YOUTH DIVERS NEEDED:

 

MALE OR FEMALE, 12 TO 17 YEARS OF AGE FOR RELEASE FORMS CONTACT: FR. GARY IN THE OFFICE AT 482-1273

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE ONLY IF PAID IN FULL

BY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 2011 ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 400 SKYWAY DRIVE, CAMARILLO CA 93010 QUESTIONS? CALL BARBARA KOKKINIS AT (805) 815-3063 OR EMAIL HER AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. LARGE PARTIES MUST PRE-PAY & NOTE LAST NAMES OF ALL GUESTS read more ..

TEEN EVENT: Coffee & Couches

For youth from 15 to 19 years of age Sunday, April 29th at 6 pm in Camarillo Hosted The Coler Family

Join Fr. Gary at the Coler Home for coffee and informal talk with your peers. RSVP to Fr. Gary at 443-3376  read more..



A LIMITED NUMBER OF DRAWING TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR $50 EACH

We will be having the drawing we started at last year’s October Dinner Dance. Only 25 more tickets are available for $50 each, winners to receive cash prizes of up to $1,000 All drawing proceeds benefit the Building Fund; all tickets previously bought will be included Contact Pam in the office, Fr. Gary, or Keith Valle to purchase your tickets!  read more..



ATTEND OUR ANNUAL AGAPE PICNIC

Directly following Agape Vespers (12 pm) on Easter Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 1pm

We are trying something new this year, and asking people to pay according to their ability. We want everyone to attend! The actual cost of the picnic is about $20 per person, some can afford more, some less, and we want you to pay what you can. You can make a payment of any amount at any time, but PLEASE RSVP ASAP with the number of people attending so we know how much food to provide!

You can make a donation at the door, but we really need to know how many people to expect. Call or email Pam at the office:(805) 482-1273 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get in touch with Nick Mirras, contact information below. 

See Nick Mirras on Sunday for tickets, more information, or to offer help. Contact him at (818) 913-1568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  read more..

YOUTH EPIPHANY CELEBRATION: SUNDAY, JANUARY 8th, 2012

EPIPHANY SERVICE AT ST. DEMETRIOS BEGINS AT 9:30 AM THEN PROCEEDS TO VENTURA HARBOR CROSS PROCESSION & DIVE FOR THE CROSS BEGINS AT NOON LUNCHEON IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE GREEK AT THE HARBOR 1583SPINNAKERDR-VENTURA HARBOR-VENTURA,CA93001 (805) 650-5350 FOR DIRECTIONS ONLY or WWW.GREEKVENTURAHARBOR.COM $45 ADULTS — $35/PERSON IF PAID BY WED, DECEMBER 15TH $17 YOUNG ADULTS 12 – 17 YEARS OF AGE $10CHILDREN 6 TO 11 YEARS OF AGE SPAGHETTI LUNCH CHILDREN 5 AND YOUNGER ARE FREE read more..

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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