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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has chosen me to preach the gospel to the poor.” Luke 4:18

The literal translation of the Greek word Philoptochos is “friend of the poor.” The mission statement of the National Philoptochos Society is “to promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.” The NOC chapter here in Novato works diligently to continue this sacred work. Everyone is invited to become an Associate Member of Philoptochos by simply contacting our President, Cathy Selmi (

Through your stewardship, you will be contributing towards the many ministries and activities supported by Philoptochos:


National Welfare
St. Basil Academy
Children’s Cardiac Program
Ecumenical Patriarchate
St. Photios Shrine
Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology
National Cancer Fund
Archdiocesan Missions
Ecumenical Outreach


Kids ‘n’ Cancer
Pennies & Prayers for Missions
Holy Cross Student Aid Endowment Fund
Emergency Relief
St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center


(Remainder of Pledge)
Scholarship Fund
Shut-in Visitations
Marin Housing Center
St. Eugene’s Hermitage/Holy Cross Convent
Marin Food Bank
Guadalupe Homes for Children
Emergency Relief

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