Church Design Approved 

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church took a major step closer to building a new church in Camarillo with the city planning commission’s recent unanimous approval of the church’s architectural design.

The Rev. Gary Kyriacou, head of St. Demetrios, said the church intends to break ground 12 to 18 months on the four-acre property near Santa Rosa and Woodcreek roads. The church bought the $2- million property in 2007 after three years of fundraising by its members Read more..

THE MYRRH-BEARER  VOLUME 17, ISSUE 9 NOVEMBER 2011 Change Would Do Us Good 

The story is told of a mon- astery in Greece, perched high on a 3,000 foot cliff and accessible only by a terrifying ride in a swaying basket. The basket is pulledwith a single rope by several strong men, perspiring under the strain of the fully loaded basket. One American tourist who visited the site got nervous halfway up the cliff when he noticed that the rope was old and frayed. Hoping to relieve his fear he asked, "How often do you change the rope?" The monk in charge replied, "Whenever it breaks!"  Read more ..

Liturgy, Usher, Acolyte Schedule 

Sunday, November 6th Ushers John Gonzalez, Toula Thomas, and George Joannou Sunday, November 6th Acolyte Team One Captains: Alexander Farkas, Christopher Farkas Gavin Martinez, Harrison Kyriacou, & Cody McBryde Tuesday,

November 8th Liturgy of Archangels Michael & Gabriel Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am Wednesday, November 9th Liturgy of St. Nectarios Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am Monday, November 21st Entry of the Theotokos Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am Wednesday, November 23rd Thanksgiving Liturgy at 7 pm Tuesday, November 30th Liturgy of St. Andrew the First Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 9:30 am. Read More ..

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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Four in Three


Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books of the Bible. We find classic lines like, “To everything there is a season,” or “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!” Taken as a whole, the Book of Ecclesiastes is full of wonderful wisdom. During my time at the seminary, a beloved priest professor would encourage us to read the entire book from beginning to end whenever we felt overwhelmed with the pressures of life. This tool served me well as a student, and has become a valuable tool in my ministry to Christ’s Church. A Priest witnesses all the emotions of life. You rejoice at the birth of a child and you mourn with the passing of a loved one. Ecclesiastes verbalizes this sentiment well.


In the past three weeks, I have participated in four funerals. Four beloved individuals left this world in the hope of the resurrection. Two funerals were for 30 something year old’s and two funerals were for 80 something year old’s, yet their loved ones shed the equal number of tears at each of the funerals. All four individuals left behind the same thing, a lasting memory of the relationships developed. Their grieving loved ones mourn their physical losses.


In late February, we lost Kevin, a 33 year old loving husband, father of two, son and good friend. Kevin battled stage 4 oral cancer for 16 months before leaving this life. During his last days, as he prepared to die, he taught those around him how to live! His love for baseball inspired a road trip, with his father, to San Francisco to see his beloved Giants play, and the holidays gave him the opportunity to express his love for his family and friends as they showered him with their loving sentiments. I stood, in rapt amazement, watching his beautiful young wife, with her their two year old child in her arms, sharing cherished memories. She made us laugh and she made us cry, but she reminded us that our hope as Christians is in our Lord’s Resurrection.

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