Latest News and Messages

Dear Parishioners,

Hope you are well. Please note in the program we have put a Holy Unction (Healing) Service for this Sunday, which is appropriately St Luke’s day. Also we are celebrating Greek National Day with a Doxology, reciting of Poems and then a fantastic BBQ with lamb on the Spit! Food will be available in Covid safe manner.

Also please note we are participating in a collection for families in need through the Greek Welfare Centre. If you are able to help please bring non-perishable food, vouchers, new clothes, household items, toys etc to the Parish by the 31st October so we can pass onto the GWC.

Another important event for all those who can participate in is a Blood/Plasma Donation Drive happening in our Parish and the details are below.

Also we are celebrating the 1 year anniversary after the Consecration of our Church on the 19th of October with a Service and we are grateful to our photographer Natasha who has made available the photos & description of the Consecration through a link to her website.

Also this week the Seniors Group (20 Oct) and Play Group (22 Oct) are back in action!

Finally, keep in mind our young adults have a fellowship of their very own, an “Orthodox Cafe” in the Hall after the Service at 11am. All young adults are welcome to come to this meeting place and have discussion and a nice cup of coffee…

The older Adult Fellowship continues as usual on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. Byzantine music lessons continue on Friday from 5.30pm. We pray God helps all those who are ill or in need.

GOD BLESS fr con.


The 2020 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Blood Drive is commencing soon from 24 October – 15 December. Visit our challenge page https://my.donateblood.com.au/app/challenge/details/challenge_id/49

To ensure your blood donations count towards your Parish Team’s tally, you need to 

Step 1:  Create an online donor account and join the team. If you don’t already have one, register an individual account or log in at donateblood.com.au Simply click the person icon on the top right of the homepage. You don’t need to have donated yet to do this. 

Step 2:  Once you’re logged in, go to the My details menu at the top and click Manage details. 

Step 3:  Click Update my preferences. 

Step 4:  Next to the ‘Lifeblood Team’ heading, start typing your team’s name (your Parish name) into the box. When your team appears in the supplied options, click on it and press Submit.  

Step 5:  At the bottom of the page, click Save updates. 

Step 6:  Book an appointment at any donation centre and make your donation, or contact your local parish team champion if you require assistance to arrange a booking. 


With the blessing of his grace, Bishop Emiliano’s, the Sain Ypomoni Family and Friends Mission has been established to try and assist in fulfilling the needs of families.
Current activities include:

  • HSC Support Zoom Sessions – English, ancient and modern history, HSIE and Maths tutoring is being provided via zoom.
  • St Pandeimon – regional pilgrimage – link for donations and submitting names for remembrance for the services being held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October (due to restrictions the service is generally for the local parishioners).
  • Mini Me Fellowship – where children present themselves on a Saint of their choosing to each other.

BLOOD DONATION DRIVE 

Our Parish is participating in a blood donation drive. This is very important to help our fellow human beings and to show we are in solidarity with them. The details are below and we are able to go in the Shire at Miranda. Hope you can offer your blood . 
God bless. Fr Constantine . 

We’re proud to be part of Lifeblood Teams, the group donation program from Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

Aside from saving lives through blood donation, Lifeblood Teams is about friendship, a little healthy competition and being part of something bigger than yourself. It’s a unique opportunity for all of us to band together and give something more powerful than money.

Donated blood can be used to help people in all sorts of life-giving ways. The need is constant and the person receiving it could be fighting cancer or going through a difficult pregnancy, or they could be someone who relies on regular transfusions to stay healthy — or even, stay alive. Now that’s something worth uniting for!

There’s nothing like knowing you’ve genuinely helped someone, and we’d love to share that amazing feeling with you. Register and join the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Stylianos Gymea Lifeblood Team here, or find out more from Peter the Lifeblood Champion, on 0410554263 or peterkattos@gmail.com

Useful links

About giving blood as a team

  • 1 in 3 people will need blood, but only 1 in 30 donate.
  • Donated blood can be made into 22 medical treatments.
  • About a third of all donations help people with cancer.
  • You can donate together, in smaller groups or individually.
  • You’ll be doing something genuinely life-changing – for you and the people you help.


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!
God Bless
Fr Constantine

https://youtu.be/Vw-aU0bJiqs


VOLUNTEER SCRIPTURE TEACHERS NEEDED

Dear Friends,

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)


It gives us great joy to announce the completion of the Ascension fresco above the Altar by Petar Stephanovic at our Gymea Parish. We thank Petar, but in particular the anonymous donor for doing this. May God bless you and your family. We know this will inspire us for generations to come.

ANNOUNCEMENTS (In both Greek and English):

FROM THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH HOLY SYNOD
&
A LETTER FROM MT ATHOS ABBOTS


Sunday School lessons
Meanwhile, if families wish they may access the weekly Sunday School lessons of our Archdiocese. These are available for primary and infants.
They can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qx3P05LU-Jb7chkRmLcrQ


Holy Week and Pascha, the most engaging and spiritually uplifting week of the year for Orthodox Christians, comes this year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic that is gripping the world. It is causing sickness, fear, anxiety, confusion, disorientation, uneasiness, and even death.

However, using the talents that God has given them, Fr. William Bennett and Fr. Jonathan Bannon have endeavored and produced this booklet that you hold in your hands. It will help us in our homes during this time when we cannot gather together as one big family in our churches.

Link to Full Article

+Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa
Holy Week/Pascha 2020


An Easter Message from The Patriarch of Bartholomew of Constantinople



Consecration of our Parish by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios