Upcoming Events

 

ENGLISH LITURGY   Our next English Liturgy will be on Wednesday, 30th July, 7 – 8.30pm, followed by refreshments under our hall.

BIBLE STUDY   This will resume on Tuesday 5th August and continue every Tuesday 7.15 - 8.30pm (except on weeks when we ahve an English Liturgy)

 

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.

FORUM   On Sunday 3rd August, after the Liturgy, at our new property, corner George and Purchase Streets, Parramatta, the Parish Council invites the whole Parish to inform and discuss the move of our Church to the new site.  The Parish Council is keen to be transparent in this process, so it felt the need to update parishioners on what is happening, and get their input.  We will eventually need to build a new Church at the new site, and to fund this we will need to not only fund-raise but also hire out a section of our new property.  This will involve decisions.  Such and other matters will be openly discussed at this forum.

FESTIVAL  On Sunday 31st August, which is the Sunday after the Feast of St Ioannis, we have organised a very large Festival, it will be held at our new site, at the corner of George and Purchase Streets, Parramatta.  There will be Greek dancing, Greek food, lots of stalls, a science show, goal shooting organised by the "Wanderers soccer club", dodgem cars, ferris wheal,  and other activities for children, etc.  We will market this Festival widely, distributing over 25,000 flyers to every home in Parramatta, advertising in Greek and Australian newspapers, radio stations, on main roads, etc.  As we are expecting thousands to attend, we will need lots of help.  If you would like to help us, please email us on church@stioannis.org and we will send you a form to fill out.  This form will explain the help we need, and you can fill it out and let us know how you can help, eg devoting your time, donating items we can sell, etc.

 

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From the Holy Fathers

Lest us surrender ourselves wholly to the will of God.  Let us devote ourselves wholeheartedly to doing the will of God.  With unceasing prayer, let us ask God for the gift of carrying out His will, and also for the gift whereby the will of God may always be welcomed by us.  Whoever surrenders himself to the will of God finds that God is with him inseparably.  This is felt and experienced and the truth of it is attested by every soldier of Christ who fights lawfully, by every athlete and combatant who is guided by the Gospel.   

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