Philoptochos Outreach Ministry

stcaSt. Katherine’s Philoptochos Metropolis of San Francisco
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Society is the philanthropic heart of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Metropolis of San Francisco. Philoptochos literally means “friends of the poor” and its holy mission is to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach, to preserve the sanctity of life and family, to perpetuate and promote our Greek Orthodox Faith and tradition.

Our Prophet Elias chapter of Philoptochos is a small but mighty group named for St. Katherine, who suffered for the Lord in the year 305 A.D. Our chapter is involved in Santa Cruz County to aid the poor, the destitute, the hungry and is ever ready to offer assistance to those in need.

St. Katherine’s chapter donates Journey Packs to the foster children program in Santa Cruz County. Each backpack is brand new and contains age-appropriate pajamas, underwear, socks, tablets, pencils, pens, toothbrush, toothpaste, a healthy treat and a prayer card. Thirty (30) packs have been delivered so far.

Philoptochos News – current ministriy events and information

Taking the Oath of Office!

Our St. Katherine’s Philoptochos Ministry installed new officers and Father Milutin administered the Oath of Office. The new officers are president Maria Thomas, vice-president Connie... Read More
Other local charitable work has included donations to:

Jacob’s Heart
Women in Crisis
Earthquake Disaster Relief
Christmas Charities
Sunshine Committee
Lucky Girls orphanage, Calcutta, India
Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Cruz County
Siena House
Haiti Relief Fund
American Red Cross Disaster Relief

Our National and Metropolis Philoptochos annually support:
Kids ‘n’ Cancer Camp Agape
Bishop Anthony Philoptochos Student Aid Endowment Fund
St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center
Women’s Health and Wellness
Emergency Relief Fund
St. Basil’s Academy
Holy Cross Seminary
Patriarchate Fund
Other activities within the parish community includes sponsoring:

• Visitations to the elder, sick, and the bereaved

• Floral decorations on all holy days

• Apokries (pronounced Ah-poh-kree-ess) which is Greek for Mardi Gras. It is a celebration before the strict fasting of Great Lent. The talent show is always entertaining.

• Lenten retreats on topics related to Lenten worship

• Holiday pastry sale

• Community hall table décor

Women and men of all ages are invited to join this important ministry of the Church. For more information, contact the St. Katherine’s Philoptochos president, Annie Gouskos at (831) 429-6500.