Thank God we are coming out of lockdown and we are opening the Churches as of Monday 11th of October. This is a great step forward and we pray all goes well and that all keep safe.
To celebrate that week beginning on the 11th we will have a Paraklesis (Supplication) to Panagia, the Mother of God, on Tuesday at 930 am and an English Liturgy on Wednesday at 6:30pm.
Then of course Sunday the 17th of October 7:30-10:30 am we are happy to announce that His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Militoupoleos will be serving at our Parish for the Matins and Liturgy.
Please note the week starting the 18th of October we will begin with Matins and Liturgy for St Luke the Evangelist. He of course was a doctor and we ask for his intercession in these difficult times.
Then on the 19th we celebrate the Consecration of our Church by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios and the other Bishops who were present on the 19th of October 2019. We pray God gives strength to His Eminence at this difficult time of Covid and with the recent fire at the Cathedral in Redfern. Also we pray all goes with God’s blessing for the up and coming Ordinations of Bishops in November. May God give His Eminence strength and we pray for every blessing for the new Bishops.
Please review the rest of the Program for all the other feast days coming up including St Dimitrios and Greek National Day.
The 4sq metre rule and other Covid Safe rules will apply.
At this stage Sunday School and the Orthodox Cafe will continue online.
Look forward to seeing you all.
God bless you all!
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.
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)