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

Group Picture

Christmas

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Christ-Centered Parish


I learn a lot of interesting things at committee meetings. At one meeting, when discussing the newsletter of our parish, The Myrrh-Bearer, someone frankly said, “Nobody reads that.” That person is either right or wrong depending on how much further you go into this message. At our most recent Parish Council meeting, a parish council member, politely, combined the conversation about healthy church finances with the status of our relationship with Christ.

It wasn’t me, I wasn’t preaching, it was one of YOUR ELECTED OFFICERS, that was sharing this thought. I was mesmerized by his conviction; I looked around at the other members and they were too! The Holy Spirit was present. His inspiration moved us to take the conversation about Parish financial health to a new level.

“Every year we consider ways to raise money. What fundraisers can we hold? How will we meet our obligation to the Metropolis and Archdiocese? How can we motivate better giving? Instead,” he went on, “How can we serve Christ? How can we instill a deep love for Jesus, in every member, young and old, so that our Parish becomes financially healthy and shows greater concern for how Christ-Centered we are as a group?”

It was refreshing to hear a leader of our community express these thoughts. I have offered them in the past, but it is cliché for the priest to say it, because I’m supposed to. A group begins to reexamine the metric for success when a respected member of the Parish Council looks intently at his peers and says, “Are you concerned for your salvation?” If we look at our challenges through the lens of salvation, that is, how what we do will enhance our relationship with Christ, a new perspective is born.

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