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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 Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 4 – 8:15 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+ Feast of St. Savas
(The Holy Relic of St. Savas will be present for veneration)
Monday, December 5 – 8:45 AM

Great Vespers of St. Nicholas
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 10301 Kolmar Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453, USA
Monday, December 5 – 7:00 PM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+ Feast of St. Nicholas
Tuesday, December 6 – 8:45 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 11 – 8:15 AM

Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+ Feast of St. Spyridon
Monday, December 12 – 8:45 AM

Vigil-Great Vespers, Orthros & Divine Liturgy
+ Feast of St. Eleutherios
(The Holy Relic of St. Eleutherios will be present for veneration)
Wednesday, December 14 – 6:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 893 Church Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA
+Feast of St. Dionysios of Zakynthos
Saturday, December 17 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Sunday School Begins immediately after Holy Communion
Sunday, December 18 – 8:15 AM

The Sacrament of Holy Unction
Monday, December 19 – 5:00 PM

Royal Hours
The Eve of the Nativity of Christ
Friday, December 23 – 8:30 AM

Orthros and Hierarchal D. Liturgy
Eve of the Nativity of Christ 
+ Feast of St. Evgenia
Saturday, December 24 – 8:30 AM

Great Vespers
Great Vespers of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior
Saturday, December 24 – 4:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25 – 8:15 AM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
+ Feast of St. Steven
(The Holy Relic of St. Steven will be present for veneration)
Tuesday, December 27 – 8:30 AM

Great Vespers
St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Apodosis of Christmas
Saturday, December 31 – 7:00 PM

Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
+ Feast of St. Basil
Sunday, January 1 – 8:15 AM

Philoptochos Christmas Luncheon
Sunday, December 4 – 12:00 AM

Metropolis of Chicago Open House
The Carlisle 435 E Butterfield Rd, Lombard, IL 60148, United States
Sunday, December 4 – 5:00 PM

Office Closed
Tuesday, December 6 – 12:00 AM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, December 6 – 11:30 AM

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, December 6 – 5:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced)
Thursday, December 8 – 5:30 PM

Family Ministry Night
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1017 N La Salle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Saturday, December 10 – 3:00 PM

Parish Council Elections
Sunday, December 11 – 12:00 AM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, December 13 – 11:30 AM

Adult Beginner Greek
Tuesday, December 13 – 5:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced -in person)
Thursday, December 15 – 4:00 PM

Mommy & Me
Sunday, December 18 – 11:30 AM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, December 20 – 11:30 AM

Adult Beginner Greek (in-person)
Tuesday, December 20 – 5:30 PM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced)
Thursday, December 22 – 5:30 PM

Feed the Hungry
Annunciation
Tuesday, December 27 – 11:30 AM

Adult Beginner Greek
Tuesday, December 27 – 5:30 PM

YAL Chicago
Christmas Party
Thursday, December 29 – 12:00 AM

Adult Greek Class (Intermediate/Advanced -in person)
Thursday, December 29 – 5:30 PM