Program for March 2019 and Program for April and Holy Week 2019
Pray that you are all well. We are moved into the swing of 2019.
We hopefully all have enjoyed Christmas, New Year, Epiphany and blessing of homes. We thank you for your participation!
We have had an exciting February with school starting. Our Greek schools at Gymea, Illawong (Tharawal) and Newington have begun with many new children. Greek dancing classes have started with Maria Karabellas. Also we have started the play group (Thursday 10-12) and the Paraklesis to Panagia combined with the seniors group (Tuesday 930-12). Our adult fellowship has also started on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm, so please refer to the fellowship program and take up the opportunity to learn more about our Faith. Byzantine music lessons are on Fridays from 6pm. Finally, for the first time adult Modern Greek classes for beginners have started on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm. Sunday school will begin the 3rd of March after Holy Communion. All are welcome to participate in these programs.
The Program for the Month of March brings the All Souls Saturdays, start of Lent and all the amazing Services associated with Lent such as the Presanctified Liturgies, Evening Complines, Salutations, Sunday of Orthodoxy, St Gregory Palamas and 25th March!!! On the 31st of March the Holy Confessor for Mt Athos, Fr Damaskinos will be hearing Confession in Greek and possibly do a talk in the evening. For those of you who prefer English Confession you are welcome to contact myself.
The Program for the Month of April and Holy Week is attached too. This includes one Evening Presanctified Liturgy, the Great Canon (poetic prayer service of repentance), Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God and St George’s day the Monday after Easter. Please note for Palm Sunday we will have a luncheon in the Hall - bookings are essential. Holy Week is an uplifting experience for all of us. Please come to the Services! Please note to participate in Holy Communion a clean heart, love, humility and repentance are what count.
May we all have a blessed and enjoyable Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019.
Fr Constantine Varipatis