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St. Demetrios Welcomes Fr. James Kumarelas and His Wife, Presvytera Vasso
On Sunday, October 18th, our community celebrated the first Divine Liturgy with our new assistant priest, Fr. James Kumarelas and his Presvytera, Vasso.
Assigned by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, Fr. James officially began his ministry as the 2nd priest at St. Demetrios on October 15, 2020. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on October 10th and the Holy Priesthood on October 11th by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos at Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, CA, the home parish of Fr. James.
Fr. James is a graduate of Holy Cross, class of 2020, and Hellenic College in 2017. Born and raised in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, in Oakland California, Fr. James had been highly involved in the life of his parish, serving the youth as dance director and summer camp staff member. He has a background in lighting and electrical for the film and television industry, and also served his community by handling all the electrical needs for their Greek Festival. Married in 2018, he and his wife Vasso, a Physician Assistant, spent two years living on campus in the married student village. They feel blessed to have had the opportunity for building friendships and developing their cooking skills, in addition to their spiritual formation while at Holy Cross. Fr. James and Presvytera Vasso both enjoy the outdoors, which is unmatched by Pacific Northwest, an are excited to begin a new chapter in their life together in serving Christ and His Church. Welcome, Fr. James and Presvytera Vasso! AXIOS!
Attend Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgies our now open to our parishioners with limits - 100 people plus staff on Sundays and 25 people or less on weekdays. Please see the Parish Calendar for most up to date schedule of Divine Liturgies. All parishioners must wear masks and register prior to attending and follow guidelines set forth by the Federal and State authorities, as well as our Metropolis Guidelines.
Once you have signed up, you will see the list of available services. Just click on the service you want to attend, click the RSVP button, add any additional attendees, agree to the consent form, and you're all set! You'll receive a precheck screening 48 hours prior to the Divine Liturgy you want to attend. Make sure to complete the precheck screening before you arrive at St. Demetrios.
Light a Virtual Candle
An integral part of our Orthodox worship is lighting a candle as we enter the Church. Prayers are important especially during this difficult time. Our church doors are now open in limited capacity (see above). If you're not able to attend quite yet, you can still have candles lit and prayers said for you and your loved ones. Please submit your request on the form below, click on a donation amount, and Fr. Photios will light candles and say prayers for you and your loved ones at the next scheduled service.
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St. Demetrios Mission Statement
"To proclaim the Gospel of Christ in the Orthodox Christian Tradition while creating a vibrant,loving, compassionate and supportive community."
THE ORTHODOX WAY - Our Monthly Newsletter, updated for October, 2020