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 firstname.lastname@example.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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