Rev. Fr. Gary Kyriacou

2018 St. Demetrios Parish Council

Joanne Mirras Knauss - President

Ted Sidiropoulos - Vice President

Patrice Wheeler - Secretary

Nick Mirras - Co-Treasurer

Chris Pulos - Co-Treasurer

Bo Halamandaris

Cally Pantages

Jenny Nelson

Linda Peters

Lynn Mikelatos

Mandee Sanderson

St. Demetrios Philoptochos Irini Chapter Board Members

Pam Gonzalez - President

Susan Valle - 1st Vice Pres

Nancy Jassak - 2nd Vice Pres

Deb Greanias - Recording Secretary

Nathalie Habbash - Corresponding Secretary

Cally Pantages - Assistant Corresponding Secretary

Monique Joannou - Treasurer

Mary Freeth - Asst Treasurer

Martha Poulos - Advisor

Jody Brown - Member

Lisa Hartley - Member

Danka Schmidt - Member


Agape Building Campaign Committee

George Joannou - Chairman

Sandra Arline

Minos Athanasiades

Mary Freeth


Office Staff

Candice Schaefer - Administrative

Ingrid Poehler - Parish Bookkeeper



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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

I’m Your Buckaroo, I Wanna Be Like You


Country singer Rodney Atkins has a song called, “Watching You.” He talks about going through the McDonald’s drive thru and riding around town with his four-year-old. He says he stops quickly to avoid a red light and as he screeched to a stop the little boy’s fries and drink go flying all over the car. The four-year-old yells a four-letter word. Atkins says, "Son, now where did you learn to talk like that?" The boy said, "I've been watching you, dad, ain't that cool? I'm your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.”

I want to be like you. Flattering words, but some of our actions don’t need to be repeated. As parents we all have instances where our kids, when they are young, imitate our behavior. Whether it is trying to shave with soap bubbles, make cookies with play-doh, put on our shoes, or use a toy lawnmower as we push the real thing: they want to be like us. Our example is an important one. They learn so much from what we do, what we say, and how we behave. Are we giving them the best version of ourselves?

Making the lives of our children easier is a goal of every parent. We do what we can to help them advance in life, teaching them lessons along the way. These lessons can be well structured and thought out, or the child can learn, like in the song mentioned, just by watching. What is it we display?


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