Holy Week, is the holiest week of the year for Orthodox Christians. It is a time of intense prayer, reflection, repentance, works of love and forgiving, meditation on God's enormous love and all He did for us, His passion and death on the cross. There are many services at our Church; these are listed in detail in the April program.
Note that on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of Holy Week, 8 - 10am, there will be Liturgies- the queue for Holy Communion at these Liturgies will be a lot less than on Holy Saturday, where the queue is often huge.
On Holy Friday, 10am till lunchtime, we will need help from all of you to decorate the tomb of our Lord, children are particularly welcome. During the Holy Firday evening service we will be going round the block (Hassall St, Station St, Parkes St, Charles St)
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 will not occur just before and after Easter, and will resume again on Tuesday 29th April, and then occur every week (except on weeks when there will be English Liturgies).
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.
If you would like to receive regular emails, informing you of what our Parish is doing, simply email us on email@example.com 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.