ENGLISH LITURGIES Our next one will be on Saturday 5th December, 9-10.30am, this Liturgy will be especially held for children, and we have sent out invitations for this Liturgy to all students attending Sunday School, Orthodox Scripture, Greek School, etc.
FELLOWSHIP This is held every Tuesday, 7.15 - 8.30pm, in our hall, currently we are discussing in depth the Divine Liturgy.
CONFESSION On Tuesday 24th November, Fr Nektarios from Newtown will be at our Church to hear Confessions (in Greek). It will not be practical to have appointments, so people simply come and wait their turn. He will be at our Church from 11am till he finishes, probably late in the afternoon.
PARISH PICNIC This will occur after the Liturgy on Sunday 29th November, on our Church grounds. There will be organised games for children, a story for children, a jumping castle, and a fish and chips luncheon.
END OF YEAR GREEK SCHOOL CONCERT This will be held after the children's English Liturgy on Saturday 5th December in our hall.
PARENTING COURSE All talks will be on Friday evening, 7.15 - 9pm. Child-minding and an evening meal for your children will be provided. No fees or registration required. The program is as follows:
Friday 19 February 2016
Dr Toula Tsovolos (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)
Basic principles of positive parenting- how parents can help their children to make good choices
Friday 26 February 2016
Helen Magdas (school teacher, Youth Group leader and mother of 7)
Strengthening relationships between parents and children
Friday 4 March 2016
Fr and Dr George Liangas (Parish Priest St Nektarios Burwood and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)
Fostering virtue in children
Friday 11 March 2016
Dr John Psarommatis (Preacher of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Family Doctor)
Bringing up children in the Church
HOW TO GET TO OUR NEW CHURCH, at the corner of Purchase and George St, Parramatta (enter through Purchase St)
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 15 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.
· Go to Stand A2 at Parramatta bus interchange located between Parramatta Railway Station and Westfield's
· Take the Μ92 bus that goes to Bankstown - Sutherland, Monday - Friday it comes every 10 minutes, Saturday and Sunday it comes every 20 minutes (approximate Opal fare $2.10)
· You are travelling to the “Hassall St after Purchase St, Parramatta” bus stop (Stop 2150416), if the driver does not know this stop, he may know it as “Hassall St before Alfred St, Parramatta”
· After approx. 2 minutes in the bus, just after you cross Harris St and see the park next to you, press the button to stop the bus
· After you leave the bus, walk back along Hassall St and then turn right onto Purchase St (it is a 3 minute walk from the bus stop to the Church)
OUR CHURCH'S FIGHT AGAINST 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."
For more information see http://marriage.greekorthodox.org.au/
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