Upcoming Events

Saturday 13 December    9 - 10.30am,  English Divine Liturgy, especially for children, then refreshments,  

Saturday 13 December    11am – 12.30pm  end of year Greek School concert in our hall.

Saturday 13 December    2 – 5pm   Cleaning of our Church    We would be very grateful for help to give our Church a thorough pre-Christmas clean, and also to set up and vacuum our temporary Church for the next day’s service

SUNDAY  13 December    7 – 8pm   SUPPLICATION SERVICE OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST at our temporary Church, corner George & Purchase Sts, Parramatta.  We are holding this to express our gratitude for all the blessings we have been through related to the moving of our Church.

Monday  7 – 9pm   Christmas Carols and a story for children in our hall    

Wednesday 31 December   6.00 – 7.00 pm   Vespers.        7pm – 12.30am   New Year’s Eve Dinner dance (? the last event in our current hall).  Tickets best pre-paid to Christina Hatzistamatiou:  $60 adults, $30 children <12, children <4 free

St Ioannis Fellowship is on a break for now, and will resume in early February

St Ioannis Parishioner Epiphany House Blessings in January 2015  In Orthodox Tradition, the Parish priest visits the homes of his parishioners during January, and blesses their homes with water that was blessed during the Epiphany service.  Listed below is this year’s program according to suburb.   If Fr Dimitri came and blessed your home during January 2014, and you would like him to come again, you do not have to do anything, he will come, God willing, on the day mentioned below.  If however he did not come in January 2014 and you would like him to come, please email church@stioannis.org and mention your name, address and contact phone number.  Also, if Fr Dimitri has come in the past but this year you cannot have him, e.g. because you will not be home, please email and let Fr Dimitri know not to come.

Monday  5 /1/2015    11.30am – 7pm   Parramatta 

Tuesday   6/ 1/2015    11.30am – 6pm    Harris Park, Rosehill

Wednesday  7 /1/2015     11.30am  – 5pm     Westmead

Thursday  8/ 1/2015    10am – 7pm   1. South Wentworthville  2. Wentworthville 3. Constitution Hill      

Friday  9 /1/2015     10am – 8pm   1. North Parramatta, 2. Oatlands  3. North Rocks

Saturday  10/ 1/2015    8am – 6pm     Merrylands

Monday  12/ 1/2015     9am – 7pm   1. Guildford,   2. Auburn  3. Lidcombe,

Tuesday  13 /1/2015     10am – 2pm   Granville,     2 – 7 pm  other, distant suburbs

Wednesday  14/1/2015    10am – 4pm    Winston Hills

Thursday  15/1/2015    10am – 3pm    Northmead

Friday  16/1/2015   9am – 7pm   Greystanes, Pemulway

Saturday 17/1/2015   11.30am – 7pm   Baulkham Hills

 Monday  19/ 1/2015     9am – 4pm     1. Carlingford   2. Telopea, 3. Dundas  4. Rydalmere

Tuesday  20/ 1/2015     9am – 6pm     1. Kellyville   2. Glenhaven   3. Castle Hill,   4. West Pennant Hills   5. Epping      6.  Eastwood  7. Ermington

MOVING OUR CHURCH   As many of you know, for some time we have been talking about moving our Church.   Where we are now is surrounded by very tall buildings, there is no room to develop and grow, provide services for our people, parking is very difficult, especially mid-week, etc.  The situation will only get worse, as mentioned in "The Telegraph" on 14 April, 2014, an $8B boom is predicted for Parramatta, over the next few years many skyscrapers will be built, many very close to where our Church is currently situated.  An opportunity came up to sell our Church and buy the Parramatta Workers club at 163-165 George St Parramatta.  This site is large, it is across the road from Parramatta River, behind it is a large park, it is peaceful, it has very ample parking, a large hall and facilities, all it needs to convert it to something suitable for us is for us to build a Church. We consulted widely, received the whole-hearted support and blessing of His Eminence our Archbishop and  the Archdiocese, and consulted our people.  We had 2 large forums where the issue was debated, and our people overwhelmingly supported our attempt to move.  The site was to be sold by a private tender process.  We are moved and joyous to announce that on 20th June 2014 the property became ours. For those of us that were involved in this journey, there were many blessings, and we could see plainly the hand of God and of our patron saint, St John the Forerunner, working.  Of course a long and hard journey awaits us, but we are looking forward to this with enthusiasm.

 

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From the Holy Fathers

“Christians, have we understood the great responsibility that we have taken on before God through baptism? Have we come to know that we must conduct ourselves as children of God, that we must align our will with the will of God, that we must remain free from sin, that we must love God with all our hearts and always patiently await union with Him? Have we thought about the fact that our heart should be so filled with love that it should overflow to our neighbour? Do we have the feeling that we must become holy and perfect, children of God and heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven?

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