Upcoming Events

ENGLISH LITURGY   Our next English Liturgy will be on Wednesday, 19th November, 7 – 8.30pm, followed by refreshments under our hall.  (On that week there will be no Fellowship)

ST IOANNIS FELLOWSHIP    This continues every Tuesday, 7.15 – 8.30pm.  We will be studying the life of St Sillouan and his writings, particularly on the very spiritual topic of encounter with God.

WALK-A-THON  The annual walk-a-thon of the Greek Welfare Centre will be held on Sunday 2nd November.   His Grace Bishop Seraphim will liturgize at our Church, 11 Hassall St, Parramatta, 7.30 – 11am.  Then, from 11am, there will be a Festival at the site where our new St Ioannis Church will one day be built- at the corner of George St and Purchase St Parramatta. At this Festival there will be souvlakia, loukoumades, Greek music and dancing, and lots of activities for children and young people- soccer, a large obstacle course, an activity with flying paper money, a big boots game, farm animals, pony rides, etc.  All are also encouraged to go on the “fun-walk”- this will start at 1pm from our Church, 11 Hassall St, Parramatta, it is a very pleasant ½ hour walk along Parramatta River till we get to the Festival.  Walkers are entitled to a free souvlaki and drink, but need to buy a minimum of one book of raffle tickets, which costs $10.  Proceeds from the raffle go the Greek Welfare Centre, proceeds from the Festival are for the building of our new Church. For more information see www.gwcwalkathon.com

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.

 

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From the Holy Fathers

Remember that the Lord is in every Christian. When your neighbour comes to you, always have great respect for him, because the Lord is in him, and often expresses His will through him. “It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). Therefore, do not grudge anything to your brother, but do unto him as unto the Lord; especially as you do not know in whom the Lord will come and visit you; be impartial to all, be kind to all, sincere and hospitable.

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