Church to Reopen, but NOT TOMORROW

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Dear St Demetrios Parish Family,

Christ is Risen!

We hope and pray that this message finds you well during this critical time.

It brought great joy to hear our President fervently declare churches "essential" this past week. While we are all excited to see our Church reopen, we must follow the guidelines, recommendations and procedures set forth, by not only our State and County, but of the Metropolis of San Francisco. Our Metropolis has made their opening expectations very clear. They have provided a "Readiness Checklist" and have asked each Parish to create a committee to administer all procedures to receive approval for reopening.

ST. DEMETRIOS WILL NOT BE OPEN TOMORROW, Sunday, May 24, 2020. As of right now, we are not permitted to re-open the church for services. This is for the protection of the health and welfare of all parishioners, including and especially our elderly or immunocompromised brethren.

We will, of course, keep you informed as circumstances change, and hope to gather soon. But, as of now, St. Demetrios remains closed. The Church will continue to operate as we have been for the last several weeks. Please continue to pray with us and view the services online by visiting our website,

When time finally does come to re-open, we will be asking for volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 (without care-giving responsibilities or compromised health) to volunteer and assist in the process. If you have an interest in helping, please contact the church or Mike Metropoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stay safe and healthy and may God continue to Bless you and all of us at St. Demetrios.

With God’s Love,
Fr. Gary Kyriacou, Priest
Joanne Knauss, Parish Council President

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Touched by Christ

I experienced an amazing awakening during our pilgrimage. Several things touched my heart, and you know me, I will spill these details, little by little, within my Sunday Liturgy sermons. Standing on the grounds where Christ walked and being at the sites where our Savior performed His miracles was most profound.

We entered the city of Nain. Our tour guide, Fr. Leondios (an Archimandrite of Greek descent), stumped me when he asked, “Who knows what happened here in Nain?” because he pronounced it “Nah-een.” When I realized where we were, I was provoked by the notion that this was where Christ raised the son of the widow from the dead. As He led His crowd into the city, He encountered the funeral procession and said to the grieving widow, “Don’t cry.” Two large groups, with two very different functions, collide at the city gates.

There is a lot to learn as we look at this collision. The first is a procession of death. It is the funeral of a young man that is the only son of his widowed mother. The second is comprised of Chris’s disciples and followers. One a procession of life and the other a procession of death.

The procession of death is exasperated by...

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