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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.

Philoptochos News – current ministry events and information

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Other local charitable work has included donations to:

       Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)

       Foster Children of Santa Cruz County      

Our National and Metropolis Philoptochos support:
       Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate Fund     
       St. Basil’s Academy
       Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC)
       International Orthodox Christian Charitites (IOCC)
       St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center
 
Other activities within the parish community includes sponsoring:

• Visitations to the elder, sick, and the bereaved

• Floral decorations on all holy days

• 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, Maria Thomas at (831) 429-6500.