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.

A NOTE ON VISITATIONS & COMMUNICATION

Dear Parishioners, Christ is RISEN!

Recently I gave a sermon on putting our trust in Christ, because we humans are notorious for letting each other down. I proceeded to confess instances in which I have

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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