President’s Message: Chris Mallakis

Dear Parishioners,

September was a very busy month with all the preparations for our groundbreaking. We finally had the long-awaited ceremony and all went well with the special services. Metropolitan Gerasimos blessed our new land, and all the faithful and guests present. It was beautiful and emotional; especially for me remembering old friends and the founders’ vision to someday have a beautiful new church for young and old to worship in together and keep the Orthodox faith and tradition alive in Ventura County. AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope put on a wonderful BBQ and we thank them for that. We also look forward to a successful St. Demetrios Dinner Dance on October 27th at  the church on Skyway Drive. By now you should have your invitations. Please send in your replies as soon as possible. I hope and pray that all our St. Demetrios families and guests attend this special 35th Anniversary Dinner Dance. The Valle family is planning a great event with good food and fun for all. Another event is coming up November 3rd at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza where we will be holding a concert with Chris Hillman and the Desert Rose Band to benefit our building fund. Save the date and see page five for more information. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the events honoring our Patron St. Demetrios from October 25-27th.

Yours in Christ,  read more .. 



Fr. Gary and Chris Pulos start the Festival with a blessing while Chair John Poulos and Parish Council President ChrisMallakis look on. Throughout this newsletter, you’ll find pictures of parishioners smiling and working together. So many familiar faces. Why are these people happy? Because they are working together to benefit the parish. We’d love some new faces next year. It takes MORE than a village to run this event. Please consider adding your smiling face to next year’s pictures of happy memories read more ...


Next opportunity to help: Saturday, May 19th

The 11 am to 1 pm shift is great for kids who need community service hours. Were always open to receiv- ing funds to help feed the hungry: St. Demetrios Rescue Mission Fund. Sign-up sheet in hallway at church!

Nick & Barbara Kokkinis (805) 815-3063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Poulos (805) 558-2633 cell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   read more ..


The Order of AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope and Irini Chapter of Philoptochos at St. Demetrios are happy to announce the availability of their annual scholarships.

Application forms are available in the St. Demetrios church office. Arrangements can be made to pick them up or have them sent. Please call 482-1273 for help.

We wish all of our applicants the best of luck with their continuing educational progress read more ..

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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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