Upcoming Events

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES  for adults in English are held every Tuesday 7.15 – 8.30pm, but not on weeks when we have an English Liturgy, they will be resuming on Tuesday 2nd February

ENGLISH LITURGIES are held once a month, 7 – 8.30pm, our next one is on Wednesday 17th February

VIGIL  We are having a Vigil for the feast of the 1st and 2nd findings of the head of St John the Baptist.  It will occur on Tuesday 23rd February, from 7pm till just after midnight.  Vigils are a very special opportunity for intense prayer. 

PARENTING COURSE  Parenting is a very holy mission, and good parenting does really just come to us naturally- we need to be taught.  We have thus organised a parenting course, on Friday evenings during the  last 2 Fridays of February and the first 2 Fridays of March. We have 4 very qualified speakers.  All talks will be on Friday evening, 7.15 - 9pm.  Child-minding for your children can be provided. No fees or registration required. The program is as follows:

Friday 19 February 2016
Dr Toula Tsovolos (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)
Basic principles of positive parenting- how parents can help their children to make good choices
Friday 26 February 2016
Helen Magdas (school teacher, Youth Group leader and mother of 7)
Strengthening relationships between parents and children
Friday 4 March 2016
Fr and Dr George Liangas (Parish Priest St Nektarios Burwood and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)
Fostering virtue in children
Friday 11 March 2016
Dr John Psarommatis (Preacher of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Family Doctor)
Bringing up children in the Church

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.   It is resuming on Saturday 20th February

FELLOWSHIP IN GREEK FOR LADIES  is held on  Saturdays  3 – 4.30pm, aiming to help those attending to grow in the faith.  It is resuming on Saturday 5th March

SUNDAY SCHOOL, that inspires children and youth is held Sundays, after Holy Communion, we do not yet have a date when it is resuming, it should be approximately mid March.

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.  The first meeting is on Wednesday 3rd February

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 ideally come to our Church hall on Friday 29th  January, 5-6pm, alternatively you can simply turn up during lessons and enrol your child.  The first lesson is on Tuesday 2nd February.  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.  The first lesson is on Friday 5th February, to enrol simply turn up.

PLAYGROUP is for preschool children together with their carers, it is held  on Mondays  10am – 12 midday.  The first playgroup will be on Monday 15th February.  For further enquiries contact GWC community services on 9516 2188

SENIOR CITIZENS GROUP is held on Thursdays, 10am – 12 midday.  The first one for this year will be on  Thursday 18th February. 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

You write that our duties distract you from prayer.  As you work, keep the memory of God, this too is prayer.  It is good that you have this striving for the spiritual life and for prayer.  This is already half of salvation, and God will help you to go further.... 

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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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