Dear Parishioners, we hope you are all well.
HAPPY AND BLESSSED FATHERS DAY TO ALL DADS.
Covid 19 has made things difficult for us all. However, we continue to do Services and you can follow these on St Stylianos Gymea Youtube.
The Parish is able to help with basic household needs if there is some distress. Feel free to contact us and we will endeavour to help you.
Please also note that the Parish has started an initiative to help young adults have fellowship at their very own “Orthodox Cafe”. With the Lockdown in place you can follow this online at 11:30am – 12:30pm on Sundays. Being online all are welcome to come to this meeting place and have discussion.
The program for September and October is here. Hope you can participate online till our Churches open. We pray God helps all those who are ill or in need, and the medical staff & others who support them.
May God bless you all with His great love for us and we pray you all be brave in the face of adversity.
St Stylianos Parish Charity Support
Hope you are well. In our endeavors to help we would like to again offer our support to those in need in these difficult times. Feel free to contact us in confidence. Together with helping our own parishioners in need we have started a new initiative to broaden our charity outreach.
NEW INITIATIVE FOR ST STYLIANOS PARISH
Our Parish Committee, Philoptochos and Youth including the Orthodox Cafe have endorsed this new initiative. We have located these two charities that we would like our Parishioners to support as part of the broader community and in conjunction with our current program. We are adding Dandelion Support Network and Women’s and Girls Emergency Centre and their details are below.
Dandelion Support Network
Where are they: Caringbah
What they do: Dandelion fills a service gap in the community service industry and is built on a partnership model, working alongside social workers and case managers to support families. They accept donations of good quality preloved and new nursery furniture and items for babies and children for families in need.
Women’s and Girl’s Emergency Centre
Where are they: Redfern
What they do: Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is an organisation that supports women in social isolation and domestic violence, families in crisis and advocates for social change in the community. Every night, they support 200 women and children impacted by homelessness, domestic violence and systemic disadvantage. They provide material aid, case management, biopsychosocial support, accommodation, and crisis responses. Equally they seek to address the underlying causes of gender-based violence through primary prevention activities with communities and private and public entities.
The Parish will eventually collect items for these charities. However, due to Covid 19 restrictions and lockdown we can only accept monetary donations at this stage, and we will purchase the items and deliver them to the locations. If you would like to donate money towards our charitable work, then please click on the image below and direct your donation to one of the 3 locations listed.
How can we help during Covid restrictions?
While Covid restrictions are in place we will accept monetary donations to purchase goods as needed by each of the charities and have then delivered direct in a Covid safe manner.
Once restrictions are lifted we will announce instructions on a collection date and times with a list of goods that we will accept for delivery to each charity.
The contacts for this blessed charity work are
Helen Lakatos 0416018522 and
Joanne Houlakis 0416128885.
Thank you in advance for your support for our vulnerable and needy.
God bless you all.
Fr Constantine Varipatis
PASSING OF METROPOLITAN NIKIFOROS OF
KINSHASA CONGO OF BLESSED MEMORY
It is with great sadness that we are announcing that Metropolitan Nikiforos of Kinshasa Congo Africa died today from COVID-19!
Our Holy Archdiocese and in particular our Parish has been supporting the Metropolitan’s work in the Congo for many years. Our Parishioners and friends have helped his work enormously especially the Orthodox Theological College and University there.
We pray God rests his soul. May he continue his great missionary work in heaven. May each and every one of us have his blessing from heaven.
We are greatly saddened but we pray God gives us all strength in these difficult times. Please all accept his Church calendar in memory which indicates the great work he was doing and that we were all a part of. God bless you all.
Hope you are well.
Please find below the revised program for July and August.
Please note most Services are now on line at Saint Stylianos YouTube Channel until at least the lockdown finishes on the 9th of July. This means you cannot attend church in person until after the review on the 9th.
Please pray that this finishes quickly. During this period if there is a person in need please let us know.
Please note we do have a First Aid Mental Health Course on the 17th and 24th July – 2 full Saturdays. Please enrol soon if you are interested as numbers are limited. This will be a great way to help others suffering in mental health.
The feast day of Sts Peter and Paul will be behind closed doors this year and you can watch this on Youtube. Feel free to send your names email to email@example.com to be read out at the Prothesis. Also, if you are able please donate to the Parish at this difficult time. We appreciate your help and prayers.
May God bless you all,
Fr Constantine Varipatis
27th of June 2021
Livestreaming of recent services such as that for Matins and Divine Liturgy – Second Sunday in Lent – St Gregory Palamas (below) and other services now available at Saint Stylianos YouTube Channel
Iviron monastery is one of the biggest monasteries on Mt Athos. It is an amazing monastic community and building that is set in a beautiful area of the world: the Garden of the Mother of God! It’s been made by a professional photographer who spends a lot of time at the monastery. It is very inspirational and a blessing that we have such monastics praying for us . Enjoy!
VOLUNTEER SCRIPTURE TEACHERS NEEDED
We would like to kindly ask you to help our team of volunteer teachers to help young kids learn more about the Bible and the Orthodox Church in Public Schools.
Please look at becoming a Scripture teacher. It is not something difficult but it is a great blessing for all. In particular is would be good to be part of the “be there for me” campaign as some of our teachers are elderly and need support at this time. Please feel free to watch this video prepared by the body that coordinates Scripture in Public Schools for which we are members.
May God bless you and your family.
Fr Constantine Varipatis(can be contacted on 0418 511 212)