Ventura County AHEPA Chapter 220

Ventura County AHEPA Chapter 220 recently announced Alexander Farkas as the winner of the 2012 Bill Gatsios Memorial Scholarship Award. He was presented with the $500 scholarship at an AHEPA dinner at St. Demetrios on May 29th.

Alex, a graduating senior at Westlake High School, is the son of David and Annie Farkas. He has participated in Greek Dance, volunteered at the Rescue Mission and served in the altar here at St. Demetrios for many years.

At Westlake High School, Alex ran cross country, served as the sports editor of the school paper, and was captain of the tennis team. A member of the National Honors Society with an outstanding academic record, he has been accepted to the University of Missouri where he will study journalism with the goal of pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.

AHEPA members said they were proud to present this year’s Bill Gatsios Scholarship to such a well-rounded, deserving young man. Read More ...

Newsletter June 2012

President's Message: Chris Mallakis

I am proud to report that in the first five months of the year, we have accomplished our goals and continue to make progress in our parish community and in our plans for building our future home.

The Spring General Assembly was well- attended and all the ministries and organizations of the church were represented with written and spoken reports. Every parishioner should devote their time to coming to the General Assembly meetings twice each year. It is the best way to stay informed about everything going on at St. Demetrios.

This month we have our 34th Annual Ven- tura County Greek Festival. We all need to come together and redouble our efforts for Festival this year. It is very important to have a successful and profitable Festival so we can increase the building fund and build our new home.

Please don’t wait for an invitation! Contact Festival Chair John Poulos, any Parish Council Member, the office, or Father Gary and offer your help.

Newsletter May 2012,  Volume 18, Issue 4 

The Meaning of Easter: Fr. Gary

When a Sunday School teacher asked each pupil in her class to write one sentence on What Easter Means to Me, one of them wrote: "Egg salad sandwiches for the next two weeks!" Easter, or as we should more reverently call it, Pascha, is about more than hard boiled eggs, it is the feast of all feasts! 

Pascha means Passover, and in the Old Testament, Pass- over refers to the celebration in which the Jews placed the blood of a lamb on their doorways so that the Angel of Death would “pass over” their household. 

Christ’s Passover, or Pascha, is the ultimate sacrifice. Christ is known as the NEW lamb and His blood on the Cross tramples the power of death and opens the doorway of eternal salvation to all mankind.

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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