PHILOPTOCHOS OF Saints Constantine and Helen Parish Greek Orthodox Community of West Island
The Philoptochos of West Island Greek Orthodox Saints Constantine and Helen parish holds annual events to support the following activities of the Metropolis:
With the funds collected from Vasilopita Philoptochos supports all the programs of our Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, such as the Hospital, Old Age Home and Orphanage in Constantinople.
Orthodox Voice (February)
Philoptochos supports His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios’ television program, “Orthodox Voice.” The half hour weekly program, is for our elderly, the sick, and is the only life line to our religion, customs, and language for our brothers and sisters from the far northern cities and towns of Canada.
Eranos Tis Agapis (During Great Lent)
The income from Eranos Tis Agapis is used to financially help our people in need. 50% of the funds are used locally and 50% are used at the Metropolis level.
The basic scope of this obligation is to support any program or effort that promotes and preserves Orthodoxy in Canada, to subsidize Missionary Priests, and to provide financial aid to students of our Theological Academy who are in need.
Theological Academy (September)
The Elevation of the Holy Cross on September 14th has been established as the date during which all the Philoptochos Chapters of Canada take out a tray in Church in support of our Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy. The support of Philoptochos is vital in order to keep this institution live and vibrant as the need for priests is great!
Ecumenical Patriarchate (November)
With this traditional obligation Philoptochos supports the needs and the institutions of our Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. Special prayers take place for the health of our Ecumenical Patriarch, our Holy Synod and all our Orthodox brothers and sisters who are still living in Constantinople. The Phanar is preserving our Orthodox Faith and the Greek Orthodox women, always remember their roots and their deep gratitude to the Phanar.
For the same cause, the Philoptochos Chapters of Montreal support the offices of the Shield of Athena Social Services and their Women’s Shelter with yearly donations.
Our Philoptochos also is involved with local Church and Community activities:
The Philoptochos also provides coffee and refreshments after funeral and memorial services.