Saint Demetrios  Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, California


NEW DATES FOR AGAPE GRAND OPENING: MAY 30-31, 2015 Just in case you haven’t yet heard, the last weekend in May has been chosen as the new date for our Thyranoixia or “Opening of the Doors” of our new Agape Center. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos will be with us and the activities will be the same as those laid out in our first plan. There will be an open house on Friday, May 29th, a Vespers Service on Saturday May 30th followed by a Gala Dinner, and a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and celebrato- ry luncheon on Sunday, May 31st. Fr. Gary and the Parish Council have chosen this date, with the input of the Me- tropolis, the builder and the City of Camarillo to insure that we have occupancy of the building. You will be receiv- ing invitations by mail in the near future with all the details. Please consider being a part of the Commemorative Album: details and costs below.




The Office of Rev. Fr. Gary Kyriacou

Church: 3100 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1970, Camarillo, CA 93011

805-482-1273 office

805-443-3376 Fr. Gary cell

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                

December 15, 2014




Camarillo, CA

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is planning its annual Epiphany Celebration and Blessing of the Waters Ceremony at 12 noon on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Ventura Harbor.

The feast day of Epiphany commemorates Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan by St. John the Baptist.

After Sunday services at St. Demetrios, the entire congregation and guests from all over Southern California gather dockside outside the Greek at the Harbor Restaurant in Ventura Harbor.  Prayers are recited over the ocean asking the Lord to bless the ocean, protect those that sail on it, provide temperate weather and guard the faithful.  A large cross is dipped into the harbor’s water and a dove is released to symbolize the descent of the Holy Spirit.

While prayers are read and the choir chants, there are two separate dive-for-the cross events: one for kids 12 and up, and one for adults. For each dive, Fr. Gary Kyriacou throws a cross into the ocean and the group of divers plunge into the frigid harbor waters and swim toward it, hoping to reach and retrieve it first.  A prayer is read over the youth and adult who come up with the cross; they are believed to have special blessings the rest of the year.  Another prayer is said over all the divers who were brave enough to compete in the event.

A celebratory meal and party with music and dancing follow the ceremony at the Greek at the Harbor Restaurant.  The public is welcome at all aspects of the Epiphany Celebration, and tickets for the after-party at the Greek at the Harbor are available by calling the St. Demetrios Church office at (805) 482-1273.  If you are just interested in watching the Blessing of the Waters and Dive for the Cross outside, it is recommended you arrive at Ventura Harbor by 11:30 am.


PHOTO OP AT 11:45 am, Sunday, January 11, 2015 on the dock outside the Greek at the Harbor Restaurant in Ventura Harbor


OR PHOTOS from previous years available: contact Pam West at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 482-1273.


The annual AHEPA BBQ is being held here at church this Saturday, September 27th. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the door. As always, it's helpful if you let us know you're coming; you can reply to this email with your name and the number of people in your party. Bring your friends! WHO: YOU! WHAT: AHEPA Tri Tip BBQ Dinner with all the Fixings & Dessert WHEN: THIS Saturday, September 27: no-host cocktails at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm WHERE: HERE! At St. Demetrios, 3100 Ponderosa Drive in Camarillo HOW: $25 per person in cash or check made out to AHEPA at the door THEN: ENJOY dinner, friends and Greek and American music and dancing! This is a great evening of food and fun for a wonderful cause. St. Demetrios AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope give out two college scholarships to deserving St. Demetrios college-bound students each year in honor of the late, and much-beloved William & Florence Gatsios. Incidentally, we will celebrate Bill and Florence's 15 and 10-Year Memorials(respectively) at St. Demetrios on Sunday, October 12, 2014.


celebrate the end of summer

Tuesday, August 26th at 12 Noon

St. Demetrios (Holy Library) Community Hall


iced tea, soda pop and coffee will be provided


Suggestions to bring...

fried chicken

hot dogs and rolls with trimmings

potato salad, tossed salad, fruit salad, vegetables, etc.

desserts (apple pie, ice cream, etc.)


We will play our usual Bingo with some new moves. NO potato sack races!!

Due to our temporary kitchen, please bring potluck dishes ready to serve.

There will also be a discussion regarding the VIP treasury


For additional info:

Carrie Nicholeris at 632-2865


VIP Seniors are an active, adult social group at St. Demetrios.  All are welcome to come join in the fun and bring something to share!  Your age is not as important as your ability to join in and have a good time.

Greek Festival

The 37th Annual Ventura County Greek Festival
June 26, 27 and 28 @ St Demetrios


Feb-March 2015 2014


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