Ventura County Greek Festival 2016

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Agape Picnic


Annual Agape Picnic

Χριστός ἀνέστη! - Christos Anesti (Christ is Risen!)
Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! - Alithos Anesti (Truly He is Risen!)

There will be plenty of whole roasted Lamb & Chicken from the rotisserie, leg of Lamb from the BBQ, Rice, Beans, Green Beans, Potatoes, Salad, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sodas, Jumpers and an Egg Hunt for the kids. (Beer & Wine will be available for purchase)

Through Sunday, April 24th the cost is a donation of any amount you choose (our cost to put on the event is $25 per person). After 4/24, the entry fee will be $35 per adult. To RSVP complete & return the form below, use Pushpay Online or call the office at 805-482-1273 For more information or to offer help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 805-404-3873

Our picnic has been growing over the years and following are a few needs to ensure we have a successful event. If you're interested in helping in any capacity, email or call the church office or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 805-404-3873).

  • Volunteers to help for two hour shifts on Easter day (serving, cooking, bar, drinks, checking in, music, cleaning, etc.).
  • Volunteers to help in the evening of Good Thursday in preparing the meats.
  • Donations needed for any of the menu items and/or products that will be used for the Agape Picnic.



St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 22nd Annual Golf Classic


Early Registration (Prior to 8/15/16) $150 / Player

Registration (After 8/15/16) $175 / Player
BBQ Lunch
Great Tee Prize Pkg.
Buffet Dinner
Silent Auction

11:00 Registration
& Putting Contest
11:30 Lunch
12:15 Shotgun Start

Format Texas Scramble

Download Registration Flyer

Thank You For Participating

St. Demetrios has acquired a beautiful four-acre Parcel of land in the Mission Oaks section of Camarillo, where we are building our new Church and Cultural Center. Proceeds from this Classic will be donated to our building fund.

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 22nd Annual Golf Classic

Project Mexico & Saint Innocent Orphanage Pantry Partners

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 22 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean to say the least! St. Demetrios will be collecting specific basic needs items like toiletries and cleaning supplies (See List Below).

"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.

As another Parish recently beat us to the punch and was able to graciously pack 80 boxes of food we have pledged to gather cleaning supplies and some other odds and ends.

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 in the church to collect items on an ongoing basis beginning February 21st.

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

Donation Items Needed:
Laundry Supplies:


Cleaning Supplies:

Dish Soap, Pine Sol/Lysol, Fabuloso, Cleaning Gloves, Easy-Off, Ajax


10W-40 Motor Oil, Wiper Fluid

Dry Food:

Flour (White & Wheat), Granola Bars,Canola Oil, Hot Chocolate, Cereal (low sugar), Oatmeal (plain), Cake/Cookies/Brownie Mixes


Votives (2 inch), Charcoal


Copy Paper (White 8.5x11)

Disposable Goods:

Trash Bags (45 & 55 gal), Plastic Forks & Spoons, Plastic/Paper Cups, Paper Napkins, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper

Toiletries for Men:

Toothbrushes (Adult), Body Loofah/Scrubber, Hand Soap, Nail Clippers, Razors

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage Website

FDF Faith Dance Fellowship

FDF • Faith • Dance • Fellowship • 2016

We would like to wish our youth the best of luck at FDF, 2016 as they partake in folk dance and choral competitions in Anaheim. We are all very proud of you and honored to have you represent St. Demetrios!

Fr. Gary Kyriacou and the entire Parish Council



World Famous Agape Dancers

The Saint Demetrios Agape group earned a 4th place at 2016 FDF. Congratulations to the group and the directors Stella Kalivas, Christina Jay Ioannou and Kerri Legg Brode!

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Blessings to all those who participated in FDF this month.

May God bless you all abundantly!
For more information please visit the FDF website and give em a like on Facebook!
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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Map It

Preparing for a fishing expedition, I handed a copy of a map of the lake to each of my boys. It was a copy of an original and an old one at that. You could see the residue that accumulated on the copy print after print after print. We gathered our sup-plies, some tackle, snacks, drinks and a variety of activities to help us with our patience.

After approving the snacks and activities one of the boys asked an im-portant question. While pointing to the map he asked, “Where are we going to fish?” “Right there,” I said touching the map and pointing to a corner of the lake. He responded, “How do we get there?” “Well,” I said, “you follow this road and turn left up over here.” “And how do you know that? Have you been there before?” “No,” I said, “never been there. We’ll follow the map.” “Who drew the map, Dad?” “Someone who knows the lake.”

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Constant communication with God is imperative as believers.
I ask that we pray the following prayer.

O Lord, our God, please bless the everlasting memory of our departed loved ones, the Orthodox Christian Church, our Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Gerasimos, all clergy, deacons, monastics who God has established to feed the flock of Your Word with a sacred desire to serve with gladness and dedicated hearts. Assign a Guardian Angel to walk before them so that they grow in faith and discernment. Multiply their efforts, sanctify their work and bless all of their endeavors. Grant them well-being and health. Grant them understanding, peace and happiness in this life to help them fulfill Your will. AMEN

Fr Gary Kyriacou

Sunday's Epistle Reading

Saints Feasts and Readings

Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8

Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 4.

Psalm 117.24,29

This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.

IN THE FIRST BOOK, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?" He said to them, "it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth."

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Sunday's Gospel Reading

Saints Feasts and Readings

Great and Holy Pascha

The Gospel according to John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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