Ventura County AHEPA Chapter 220

Ventura County AHEPA Chapter 220 recently announced Alexander Farkas as the winner of the 2012 Bill Gatsios Memorial Scholarship Award. He was presented with the $500 scholarship at an AHEPA dinner at St. Demetrios on May 29th.

Alex, a graduating senior at Westlake High School, is the son of David and Annie Farkas. He has participated in Greek Dance, volunteered at the Rescue Mission and served in the altar here at St. Demetrios for many years.

At Westlake High School, Alex ran cross country, served as the sports editor of the school paper, and was captain of the tennis team. A member of the National Honors Society with an outstanding academic record, he has been accepted to the University of Missouri where he will study journalism with the goal of pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.

AHEPA members said they were proud to present this year’s Bill Gatsios Scholarship to such a well-rounded, deserving young man. Read More ...

Newsletter June 2012

President's Message: Chris Mallakis

I am proud to report that in the first five months of the year, we have accomplished our goals and continue to make progress in our parish community and in our plans for building our future home.

The Spring General Assembly was well- attended and all the ministries and organizations of the church were represented with written and spoken reports. Every parishioner should devote their time to coming to the General Assembly meetings twice each year. It is the best way to stay informed about everything going on at St. Demetrios.

This month we have our 34th Annual Ven- tura County Greek Festival. We all need to come together and redouble our efforts for Festival this year. It is very important to have a successful and profitable Festival so we can increase the building fund and build our new home.

Please don’t wait for an invitation! Contact Festival Chair John Poulos, any Parish Council Member, the office, or Father Gary and offer your help.

Newsletter May 2012,  Volume 18, Issue 4 

The Meaning of Easter: Fr. Gary

When a Sunday School teacher asked each pupil in her class to write one sentence on What Easter Means to Me, one of them wrote: "Egg salad sandwiches for the next two weeks!" Easter, or as we should more reverently call it, Pascha, is about more than hard boiled eggs, it is the feast of all feasts! 

Pascha means Passover, and in the Old Testament, Pass- over refers to the celebration in which the Jews placed the blood of a lamb on their doorways so that the Angel of Death would “pass over” their household. 

Christ’s Passover, or Pascha, is the ultimate sacrifice. Christ is known as the NEW lamb and His blood on the Cross tramples the power of death and opens the doorway of eternal salvation to all mankind.

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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