Greetings, I pray you are well. It seems that many have not been receiving some of the messages I have sent. Please check your "junk" folder every now and then . . . Following is a list of events and activities happening at our loving Parish over the next few days. Please make every effort to participate in as many Lenten services as possible. Hope to see you. Tuesday, March 25: Liturgy, Annunciation- Orthros at 9AM and Liturgy at 9:30AM Wednesday, March 26:Pre-Sanctified Liturgy 6:30PM Potluck 7:30 Orthodox Study until 8:30 We are studying THE WAY OF A PILGRIM Friday, March 28: Fourth Stantza of the Akathist Hymn 6:30PM Please come! Also, please be sure to use my NEW email address when corresponding: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. With Christ’s Love, +Fr. Gary In Christ, +FG Father Gary Kyriacou St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. BOX 1970 Camarillo, CA 93011 CHAPEL ADDRESS (Physical meeting site): 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo, CA 93010 805-482-1273 cell: 805-443-3376

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We are delighted to announce that the Camarillo community site on AmericanTowns has a fresh new look this month and we have expanded our rich content offering for every town in America. The updated Camarillo community site focuses much more on "Things to Do" around Camarillo and the surrounding area, plus new navigation features and a more user-friendly design aesthetic.

In addition to all that local goodness, the Camarillo Community site of course offers easy-to-use tools for nonprofits to promote their events and activities - all at no cost!

Please take a few moments to review the page for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on the Camarillo site and we invite you to add your upcoming events, latest press releases and news, or even post a photo. If you need assistance updating your page, please let me know and we'll be happy to help.

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

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Hurricane Harvey


With all the tragic events happening in our world today: hurricanes earthquakes and shootings, it is comforting to know that our Orthodox Christian Church plays an active role in the recovery efforts. As a frontliner for the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) I can be deployed for any number of catastrophes to offer emotional and spiritual care (ESC). Following our deployment we are to submit a report to identify some of the work we encountered. The following is part of my incident report. The names have been changed to protect identities.

Some of the most touching visits I had with those that had lost everything were:

● Wheelchair bound woman, approximately 55 years old. Lives in 9 story building across the street. As soon as she realized that the Brown Convention Center was opened to those displaced she came over to lend a hand. Working off very little sleep. Was very emotional and shared many, many stories and encounters. The most telling was:

She took guardianship of a (total) stranger’s children (3 kids ages 7 and younger), while this stranger went into labor to deliver her fourth child.

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