TODAY - MARCH 27th
USHERS: John P., Ari, George J. and Kent
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 4
Jacob —Captain, Nicholas — Asst. Captain
Alex, Andreas, Alexander, Peyton & Zachary
 
Independence Day Luncheon

40 Day Blessing
Alexandra Eve Cook
Marty and Gina Cook, Parents


40 Day Blessing
Luca Anthony Eagar
Anthony & Ambrie Eagar, Parents

 
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UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

 
▪Sunday, March 27th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion

Independence Day Luncheon
 
▪Tuesday, March 29th
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts Movie Night 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM


▪Wednesday, March 30th
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM

▪Friday, April 1st
Akathist Hymn 7 PM

▪Saturday, April 2nd
Choir Practice 10 AM
 
▪Sunday, March 27th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion
 
The Lord’s Prayer Schedule

AS WELL AS IN ENGLISH & GREEK
1st Sunday of the Month: Spanish—Nick Varnava
2nd Sunday of the Month: Arabic—Lucy Morcos
3rd Sunday of the Month: Romanian –Christina Burus
4th Sunday of the Month: Russian—Anya Zmed
5th Sunday of the Month: Only English & Greek

 
Rose Petals Donations are Needed for the Lamentations service on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 pm. We need around TEN — 5 gallon buckets worth. Please drop them off during great and holy week. Thank you!

DRIVING MISS (Greek) DAISY What if you couldn’t drive at night? Or get to church for a Great Lent, Holy Week or Pascha service? Well, we have a few parishioners that live this reality. We are looking for volunteers to assist parishioners who can’t drive be able to attend this Holy season of activities. If you need a ride or can provide a ride for someone who lives nearby please call Linda Peters at 805-340-4695. Thank you. 

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HEBREWS 1:10 - 14, 2:1-3
 
"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.
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MARK 2:1 - 12
 
AT THAT TIME, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was re-ported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him be-cause of the crowd, they re-moved the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to for-give sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Orthodox Study Series
Wednesday, March 23rd

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
Studying Chapters 19 & 20

 
Red Dye is now available for a suggested $5.00 donation per packet. See an usher for details. Please only bring red eggs to the 11PM Resurrection Service on April 30th.

 
Donor Wall Mock-Up: George Joannou needs to know if there are any family name corrections needed on the wall in the Narthex (by the large Cross). If you need a correction in spelling, your family name is missing or you want to add your family please contact George Joannou by May 31. After that date, the names will be set and our Donor Recognition plaque will be professionally manufactured. Contact George at 805-231-8696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Coffee Hour: Greek Independence Day will be celebrated today with a luncheon in our Assembly Hall.

During this blessed time coffee hour will continue to be part of this wonderful time, our host will observe the Lenten restrictions, however this doesn't mean it will be boring!! Our ingenious sponsors have gone above and beyond to make this time we spend together very special. Please join us each and every Sunday during Lent and rejoice in the coming Pascha.


Coffee hour sponsors are needed. For those who don't have the opportunity to shop or prepare snacks your coffee hour ministry will shop and prepare the items for you. If you are interested in this option please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Upcoming available coffee hour dates April 10, May 8,22 & 29.
 
Read about Hosting the Coffee Hour During Lent.
 
PHILOPTOCHOS FUNDRAISER During the month of April our Philoptochos Society will be accepting donations for the annual Kids ‘n’ Cancer Ministry. The mission for this project is to provide support for children afflicted with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The Kids ‘n’ Cancer Camp Agape Ministry offers a life-changing experience for the children and their fami-lies. The kindness and caring that surrounds them offers an ideal environment for therapy & healing.

Checks can be made out to St. Demetrios Philoptochos or go to PushPay and enter Kids ‘n’ Cancer in the memo line. Thank you for your generous support.


 
PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO CREATE KOLIVA AND BREAD FOR ARTOKLASIA FOR A PARISHIONER, ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE CONFIRMED AND PAID BY THE PRIOR TUESDAY OF THE DESIRED SUNDAY DATE OR THE REQUEST WILL BE MOVED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE SUNDAY. COST IS $100 AND IS PAYABLE BY CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD TO COVER THE LABOR & TIME INVOLVED. IF YOU MAKE AND BRING YOUR OWN KOLIVA THERE IS NO CHARGE. THANK YOU.
 

Project Mexico Pantry Partners Collection: Please place your items in the donation box located upstairs TODAY. Please help support the boys by donating items from their wish list or financially to this worthy cause! As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 22 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean to say the least! Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Please visit the St. Demetrios’ website at www.saintdem.org Please contact Tim McGuire at 818-522-8290 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.


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2016 St. Demetrios Directory is Coming!! Proofs will be available Sundays for review and directories will be available May 1st!

Agape Picnic

Agape Picnic
Agape Picnic
Wednesday, March 30th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 1st Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 3rd Veneration of the Holy Cross, Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, April 6th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 8th Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm and Pasta Dinner at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 10th Sunday of St. John Climacus: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, April 13th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 15th Akathist Hymn at 7pm
Sunday, April 17th Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Saturday, April 23rd Saturday of Lazurus: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Saturday, April 23rd Pancake Breakfast and Palm Making

 
Great and Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 24th Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am, Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Monday, April 25th Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Tuesday, April 26th Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Wednesday, April 27th Holy Unction at 7pm
Thursday, April 28th Liturgy of St. Basil at 10am
Friday, April 29th Good Friday Retreat 9:30am, Royal Hours 10:00am, Descent from Cross 3:00pm, Lamentations 7:00pm
Saturday, April 30th Liturgy of St. Basil at 10:00am, Resurrection Service 11:00pm, Liturgy of St. Chrysostom at 12am (midnight)
Pascha, Sunday May 1st, AGAPE Vespers at 12pm followed by the Agape Picnic


St Demetrios Holy Friday Retreat: The Sunday School is hosting a Holy Friday Retreat from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm on April 29, 2016, here at the church. The retreat will include religious lessons about Easter, games movies and lots of fun.

Please register your child for this activity. Not only does your child get to learn about our religion and have fun, he or she will have the benefit of interacting with the children of our church, and invaluable opportunity that will bring benefit throughout their lives.

Contact Mandee Sanderson or Helen Tangelos for more information. Click here for Registration Form

 
***MANDATORY REHEARSALS***
AS THIS IS OUR FIRST HOLY SEASON HERE AT THE AGAPE CHAPEL REHEARSALS WILL BE HELD. PLEASE COME TO FULLY PREPARE FOR THIS GLORIOUS TIME!
ACOLYTES REHEARSAL ~ SUNDAY, APRIL 17 AFTER DIVINE LITURGY
CHOIR AND CHANTERS REHEARSAL TUESDAY, APRIL 19 AT 7 PM


Philoptochos Scholarship
Beginning March 1, 2016; the application period for the $1,000 Irene Chapter Philoptochos Scholarship will open.
Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements: attend a four year college/university in the 2016-17 school year plus meet the eligibility requirements listed below.
Eligibility Requirements
Student and/or parent must be a member in good standing of St. Demetrios
Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Submit completed application & recommendations to church office, in person or must be postmarked NO later than May 1, 2016
Official school transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the school(s), and be received or postmarked NO later than May 1, 2016.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure delivery of ALL documentation.

Contact Kat Russell for more information at 805-797-4833 Completed applications, recommendations, and transcripts must be submitted no later than May 1, 2016 Deadline to be considered as only one scholarship will be awarded. Thank you & Good Luck!

 
2016 Daughters of Penelope Scholarship
The application for the DOP Chapter 94 scholarship is the same application form as the AHEPA form, for young men. Copies are located in the community room, or from your school counselor.
This scholarship is available to young women of Greek descent or women who are related to an Ahepan or Daughter of Penelope, are residents of Ventura County and will be enrolled in post secondary education during the 2016-2017 school year.
The Daughters scholarship amount has been increased to $1000.00

Further, the Daughters have extended the deadline for submission to April 30th.

To be considered, Applications MUST be postmarked by this date. Please contact Evonne Dabkovich at 805-218-5693 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2016 Easter Bake Sale!
Here is your opportunity to pre-order some for Easter entertaining, to give as gifts, or just for your own enjoyment (Proceeds from our fundraiser support Ventura County Charities)
Please place orders by Sunday, April 3
To place orders for your
Baklava, Kourabiethes, Koulourakia and Tsoureki Complete this order sheet (CLICK HERE)

St Demetrios Altar Flower Program:
Parishioners can purchase altar flowers for Sunday's Divine Liturgy in honor of a loved one's Memorial, an anniversary, celebrating a birthday, etc.
A local florist will create a beautiful arrangement (at the florist’s discretion) and it will be delivered to the church on Friday during office hours.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy the patron may take home the arrangement to further enjoy during the week!
The cost of the floral arrangement is $100.
The great thing is the local florist is donating some of the proceeds back to St. Demetrios! If you have a specific date you would like to reserve please book early.

How to book your special Sunday:

 
  1. Call the church during office hours 805-482-1273 or email Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Book the desired Sunday
  3. Pay by Cash, Check or Credit Card
  4. Flowers are on a first come, first paid basis
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Do you know of a parishioner who is ill that is in need of a
visitation? Please contact Father Gary by calling the church
office 805-482-1273 or his cell directly 805-443-3376 to
notify him of a parishioner that needs a visit or a prayer!

 
NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
ARE AS FOLLOWS:
CLOSED MONDAYS
TUESDAY—FRIDAY 8AM—12PM (NOON)
THANK YOU!

 

KINDLE (AMAZON OFFER) The FIRST EVER Orthodox Study Bible presents the Bible of the early church and the church of the early Bible. Starting at $2.99

Features include: Old Testament newly translated from the Greek text of the Septuagint, including the Deuterocanon,New Testament from the New King James Version,  Commentary drawn from the early Church Christians, Easy-to-Locate liturgical readings, Book Introductions and Outlines, Subject Index, Full-color Icons, & Maps



American Hellenic Institute Foundation is accepting applications for its 8th annual college student foreign policy study trip to Greece and Cyprus (June 15-July 1, 2016). Contact Yola Pakhchanian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Deadline is April 15.

St. Nicholas/Temecula: Cordially invites you to the Blessing of the Grounds, Thyranoixia & 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 7. Visit stnicholastemecula.org or call 951-296-6207 for more details.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Philoptochos Pasta Dinner
Friday, April 8
After the Akathist Hymn
Adults are $10 - Children $8 (Under 10)
MENU
Pasta Dinner
Includes Garlic Bread & Salad

Contact Susan Valle
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To RSVP or for more details

Monies donated will support local charities.




NEXT WEEK-  (April 3rd)
USHERS: Cally, Keith, John G. & Frank
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 1
Leo—Captain, Peter – Asst. Captain
Dean, Cody, Christos, Demetri and Lucas
 

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TODAY - MARCH 20th
USHERS: Tom, Deb, Cally & Terri
 
TODAY’S ACOLYTE: Team 3
Gavin—Captain, Michael S.—Asst. Captain
Sean, Christopher, Austin, Myles & Michael
 
COFFEE HOUR SPONSOR:
Christina Burus

MEMORIAL:
Teodor Ionescu ~ 21 Years
Teodora Ionescu ~ 18 Years
Christina Burus' Godparents

Jim Peters ~ 1 Year
Dean Peters ~ 5 Years
Linda Peters' Husband & Brother-in-law

Mat Their Memory Be Eternal

 
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UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

 
▪Sunday, March 20th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY
PROCESSION OF ICONS


▪Monday, March 21st
Parish Council Meeting 6:30 PM
Dance Practice 7:00 PM

 
▪Tuesday, March 22nd
Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 6:30 PM
Choir 6:30 PM


▪Wednesday, March 23rd
Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM

▪Thursday, March 24th
Parea Dance 7 PM


▪Friday, March 25th
Annunciation Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM
Akathist Hymn 7 PM

▪Saturday, March 26th
Choir Practice 10 AM
Daughters of Penelope 12:30 PM
 
▪Sunday, March 27th
Orthros 9 AM
Divine Liturgy 10 AM

Sunday School After Communion
 
The Lord’s Prayer Schedule

AS WELL AS IN ENGLISH & GREEK
1st Sunday of the Month: Spanish—Nick Varnava
2nd Sunday of the Month: Arabic—Lucy Morcos
3rd Sunday of the Month: Romanian –Christina Burus
4th Sunday of the Month: Russian—Anya Zmed
5th Sunday of the Month: Only English & Greek

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St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40
Prokeimenon. Mode 4.
Daniel 3.26,27

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

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Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Gospel according to John 1:43 — 51
 
At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Orthodox Study Series
Wednesday, March 23rd

Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM
Orthodox Study 7:45 PM
Topic: The Book of Revelation
Studying Chapters 17 & 18

 
Donor Wall Mock-Up: George Joannou needs to know if there are any family name corrections needed on the wall in the Narthex (by the large Cross). If you need a correction in spelling, your family name is missing or you want to add your family please contact George Joannou by May 31. After that date, the names will be set and our Donor Recognition plaque will be professionally manufactured. Contact George at 805-231-8696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 


Save the Date Sunday, March 27th
Independence Day of Celebration
Fish Luncheon
After the Divine Liturgy
Here at St Demetrios

Please contact Niki David at 805-444-2827 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Coffee Hour: The season of Great Lent is the time of preparation for the feast of the Resurrection of Christ, It is the living symbol of man’s entire life which is to be fulfilled in his own resurrection from the dead with Christ. It is a time of renewed devotion: of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is a time of repentance, a real renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in conformity with Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, of our return to the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors.

In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent is not a season of morbidity and gloominess. On the contrary, it is a time of joyfulness and purification. We are called to “anoint our faces” and to “cleanse our bodies as we cleanse our souls.”

During this blessed time coffee hour will continue to be part of this wonderful time, our host will observe the Lenten restrictions, however this doesn't mean it will be boring!! Our ingenious sponsors have gone above and beyond to make this time we spend together very special. Please join us each and every Sunday during Lent and rejoice in the coming Pascha.

If you would like more information on coffee hour sponsorship, please contact Jody at (805) 402-3696 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Dates still available April 17, May 8,22 & 29. Thanks!!

 
Read about Hosting the Coffee Hour During Lent.


 
PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO CREATE KOLIVA AND BREAD FOR ARTOKLASIA FOR A PARISHIONER, ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE CONFIRMED AND PAID BY THE PRIOR TUESDAY OF THE DESIRED SUNDAY DATE OR THE REQUEST WILL BE MOVED TO THE NEXT AVAILABLE SUNDAY. COST IS $100 AND IS PAYABLE BY CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD TO COVER THE LABOR & TIME INVOLVED. IF YOU MAKE AND BRING YOUR OWN KOLIVA THERE IS NO CHARGE. THANK YOU.
 

Project Mexico Pantry Partners Collection: Please place your items in the donation box located upstairs TODAY. Please help support the boys by donating items from their wish list or financially to this worthy cause! As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 22 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean to say the least! Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Please visit the St. Demetrios’ website at www.saintdem.org Please contact Tim McGuire at 818-522-8290 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.





2016 St. Demetrios Directory is Coming!! Proofs will be available Sundays for review and directories will be available May 1st!


 

Archbishop Demetrios' 10 Suggestions for Lent

Mar 18, 2016





LENTEN CALENDAR
Wednesday, March 23rd Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, March 25th Annunciation Divine Liturgy at 9:30am Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 27th Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas Orthros at 9:00am Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, March 30th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 1st Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm
Sunday, April 3rd Veneration of the Holy Cross, Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, April 6th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 8th Akathist Hymn at 7:00pm and Pasta Dinner at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 10th Sunday of St. John Climacus: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Wednesday, April 13th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6:30pm Orthodox Study at 7:45pm
Friday, April 15th Akathist Hymn at 7pm
Sunday, April 17th Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Saturday, April 23rd Saturday of Lazurus: Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am
Saturday, April 23rd Pancake Breakfast and Palm Making

 
Great and Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 24th Orthros at 9:00am followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00am, Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Monday, April 25th Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Tuesday, April 26th Bridegroom Service at 7pm
Wednesday, April 27th Holy Unction at 7pm
Thursday, April 28th Liturgy of St. Basil at 10am
Friday, April 29th Good Friday Retreat 9:30am, Royal Hours 10:00am, Descent from Cross 3:00pm, Lamentations 7:00pm
Saturday, April 30th Liturgy of St. Basil at 10:00am, Resurrection Service 11:00pm, Liturgy of St. Chrysostom at 12am (midnight)
Pascha, Sunday May 1st, AGAPE Vespers at 12pm followed by the Agape Picnic

We need PALMS!
If you can donate Palms
Please call the church office.

 
***MANDATORY REHEARSALS***
AS THIS IS OUR FIRST HOLY SEASON HERE AT THE AGAPE CHAPEL REHEARSALS WILL BE HELD. PLEASE COME TO FULLY PREPARE FOR THIS GLORIOUS TIME!
ACOLYTES REHEARSAL ~ SUNDAY, APRIL 17 AFTER DIVINE LITURGY
CHOIR AND CHANTERS REHEARSAL TUESDAY, APRIL 19 AT 7 PM


Philoptochos Scholarship
Beginning March 1, 2016; the application period for the $1,000 Irene Chapter Philoptochos Scholarship will open.
Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements: attend a four year college/university in the 2016-17 school year plus meet the eligibility requirements listed below.
Eligibility Requirements
Student and/or parent must be a member in good standing of St. Demetrios
Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Submit completed application & recommendations to church office, in person or must be postmarked NO later than May 1, 2016
Official school transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the school(s), and be received or postmarked NO later than May 1, 2016.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure delivery of ALL documentation.

Contact Kat Russell for more information at 805-797-4833 Completed applications, recommendations, and transcripts must be submitted no later than May 1, 2016 Deadline to be considered as only one scholarship will be awarded. Thank you & Good Luck!

 
2016 Daughters of Penelope Scholarship
The application for the DOP Chapter 94 scholarship is the same application form as the AHEPA form, for young men. Copies are located in the community room, or from your school counselor.
This scholarship is available to young women of Greek descent or women who are related to an Ahepan or Daughter of Penelope, are residents of Ventura County and will be enrolled in post secondary education during the 2016-2017 school year.
The Daughters scholarship amount has been increased to $1000.00

Further, the Daughters have extended the deadline for submission to April 30th.

To be considered, Applications MUST be postmarked by this date. Please contact Evonne Dabkovich at 805-218-5693 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2016 Easter Bake Sale!
Here is your opportunity to pre-order some for Easter entertaining, to give as gifts, or just for your own enjoyment (Proceeds from our fundraiser support Ventura County Charities)
Please place orders by Sunday, April 3
To place orders for your
Baklava, Kourabiethes, Koulourakia and Tsoureki Complete this order sheet (CLICK HERE)

Today's Altar Flowers were donated by Linda Peters in Memory of:
Jim Peters ~ 1 Year
Dean Peters ~  Years
May Their Memory Be Eternal


St Demetrios Altar Flower Program:
Parishioners can purchase altar flowers for Sunday's Divine Liturgy in honor of a loved one's Memorial, an anniversary, celebrating a birthday, etc.
A local florist will create a beautiful arrangement (at the florist’s discretion) and it will be delivered to the church on Friday during office hours.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy the patron may take home the arrangement to further enjoy during the week!
The cost of the floral arrangement is $100.
The great thing is the local florist is donating some of the proceeds back to St. Demetrios! If you have a specific date you would like to reserve please book early.

How to book your special Sunday:

 
  1. Call the church during office hours 805-482-1273 or email Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Book the desired Sunday
  3. Pay by Cash, Check or Credit Card
  4. Flowers are on a first come, first paid basis
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Do you know of a parishioner who is ill that is in need of a
visitation? Please contact Father Gary by calling the church
office 805-482-1273 or his cell directly 805-443-3376 to
notify him of a parishioner that needs a visit or a prayer!

 
NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
ARE AS FOLLOWS:
CLOSED MONDAYS
TUESDAY—FRIDAY 8AM—12PM (NOON)
THANK YOU!

 
American Hellenic Institute Foundation is accepting applications for its 9th annual college student foreign policy study trip to Greece and Cyprus (June 15- July 1, 2016). Contact Yola Pakhchanian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Deadline is April 15.

St. Nicholas/Temecula: Cordially invites you to the Blessing of the Grounds, Thyranoixia & 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 7. Visit stnicholastemecula.org or call 951-296-6207 for more details.

 
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Philoptochos Pasta Dinner
Friday, April 8
After the Akathist Hymn
Adults are $10 - Children $8 (Under 10)
MENU
Pasta Dinner
Includes Garlic Bread & Salad

Contact Susan Valle
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Archbishop Demetrios

Archbishop Demetrios' 10 Suggestions for Lent

Mar 18, 2016

NEW YORK – Archbishop Demetrios offered ten suggestions for each Orthodox Christian to strive for during the Lenten season, during his homily at the annual Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Clean Monday Retreat, March 14, at the Holy Cross Chapel in Brookline, Mass. Below is an edited excerpt of these ten suggestions.

 

Ten Suggestions for Lent

By His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America

 

1. Meditate on the History of Salvation

Think of the Lenten period as a time of meditating on the history of salvation.  Think about the creation of the universe and of Adam and Eve as the beginning of human life on earth.  Think about the fall of Adam and the entrance of sin in humanity.  We see in the hymnology of the liturgical book of Lent, the Triodion, constant references to the tragedy of the fall of the first human beings.  For example, in the Oikos of the Matins on yesterday’s Cheesefare Sunday, we read: “Adam sat and cried in those days across from the delights of Paradise; beat his hands upon his face, and said: Merciful One, have mercy on me who have fallen.”

The memory of what happened through the fall of Adam and Eve continues on in us to this day.  Think of the current condition of the world with its chaotic situation, confusion, violence, poverty, injustices, oppression, sickness and death, and remember it all started way back with Adam and Eve as a consequence of their sin and fall.  But then contemplate the course of history and how the amazing, unimaginable, and unpredictable act of God Himself to become a human being radically changed everything.  So in the course of Lent remember the history of salvation: From the fall of humankind, to the promise of redemption, the Incarnation of God as the new Adam, His Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension into Heaven, and the Second Coming.  Take time to reflect on God’s divine actions through history.

2. Review the understanding of fasting

Take fasting seriously as a very important aspect of Lent.  Think of fasting not simply as an item of diet, but as something related to the fall of humankind, and at the same time as a victory through Christ.  We fast for forty days in Lent before Holy Week not merely as an exercise, an ascesis, but also because there is an important Christological significance attached to fasting.  We have forty-day fasting models from both the Old and New Testaments.  In the Old Testament, Moses fasted for forty days on Mount Sinai before receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28, Deut. 9:9, 9:18) and Prophet Elijah fasted for forty days on Mount Horeb (3 Kingdoms 19:8).  Both of these instances are connected with an encounter with God at the end of their fasting.  In the New Testament, we have the forty-day fasting in the desert by our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13).  At the end of the forty-day fasting by Christ in the desert, there are the well-known “Temptations” of Christ, the first of which is related to eating: And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he [Christ] answered, "It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matt. 4:3-4).  Is this event in the life of Christ in any way connected to the Fall of Adam?  Indeed, the Fall of Adam was caused by an eating situation, yet the victory of Christ also happened through an eating situation.  While Adam said “yes” to the temptation and ate (Genesis 3:1-6), Christ said “no” to the temptation and did not eat.  This is why the fasting of the forty-days during Lent is not simply a matter of abstention or an issue of diet, but is a major Christological and soteriological situation; the fall of humankind, and then the restoration through the victory of Christ.  So let us take fasting seriously and prepare ourselves for a blessed encounter with God.

3. Reconsider our life of prayer

Great Lent is a special time to pray.  But what is the content of our prayer?  What is our praying language?  For several people, their prayer is still on the same level of that when they were ten or fifteen years old; it has stayed undeveloped.  Why when speaking to God are we using a poor language?  What efforts are we making to improve and enhance our prayer in terms of content and expression?  Looking at the Triodion, we see many examples of different types of prayer language and content.  Try to pray and study the prayers that the Church has given us which are superb examples of conversing with God and try especially to prayerfully read the Psalms, the standard and universal book of prayer.

During Lent we find an increased number of opportunities for community prayer and worship.  The Church invites us each week to pray the services of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil, the Presanctified Liturgy, the Salutations to the Theotokos, the Great Compline, and others.  So try to pray more frequently this Lent and develop through constant praying a more refined language of prayer.

4. Be conscious of the gravity of sin

Sometimes we don’t take sin seriously.  Yet Scripture offers a very strong and unequivocal picture of the gravity of sin.  The hymnology of the Triodion is replete with occurrences of the word “sin” or variations of it.  Sin is a very serious issue.  In the Hebrew Old Testament, there are fourteen different words to describe sin, but chiefly four: sin as a matter of human weakness, sin as a distortion or perversion, sin as a rebellion (borrowed from the political realm), and sin as an error or mistake related to ignorance.

If we believe in God becoming a human being and willingly being crucified on the Cross for the sins of the world, then we must understand the seriousness of sin.  Let’s reflect on how sin has control in our lives, and how it has distorted the divine image within each of us.  Let us deal seriously with our sins with an understanding that they are part of the huge amount of sins and evil that led Christ to the Cross.  But then remember that God has given forgiveness as the perfect antidote through the very same Cross.  Forgiveness, however, is inseparably connected to repentance.

5. Make Lent a season for repentance

Along with sin, we are called to reflect upon repentance. Repentance is a very important aspect in our lives and is a dominant theme throughout the Triodion.  We should not forget that Jesus Christ our Lord began His public ministry with the words, “Μετανοεῖτε· ἤγγικε γὰρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.”“Repent [change your mind], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17).  The whole Sermon on the Mount is a commentary on this fundamental declaration on repentance.  The writings of St. Paul and the other New Testament writings are permeated by calls to repentance.  Repentance is not merely a shallow or superficial act, but a radical change of mind, soul, will and mentality.  It is a central issue and an essential component of the Lenten period.  God is always ready to forgive, but first we must repent.

6. Reflect on our reading the Bible

Lent is a time to reflect on our relationship with the Holy Scriptures, because the Bible is central in the texts of the Triodion.  We must always keep the biblical element at the forefront in our worship and in our life.  How close are we to the Bible?  Most people think about the Bible only at the reading of the Epistle and Gospel on Sunday at the Divine Liturgy.  It is unthinkable that we as Christians do not have the Word of God as a central guide in everything we do.  The Lenten period assists us to come closer and more frequently to the Bible and encourages us to reflect upon the Scripture.  We should try to make reading from the Holy Bible a daily practice during this Lenten season and beyond.

7. Be aware of the Christocentric focus

Of course, the greatest focus of Lent should be on Jesus Christ Himself.  Sometimes we can get caught up in fasting, in saying prayers, in going to Church, on our sins, or in all the rituals of this holy season; yet in the midst of all we do, we forget about Jesus Christ Himself.  Lent is above all else a time to draw closer to Christ!  Christ is the center of this Lenten period and should be the center of our lives.  As we go through Lent and arrive at Holy Week with the Crucifixion and Resurrection, Christ must be at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of all things.  This Lenten period is a tremendous opportunity to come closer to Christ, and to be Christocentric in all that we think, say, or do.

We remember that the fall of Adam and Eve occurred through eating in disobedience to the commandment of God (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-24), and that the restoration and victory in Christ was realized through His overcoming the temptation of eating (Matt. 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13).  But what does our incarnate God offer to us as the ultimate possibility of union with Him?  He gave us His Body and His Blood to be eaten.  He said to us, “Ὁ τρώγων μου τὴν σάρκα καὶ πίνων μου τὸ αἷμα ἐν ἐμοὶ μένει, κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ.” ”He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him" (John 6:56).  Here is the ultimate paradox: During Lent, abstinence from food, i.e. fasting, is accompanied by partaking of the imperishable food, i.e. the Body and Blood of Christ.  Adam and Eve fell away from paradise and from their connection to God through eating, and we are restored and united to God in the highest way through the Holy Communion by eating the Body and drinking the Blood of Christ.  This is much more than being Christocentric.  This is having Christ dwelling in us in a palpable way.

8. Cultivate human relationships

The season of Lent is also an opportunity to cultivate our human relationships in more authentic ways.  Looking again at the hymnology of the Triodion, we clearly ascertain that there is an emphasis on loving and caring for each other, on moving away from evil and wrong things, on forgiving one another, and on being reconnected with our fellow human beings.  The Book of Isaiah, read in its entirety during Lent, begins with a condemnation of the people of Israel because they had abandoned God, and then continues with an admonition to the Israelites to return to God and to be fair and to establish proper relationships with their fellow human beings.  So we are called to think of any relationships that are not in the proper condition and make every effort to remedy them.  This is a very integral part of living our lives during Lent.

9. Practice almsgiving

Almsgiving is a vital aspect of the Lenten period.  On one of the multiple occasions speaking about the need to be a person who takes care of others, St. John Chrysostom said that we are all called to give alms.  He continued to say that even those who claim to be poor are not free from offering alms.  Poverty is a poor excuse not to give.  Indeed there are poor people who give the half of what they have (see Mark 12:41-44).  It could be said that almsgiving is a requirement for living our life as Christians.  Christ said, “when you give alms” (Matt. 6:3), not if you give alms.  Almsgiving is especially emphasized during this Lenten period, evidenced again by the hymnology of our Church.

10. Make this Lent a time for transformation

Ultimately, our Lenten season is a time of having a transformative experience.  We are challenged to resolve that at the end of the Lenten period, when we celebrate Pascha, we are different from what we are today.  The transformative aspect of Lent is an absolute necessity for spiritually enjoying this season.  We are in the process of transformation if we steadily become Christocentric in all things, through the grace and power of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This Lenten season provides us with a tremendous possibility to prepare spiritually, to be constantly transformed, and to be with Christ in His Passion and Resurrection.

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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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