27:NOV

Santa Claus Helpers Needed! 

He has made his list, he’s checked it twice and realized he needs some help!

St. Demetrios will be collecting gifts and donations for Jose de Jesus from Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage.

ALL DONATIONS MUST BE COLLECTED BY SUNDAY, November 27th for processing plus allow time for shipment to Mexico for Christmas Day joy.

Our parish will sponsor one child named Jose de Jesus for all his needs but also would like to buy a few gifts each for the other 25 young men at the orphanage. We are looking for specific board games from their wish lists below. You may find both wish lists on the trees located in the Narthex or on Amazon. To ensure we are able to gather all the items on the list please only pull the tag off of the ornament if you are positive that you are going to purchase the item and have it in the office by November 27th. Once you have pulled the tag, write your name on the back of the ornament. You will get to take the ornament home once all donations have been collected as a thank you. Contact Tim McGuire if you would like to reserve a gift or have any questions. Tim can be reached at 818-522-8290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you hate shopping like Scrooge, please feel free to donate cash, by check (please write Santa's Helpers in the memo line) or call the office and charge by phone at 805-482-1273.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN HELPING TO MAKE THIS CHRISTMAS AWESOME FOR THOSE IN NEED!!!

Wish List

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Christmas

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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