and with humble hearts we give thanks to You for the  abundant blessings, which You have  poured forth upon us. We praise You for gathering us together as members of the Ladies Philoptochos Society in the service to Your Holy Church. We bless You for the selfless sacrifice of countless generations of women who have faithfully fulfilled the philanthropic mission entrusted to them. Through Your ineffable wisdom and Your Divine power, You have enabled us to minister to those who are in need of Your love, Your comfort, and Your care. Make us instruments of Your peace and of Your hope, O Lord. 


Where there is pain and suffering, may we bring Your healing and comfort. Where there is loneliness and isolation, may we bring the fellowship of Your Holy Church. Where there is despair and discouragement, may we inspire hope and faith in You. Where there is hatred and strife, may we be peace-makers producing the fruits of love and reconciliation.


We also ask You, O Lord, to guide our deliberations, our decisions, our fellowship, and all our labors, so that in all we do, or say, we may bring glory to Your Holy Name, of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

2021 Goals for Charitable Disbursements - (Jan - June 2021)

  • $500 Chapter Gift cards (social services)

  • $1,000 Chapter Scholarship
    Metropolis Obligations

  • March - NJ Metropolis Emergency Social Services – (tray)

  • April – Schools of  Patriarchate /Turkish School Initiative  $250

  • June – NJ Metropolis Office  $500

  • March – Tray for Greece & Cyprus Relief
    National Obligations

  • Jan – Vasilopita (St Basil) tray

  • Jan – Social Services/Cancer & Other Major Illnesses Fund $600

  • Feb – Autism Assistance Fund $250; St Photios Shrine $50

  • Mar – OCMC/SAMP $450 (Support a Mission Priest);

  • Mar–  Hellenic College/Holy Cross (Veneration of the Cross) $100

  • Apr – Sisterhood of  St Basil Grad $100;  IOCC $250

  • May/June  - 75th Anniversary Founders Fund $100; Orthodox Christian Fellowship $100

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​Philoptochos Altar Iconography Donation
The Ladies Philoptochos Society St Dorkas Adelphotis Chapter 1028/1029 has donated 2 full length altar icons, presenting checks totaling $8,000 in May and June.  The goal is to raise the full $12,000 (or more) by St Nicholas Feast Day.

 

Philoptochos Donated 4 Altar Icons by raising $16,000

The Altar Iconography Fund was chaired by Mary Koutsaftes, Helen Oliva and Vivian Pagoulatos (Feb 2017- March 2018).  Please support the current phase of the Icongraphy Program.

 
Father George and the Philoptochos are grateful for the generosity of our Philoptochos sisters, their families and friends.  Our gratitude is surpassed only by the knowledge that we have made a significant contribution to beautifying our beloved Ss Nicholas, Constantine and Helen Church, and we could not have done it without you. 

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PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS:

Philoptochos members participated at the September 7, 2019 - SOFIA 9th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence

2019 Visit to Apostle House