Upcoming Events

CHRISTMAS SERVICE will be at our Church, 11 Hassall St, Parramatta, 5.30 - 8.30am on Thursday 25 Decemeber.

Wednesday 31 December   6.00 – 7.00 pm   Vespers.        7pm – 12.30am   New Year’s Eve Dinner dance (? the last event in our current hall).  Tickets need to pre-paid to Christina Hatzistamatiou in the Church office after Liturgies:  $60 adults, $30 children <12, children <4 free

St Ioannis Fellowship is on a break for now, and will resume in early February

St Ioannis Parishioner Epiphany House Blessings in January 2015  In Orthodox Tradition, the Parish priest visits the homes of his parishioners during January, and blesses their homes with water that was blessed during the Epiphany service.  Listed below is this year’s program according to suburb.   If Fr Dimitri came and blessed your home during January 2014, and you would like him to come again, you do not have to do anything, he will come, God willing, on the day mentioned below.  If however he did not come in January 2014 and you would like him to come, please email church@stioannis.org and mention your name, address and contact phone number.  Also, if Fr Dimitri has come in the past but this year you cannot have him, e.g. because you will not be home, please email and let Fr Dimitri know not to come.

Monday  5 /1/2015    11.30am – 7pm   Parramatta 

Tuesday   6/ 1/2015    11.30am – 6pm    Harris Park, Rosehill

Wednesday  7 /1/2015     11.30am  – 5pm     Westmead

Thursday  8/ 1/2015    10am – 7pm   1. South Wentworthville  2. Wentworthville 3. Constitution Hill      

Friday  9 /1/2015     10am – 8pm   1. North Parramatta, 2. Oatlands  3. North Rocks

Saturday  10/ 1/2015    8am – 6pm     Merrylands

Monday  12/ 1/2015     9am – 7pm   1. Guildford,   2. Auburn  3. Lidcombe,

Tuesday  13 /1/2015     10am – 2pm   Granville,     2 – 7 pm  other, distant suburbs

Wednesday  14/1/2015    10am – 4pm    Winston Hills

Thursday  15/1/2015    10am – 3pm    Northmead

Friday  16/1/2015   9am – 7pm   Greystanes, Pemulway

Saturday 17/1/2015   11.30am – 7pm   Baulkham Hills

 Monday  19/ 1/2015     9am – 4pm     1. Carlingford   2. Telopea, 3. Dundas  4. Rydalmere

Tuesday  20/ 1/2015     9am – 6pm     1. Kellyville   2. Glenhaven   3. Castle Hill,   4. West Pennant Hills   5. Epping      6.  Eastwood  7. Ermington

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

Despondency is the worst thing.  It is a snare set by Satan to make a person lose his appetite for spiritual things and to bring him into a state of despair, inactivity and negligence.  In this state a person is unable to do anything and rendered useless.  The person says, “I am sinful and wretched,...  I didn’t do this, I didn’t do that... I should have done that then, now it’s too late, nothing can be done...

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