Upcoming Events

VIGIL for the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, will be held in our Church on Friday 24 June, from 7pm till 1am

LUNCHEON TO CELEBRATE OUR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SINCE WE MOVED OUR CHURCH  This will be held in our Hall after the Liturgy on Sunday 26 June. We will be showing a DVD with highlights of our move 1 year ago.  We would be grateful if any of you can bring a plate of food for this function.

MEET YOUR CANDIDATES FORUM  in our hall, on Wednesday 29 June, 7 – 8.30pm  This pre-election event is organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, and is for us and the wider Australian community.  See ttp://www.acl.org.au/parramatta_meet_your_candidates_forum

TRIVIA NIGHT   Saturday 2 July from 7pm,  in our hall.  Cost is $20 for adults, which covers food etc.  Please register with admin@stioannis.org or phone Nektaria on 0401 444293

 

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES  for adults in English are held every Tuesday 7.15 – 8.30pm.

ENGLISH LITURGIES are held once a month, 7 – 8.30pm, our next one will be on Wednesday 13 July (so there will be no Bible Study on Tuesday 12 July).

 

HOW TO GET TO OUR NEW CHURCH, at the corner of Purchase and George St, Parramatta (enter through Purchase St)

By Car:  From the M4 motorway get off at James Ruse Drive, and head towards Parramatta.  At the traffic lights at Hassall St turn left.  You then turn right onto Puchase St, which is at the 3rd traffic lights.  After a few houses you then turn left into our Church property

Walking from Parramatta Station:  (About a 15 minute walk)  Walk past our old Church in Hassall St, once you get to the park keep going straight, so down the walkway that is the continuation of Hassall St, this will get you to Purchase St, turn  left into Purchase St and you will be almost there.

By Bus

· Go to Stand A2 at Parramatta bus interchange located between Parramatta Railway Station and Westfield's

· Take the Μ92 bus that goes to Bankstown - Sutherland, Monday - Friday it comes every 10 minutes, Saturday and Sunday it comes every 20 minutes (approximate Opal fare $2.10)

· You are travelling to the  Hassall St  after Purchase St, Parramatta” bus stop (Stop 2150416), if the driver does not know this stop, he may know it as “Hassall St before Alfred St,  Parramatta”

· After approx. 2 minutes in the bus, just after you cross Harris St and see the park next to you, press the button to stop the bus

· After you leave the bus, walk back along Hassall St and then turn right onto Purchase St   (it is a 3 minute walk from the bus stop to the Church)

OUR CHURCH'S FIGHT AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LEGISLATION    For some time now our Archdiocese has been actively and energetically campaigning against same-sex marriage.  In an encyclical our Archbishop Stylianos wrote:

"....In relation to a law which the State proposes to vote with regard to Marriage between persons of the same gender, we write to you once again because the Federal Parliament is expected very soon to deal with the redefinition of the concept of marriage.

You might appreciate, then, should such an Act be legalized, what destructive consequences this will have on the institution of Marriage, but also on the institution of the Family more generally.

As Orthodox Christians, therefore, we are obliged, once again, to express in the strongest possible terms, our objection to the enactment of such a legislation, as this will assail the sacredness of the Sacrament of Marriage and the Family as has been taught to us through the Ages by our Holy Faith and by the Fathers of the Church."

For more information see http://marriage.greekorthodox.org.au/

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From the Holy Fathers

Excuses have nothing to do with the spiritual life. I must understand that when I try to justify myself with excuses, I'm in a wrong state of mind. I cut off my communication with God and am deprived of divine Grace, because divine Grace does not come to one who is in a wrong state. The moment a person justifies the unjustifiable, he is separated from God. There is no stronger barrier to the Grace of God than excuses!  One who justifies himself with excuses makes no progress in the spiritual life, nor can he find any inner peace.

About Us

St Ioannis is one of the parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, headed by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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