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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:31

Quiz Night Photos

Last Saturday, we had the Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night. This year, it was held at the Hellenic Club of WA, and our Quiz Master was none other than John Stamatiou.

There was plenty of food, drinks and prizes to go around.

With so many people joining us for the evening, there is no doubt that it was a success.

Photos from the evening can be found in our Photo Gallery here.

We hope everyone had a fantastic time and we hope to see you all again next year.

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Friday, 09 June 2017 12:00

What's New (09/06/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sat Jun 10
    • 8:00AM, Alexander and Antonina, Hieromartyr Timothy of Proussa - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers
  • Sun Jun 11
    • 8:00AM, 1st Sunday of Matthew, All Saints - Matins & Divine Liturgy

 

English Liturgy

Just to remind everyone, tomorrow we have an English Liturgy from 8:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
1st Sunday of Matthew, All Saints (11/06/2017)

Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2

Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Tonight!

Held on Friday 9 June, 7:00pm-9:30pm, at the Hellenic Club of WA.

There will be plenty of food, prizes, and fun!

Come down and join us for this year's Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night!

For more information, click on the flyer below.

Friday, 02 June 2017 12:00

What's New (02/06/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Jun 4
    • 7:30AM, Pentecost Sunday - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Mon Jun 5
    • 7:30AM, Monday of Holy Spirit - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jun 10
    • 8:00AM, Alexander and Antonina, Hieromartyr Timothy of Proussa - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Saturday of Souls

Tomorrow is the Saturday of Souls, where we remember all those who have fallen asleep. The service begins at 7:30am and will be in Greek. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Pentecost Sunday - 7:30AM Start

On Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. The service will begin at 7:30am sharp, to accommodate the additional part of the service which we read at the end.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Pentecost Sunday (04/06/2017)

Epistle: Acts 2:1-11

Gospel: John 7:37-52; 8:12

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Friday 9 June

Held on Friday 9 June, 7:00pm-9:30pm, at the Hellenic Club of WA.

There will be plenty of food, prizes, and fun!

Come down and join us for this year's Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night!

For more information, click on the flyer below.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 21:51

Why Should You Go to Confession?

A pragmatic view:

 

Confession will help you with everything you have to face in life, past, present and future.

Do you find this hard to believe?

Confession opens your heart to God. With God all things are made possible.
When you go to Confession you restore and renew the power, enlightenment and purity God gifted to you on the day of your Baptism - a spiritual communion with God.

Many Orthodox Christians are unfamiliar with the seven Sacraments of the Church. The practice of these Sacraments is however, essential to healing our soul. You cannot do without the Sacraments. They are the means by which we come in to communion with God and receive His blessing and experience mystical healing and transformation. The Sacraments are not as many people perceive ritualistic ceremonies.

Despite this, many people think and have been told often by misinformed relatives and friends that it is not necessary to go to Confession and that this is not an Orthodox Tradition.
Clearly this is not the case as Confession in the Orthodox Church has existed since Apostolic times, consistent with Christ’s teaching and essential to the practice of our faith and the healing of our soul. If the soul and heart is healed so then it follows that our physical and mental health also benefit as we learn to strive and walk the righteous path leading to our salvation. To walk the righteous path requires changes in us that are inspired by our remorse for what has not gone right in our lives. This remorse or regret in us becomes the active spirit of repentance.

People also may regard Confession as unnecessary because it can be confronting. It is easier to simply dismiss or to rationalise it away. But just like many things in life neglect and ignorance is costly because it does not rectify the wrongs and positively align us with God’s truth in order to spiritually progress. Otherwise our life will tend to stagnate in all its efforts, responsibilities and activities.

God bestows grace and blessings to us to progress in life, which is activated by the Holy Spirit through all the Sacraments and especially through Confession. These blessings do not just benefit ourselves but also those whom we love and whom we are in contact with, our whole family, all the faithful and to all people. Confession can bring limitless inner joy, allowing light heartedness and contentment that is difficult to describe. It deals directly with our heart and its concerns and helps resolve the difficulties we face in life by the absolution of our sins.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 22:38

Pink Hat Luncheon

Pink Hat Luncheon

Friday, 26 May 2017 12:00

What's New (26/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 28
    • 8:00AM, Fathers of the 1st Council - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Sat Jun 3
    • 7:30AM, Saturday of Souls - Divine Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

English Liturgy

Just to remind everyone, tomorrow we have an English Liturgy from 8:00am. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Fathers of the 1st Council (28/05/2017)

Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36

Gospel: John 17:1-13

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Friday 9 June

Held on Friday 9 June, 7:00pm-9:30pm, at the Hellenic Club of WA.

There will be plenty of food, prizes, and fun!

Come down and join us for this year's Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night!

For more information, click on the flyer below.

The Orthodox view of death refers to Christ's victory over death on the Cross and the new life granted to us through His Resurrection.

Death is seen as an unnatural state. It was never part of God’s plan for His Creation to experience death. It is man's transgression that caused our separation from God and its consequence - death.

Out of love and concern for His creation therefore, Christ came into the world, to die for us and through His Resurrection grant new life to us mortals.
Christ did this by taking on our human nature whilst fully retaining His Divine nature, and trampling on our death and restoring new life in us by His Holy Resurrection.

This gift of new life is gifted to us on the day of our Baptism.

But to earn this gift we have to value and strive for it by our own free will and with the right instruction and living a good Christian life we can progresses towards our union and communion with God. Simply put, we progress towards union with God by our love for God and by the keeping His Commandments; whilst we also continue to love others as we do our own selves.

Death is not seen as our end or our annihilation but as our 'falling asleep.'
When a person 'falls asleep,' the soul is temporarily separated from the body. But the soul continues to live. In this state the soul of a departed person benefits from our prayers at the funeral service.
Our prayers are directed to God in the funeral service to forgive their sins and errors and to offer forgiveness and comfort to their soul. This is why in the Orthodox Christian Tradition we pray for the deceased on the day of their death and on the day of their funeral, but also at various other times during certain specific intervals as well long after their passing from this life.

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The annual Centre for the Greek Language (CGL) examinations are over for another year, marking 13 years of the CGL in WA! Sent from Greece to all CGL Centres around the world, the examinations were conducted at St. Andrew’s Grammar on Tuesday 16 May and Wednesday 17 May. There were 20 candidates this year, spread across the following levels;

Level A1 (8-12 year olds): 4 candidates;
Level A1 (Adolescents & Adults): 4 candidates;
Level A2: 2 candidates;
Level B1: 2 candidates;
Level B2: 3 candidates; and
Level C1: 5 candidates.

 

Levels A1 (8-12 year olds) & A1 (Adolescents & Adults)
Levels A1 (8-12 year olds) & A1 (Adolescents & Adults)

 

The examinations commenced before 9am on both days and concluded before the end of the school day. Everything ran smoothly as a result of much prior planning and preparation. On this, I would like to thank all those who assisted me in the lead up to the examinations and during both examination days. My thanks go to Mr Simon Midson, Mrs Leanne McTavish and Mr Pavlos Iosifidis for coordinating the room changes needed at St. Andrew’s Grammar for the use of four classrooms on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. I also thank the CGL Committee members; Mr Pavlos Iosifidis, Mrs Katerina Reklitis, Ms Evridiki Politi and Mrs Eva Tsapazi for their assistance during the exam period, and particularly Mr Iosifidis for his assistance throughout the two days and during the Oral Exams.

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Friday, 19 May 2017 12:00

What's New (19/05/2017)

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 21
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Blind Man, Constantine and Helene - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 24
    • 7:30AM, Dismissal Feast of Pascha - Divine Liturgy
  • Thu May 25
    • 7:30AM, Ascension of Our Lord - Divine Liturgy
  • Sat May 27
    • 8:00AM, John the Russian, Martyrs Elladius and Therapon - English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Saints Constantine & Helene Feast Day (21 May)

This Sunday, 21 May, is the feast day of Saints Constantine & Helene. The following services will be held to commemorate this feast:

  • Sat May 20 (Tomorrow)
    • 6:30PM, Vespers Service (Combined Service - Church of Saints Constantine & Helene)
  • Sun May 21
    • 8:00AM, Divine Liturgy (Normal Sunday Service - All Parishes Open)
    • After the Service, Luncheon in Lower Hall (Church of Saints Constantine & Helene)
      Tickets can be purchased from the pangari at the entrance of the church or by contacting Fr Elpidios on 0407 260 071 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Sunday Epistle & Gospel Explanations
Sunday of the Blind Man,
Constantine and Helen (21/05/2017)

Epistle: Acts 26:1, 12-20

Gospel: John 9:1-38

Click here to download this week's readings and explanations.

 

Evangelismos Greek School Quiz Night - Friday 9 June

Monday, 15 May 2017 17:07

Prayer Is Our Life

One of the most difficult things to do is to pray well. Prayer is like a spiritual barometer of our inner state of health. Even those who are well practised at it can fall into all kinds of strife. Why is this so?
Because prayer demands the attention of our whole person calling upon the mind, the soul, the physical self and most importantly our heart. To turn our attention wholly to God is not easy to do. Yet such devotion is an integral aspect of true love.
Jesus instructs us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Central to the practice of good prayer therefore is the ability for us to direct our full and undivided attention towards God. Even well known prayers that we commit to memory such as the Lord’s Prayer or the Creed should be said as if for the first time calling upon our whole person to attention before God. This requires great concentration and inner strength.
Interests of other kinds that demand our full attention, be they people, activities or material things that take precedence over God can serve as powerful interferences in worship and prayer. Worship and prayer are essential expressions of our love for God. We may feel justified in immersing ourselves in all kinds of activity which are all absorbing and engrossing in our lives. Such activities may include our career, study, occupation, sport, recreation, possessions and so on. But if we allow other things to take precedence over God we will find ourselves in spiritually treacherous ground. For it is only by acknowledging God that we become truly fulfilled in whatever we do, for He is the source of all life and existence. And by this means, by acknowledging Him the source of all that exist and that is love, we can then realise what is paramount in prayer, and that is to practice remembrance of God who is central to every aspect of our life. The more God is forgotten in daily activity, the more difficult it becomes for us to pray or even have our prayers answered because our prayer is reduced to little more than an additive rather than assuming its rightful place as a central and essential ingredient of our relationship and love for God. God not only provides all that we have but has given us life itself to experience those gifts. How can we then enjoy those gifts but fail to remember Him?

How quickly we forget that all things were created by God? Nothing therefore has any legitimate precedence before Him and nothing is beyond Him for all things are of Him and in Him. “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John:1:3)
God does not exclude Himself from His creation, though He does not require anything to sustain Him. He has chosen to be one with His creation. So He is served by us through what is already His.

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