Help Wanted, VC Greek Festival

Please sign up to be a volunteer at the 2016 Ventura County Greek Festival. Volunteers are needed for the following days:

Friday June 24, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Ventura County Greek Festival is a true community event that relies on the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. This year's Festival is on June 24, 25 and 26, 2016 at Freedom Park in Camarillo. We also need help setting up before and cleaning up after the Festival. Please sign up using this form to indicate how you can help. Please contact Cally Pantages at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 818-497-4661 (cell) with questions.

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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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