Santa Claus Helpers Needed! 

He has made his list, he’s checked it twice and realized he needs some help!

St. Demetrios will be collecting gifts and donations for Jose de Jesus from Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage.

ALL DONATIONS MUST BE COLLECTED BY SUNDAY, November 27th for processing plus allow time for shipment to Mexico for Christmas Day joy.

Our parish will sponsor one child named Jose de Jesus for all his needs but also would like to buy a few gifts each for the other 25 young men at the orphanage. We are looking for specific board games from their wish lists below. You may find both wish lists on the trees located in the Narthex or on Amazon. To ensure we are able to gather all the items on the list please only pull the tag off of the ornament if you are positive that you are going to purchase the item and have it in the office by November 27th. Once you have pulled the tag, write your name on the back of the ornament. You will get to take the ornament home once all donations have been collected as a thank you. Contact Tim McGuire if you would like to reserve a gift or have any questions. Tim can be reached at 818-522-8290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you hate shopping like Scrooge, please feel free to donate cash, by check (please write Santa's Helpers in the memo line) or call the office and charge by phone at 805-482-1273.


Wish List

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St. Demetrios Feast Day Dinner Dance Celebration

The world has found in you, o victor, a mighty champion in great danger, and the one who caused the nations to flee, in the arena overcoming the strength of Liaus by inspiring Nestor with courage, do you also O Great Martyr, Demetrios, pray to Christ, our God, that He may give us His great mercy.

Hymns of the Feast

Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of the most distinguished families of the province of Macedonia and was widely admired not only because of his noble ancestry and grace of bearing, but also for virtue, wisdom and goodness of heart surpassing that of his elders.

The military expertise of Saint Demetrios led Galerius, as Caesar of the Eastern Empire, to appoint him commander of the Roman forces in Thessaly and Proconsul for Hellas. But for all this, Demetrios remained ever aware of the underlying realities of life. Since faith in Christ had touched his heart, all the glory of this world meant nothing to him, and there was nothing he preferred to teaching and preaching the word of God.

Despite the persecution directed against Christians by the Emperor, Saint Demetrios brought a large number of pagans to the faith. His words convinced them because they saw in the righteousness, peace and brotherly love that marked his life an illustration of the truth of which he spoke.

The Emperor Maximian had just won a series of brilliant victories over the Scythians and was on his way back to Rome when he halted at Thessalonica to receive the acclamations of the populace and to offer sacrifices in thanksgiving to the idols. A number of pagans, envious of the success of the Saint, took advantage of the Emperor's presence in the city to denounce Demetrios as a Christian. Maximian's astonishment gave way to violent indignation when he was told that Demetrios' was making use of his official position to spread the faith. Demetrios was summoned and confined in a cell, located in the basement of nearby baths.

Maximian arranged for games and gladiatorial combats to take place in the amphitheater of the city. He had brought with him a man of gigantic stature and Herculean strength called Lyaios, a Vandal by origin. Such was this man's strength and skill in single combat that no one could withstand him. There was in the city a young Christian called Nestor, who observing the empty pride of the Emperor in the victories of his champion, made up his mind to show him that real power belongs to Christ alone. He ran to the baths where Demetrios was imprisoned and asked for the protection of his prayer in going to confront the giant. The Martyr made the sign of the Cross on the brow and the heart of the boy, and sent him like David before Goliath. He reached the amphitheater just as the heralds were crying out on all sides for any who would stand against Lyaios. Advancing towards the Emperor, Nestor threw his tunic to the ground and shouted, "God of Demetrios, help me!" In the first encounter, at the very moment the giant rushed upon him, Nestor slipped aside and stabbed him to the heart with his dagger. There was uproar and amazement at the marvel, and people asked themselves how a mere child, relying neither on strength nor weapons, could so suddenly have brought down the barbarian.

Rather than yield to the sign of the sovereign power of God, the Emperor flew into a rage and ordered the immediate arrest of Nestor and his beheading outside the city. He had heard Nestor calling upon the God of Demetrios and, supposing the Saint had used some kind of witchcraft, Maximian ordered his soldiers to go and thrust Demetrios through with their lances, without trial, in the depths of his prison cell. There were some Christians, including Demetrios' servant Lupus, present at his martyrdom, and when the soldiers had gone, they reverently buried the Saint's body.

It was God's will that the grace with which He filled Saint Demetrios should remain active even after his death. This is why He caused to flow from his body a myron with a delightful scent, which had the property of healing all who took it as an unction, with faith in the intercession of the Saint. Time and again, during sixteen hundred years, Saint Demetrios has given proof of his benevolent care for the city of Thessalonica and its inhabitants. He has defended them from the attacks of barbarians, he has preserved them from plague and famine, healed the sick and comforted the afflicted.

Apolytikion and Kontakion courtesy of Holy Cross Press, Brookline, MA

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & Saint Innocent Orphanage Pantry Partners

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Three new boys have just joined the Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage family: Armando, age 8, Carlos, age 7, and Christopher, age 6. They are already enrolled in elementary school and are adjusting to orphanage life. Please keep all the boys and staff in your prayers during this important transition time. Glory to God for all things! As we continue to collect pantry items for the Orphanage please take a minute to look over their current needs list and consider grabbing something the next time you are out and about.

It would be a blessing for us to further aid our neighbors to the south at Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage. As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 25 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean!

"We all sing the praises of the loving parishes who make these donations possible and directly impact the lives of our boys!"

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage

Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.

Please contact Tim McGuire at 818-522-8290 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

A donation box will be located up stairs during coffee hour to collect items on an ongoing basis.

Please help support the boys by donating any of the items below or financially to this worthy cause!

Amazon Smaile

We have set up an Amazon Smile Wishlist to help with some shopping ideas & and they will donate 0.5% back to St Demetrios.

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage Website

All of the boys in St. Innocent Orphanage are considered orphans because they were removed from their home by social services, they ran away from home due to an abusive situation or their parents are deceased or imprisoned. St. Innocent Orphanage is not a foster care facility, so when we accept one of these special boys into our home, we do so with the knowledge that they will be with us until they are grown men.

Because of the substantial number of orphaned children in Mexico, the inadequate state and capacity of municipal and city orphanages, and the need to prioritize available resources for the care of younger children, these adolescent and teenage boys become marginalized and are left to care for themselves on the streets. If not for the existence of St. Innocent Orphanage, these boys would eventually be drawn into a violent life of drug trafficking, prostitution and other criminal activity.

A healthy and vibrant spiritual life is vital for the therapeutic and developmental needs of our boys, and is led by the Orthodox priest on staff, who lives on the orphanage property. The teachings and practices of Orthodoxy are taught and experienced daily as our boys enjoy a rich Sacramental Life. Each morning the boys begin their day with prayers, and every Sunday they participate in Divine Liturgy. We are proud that many of our boys serve in the altar, while others serve as chanters.

We seek to integrate the Orthodox faith into most aspects of the boys’ daily lives, and provide them with many examples to live out their Orthodox faith by interacting with and learning from others. In addition, as home building volunteers and clergy come to visit St. Innocent Orphanage throughout the year, our boys are blessed to witness and share so many great examples of Orthodox Christianity.

A strong academic program is our top priority at St. Innocent Orphanage. Because many of our boys come into the orphanage severely behind in school or having no education at all, we work very hard to help them catch up with their grade-level peers. Each day, many hours are spent helping our boys with their homework and re-teaching the day’s lessons. Our highly-trained educational staff prioritize not only homework completion, but subject comprehension, supplemental lessons and practical application projects.

Since the average education level completed in northern Mexico is 8th grade, we push our boys to strive for at least a high school diploma and even a college degree, if they are able and willing. A sound education will empower each boy to become a responsible, productive, self-sufficient man, able to support his own family and make a significant contribution to society. While education is no doubt a struggle for many of our boys, there is nothing they love more than going to school. All of our boys attend public schools in the communities surrounding the orphanage.

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

What I Learned This Summer

As kids prepare to return to school, it reminds me of the classic project teachers assign students, “Write a reflection on what you did this Summer.” Ritualistically, I offer my recollection of a great summer experience. The Ionian Village experience offered an amazing assortment of opportunities to grow in my Faith.


Following is a sample of what I encountered. I hope to share as much of the experience as I can in sermons, bible study classes, and future Myrrh-Bearer articles. Each day and each excursion to a new place, monastery, church, historical site, offered new insight as to how Orthodoxy plays a role and shapes us as believers. To sum up the entirety of the message I wish to convey, I saw firsthand, that our Orthodox Christian Faith is a living and dynamic Faith!


About 2 miles from the Ionian Village (IV) campground sits a small convent, Panagia Eleousa, pronounced Panagia Eleusa and means, “The tenderness of the Virgin Mary.” The IV program tried to develop a relationship with the nuns that lived there, but it was unsuccessful. The nuns were not...

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