Upcoming Events

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 19 October (so there will be no Bible Study on Tuesday 18 October).

FUND RAISING AFTERNOON-TEA FOR WEST AFRICA    On Sunday 2nd October, from 3.30pm, a fund raising event will take place in our hall to support the building of orphanages in Sierra Leone.   Fr Themi, an Orthodox missionary from West Africa will be present

KIDS FUN DAY On Wednesday 5 October (2nd week of school holidays) we will have a lot of activities for chidlren, 10am - 1pm

COMMUNITY APPEAL On Friday 7 October a truck from the Greek Welfare Centre will come to our Hall around 10am for :  Clothing (New and Used), Cans or Packets of Food, Household Items (New and Old), Games / Toys / Presents (for kids and adults), Donations / Money Vouchers.  Please bring any such donations to the entrance of our hall some day before the truck arrives, at a time when our Church is open  (eg on Sunday morning, during the Kids fun day)

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

This foretaste of the new creation—of a world transfigured—is also experienced by the Church in the countenance of her saints who, through their spiritual struggles and virtues, have already revealed the image of the Kingdom of God in this life, thereby proving and affirming that the expectation of a world of peace, justice, and love is not a utopia, but the substance of things hoped for (Heb 11:1) , attainable through the grace of God and man’s spiritual struggle.

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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