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Please Note:  we are still at our current site, 11 Hassall St, Parramatta

Lent   We are currently in Lent- a journey towards Pascha, a time of fasting, self-reflection, repentance, prayer, fervent participation in Church services which are very frequent during this period, a time when it is extra important to go to Confession, prepare well for Holy Communion,  and in general a period when we should strive to be extra spiritual- to read spiritual books, and to do works of love, to forgive, to be patient.  By fasting is meant that we do not have meat, milk, cheese, eggs, fish.  Strict fasting also involves not having oil, however most will have oil, but not have oil on especially strict fasts, such as the very beginning of Lent, Holy Week, etc. Fasting requires discernment, if one has certain medical problems, is pregnant, etc, one can be lenient with fasting, or perhaps not fast at all.  During fasting it is good not only to avoid certain foods, but also to watch how much we eat, to finish our meal a little before we are full.

 

Pre-Easter cleaning of our Church  On Saturday 28th March we will be giving our Church at 11 Hassall St a good pre-Easter clean, from 8.30am till around midday.  It is quite lot of work, and we would be very grateful if any of you could come and help, even for only a little while. 

Update on the moving of our Church   On Sunday 29th March, after the Liturgy, all are welcome to our hall at 11 Hassall St for refreshments and then the Parish Council will present an update on what is happening in relation to moving our Church.

Holy Communion during Holy Week   During Holy week we encourage children and adults to come for Holy Communion during the Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning Liturgies, the queues at the Holy Saturday morning Liturgy are very very long.  Also very beautiful, and not overcrowded, is the Liturgy that follows the Holy Saturday night Resurrection proclamation. Adults should strive to prepare well for Holy Communion, with prayer and fasting, they need to forgive and try to be reconciled with anyone they are bitter with, and important is genuine repentance and  Confession.  We do not have to go to Confession before every time we have Holy Communion, but, if it has been a very long time since we have been to Confession, or, if we have fallen into some extra-serious sin, we really should go to Confession before approaching the holy Cup.

Parking during Holy Week    From the Saturday of Lazarus (4th April) till Pascha (12th April) our new property at Purchase St Parramatta will be open so that you can park your car and then come to Church services at 11 Hassall St.  There will also be a shuttle bus from our new property to our current Church on Palm Sunday morning 5th April, Holy Friday evening 10th April and Holy Saturday morning and evening 11th April, at the other times during Holy Week the walk from our new property to our current Church is about 10 minutes

The following have re-commenced for 2015, it is not too late to start participating or to enrol: 

St Ioannis Fellowship, which is held every Tuesday 7.15 – 8.30pm, and during Lent 7.45 - 8.30pm, (but not on weeks when we have an English Liturgy), in the classroom under our current hall

English Liturgies are held once a month, 7 – 8.30pm, our next one will be on Wednesday 15th April in our current Church

Greek School  is held every Tuesday and Friday,   4 – 6 pm, for now in the classrooms under our current hall and Church, later at our new site.   Our teachers have all been highly educated in Greece and are:

  • Christiana Alimperti   (Years 1 and 2)
  • Grammatiki Chatzistamatiou   (Years 3 and 4)
  • Ioanna Athanasopoulos   (Years 5 and 6)
  • We are currently advertsing for a 4th teacher, because we had a lot of new year 1 enrolments

Fees per year are:    $260 for first child, $240 for second, $220 for third, 4th and subsequent children free.

For any queries on Greek School you can contact the Greek School facilitator, Nektaria Elafros, on nekta_e@yahoo.com.au   or 0401 444293

Greek dancing lessons are held Fridays,  6 – 7 pm in our hall

Filoptohos  is for women who want to help the Church and the poor, meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month, 7.30 – 8.30pm, in the room under the alter

A playgroup for preschool children together with their carers, is held on Mondays  10am – 12 midday, under our hall

A Senior Citizens group, is held on Thursdays, 10am – 12 midday in our hall

A vibrant Youth Group for teen-age boys, is held on Saturdays  5 – 6.45pm

A Fellowship in Greek for ladies is held on Saturdays  3 – 4.30pm under our hall

Sunday School, that inspires children & youth is held on  Sundays, after Holy Communion

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From the Holy Fathers

For many, if not the majority of Orthodox Christians, Lent consists of a limited number of formal, predominantly negative, rules and prescriptions: abstention from certain food, dancing, perhaps movies.  Such is the degree of our alienation from the real spirit of the Church that it is almost impossible for us to understand that there is “something else” in Lent- something without which all these prescriptions lose much of their meaning.  This “something else” can best be described as an “atmosphere”, a “climate” into which one enters, as first of all a state of mind, soul, and spirit which

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