Upcoming Events

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 our tender was accepted, we have exchanged contracts, and are hopeful that in the not too distant future we will see the end of the settlement process. 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.

Tuesday evening Bible study classes are held every Tuesday, 7.15 - 8.30pm (except on weeks when there will be English Liturgies, so not on Tuesday 6th May, and also not on Tusday 13th May because of the vespers at St Therapon Church that evening).

English Liturgy   Our next English Liturgy will be on Wednesday 7th May.

Parish Picnic   We have organised a Parish Picnic after the Liturgy on Sunday 4th May, we have reserved the Yarabee area at Central Gardens, corner of Merrylands Rd and Cumberland Hwy, Merrylands.  We will have a barbecue, activities for children, etc.

 

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From the Holy Fathers

How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end!  In the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes.  Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this.  Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God.  Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts:   "I will visit t

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