27:Dec

Pan-Orthodox Winter Camp

For 5th through 12th Grade Orthodox Youth

December 27—December 30, 2015

CAMP WRIGHTWOOD—Wrightwood, CA

Sunday, December 27—5:00 p.m. Arrival and Ice-Breaker Games

Monday, December 28—Full day of Camp Activities

Tuesday, December 29—Full day of Camp Activities with liturgy

Wednesday, December 30—11:00 a.m. Farewell and pick-up

With the Blessing of the Orthodox Bishops on the West Coast

Organized by Orthodox Youth Workers and Priests of the West Coast

To register: Fill out the registration form and mail with check by Dec. 14 to:

Pan-Orthodox Winter Camp 2015 1621 West Garvey Avenue—Alhambra, CA 91803

Cost: $99 per camper Checks payable to: Cal-Pac Camps


Registration Form

1:NOV

Student Dress up Day

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, Student Dress up Day- It is my desire that all the kids of our parish come to Church dressed in a costume showing their creativity!

The challenge is for them to dress up as a person from the Bible: Old or New Testament, or their very own Patron Saint.


12:NOV

VIP's Wine Food and Fellowship


VIP's Wine, Food and Fellowship, at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery in Santa Ynez on Thursday, November 12th at Noon. Cost is only $10 per person for all food and drinks. VIP’s from Saint Demetrios and Saint Barbara’s will meet at this Winery for a relaxing wine tasting and followed by a luncheon with some Greek dancing! This event is hosted by John and Martha Poulos. Depending on number of sign ups, we hope to get a van or small bus to travel together. To sign up for the luncheon, call Martha at 805-558-2466. Even if you’re not a VIP you can still enjoy it as we could use some assistance with cooking and serving. To assist with the luncheon, call John at 805-558-2633.

Greetings! You are invited to the benefit fundraiser dinner organized by St. Paul's parishioners Gaby Munayer, Elie Sarraf and Wally Bashawaty to support and help Mother Markella and the nuns at the Life-Giving Spring Monastery at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California.

The purpose of this fundraiser dinner is the extension of the nuns' quarters/monastery cells and dining room/trapeza facilities at the Life-Giving Spring Monastery--they need more room with the growing number of nuns!

Mother Markella and the Nuns
Benefit Fundraiser
Sunday, November 1
6 pm
St. John's Greek Orthodox Church Hall
405 N. Dale Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
Phone: 714-827-0181

Respectfully yours, Dean Langis Pastoral Assistant
St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine
For more information call 949-733-2366

Life-Giving Spring Monastery

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

More than a Fan


I know you won’t believe me, but I really didn’t want to go to the Dodger game. When I was up visiting my brother in Seattle he had tickets to the Seattle Mariners vs. the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Peter bought the tickets at the beginning of the season and was not anticipating his illness when he made the purchase. As he was working through his physical therapy he looked at me and said, “you gotta go. It’s meant to be. Take Fr. Photios and have fun.” How could I have fun I thought? I was troubled by his ailment. Finally, after lots of persuading from my mom, and then confirmation by my dad, I considered leaving the hospital for the game. In a call with Christie she agreed that it would provide a good distraction for what we were all experiencing. Fr. Photios picked me up and we went to the game.


I was amazed as we approached the ballpark. It was a festive atmosphere and felt as if we were part of a parade. Hordes of people marching toward the stadium for what was the city’s major event that evening. Vendors selling peanuts and hot dogs in the streets. Kids walking with balloons and cotton candy in hand. There was even a guy dressed as Mr. Incredible giving people rides in a carriage he pulled with his bicycle. There was something very odd about this crowd though. Most of the people sauntering this parade were Dodger fans.


Dodger blue reigned. They were waving Dodger flags, chanting, “Let’s Go Dodgers,” and wearing jerseys of their favorite players. Fr. Photios, wearing a Seattle Mariners jersey, accidentally bumped into massive guy wearing Dodger gear. As Father apologized the guy said...


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