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OUR CHURCH AND PARISH HAVE MOVED

From now on all Church services, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals etc; Sunday School, Fellowships, Greek school, Greek Dancing, Playgroup, senior citizens meetings, will be at our new site, at the corner of Purchase and George Streets, Parramatta. A warm thank you to those many volunteers who helped with the difficult taks of re-locating! 

HOW TO GET TO OUR NEW CHURCH

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.  Purchase St, the street our new Church is on, is at the 3rd traffic lights, you turn right there and very soon you are at the gates of our new Church, which is straight ahead at the Purchase St gates.

Walking from Parramatta Station:  (About a 14 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:  From the A3 stand at Parramatta interchange that is at Parramatta Railway Station take the M92 Parramatta - Sutherland metrobus.  This bus leaves every 10 minutes Mon - Friday and every 20 minutes Saturday and Sunday, beginning from very early.  Get off at the Parkes St near Harris St stop, and it is then a 6 minute walk to our Church (walk down Parkes St in the direction the bus was heading and turn left into Purchase St)

ENGLISH LITURGIES  These are held  once a month on a Wednesday, 7 - 8.30pm.  Our next one will be on Wednesday 19th August.  (On that week there will be no Fellowship)

WORKING BEES  Though our Parish is fully functioning, we still need to create classrooms and a hall on the upstairs floor of our new building to enable Sunday School, Greek School, a hall for Concerts, functions after funerals or memorial services, etc.  All of this is currently occurring on our ground floor, but we would like one day to lease out this ground floor to fund the building of our new Church. We thus need to ask for working bees every 2 or 3 weeks till we build these upstairs facilities.  Our next working bee will be Saturday 25th July

OUR CHURCH'S FIGHT AGIANST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LEGISLATION    For some time now our Archdiocese has been actively and energetically campaigning against same-sex marriage.  In an encyclical that will be read in all our Churches, 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.

In the first instance, of course, our reaction must be through prayer to God. That is why the period of the August Fast for the Dormition of our Lady is the most appropriate time to beseech the Theotokos, of whom we ask, as “a fervent advocate and invincible battlement, fountain of mercy and sheltering retreat for the world, to protect the People from such an aberration". 

Beginning on Sunday 26th July and continuing for 3 weeks our faithful will be asked to sign a petition against changing the definition of marriage.  This can be either on paper forms that will be available in all our Churches, or on line at marriage.greekorthodox.org.au/get-involved/

 

FEAST OF OUR PARISH, THE FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST  This will be celebrated as follows, (everything of course being at our new site, at the corner of Purchase and George Streets, Parramatta):

Friday 28th August, 2015, from 7pm

Vespers officiated by His Eminence, Archbishop of Australia, Stylianos

Followed by a (fasting) dinner in the hall next to our (temporary) Church

 

Saturday, 29 August  8 – 11am

FEAST OF THE BEHEADING OF ST JOHN THE FORERUNNER

Matins and Divine Liturgy officiated by Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis

 

Sunday 30 August, 7 – 10.30am

Official Celebration of our Parish

Matins and Divine Liturgy officiated by Bishop Iakovos of Militoupolis

Followed by the large “LETS GO GREEK PARRAMATTA"  Festival,  11am – 6pm, during which there will be food, Greek dancing, market stalls, rides for children, etc

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From the Holy Fathers

Prayer is a divine gift and blessed grace.  The heart which God fashioned from the dust, into which He has breathed His own breath, is called beyond the confines of mere materiality.  The mystery of the separation between Creator and creature is overcome, as the maker and Fashioner of the human heart calls it to Himself. 

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