Programme for April to May 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear Parishioners,
2016 Lent  and Easter brings a further blessing to our lives.
We hope you can participate in the Services and live our Orthodox Christian spirituality.

St Gregory Palamas teaches us and says this on the Cross:

“…we are crucified to the world and the passions, once they have fled from us. It is not of course possible for them to leave us completely and not be at work in our thoughts, unless we attain to contemplation of God. When, through action, we approach contemplation and cultivate and cleanse our inner man, searching for the divine treasure which we ourselves have hidden, and considering the kingdom of God within us, then it is that we crucify ourselves to the world and the passions. Through meditation of this a certain warmth is born in our heart, which chases away evil thoughts like flies, instills spiritual peace and consolation in our soul, and bestows sanctification on our body.  …Strive as hard as you can to ensure that your inner labour is according to God’s will, and you will conquer the outward passions.”
(From The Homilies of St Gregory Palamas)

We pray God guides us on the DA Submission for the Chid Care Centre of St. Stylianos. Please pray for all those in need and who are ill.

Just a few final notes. Please give generously to  the collection for Greece (see flyer) which is really suffering with the GFC and refugee crisis. Also please note we need to prepare for receiving Holy Communion in the manner that St Gregory speaks about above. This means establishing dialogue with a Spiritual Father for your spiritual guidance. For those who speak Greek you are welcome to come to our Parish on Saturday 9th April for confession with Fr Damaskinos from Mt Athos. For those who prefer to use English please contact myself .


Finally, please book early for the luncheon for Palm Sunday in the Hall. Also on the 15th of October we will have a Gala Dinner at the Palais, Leichhardt for the 20 years of the Parish! This will include the drawing of a car raffle and our normal raffle.

May the Risen Lord give us all joy and enthusiasm to get involved in this blessed Parish. 
God bless you all from myself and all the Committees.
Fr Constantine

ST BASIL'S Easter Community Appeal Download Flyer



There will be a Byzantine Chant concert in Maroubra on Sunday 17 April 2016, 6:00pm, performed by Melisma Ensemble and directed by Dr Dimitri Koubaroulis. All welcome. (Download flyer)

Saint Stylianos Website

Activities of the Parish

  • Sunday School
  • Greek School
  • Teenage Fellowship
  • Adult Fellowship
  • OMAΔA HLIKIΩMENΩN
  • 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.

Links



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

Announcement from St Andrews Theological College regarding the vocation of priesthood.
We are privileged in Sydney to have the Theological College here in Sydney. We would like to encourage young people to study Theology to become Priests and Teachers. We have a real mission here not to be caught up in materialism, Technology and Syncretism in today’s society. Dedication to God and to service to our fellow human beings breaks these barriers.

To find out about subscribing to the college's journal (Phronema) and also the latest upcoming events, particularly in terms of attending guest lectures, courses and symposia, please visit the St Andrews Theological College website.

See our new Facebook Page for photos and videos of recent events.

Things to remember for 2016 ...

1) English Liturgy usually 1st Saturday of the Month starting 6th of Feb at 6.30 pm. Next dates are: March (no Service), April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August (no Service), September 3, October 1, November 5 and December 3.

2) Adult Fellowship begins 17th Feb 7.30pm at Hall. It will be held on WEDNESDAYS.

3) Sunday School begins the 13th March. Please gather in the Church and then go to the Hall.

4) Greek School enrolments are:

At Tharawall (Mon 1st Feb) & at Gymea (Tues 2nd Feb and Wed 3rd Feb). Classes start 8th Feb at Tharawall and 9th and 10th Feb at Gymea. NB FOR GYMEA: CLASSES FOR KINDY 1 & 2 ON TUESDAYS AND 3,4,5 & 6 ON WEDNESDAYS 4.00 - 6.30pm

5) Greek Dancing Registration will be Wed 27th January at Sylvania Hts Primary for all ages & Tue 2nd Feb at Gymea Church Hall (beginners only) - Enquiries:0431152159 (Maria)

6) Seniors Group (Tuesdays 9.30am) starts 16th February in Hall.

7) Play Group (Thursdays 10am) starts 18th February in Hall.

8) Byzantine Music Lessons ( Friday 6pm) starts 12th February.

NEW SCRIPTURE TEACHERS
If you would like to help in the teaching of the Gospel and our Church Tradition to our children, please contact us to become a Scripture teacher. We have a Basic Accreditation Course organised at Marrickville Parish for newcomers into this blessed task on Monday 15th of February, 10am to 2pm. Please register with Fr Constantine ph 0418511212.