Memorial Services

In our Orthodox Tradition, Memorial Services are prayed to comfort the living, to remind us, who still live, of our own mortality, and the brevity of this earthly life. For this reason, memorial services have an air of penitence about them.

At St. Demetrios we desire to help each other honor our departed loved ones. We ask that in order to properly do so that the following guidelines be followed:

In order to create Koliva for a parishioner, arrangements must be confirmed and paid by Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday date or the request will be moved to the next available Sunday. Cost is $100 and is payable by cash, check or credit card to cover the labor & time involved. These guidelines will help us prepare the special remembrance in a timely and respectful manner.

“May their memory be eternal.”


15:NOV

Fall Parish Assembly Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The Fall Parish Assembly will be held on Sunday, November 15th, 2015. The Parish Assembly will begin after Divine Liturgy (roughly 12 pm). Your participation is requested and important for our future. A question and answer period is provided in the agenda to ask questions regarding presentations and/or written reports.

As stated in our by-laws, participation in the Parish Assembly requires that one be a member in good ecclesiastical and financial standing at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, CA. This means that one must be baptized and/or chrismated in the Orthodox Church, and where applicable, married or divorced in the Orthodox Church and live according to the Faith and canons of the Church. Simply, there must exist no spiritual impediments to complete participation in the life of the Church.

Please see the attached PDF form for additional details.

Agenda

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Hurricane Harvey


With all the tragic events happening in our world today: hurricanes earthquakes and shootings, it is comforting to know that our Orthodox Christian Church plays an active role in the recovery efforts. As a frontliner for the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) I can be deployed for any number of catastrophes to offer emotional and spiritual care (ESC). Following our deployment we are to submit a report to identify some of the work we encountered. The following is part of my incident report. The names have been changed to protect identities.

Some of the most touching visits I had with those that had lost everything were:

● Wheelchair bound woman, approximately 55 years old. Lives in 9 story building across the street. As soon as she realized that the Brown Convention Center was opened to those displaced she came over to lend a hand. Working off very little sleep. Was very emotional and shared many, many stories and encounters. The most telling was:

She took guardianship of a (total) stranger’s children (3 kids ages 7 and younger), while this stranger went into labor to deliver her fourth child.

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