Upcoming Events

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 church@stioannis.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    2pm – 8.30pm   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.

The following are re-commencing for 2015,  (all initially at our current site at 11 Hassall St, Parramatta. , God willing, within a few months or possibly within several weeks, they will be held at our new site, at the corner of George St and Purchase St, Parramatta)

St Ioannis Fellowship, which is held every Tuesday 7.15 – 8.30pm, (but not on weeks when we have an English Liturgy)  will recommence on Tuesday 3rd February, in the classroom under our current hall

English Liturgies are held once a month, 7 – 8.30pm, our next one will be on Wednesday 18th February 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.  Enrolments will be held on Friday 30th January,  4-5pm, and the 1st lesson will be on  Tuesday  3rd  February.  Our teachers have all been highly educated in Greece and are:

  • Christiana Alimperti
  • Ioannis Kalaitzidis  sharing with Patricia-Panagiota Koromvokis
  • Grammatiki Chatzistamatiou

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, and will re-commence on Friday 6th February

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, the first meeting for the year will be on Wednesday 4th February

A playgroup for preschool children together with their carers, is held on Mondays  10am – 12 midday, under our hall, it will recommence on Monday 9th February

A Senior Citizens group, is held on Thursdays, 10am – 12 midday in our hall, it will recommence on Thursday 19th February

A vibrant Youth Group for teen-age boys, is held on Saturdays  5 – 6.45pm, it will recommence on Saturday 14th February

A Fellowship in Greek for ladies is held on Saturdays  3 – 4.30pm under our hall, it will recommence on Saturday 7th March

Sunday School, that inspires children & youth is held on  Sundays, after Holy Communion, it will recommence on Sunday 8th March

If you would like to receive regular emails, informing you of what our Parish is doing, simply email us on church@stioannis.org and ask to be put on our email database. Those receiving such emails do not see who else gets them, in this way advertising companies will not get hold of our database.

From the Holy Fathers

Despondency is the worst thing.  It is a snare set by Satan to make a person lose his appetite for spiritual things and to bring him into a state of despair, inactivity and negligence.  In this state a person is unable to do anything and rendered useless.  The person says, “I am sinful and wretched,...  I didn’t do this, I didn’t do that... I should have done that then, now it’s too late, nothing can be done...

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