Help Wanted, VC Greek Festival 2018

Please sign up to be a volunteer at the 2018 Ventura County Greek Festival. Volunteers are needed for the following days:

Friday June 22nd, from:
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23rd, from:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24th, from:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Ventura County Greek Festival is a true community event that relies on the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. This year's Festival is on June 22, 23 and 24, 2018 at Freedom Park in Camarillo. We also need help setting up before and cleaning up after the Festival. Please sign up using the form below to indicate how you can help. Please contact Cally Pantages at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 818-497-4661 (cell) with questions.


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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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