Programme for March 2017

Dear Parishioners,

We have entered that blessed time of Lent. May we start Lent by asking forgiveness from each other.Of course, we need to note that forgiveness cannot be granted unless we repent from our hearts.

The Program for March is very spiritually uplifting. Please try and make time to attend these special Services.

We note that during Lent we begin the Pre-Sanctified Liturgies. These are Liturgies performed only during Great Lent. This is because during the weekdays of Lent there are no full Liturgical Celebrations as this time is seen more as a period of struggle and prayer. Consequently, we keep some of the Holy Communion from Sunday for this Service, hence the name “pre-sanctified”. Please note the Wednesday night Pre-Sanctified starts at 5.45pm and finishes at about 7.15pm, then straight after we have the Adult Fellowship in the Hall. Please note the program for the Fellowship. Also there will be Pre-Sanctified Services on Friday morning too.

Other Services include the Friday night Salutations to the Virgin Mary at 7pm. Also on Monday and Thursday we will have the evening “Apodipnon”- a Lenten prayer service at 5.30pm. For the Seniors this “Apodipnon" is done on Tuesday at 9.30am.

Sunday School began on the 5th March. We hope may children come and enjoy this beautiful learning and fun experience. The children gather in the front pews of the

Church, receive Holy Communion and then go down to the Hall for Sunday School.

On the 11- 12th March we will be celebrating the Feast day of St Gregory Palamas with His Grace Bishop Seraphim coming for Vespers at 7.30pm on Saturday 11th March and for the Sunday Liturgy His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos will be serving. At the end of the Service His Eminence will be blessing the Sunday School teachers of Sydney for the start of their great work with our children.

Please be aware the playgroup is every Thursday in the Hall under the Church 10am to 12 noon. All mums, dads, grandparents and children are welcome.

Thank you to our Dance Teacher Maria Karabelas and all the Sponsors of the Trivia Night fundraising for our proposed Pre School. A note of thanks and a list of our valued sponsors are both attached. Also please remember our Greek Dance lessons are on Tuesday in the Church Hall and on Wednesday at Sylvania Hts Primary- for details contact Maria on 0431152159.

Also please note our much loved Confessor Fr Damaskinos of Mt Athos will be coming to our Parish for the Liturgy on Sunday 2nd of April and hearing Confession from 2.30 pm onwards. Also my humble self will be available especially for English speakers - usually by appointment.

Finally, have included a program for Holy Week and April – May that we will elaborate on more another time. However, please note there will be a luncheon after the Palm Sunday Service. Please put in your diary and let us know if you can come.

God bless you all for Lent and Holy Week.

Fr Constantine

Prayer of St Ephraim
Lord and Master of my life,
give me not a spirit of idleness, meddling,
love of power and idle talk.

But grant me, your servant, 
a spirit of soberness, humility, patience and love.

Yes, Lord and King,
grant me to see my own faults,
and not condemn my brother;
for blessed are you, to the ages of ages.
Amen

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




See our new Facebook Page for photos from our recent Trivia night event and more.


Things to remember for 2017 ...

1) English Liturgy usually 1st Saturday of the Month starting 4th of Feb at 6.30 pm. March, June, July, Sept there will be no Saturday English Liturgy: Alternative dates will be announced for those months.

2) Adult Fellowship begins 22nd Feb 7.30pm at Hall. It will be held on WEDNESDAYS.

3) Sunday School usually begins the first Sunday in March. Please gather in the Church and then go to the Hall. Start date TBΑ closer to date.

4) Greek School enrolments are: At Tharawall (Mon 30th Jan) & at Gymea (Tues 31st Jan and Wed 1st Feb). Classes start 6th Feb at Tharawall and 7th and 8th Feb at Gymea on Church Hall. NB FOR GYMEA: CLASSES FOR KINDY 1 & 2 ON TUESDAYS AND 3,4,5 & 6 ON WEDNESDAYS 4.00 - 6.30pm Further details regarding enrolments for Greek School 2017 are attached. Please note the dates carefully.

5) Greek Dancing Registration & First Lesson will be Tues 31st January at Gymea Church Hall (beginners only) and Wed 1st Feb at Sylvania Hts Primary School Hall for all ages (registration and first lesson). Enquiries: 0431 152 159 (Maria). Please feel free to call or text.

6) Seniors Group (Tuesdays 9.30am) starts 14th February in Hall.

7) Play Group (Thursdays 10am) starts 16th February in Hall.

8) Byzantine Music Lessons (Friday 5:30pm) starts 3rd February.

9) Youth Group for teenagers in our Hall planned for every SATURDAY at 4.30 pm. Please register your interest with Fr Constantine.

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. Please register with Fr Constantine ph 0418511212.

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 wish 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.