INSTANT MOM book tour by Nia Vardalos

Hi Father Gary! I hope this note finds you well! I'm in Los Angeles on a pit stop for my INSTANT MOM book tour and am wondering if you want to email your parish about my LA appearance? MEET N GREET and INSTANT MOM Book Signing: SATURDAY May 11, starts at 2 pm, Chevaliers Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd LA 90004 INSTANT MOM makes a great Mother's Day gift, is a New York Times bestseller and the profits are being shared among adoption groups. I write about being Greek (of course), how I broke into the film industry and how I became a mom. More info below, thank you! - Nia REVIEWS: CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER: "The deft title captures the sudden burst of love Vardalos and her husband feel as they adopt their daughter.... This instant phenomenon comes only at the end of a very long journey. Grade: A KIRKUS: "...laugh-out-loud and painful-in-the-shins moments of raising a scared 3-year-old child. The author holds nothing back as shechronicles the years leading up to the adoption, and she recounts the minute details of the first year of life as a mother, as her daughter began to learn how to love and trust her new surroundings." BOOKLIST: "Readers can feel the tension between desire to share her joy and good fortune and wish to maintain her child’s privacy. Vardalos offers candor,humor, and poignancy in her account of adoption and parenthood as she pokes fun at parenting memoirs but delivers on emotional impact." Click here for the BOOK COVER

President’s Message: Chris Mallakis

CHRIST IS RISEN 

May begins with the great, pious and very moving services of Holy Week. We finish Lent with the glorious Resurrection Service beginning at 11 pm on Holy Saturday and ending very early Sunday morning. We gather again for Agape Vespers at noon and, as always, the traditional Agape Picnic afterward. Many thanks go to Nick Mirras for organizing the picnic. Although Nick and his family recently moved to Texas, he still organized the picnic from afar with the help of a great ground crew including Joanne Mirras-Knauss, Tim Harmantzis and Ari Qutami.

We have Nick, Joanne, Tim and Ari and their families and helpers to thank for making this wonderful tradition possible again this year. Last month the capital campaign had a fund raising event with a well-known magician to benefit the building fund. Thanks to Sandra Arline for taking charge of that event. The Agape Building Fund headed by George Joannou has done well, but we still face a big challenge ahead in building our Agape center. Any donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated. On May 19th we have our Spring General Assembly. I would like to see full participation so everyone is informed about what is going on in the present and future at St. Demetrios read more ...

Greetings, I pray that all are well and safe. The fires have not threatened the Church or the Church property in any away. A few parishioners in Newbury Park and Camarillo Springs got a good scars, had to evacuate and prepare to evacuate. All in all things are ok. The FIRE STAGING AREA is across the street from the Skyway property. Fire Officials have asked that we not USE EUBANKS. There are big rigs coming through! Please use Airport Way and come up Skyway from the front side. Also, you may want to come early to secure parking. Service this afternoon begins at 3:00PM Lamentations, tonight begin at 7:00PM God Bless, +FG

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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