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HOLY WEEK AND PASCHA- Practical aspects 

  • Ample parking is available on site, if the cemented areas fill up, you can park on the oval
  • The queue for Holy Communion after the Holy Saturday morning Liturgy is usually very large.  Liturgies are also held on Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday mornings, 8 - 10am, and also on Holy Thursday 6 - 8am, and also on the night of Pascha, midnight - 2.30am, queues after these Liturgies are a lot shorter. Of course it goes without saying that we should prepare well before approaching the Holy Cup- with prayer, repentance, Confession, fasting, forgiving anyone we have had a grudge against, turning up early for the Liturgy.
  • On the night of Pascha, Saturday 30th April, at Midnight, we will proclaim the Resurrection of Christ.  This will occur from a stage that will be situated in front of our hall, with the people gathered on the large bowling green.

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES  for adults in English are held every Tuesday 7.15 – 8.30pm. There will be no Fellowship on  26 April and 3 May- this is due to Pascha.  We will resume our weekly Bible Study classes on Tuesday 10th May

ENGLISH LITURGIES are held once a month, 7 – 8.30pm, our next one will be on Wednesday 18 May.

YOUTH GROUP FOR BOYS from years 7 to 12 inclusive is held on Saturdays  5–6.45pm. The boys are cultivated spiritually, make good friends, and generally are helped to grow in the faith. The Youth Group also organises sport, camps and other outings.   

FELLOWSHIP IN GREEK FOR LADIES  is held on  Saturdays  3 – 4.30pm, aiming to help those attending to grow in the faith. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL, that inspires children and youth is held Sundays, after Holy Communion,

FILOPTOHOS  is for women who want to help the Church and the poor.  It meets every 1st Wednesday of the month, 7.30 – 8.30pm. 

GREEK SCHOOL is held for children between years 1 to 6, it strives to teach children how to speak, read and write Greek, to pass on Greek traditions and culture, and children also hopefully enjoy it, make friends there, and feel at home.   There are four classes: for year 1, for year 2, for years 3 and 4, and for years 5 and 6.  Greek School is held on Tuesdays and Fridays,  4 – 6 pm.  We are hoping this year to make improvements, for example to form a committee of parents that can for example organise fun days during school holidays where children can play sport, do craft, etc.  To enrol your child you can simply turn up during lessons and enrol your child.   For further enquiries you can contact Nektaria on nekta_e@yahoo.com.au  or 0401 444293

GREEK DANCING LESSONS are held on Fridays,  6 – 7 pm.  To enrol simply turn up.

PLAYGROUP is for preschool children together with their carers, it is held  on Mondays  10am – 12 midday.  For further enquiries contact GWC community services on 9516 2188

SENIOR CITIZENS GROUP is held on Thursdays, 10am – 12 midday.   For further enquiries contact GWC community services on 9516 2188

 

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.

By Bus

· 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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From the Holy Fathers

This new experience - this opening of the heavens and the expansion of the horizon - is one of the most beautiful experiences that a person can have.  From then on, the character of our life is changed.  From then on, we soar through the sky on wings. Provided we want to.  Because there's always the chance that, in our soaring flight, a treacherous, critical moment might come when we remember our self and prefer it over everything else.  All things are indeed ours.  But all things will turn against us like a bitter enemy if once again we become confined within ourselves.

About Us

St Ioannis is one of the parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, headed by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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