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

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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