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Dear Parishioners,

hope you are well. The Month of July brings some beautiful feast days and Saints into our lives. Last month we celebrated Sts Peter and Paul in a blessed way with His Eminence Archbishop Makarios. A special thanks goes to our Parishioners who worked with “A Touch Of Kindness” to feed and clothe over 200 Homeless in the city on the 3rd of July. Photos are attached. We also continue the Food Drive in the Sutherland Shire once a month for a similar amount of meals. With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios we continue to endeavour to try and save our Development Application for our Community Hub and Childcare Centre. For this reason we have demolished one of the houses and will reconfigure the car park with comprehensive plumbing and electrical to match the new development. This will then give us some more time to fundraise to continue the development. We do ask for Parishioners and Friends to contribute generously or to kindly bequest in your Will to this project.

PLEASE NOTE TO CONSTRUCT AND RECONFIGURE THE CAR PARK IT WILL BE CLOSED VERY SOON FOR ABOUT 6 WEEKS. WE WILL HAVE TO PARK ON THE ROAD AND WALK IN FROM THE KINGSWAY ENTRANCE. THE HOTHAM ROAD ENTRANCE WILL BE FENCED OFF. THE CHURCH AND HALL WILL BE OPERATIONAL BUT WITH SPECIAL FENCING. DO NOTE ENTER THE CONSTRUCTION SITE

!Our Teen and Youth Cafe in conjunction with the Adult Orthodox Cafe will continue after School Holidays every second Friday and on Sunday after the Service. We ask you to follow their interviews of Parishioners called “Pearls of Wisdom.” Our Greek School for Primary, High School and Adults continues classes after the Holidays. Please refer to the flyer to enrol in the Adult classes for beginners. Our Play group starts back after School holidays on a Thursday from 10am. The Seniors group meets every Tuesday at 9:30am with a Paraklesis to the Mother of God and then in the Hall. Please also remember we have free Byzantine Music Lessons every Friday afternoon from 5:30pm.

May God bless you all.
Fr Constantine.




VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – If you would like to join any of our volunteer groups you can do so by speaking to Father Constantine directly or emailing – events@saintstylianos.org.au to obtain more information or register your interest. Here is some general information about current groups that support our Parish

CHURCH COMMITTEE
This group is responsible for the operations of the Church and its activities and requirements

PHILOPTOHOS
This group provides support and catering for coffee after Church and at specific Church events. It maintains general sales after Church services to raise money for the Church programs and to support families in need.

BUSY BEES
This group is responsible for maintaining the Church grounds and cleaning of the inside of the Church. This group meets on Friday mornings.

EVENTS TEAM
This group is responsible for developing the calendar of events and project managing events throughout the year. Volunteers are not expected to assist at all events but can choose how they participate based on their interest or skills

FOOD OUTREACH
This group is responsible for cooking meals to distribute to local charities once a month. Volunteers are not expected to assist each month but are notified of what is required and can volunteer as available. This group offers many opportunities from sourcing products required for preparing meals, cooking, packaging and delivery

TEACHERS
This group includes teachers required for Sunday School, Scripture at local public schools both primary and high school and our after school Greek lessons

GENERAL
There is always a need for volunteers in general. If you would like to register your interest you can be notified when we need some support. Trades are also welcome to register as there is a requirement from time to time for small repairs and maintenance.

Upcoming Events

For our Young Adults the flyer and program for the Orthodox Cafe are below. This is a great meeting place for our young people and we encourage any new people to come.


GREEK SCHOOL TEACHERS WANTED

Positions available for St Stylianos Greek School Teachers for 2024.  Must have online skills.
If interested please contact Fr Constantine on 0418 51 1212. 


St Stylianos Parish Charity Support

Dear Parishioners,

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.

Thank you in advance for your support for our vulnerable and needy.

God bless you all.
Fr Constantine Varipatis


Livestreaming ofservices now available at Saint Stylianos YouTube Channel



28 October Celebrations @ St Stylianos (Photos)


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)


Consecration of our Parish by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios