Programme for September and October 2014

St Stylianos Parish Seminar on the 14th of September 2014

On the day of the Holy Cross the Parish of St Stylianos, Gymea had a wonderful Parish event centering on the Holy Cross and its significance in our lives. We had about 100 people participating. Dr Philip Kariatlis and Fr Constantine spoke. We had some important questions on the meaning of the Cross and suffering that were addressed. The ones who appreciated the talk most were the kids who had a jumping castle and activities organised during the talk! Thank you to Con Theophanos for the jumping castle, the Sunday School teachers for organising activities and all the ladies for sweets. We all agreed to have the talk on the Holy Cross next year as well. Download a copy of the talk by Father Constantine and also the Powerpoint presentation from Dr Philip Kariatlis.

Dear Parishioners,
Hoping you are all well.

From the attached program we can see we have some major feast days coming up such as the Birth of the Mother of God (8th Sept) and the The Elevation of the Holy Cross (14th Sept). We hope you can attend. Also please put aside important days in your diary such as the function for Africa on the 12th of Oct and Celebrating Greek National Day on 26th of Oct.

The Parish is moving forward to planning a Pre School on our land. We ask for your prayers and input.

We pray God Blesses you and your family.
Fr Constantine and the Committees of St Stylianos

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Upcoming Events

BBQ for Central Africa and Kenya feeding program
Sunday 12th October 12.00pm
at the Church Hall, 808 Kingsway, Gymea.

Includes souvlaki, drink, sweets & coffee: Tickets $40/$20

All proceeds go to St Clements Orthodox School Feeding Programe and supporting missions in Cameroon and Central Africa. MAKE children in urban poverty HISTORY.

For tickets and information contact:
Fr Constantine 0418 511212 or Eleni Vlahos 0438 618204
Everyone is welcome to attend - HAKUNA MATATA

Saint Stylianos Website

Activities of the Parish

  • Sunday School
  • Greek School
  • Teenage Fellowship
  • Adult Fellowship
  • Scouts and Cubs
  • Byzantine Music Lessons
  • Play Group

Missionary Work

St Stylianos Parish Supports the Feeding Program of 300 children in Kenya as well as the Orthodox Theological College and University in the Congo, Africa.

An article on Missionary Work supported by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia by Father Constantine.


Scripture Teachers
Teaching the word of God is a great blessing for us all. We need parents who are prepared to dedicate an hour a week to teaching our children.

Car Parking
Parishioners are requested to be mindful of neighbours, and respectful of nature strips when parking in and around the church grounds. Those vehicles that are illegally parked will be fined by the local council.



Next English Liturgies are September 6th and October 4th


News and Events from St Andrews Theological College

Academic Journal, Phronema
As you know, Phronema is one of the primary means of publishing the scholarly output of the Faculty and alumni of the College, as well as persons engaged in academia throughout Australia and overseas. Your own contributions, whether by article or book review, are always welcome. Volume 29:1 (2014), edited by our fellow graduate, Prof. Angelo Karantonis, was released in July and Volume 29:2 (2014) is due for release in September. In spite of the many demands and challenges faced by any academic journal, Phronema is approaching its thirtieth volume: a milestone of which the College is duly proud.
Your support of Phronema would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to commence or renew your subscription, please return the attached subscription form or purchase a subscription online at If you would like back issues of the journal at the discounted price, please note this on the subscription form or browse for the relevant issue online.
The College has recently published two titles, Cappadocian Legacy: A Critical Appraisal (edited by the Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis) and Windows to Orthodoxy (by Dr Guy Freeland). I attach flyers for both of these items which are available for purchase online at or by contacting Dimitri Kepreotes on (02) 9690 6100 or via email also available as an e-book for tablet devices.
Intensive Course by Visiting Scholar
Our College will once again welcome the distinguished professor of patristics and church history, Paul M. Blowers, in the second half of September. He will be delivering the intensive lectures for an online unit in theology, Patristic Profile: St Gregory of Nyssa, on 24 & 25 September 2014. The lectures will be primarily for current students enrolled in a course of study, although any interested person would be most welcome to enroll and attend as an audit student (
A discount on the normal $450 tuition fee for audit students is available for clergymen and College graduates, bringing the fee to only $300 (for those residing within the Sydney metro area) or $150 (for those outside the Sydney metro area). The fee includes lunch and refreshments for both days as well as all course unit materials. Details are attached. This event requires prior registration by 12 September 2014 to assist us with general planning and catering, and to provide you with access to online material.
Annual Patristic Symposium
Each year since 2009 St Andrew’s has organised its Patristic Symposia which have all been well-received and enthusiastically attended by local and overseas delegates.
The sixth Patristic Symposium, ‘From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again’, will be held Friday and Saturday, 26 and 27 September 2014 in the Main Hall of the College. The presentations will explore the connections between the Alexandrian and the Cappadocian traditions in Late Antiquity. The Symposium is convened by the Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache (Senior Lecturer in Patristics) and Dr Adam G. Cooper (John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, VIC). The two keynote papers will be delivered by distinguished patristic scholars Prof. Paul M. Blowers (Emmanuel Christian Seminar, Tennessee USA) and Dr Bronwen Neil (ACU National, QLD).
As a gesture of assistance and encouragement, graduates residing in the Sydney metro area are invited to register at the special rate of $50 per day. Graduates residing outside the Sydney metro area are invited to register for $25 per day. In either case, the registration form needs to be completed and returned before Friday 12 September 2014.
More details regarding this year’s symposium can be found at

Things to remember for 2014 ...

  1. English Liturgy every 1st Saturday of the Month starting 1st of Feb at 6.30 pm.
  2. Youth Group for teenages in our Hall every SATURDAY at 4.00 pm starting 8th of February.
  3. Adult Fellowship begins 11th Feb 7.30 pm at Hall. It will be held on TUESDAYS.
  4. Sunday School Please gather in the Church and then go to the Hall. First lesson is 9th of March.
  5. Our Parishes Scouts and Cubs start back on Friday 31st of January in the Hall at 6.30 pm
  6. Greek School enrolments are 1st week of February and start week after: At Tharawall (Mon 3rd Feb) & at Gymea (Tues 4th Feb). Classes start 10th Feb at Tharawall and 11th and 12th Feb at Gymea. NB FOR GYMEA: CLASSES FOR KINDY 1 & 2 ON TUESDAYS AND 3,4,5 & 6 ON WEDNESDAYS 4.00 - 6.30pm
  7. Greek Dancing Registration will be Wed 28th Jan at Sylvania Hts Primary for all ages and Tuesday 4th Feb at Gymea Church Hall for beginners only. Enquiries:0431152159 (Maria)
  8. Seniors Group (Tuesdays 9.30am) starts 18th February in Hall.
  9. Play Group (Thursdays 10am) starts 20th February in Hall Further Information
  10. Byzantine Music Lessons ( Friday 5.30pm) starts 31st January.