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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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Parish Announcements 1.  ΚΟΛΛΕΓΙΟ ΑΓΙΑΣ ΕΥΦΗΜΙΑΣ Υπάρχουν λίγες θέσεις σε κάποιες τάξεις για να γράψετε τα παιδιά και τα εγγόνια σας.  Κάντε αυτό το δώρο στα παιδιά και τα εγγόνια σας, εξασφαλίζοντας το μέλλον τους σε Ελληνο-Ορθόδοξο Δίγλωσσο Κολλέγιο που κάθε χρόνο είναι από τα καλύτερα στην ευρύτερη περιοχή!  Επικοινωνήστε με τους Διευθυντές στο 97968240 για περισσότερες πληροφορίες.      SAINT EUPHEMIA COLLEGE There are limited places available in some classes for you to enrol your children and grandchildren.  Give your children and grandchildren the gift of an excellent education in a school that consistently rates among the best in the greater area!  As results consistently show, the educational programs of the College are of an exceptional standard! For more information, please contact school administration on 97968240. 2.  FELLOWSHIP St Euphemia Fellowship meets every Tuesday evening 7.30 - 9.00pm.  Come to learn more about your Orthodox Faith and your Orthodox Church!  All presentations are in English. For more information contact Fr Panagiotis on 0402219214 or Fr Peter on 0416145300.      Ομιλίες στα Αγγλικά Οι νέοι και οι αγγλόφωνοι της ενορίας μας, συγκεντρώνονται κάθε Τρίτη 7.30 - 9.00μμ για ομιλίες στα αγγλικά. 3.  ΟΙ ΠΕΤΑΛΟΥΔΕΣ Κάθε Τετάρτη 10.00 - 12.00πμ. Συγκέντρωση για νήπια.      “Little Butterflies” Playgroup every Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00pm. 4.  Η ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΓΩΝΙΑ Κάθε Τρίτη 10.00 - 12.00μμ. Συγκέντρωση ηλικιωμένων της ενορίας μας.      GREEK ELDERLY GROUP Every Tuesday 10.00 - 12.00 pm. Group gathering of the Elderly of our Parish. 5.  ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΙΚΗ ΟΜΑΔΑ ΑΓΟΡΙΩΝ Κάθε Σάββατο 4.00 - 6.00μμ.στην Εκκλησία      “Omada” Group for teenage boys every Saturday 4.00 - 6.00pm. 6.  ΚΑΤΗΧΗΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ Κάθε Κυριακή (μετά απ’ τη Θεία Κοινωνία)      Sunday School Every Sunday after Holy Communion (above the Church Hall)
ΜΑΙΟΣ 2016 1η ΑΓΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΗΣ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΣ Εσπερινός της Αγάπης εις τον Καθεδρικόν Ι. Ναόν του Ευαγγελισμού (11.00πμ - 12.30μμ) 2/5 Δευτέρα του Πάσχα - Αγ. Γεωργίου Μεγαλομάρτυρος Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ 5/5  Πέμπτη του Πάσχα - Αγ. Μεγαλομάρτυρος Ειρήνης Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ 6/5 Παρασκευή του Πάσχα - Zωοδόχου Πηγής Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ 8/5 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Του Θωμά Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία  -  7.00πμ - 10.00πμ 13/5 Παρασκευή - Αγ. Γλυκερία   Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ 14/5 Σάββατο - Αγ. Θεράπωντος   Όρθρος και Θεία Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ 15/5 ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Των Μυροφόρων Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία  -  7.00πμ - 10.00πμ. 21/5 Σάββατο - Αγ. Κωνσταντίνου και Ελένης Όρθρος & Θ. Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 22/5  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Του Παραλύτου Όρθρος και Θ. Λειτουργία  -  7.00πμ - 10.00πμ. 23/5 Δευτέρα -  Μιχαήλ επ. Συννάδων Όρθ. και Θ. Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ. 25/5 Τετάρτη - Της Μεσοπεντηκοστής  Όρθ. και Θ. Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ. 27/5 Παρασκευή -  Αγ. Ιωάννου Ρώσου  Όρθ. και Θ. Λειτουργία  -  7.30πμ - 9.30πμ. Παράκλησις Αγίας Ευφημίας  -  6.00μμ -7.15μμ 29/5  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - Της Σαμαρείτιδος Όρθ. και Θ. Λειτουργία  -  7.00πμ - 10.00πμ.
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MAY 2016 1st HOLY PASCHA (Agape Vespers at the Cathedral  -  11.00 am - 12.30 pm) 2/5  Monday of Bright Week - St George the Great-Martyr Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 5/5  Thursday of Bright Week - St Irene the Great-Martyr Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 6/5 Friday of Bright Week - The Life-Giving Fountain Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 8/5  SUNDAY - Sunday of Thomas Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.00am - 10.00am 13/5 Friday - St Glykeria   Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 14/5 Saturday - St Therapon   Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 15/5  SUNDAY - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.00am - 10.00am 21/5  Saturday - Sts Constantine & Helen Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 22/5  SUNDAY - Sunday of the Paralytic Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.00am - 10.00am 23/5  Monday  -  Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synadon Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 25/5 Wednesday -  Mid-Pentecost Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am 27/5  Friday -  St John the Russian Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7.30am - 9.30am Paraklesis to Saint Euphemia  -  6.00pm - 7.15pm 29/5  SUNDAY -  Sunday of the Samaritan Woman Matins, Divine Liturgy  -  7am –10am
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