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
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.
Our Orthodox faith
Divine Liturgy in English
Paraklesis to the Theotokos
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?
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
Dear Rev Themi Friends and Supporters ( In Australia and around the world )
The world seems to be falling apart; nation against nation, wars, famines and deadly diseases. And amongst all these evils, we have a man who
cares nothing for himself, so now more than ever, we need to pull together and do the best we can to support this man of faith.
Please consider helping with a donation or gift HERE.
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ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΟΣ ΕΝΟΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ
ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΣ BANKSTOWN KAI
ΠΕΡΙΧΩΡΩΝ «Η ΑΓΙΑ ΕΥΦΗΜΙΑ»
Greek Orthodox Parish and Community
of Bankstown St Euphemia 6-12 East
Terrace, Bankstown NSW, 2200
Τηλέφωνο Εκκλησίας - Church Phone
(02) 9709 6908
π.Παναγιώτης Πρωτοψάλτης : 0402 219 214
π.Παναγιώτης Μαυρομμάτης : 0416 145 300
΄Ωρες Γραφείου Δευτέρα-Παρασκευή
4.30 μ.μ - 6.30 μ.μ
Office Hours Monday to Friday
4.30pm to 6.30pm
Για Μνημόσυνα και Αρτοκλασίες
(02) 9709 6908
Memorial Services & Artoklasies
(02) 9709 6908
St Euphemia Greek
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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