Annunciation of the Theotokos
Monday, March 25, 2019
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O Lord and Master of my life!
Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.

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Annunciation Cathedral Philoptochos

A Legacy of Philanthropy — One Woman Asking Another to Care

A Brief History Of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society

The idea of a Philoptochos as a necessary organization of the Greek Orthodox Church structure was initiated by Archbishop Athenagoras in 1931. The Annunciation Cathedral Women's Philoptochos Society of Chicago was founded in 1939 when Archbishop Athenagoras requested the existing "Mothers Benevolent Society" became a "Philoptochos." The women accepted the suggestion and elected Mrs. Phyllis Batsakis Deliannis, President of the Mothers' group, to be President of the newly organized Philoptochos.

Over the years our Philoptochos has played a significant role in the welfare of our beloved Annunciation Cathedral, and has made many contributions to the community and across the world. During the early 1940's our Philoptochos — through various fund raising events — helped our Cathedral pay off the mortgage, preventing foreclosure and ensuring our future (as well as leading the redecoration of the Cathedral).

Projects abroad and home

  • During World War II our ladies raised funds for the American Red Cross.
  • Volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.
  • Provided aid to the Battered and Homeless Women of Chicago.
  • Served Greek meals to hospitalized veterans.
  • Participated in the Feed the Hungry Program.
  • Committed to the building of the Greek American Nursing Home.
  • Established several annual events such as the Champagne Lunch and Makaronada Luncheon.
  • Baked desserts and other items for the Cathedral Food Festival and hosted various other Cathedral religious events.
  • Purchased kitchen equipment for the Cathedral and settings for 200 consisting of dishes, glasses, flatware and cabinetry.

Currently

  • We continue to support National and International programs through our National House of Philanthropy as well as many of the programs listed above (and many others).
  • We have sent Funds for Disaster Relief to Greece and the areas of the US affected by natural disasters.
  • We have established our own Children's Fund benefiting children in the Chicago area who are in crisis.
  • And our work goes on! So much to do!

We thank you for your generous support!

Orthros and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Monday, March 25 – 8:30 AM

Presanctified Liturgy
Wednesday, March 27 – 6:00 PM

Salutations to the Theotokos
Friday, March 29 – 6:30 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, March 31 – 8:15 AM

Great Compline
Monday, April 1 – 5:45 PM

Presanctified Liturgy
Wednesday, April 3 – 6:00 PM

Salutations to the Theotokos
Friday, April 5 – 6:30 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, April 7 – 8:15 AM

Great Compline
Monday, April 8 – 5:45 PM

Presanctified Liturgy
Wednesday, April 10 – 6:00 PM

Akathist Hymn
Friday, April 12 – 6:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, April 14 – 8:15 AM

Great Compline
Monday, April 15 – 5:45 PM

Presanctified Liturgy
Wednesday, April 17 – 6:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, April 21 – 8:15 AM

Feed the Hungry
St George
Tuesday, March 26 – 11:00 AM

Sunday, March 31 – 12:00 AM

Catechism
Monday, April 1 – 7:00 PM

Catechism
Monday, April 8 – 7:00 PM

Philoptochos Meeting
Monday, April 8 – 7:00 PM

Feed the Hungry
St Basil
Tuesday, April 9 – 11:00 AM

Festival Meeting
Wednesday, April 10 – 7:00 PM

Catechism
Monday, April 15 – 7:00 PM

Catechism
Monday, April 22 – 7:00 PM