Upcoming Events

SPECIAL EVENTS ON SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER   This Sunday we will be blessed at our Parish, Fr Christodoulos Kapetas, a priest monk from Mt Athos in Greece will liturgize at our Church.  After the Liturgy, in our hall, we will have refreshments, and then a guest speaker will give a talk in English on Christian Parenting. After teh talk you can ask questions form the speaker and from Fr Christodoulos.

ENGLISH LITURGY   Our next English Liturgy will be on Wednesday, 15th October, 7 – 8.30pm, followed by refreshments under our hall.

ST IOANNIS FELLOWSHIP   This will resume on Tuesday 16th September and continue every Tuesday 7.15 - 8.30pm (except on weeks when we have an English Liturgy).  Over the next few weeks we will study the very holy topic of Prayer.

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.

FESTIVAL  We deeply thank the hundreds of volunteers who helped out at our Parish's Festival, which was held on Sunday 31st August.  Thousands attended this Festival, and it was very moving seeing people connecting and enjoying each other's company, and the many volunteers who with all their heart helped out selflessly

 

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From the Holy Fathers

Don’t you see that this is why we make no progress?  We remain all the time against one another, grinding one another down. Because each considers himself right and excuses himself, all while keeping none of the commandments yet expecting his neighbour to keep the lot!  How did that holy Spiritual Father reply when asked, “What do you find most important in the spiritual life, Father?” He replied, “In everything to blame oneself.”  Everywhere we find the Fathers kept this rule, relating everything to God, even the slightest things, and they found peace.

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