How moving is it that we are able to experience the Creator becoming the pinnacle of His creation, which is the Human Person, by being born into the world for the love and salvation of His creation? Despite our unworthiness, clergy and laity, we have received His mercy once and for all. It is for this reason we are able to live and grow in this Christian Community we belong to. It is almost like living in a village where each person communicates with the other to generate a fruitful and blessed lifestyle. We are one, as Christ is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel before Christmas we read the genealogy of Christ. We read name after name to establish that Christ is the Messiah who in His humility is a historical person that became as one of His creation. This was to save and fulfil the whole of creation and especially the human person who is made in His image and likeness. This is how much God loves us. We are called to believe in Him and to love God and our fellow human beings, even our enemies! This is the new world order that can transform the world around us if only we allow Christ to be born in our lives.
Fr Constantine Varipatis.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain more information or register your interest. Here is some general information about current groups that support our Parish
This group is responsible for the operations of the Church and its activities and requirements
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.
This group is responsible for maintaining the Church grounds and cleaning of the inside of the Church. This group meets on Friday mornings.
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
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
This group includes teachers required for Sunday School, Scripture at local public schools both primary and high school and our after school Greek lessons
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.
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
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
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)