Sts. Constantine and Helen Church
Publish Date: 2021-10-17
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Sts. Constantine and Helen Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (414) 778-1555
  • Street Address:

  • 2160 N. Wauwatosa Avenue

  • Wauwatosa, WI 53213

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Services Schedule


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This Sunday

SUNDAY, October 17th, 2021— Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council 

EPISTLE: Titus 3:8-15 

HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 8:5-15 


Prosforo Baker: Peggy Gorgolis

Coffee Hour: Parish Council

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Saints and Feasts

October 17

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.

October 17

Removal and Placing of the Sacred Relics of the Holy and Righteous Lazarus


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, Jesus, having risen from the dead, stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.

Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high."

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Sixth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 24:36-53

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἔστη ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· εἰρήνη ὑμῖν. πτοηθέντες δὲ καὶ ἔμφοβοι γενόμενοι ἐδόκουν πνεῦμα θεωρεῖν. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τί τεταραγμένοι ἐστέ, καὶ διατί διαλογισμοὶ ἀναβαίνουσιν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν; ἴδετε τὰς χεῖράς μου καὶ τοὺς πόδας μου, ὅτι αὐτὸς ἐγώ εἰμι· ψηλαφήσατέ με καὶ ἴδετε, ὅτι πνεῦμα σάρκα καὶ ὀστέα οὐκ ἔχει καθὼς ἐμὲ θεωρεῖτε ἔχοντα. καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἐπέδειξεν αὐτοῖς τὰς χεῖρας καὶ τοὺς πόδας. ἔτι δὲ ἀπιστούντων αὐτῶν ἀπὸ τῆς χαρᾶς καὶ θαυμαζόντων εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ἔχετέ τι βρώσιμον ἐνθάδε; οἱ δὲ ἐπέδωκαν αὐτῷ ἰχθύος ὀπτοῦ μέρος καὶ ἀπὸ μελισσίου κηρίου, καὶ λαβὼν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ἔφαγεν. εἶπε δὲ αὐτοῖς· οὗτοι οἱ λόγοι οὓς ἐλάλησα πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔτι ὢν σὺν ὑμῖν, ὅτι δεῖ πληρωθῆναι πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα ἐν τῷ νόμῳ Μωϋσέως καὶ προφήταις καὶ ψαλμοῖς περὶ ἐμοῦ. τότε διήνοιξεν αὐτῶν τὸν νοῦν τοῦ συνιέναι τὰς γραφάς, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι οὕτω γέγραπται καὶ οὕτως ἔδει παθεῖν τὸν Χριστὸν καὶ ἀναστῆναι ἐκ νεκρῶν τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ κηρυχθῆναι ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ μετάνοιαν καὶ ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, ἀρξάμενον ἀπὸ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. ὑμεῖς δέ ἐστε μάρτυρες τούτων. καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ πατρός μου ἐφ᾿ ὑμᾶς· ὑμεῖς δὲ καθίσατε ἐν τῇ πόλει ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἕως οὗ ἐνδύσησθε δύναμιν ἐξ ὕψους.

᾿Εξήγαγε δὲ αὐτοὺς ἔξω ἕως εἰς Βηθανίαν, καὶ ἐπάρας τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ εὐλόγησεν αὐτούς. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ εὐλογεῖν αὐτὸν αὐτοὺς διέστη ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν καὶ ἀνεφέρετο εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν. καὶ αὐτοὶ προσκυνήσαντες αὐτὸν ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ μετὰ χαρᾶς μεγάλης, καὶ ἦσαν διὰ παντὸς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ αἰνοῦντες καὶ εὐλογοῦντες τὸν Θεόν. ἀμήν.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Mode. Δανιήλ 3.26-27.
Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Ὅτι δίκαιος εἶ ἐπὶ πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίησας ἡμῖν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τίτον 3:8-15.

Τέκνον Τίτε, πιστὸς ὁ λόγος, καὶ περὶ τούτων βούλομαί σε διαβεβαιοῦσθαι, ἵνα φροντίζωσιν καλῶν ἔργων προΐστασθαι οἱ πεπιστευκότες θεῷ. ταῦτά ἐστιν καλὰ καὶ ὠφέλιμα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις · μωρὰς δὲ ζητήσεις καὶ γενεαλογίας καὶ ἔριν καὶ μάχας νομικὰς περιΐστασο, εἰσὶν γὰρ ἀνωφελεῖς καὶ μάταιοι. αιῥετικὸν ἄνθρωπον μετὰ μίαν καὶ δευτέραν νουθεσίαν παραιτοῦ, εἰδὼς ὅτι ἐξέστραπται ὁ τοιοῦτος καὶ ἁμαρτάνει, ὢν αὐτοκατάκριτος. Ὅταν πέμψω Ἀρτεμᾶν πρὸς σὲ ἢ Τυχικόν, σπούδασον ἐλθεῖν πρός με εἰς Νικόπολιν, ἐκεῖ γὰρ κέκρικα παραχειμάσαι. Ζηνᾶν τὸν νομικὸν καὶ Ἀπολλῶν σπουδαίως πρόπεμψον, ἵνα μηδὲν αὐτοῖς λείπῃ. μανθανέτωσαν δὲ καὶ οἱ ἡμέτεροι καλῶν ἔργων προΐστασθαι εἰς τὰς ἀναγκαίας χρείας, ἵνα μὴ ὦσιν ἄκαρποι. Ἀσπάζονταί σε οἱ μετ ᾽ἐμοῦ πάντες. Ἄσπασαι τοὺς φιλοῦντας ἡμᾶς ἐν πίστει. ἡ χάρις μετὰ πάντων ὑμῶν.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: "A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold." And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience." As he said these things, he cried out "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 8:5-15

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἐξῆλθεν ὁ σπείρων τοῦ σπεῖραι τὸν σπόρον αὐτοῦ. καὶ ἐν τῷ σπείρειν αὐτὸν ὃ μὲν ἔπεσε παρὰ τὴν ὁδόν, καὶ κατεπατήθη, καὶ τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ κατέφαγεν αὐτό· καὶ ἕτερον ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ τὴν πέτραν, καὶ φυὲν ἐξηράνθη διὰ τὸ μὴ ἔχειν ἰκμάδα· καὶ ἕτερον ἔπεσεν ἐν μέσῳ τῶν ἀκανθῶν, καὶ συμφυεῖσαι αἱ ἄκανθαι ἀπέπνιξαν αὐτό. καὶ ἕτερον ἔπεσεν εἰς τὴν γῆν τὴν ἀγαθήν, καὶ φυὲν ἐποίησε καρπὸν κατονταπλασίονα. ταῦτα λέγων ἐφώνει· ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκούειν ἀκουέτω. ᾿Επηρώτων δὲ αὐτὸν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ λέγοντες· τίς εἴη ἡ παραβολὴ αὕτη; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· ὑμῖν δέδοται γνῶναι τὰ μυστήρια τῆς βασιλείας τοῦ Θεοῦ, τοῖς δὲ λοιποῖς ἐν παραβολαῖς, ἵνα βλέποντες μὴ βλέπωσι καὶ ἀκούοντες μὴ συνιῶσιν. ἔστι δὲ αὕτη ἡ παραβολή· ὁ σπόρος ἐστὶν ὁ λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ· οἱ δὲ παρὰ τὴν ὁδόν εἰσιν οἱ ἀκούσαντες, εἶτα ἔρχεται ὁ διάβολος καὶ αἴρει τὸν λόγον ἀπὸ τῆς καρδίας αὐτῶν, ἵνα μὴ πιστεύσαντες σωθῶσιν. οἱ δὲ ἐπὶ τῆς πέτρας οἳ ὅταν ἀκούσωσι, μετὰ χαρᾶς δέχονται τὸν λόγον, καὶ οὗτοι ῥίζαν οὐκ ἔχουσιν, οἳ πρὸς καιρὸν πιστεύουσι καὶ ἐν καιρῷ πειρασμοῦ ἀφίστανται. τὸ δὲ εἰς τὰς ἀκάνθας πεσόν, οὗτοί εἰσιν οἱ ἀκούσαντες, καὶ ὑπὸ μεριμνῶν καὶ πλούτου καὶ ἡδονῶν τοῦ βίου πορευόμενοι συμπνίγονται καὶ οὐ τελεσφοροῦσι. τὸ δὲ ἐν τῇ καλῇ γῇ, οὗτοί εἰσιν οἵτινες ἐν καρδίᾳ καλῇ καὶ ἀγαθῇ ἀκούσαντες τὸν λόγον κατέχουσι καὶ καρποφοροῦσιν ἐν ὑπομονῇ. ταῦτα λέγων ἐφώνει· ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκούειν ἀκουέτω.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.
Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ φωστῆρας ἐπὶ γῆς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν θεμελιώσας, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν πίστιν, πάντας ἡμᾶς ὁδηγήσας· πολυεύσπλαγχνε, δόξα σοι.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.


This Sunday - Visit from His Grace Bishop Timothy of Hexamilion, our chancellor.

Please make every effort to join us for worship this Sunday.

This Sunday - State St will be closed

From the City of Wauwatosa: On Sunday, October 17, State Street (between Underwood Avenue and Wauwatosa Avenue) will be closed to traffic. Our contractor will be replacing defective pavers within the roadway. The road will be closed approximately 7am-7pm.
Sidewalks will be open for pedestrian traffic, but vehicles will have to find alternative ways around this small section of State Street.

Live-Streaming of Church Services on YouTube

is now available.  Our church's YouTube is: just Subscribe to be notified when we go Live.

Our church is on Phase 4

Following the May 16th Revised Guidelines from our Holy Metropolis, we are grateful for the ability to return to many of our practices prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines are for the fully vaccinated.  Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue to observe wearing of a face mask over the nose and mouth, and to observe social distancing.

Please always follow the directions of our ushers.

Some of the upcoming changes to our parish are the following:

  • No reservations are required
  • Self-sign-in system (an usher will monitor)
  • Specific Socially Distancing & Mask-wearing section will be implemented. Ask an usher to be seated there, if you so desire.
  • Veneration of icons can resume

Our church will continue to provide online live streaming of church services through Facebook Live on our Facebook page and on our YouTube page:

Plus, now you can "Light a Candle - Say a Prayer".  Just visit to make your donation online and send us an email ( and with the number and type of candles along with who/what you would like us to pray for and will do so at our next church service.


Friday Fish Fry

Our Friday Fish Fry season has begun!  



Realm ( & it's app, Connect, is not for one-way communication, from our church leaders to you.  It can (& should) be used for the communiation between the members of each Group.  JOY is the first ministry that has adopted Realm as their communication tool.  Ask them. 

By the way, would anyone like to lead a Group? What if we created  a Group where the members could help each other out during this pandemic?  If someone is immunocompromised, for instance, or has young children, and can't go to the grocery store, they could ask if anyone else is going and if they are willing to pick up whatever they need (or, pick up their prescription, or a 10,000 piece puzzle for the kids...)  and deliver to their house... Email the church ( your ideas but keep in mind, that no Groups can be created/activated until someone steps up to lead them.  (Hint: It's not hard... just accepting requests to join the Group and keeping the conversation going).

Want to test it out?  You can join our Prayer Requests Group (In Groups, search in Community for Prayer Requests).


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  • Church Calendar

    October 17 to October 31, 2021

    Sunday, October 17

    8:15AM +Matins

    9:15AM +Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: Parish Council

    Monday, October 18

    8:00AM Matins and Liturgy for St. Luke the Evangelist

    5:30PM Virtual Greek School: Kindergarten

    5:30PM Greek School In-person: Preschool - 4th Grade & Adults

    Tuesday, October 19

    4:30PM Virtual Greek School: 1C, 1A, 2B

    8:10PM Virtual Greek School: Adults Advanced level

    Wednesday, October 20

    8:00AM Matins and Divine Liturgy for St. Gerasimos of Kephalonia

    7:45PM Virtual Greek School: Greek for Teens

    8:00PM Basketball Practice - C Gorgolis

    Thursday, October 21

    4:30PM Virtual Greek School: 1C, 1A, 2B

    6:30PM Greek School Adult Class

    6:30PM TBA: Parish Council Meeting

    8:10PM Virtual Greek School: Adults Advanced level

    Friday, October 22

    10:30AM Bible Studies

    4:00PM Friday Fish Fry

    Saturday, October 23

    8:00AM Matins and Divine Liturgy for St. James the Brother of the Lord

    10:00AM Fall with YAL-Apple Picking at the Elegant Farmer Orchard

    2:00PM Baptism for Gorgolis baby

    Sunday, October 24

    +Memorial: 6-Years Haralambia Alexopoulos

    +Memorial: 40-days Demetra Alexopoulos

    +Memorial: 40-day Gus Sparangis

    +Memorial: 4-year Hristos Alexopoulos

    8:15AM +Matins

    9:15AM +Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: JOY

    Monday, October 25

    5:30PM Virtual Greek School: Kindergarten

    5:30PM Greek School In-person: Preschool - 4th Grade & Adults

    Tuesday, October 26

    8:00AM Matins and Divine Liturgy St. Demetrios

    4:30PM Virtual Greek School: 1C, 1A, 2B

    8:10PM Virtual Greek School: Adults Advanced level

    Wednesday, October 27

    7:45PM Virtual Greek School: Greek for Teens

    8:00PM Basketball Practice - C Gorgolis

    Thursday, October 28

    8:00AM Matins and Divine Liturgy Holy Protection of the Theotokos

    4:30PM NO Virtual Greek School: 1C, 1A, 2B- OXI Day

    6:30PM Greek School Adult Class

    8:10PM NO Virtual Greek School: Adults Advanced level - OXI Day

    Friday, October 29

    10:30AM Bible Studies

    4:00PM Friday Fish Fry

    Saturday, October 30

    3:00PM Baptism for Itsines child

    Sunday, October 31

    +Memorial: 6-months Katerina Tsiampas

    +Memorial: 40-days Aristotelis Karampelas

    8:15AM +Matins

    9:15AM +Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: Bible Studies


Our News and Interests


We're looking....

Our daycare, Epiphany Learning Academy and Childcare is committed to providing an active, fun-filled learning Christian environment which encourages the love of learning in every child.  Through this, our goal is to help our little ones strengthen and develop the skills necessary to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

We are looking for 2 teachers to join our team!

  • Flexible hours/scheduling
  • Students & College students looking for summer work are welcome to apply
  • We can train

To apply, please email your resume to

2021 Children's Medical Fund Luncheon Grand Raffle- Get your tickets now!


2021 Children's Medical Fund Luncheon Grand Raffle

To All Philoptochos Stewards:

The Metropolis of Detroit Philoptochos is honored to host the 18th Biennial Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon which is the single largest fundraiser for the National Philoptochos Society. Since its inception in 1989, the monies that have been distributed from these CMF luncheons have totaled over $4,000.000, providing funding for equipment, programs and research, all benefitting children with serious medical or surgical diagnoses.

The 2021 Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon is Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, we will be honoring Pam Argyris, Chair of the 2019 Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon in Chicago.

As part of its fundraising, each CMF Luncheon features a “Grand Raffle” which offers amazing prizes, all donated by Philoptochos members! While you might be unable to attend the CMF Luncheon, you can support it through your participation in the Grand Raffle!
Take a look at some of the fabulous raffle prizes!!

•    David Yurman Cable Bracelet with pearls and diamonds
•    Gerochristo Maltese Cross Pendant with sterling silver chain
•    Konstantino Astria Bracelet
•    Gucci Marmont Quilted Crossbag
•    Pair of Boheme Baroque Pearl Bracelets
•    Meira T. - Diamond Cross Necklace
•    $1,000 American Express Gift Card
•    $500.00 Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue & American Express Gift Cards
•    Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Handbag

Plus Much More!

The Drawing will be held at the CMF Luncheon, November 6, 2021.
Winner need not be present. 

Purchasing Raffle Tickets

  • Raffles tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00.
  • Ticket packets were sent to all Philoptochos chapters, all National Board Members and all Metropolis Philoptochos presidents.
  • Please contact your chapter president, Metropolis president or a National Philoptochos board member to purchase your tickets.
  • In addition, you can also call or email  the Grand Raffle Chairperson Anne Feles to purchase tickets at or by calling 248.433.9601

Let’s purchase lots of raffle tickets to support the
Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon!

Donate to the CMF Here
Enter gift amount and scroll to the bottom and select
Children's Medical Fund Luncheon from the "direct my gift to."
We look forward to seeing you in the fall! 

If you have any questions, please contact Theone Dickos at, Children’s Medical Luncheon Chairperson

Fall with YAL

Fall with YAL

2021/2022 PanHellenic Scholarship Applications are now open!

Do you or an exceptional undergraduate student you know qualify to be a PanHellenic Scholar? The 2021/2022 application is now open and accepting applications!

The Foundation will accept applications from eligible Greek American college students and will distribute $250,000 in scholarship awards to exceptional undergraduates as follows:

 $200,000 (20 Awards) of $10,000 each based on academic merit and financial need. ($20,000 given specifically for students studying music or arts)

  • $50,000 (20 Awards) of $2,500 each based solely on academic merit.

 Undergraduate students of Hellenic descent from all fifty states are encouraged to apply. If a student applied in a prior year, and are still in college, we encourage them to reapply. Applications should be submitted electronically as instructed by January 31, 2022

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be US Citizens or US permanent residents.
  • Be of Hellenic descent.
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited 4-year university this Fall 2021 (High school students are not eligible to apply).
  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.

For inquiries please email or call (312) 357-6432.

As of June 2021, the Foundation has awarded $3.75 million+ in scholarships to 600+ Greek American students.


St Photios National Shrine: 2021 National Essay Contest

The St. Photios National Shrine is proud to announce the theme for its annual essay contest, reflecting on the welcoming of immigrants to this nation.  The St. Photios National Shrine commemorates the first Hellenic settlers to arrive in the New World, as well as celebrating the many immigrants to the United States and their experience in this nation. 

Many of those immigrants came to America through Ellis Island in New York City and would have viewed the Statue of Liberty upon entering New York Harbor.  There, at the pedestal of Lady Liberty, is memorialized a plaque with the poem “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus, with the most famous line reading, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”

Serving the Church Through Prison Ministry

I was in prison and you came to Me. (Matthew 25:36-41)

Youth Ministry, Parish Council, Philoptochos… there are many ways one can assist the Church.  However, a most unique way is by working as a volunteer with Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), a program of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States.  The mission of OCPM is to serve those who are incarcerated and their families, and to provide resources, training and support to our ministry partners so that lives are transformed and God is glorified.  

Jim Giokas, a steward of Saint Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton who has served the Church for many years in various ways, searched for a new way to serve the Church.  With the guidance of parish priests Fr. Mark Leondis and Fr. Alex Kamilaris, Jim realized a “calling to delve into Prison Ministry in our Greek Orthodox Church in a way to pursue Christ’s Work.”

Jim connected with Fr. Stephen Powley, former Executive Director of OCPM, who patiently explained the ways one could volunteer for the program and connect with Orthodox Christian inmates who have requested contact with an Orthodox Christian mentor.  After studying the prepared Training Manual compiled by OCPM and working closely with both of his parish priests to complete the preliminary training, Jim was assigned an Orthodox Christian inmate to work one-on-one with.  Now, more than three years later, Jim feels extremely fulfilled by reaching out to someone who is in need of a personal, one-on-one written connection. 

Working closely with Fr. Mark and Fr. Alex, Jim wanted to grow the Prison Ministry of St. Mark Church, educating the parish of Saint Mark of the extreme need for other volunteers to be matched.  There are more than 2000 prisoners nationally who have requested to be contacted by an Orthodox Christian volunteer.  Fr. Mark and Fr. Alex, along with Jim, began an outreach to encourage more participants from the Church community.  An article was written for the parish newsletter giving an overview of the training needed and the responsibilities required.  More outreach occurred and soon the small group grew.  Now monthly meetings are held for the volunteers which include guest speakers and discussion and brainstorming in order to enhance the work of their local Prison Ministry members and the team overall.

Fr. Mark, Fr. Alex and Jim are eager to offer their generous assistance to help form additional  Parish Prison Ministry groups in parishes across the country.   The need is great and the reward is greater!  Jim states that the interaction with the prisoners has touched him very deeply.  Working hand in hand you will find true fulfillment while taking a unique path to serve Christ!  For more information please contact Fr. Alex Kamilaris at or Jim Giokas at

OCPM is an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States.  For Orthodox Christians who have been arrested for crimes, OCPM helps them return to the Faith, offering forgiveness and reconciliation with Christ. For both Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, OCPM provides spiritual care, enabling prisoners to find hope and purpose in their lives.

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