In the fourth century, Saint Basil the Great established various philanthropic institutions, and distributed money to the poor in a discreet manner by placing gold coins in sweetened bread.  The recipients cutting the bread were surprised to find the gold coin, which provided them with material sustenance.  These special loaves of bread became known as the bread of Saint Basil or Vasilopita.

This year, the beautiful tradition of our Orthodox faith, the “Cutting of the Vasilopita” will be the 52nd Anniversary Celebration, with the Blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, we request your presence, being held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, in Schereville, Indiana, Sunday January 8th, at 6 pm.

All the proceeds from this annual celebration are sent to the Academy of Saint Basil, a “home away from home” for Orthodox young people who come from broken homes, or are victims of poverty, abuse or abandonment.  Because of your caring generosity these young people are able to receive an education, be loved, and have a home that all children deserve.  With your help and cooperation, our Metropolis can continue to make a difference and once again be the largest contributor to this worthy cause.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration, we wish you and the entire committee a Healthy, Prosperous, and Happy New Year.

With love in Christ,

Joanne Stavrakas
President