IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR JANUARY 2016   Κολλέγιο Αγίας Ευφημίας – Saint Euphemia College Όπως κάθε χρόνο, έτσι και το 2015, το Κολλέγιο μας διακρίθηκε για την απόδοση των μαθητών στις πολιτειακές εξετάσεις. Ήταν από τα καλύτερα στην ευρύτερη περιοχή και έδειξε για ακόμα μια φορά το υψηλό επίπεδό του.Υπάρχουν λίγες θέσεις για εγγραφές σε τάξεις από το Νηπιαγωγείο μέχρι την Δευτέρα Λυκείου. Δώστε την ευκαιρία στα παιδιά και τα εγγόνια σας, γράφοντάς τα στο Κολλέγιο της Αγίας Ευφημίας.Για περισσότερες λεπτομέριες επικοινωνήστε με τους διευθυντές στο 9796 8240. Yet again, our College was one of the High Achieving Schools in New South Wales and one of the best in the local area. Our results in 2014 were again exceptional and highlight the status of our College.There are limited vacancies from Kindergarten to Year 12 for those considering to enrol their children. Give your child the gift of a safe and succesful learning journey by enroling them at Saint Euphemia College.For more information, please contact the Principals on 9796 8240. Αγιασμοί οίκων – Blessing of Houses Κυκλοφορεί το πρόγραμμα Αγιασμών με τις σχετικές ημερομηνίες.  Εάν επιθυμείτε να περάσει ο ιερέας από το σπίτι σας, αφήστε την διεύθυνσή σας στο ειδικό κιβώτιο μπροστά στον ναό. The schedule for the Epiphany House Blessings has been circulated. If you would like the priest to Bless your home, please fill in the form and return it to the church as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out. ΕΓΓΡΑΦΕΣ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΩΝ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΩΝ – GREEK SCHOOL ENROLMENTS Τα Απογευματινά και τα Σαββατιανά Σχολεία μας θα λειτουργούν και φέτος για να μεταδίδουν την γλώσσα, τις παραδόσεις μας και την πίστη μας. Οι εγγραφές θα γίνουν την τελευταία εβδομάδα του μηνός. Επικοινωνήστε με τους ιερείς ή τον διευθυντή στο 97096908. Our Afternoon and Saturday Schools will operate again this year in order to pass on our language, our traditions and our faith. Enrolments will take place in the last week of January. For further information, please contact the parish priests of the principal on 9709 6908.
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The Greek Orthodox Church in Australia has called upon its faithful to sign a petition voicing their opposition to the introduction of same sex marriage legislation. His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, issued an Encyclical emphasising that the Orthodox Church is opposed to the proposed bill, ‘as this will assail the sacredness of Marriage and the Family, as has been taught to us through the ages by our Holy Faith and by the Fathers of the Church.’ He has called upon Orthodox Christians to, firstly, pray to God and to beseech the Holy Theotokos, especially during the August Fast for the Dormition of our Lady, to ‘protect the people from such an aberration, and, secondly, ‘to protest by gathering signatures, requesting the defeat of such legislation.’ Over one hundred parishes and the monasteries in response to the call of His Eminence will be distributing a petition to the Senate collecting over the next coming weeks. Read the Archbishop’s Encyclical in full.     Sign the petition online - here Consequences of redefining marriage It will impact on freedom of religion : In countries where marriage has been redefined faith communities have been attacked for continuing to teach: that marriage is the union between one man and one woman. It will impact on education : If civil marriage is redefined to include same sex marriage, then that is what schools are going to have to teach and affirm to our children. It will deprive children of a mother or a father : If the definition of civil marriage is changed to include same sex marriage, this sends the message that it is acceptable for children to be raised without the presence of a mother or a father. It's time we have a fair, open debate on the consequences of same sex marriage and how will Australia avoid the overseas experience with same sex marriage. Until we have the answers, how can we possibly have a vote?
Orthodox Marriage The institution of Marriage and the Orthodox Christian family is foremost a course of love, secondly a course of common spirit and common exercise, thirdly a course of creativity, common creativity and continuation of life, and, fourthly a common course toward heaven, toward the heavenly kingdom. It is a calling of God, it is a joining of diversity that leads to perfection, and, therefore, the spouses become also joint heirs of the grace of life (1 Peter 3: 7). His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Our Orthodox view is contrary, not because we have hostile feelings towards our fellow citizens who think or decide differently, but because the proposed alteration to the traditional form of marriage, (between a man and a woman) is diametrically against the sacredness of marriage and of the family, as taught by the Christian faith and Greek Orthodox Tradition. His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Our purpose is not that government legislation should become a ‘tool’ to impose Christian ethics upon fellow citizens who do not share our beliefs. This of course would not be legitimate, given that we respect the free will of all. Rather, our concern is that the very institution of marriage, which has a Christian tradition of two entire millennia, should remain as it is, and not be confused with the political debate concerning the legal status of same- sex unions. However, marriage is much more than a legal convention or social tradition. Episcopal Assembly of Oceania
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St Euphemia Greek Orthodox College 202 STACEY STEET BANKSTOWN NSW 2200 PHONE : (02) 9796 8240 FAX : (02) 9790 7354 WEB : www.steuphemia.nsw.edu.au Yet again, our College was one of the High Achieving Schools in New South Wales and one of the best in the local area. Our results in 2014 were again exceptional and highlight the status of our College. There are limited vacancies from Kindergarten to Year 12 for those considering to enrol their children. Give your child the gift of a safe and successful learning journey by enrolling them at Saint Euphemia College. For more information, please contact the Principals on 9796 8240.
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