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Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

The Life of a Saint: Saint Irene

Saint Irene
Feast Day: May 5

During the fourth century in Persia, Christians were under persecution by various enemies and struggled to lead peaceful lives. Irene, whose name in Greek means peace, was one woman who, despite being in hostile land of great evil, endured to the end with Christ, in a manner that brought her sainthood.

Irene was born in the Persian city of Magydus, during the reign of Constantine the Great. She was the daughter of Licinius, governor of that region, who ruled with an iron will. She was raised in an ornate palace and at the age of eight, began studies, that lasted ten years, under the tutelage of Apelanios, who was renowned for his wisdom and intellect.

Apelanios was also Irene's biographer, and records that when Irene was a young woman, an angel of the Lord appeared to her in a dream. The angel told her that she had been chosen to be the voice of the Messiah among her own people. When she told Apelanios her dream, he stood in awe, and warned her that the road ahead would be difficult and filled with obstacles. Even still, Irene knew that her faith would sustain her.

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St. Andrew's Grammar School in Dianella has joined Perth's elite schools in creating a multi- million dollar modern sporting complex. In March 2015, the City of Stirling approved a $2 million gymnasium facility. The complex will be built next to an AFL size sports oval and the new Andrew and Maria Petrelis Amphitheatre. The Gymnasium caters for a range of sports including: Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Badminton and Indoor Soccer. A full size classroom for Physical Education theory and change rooms are also part of this exceptional project.

The Hellenic Community of Western Australia President Gary Mitchell welcomes this new facility: 'I am utterly delighted with the positive growth and directions at St Andrew's Grammar. Enormous thanks must go to the Berbatis Family together with the members of the Hellenic Community, who have completely embraced the School and have afforded the opportunity to progress the School's facilities with the construction of the new sports facility.'

The Gymnasium has also been designed to cater for Assemblies and Theatre Performances and further expansion of the complex will occur in the future. St. Andrew's Grammar Board Chair Marcelle Anderson has expressed the significance of the Gymnasium project for the School: 'The Hellenic mantra of a healthy mind in a healthy body has been borne out by modern research which shows that physical activity improves learning ability. The Sports Facility will provide for the sporting, health and fitness needs of our students as well as accommodating school events such as assemblies, prize nights and fundraising activities. The School Board and community thank the Berbatis family for its very generous donation which has moved the Sports Facility from concept to reality.'

Designed by T&Z Architects as part of their long lasting relationship with the School, the Gymnasium is another extensive educational work that T&Z has carried out in both the public and private sectors. Project architect Jeremy Feldhusen identified the importance of the project in relation to surrounding facilities: "While primarily a sports hall the building is a multipurpose facility forming an integral 'piece of the puzzle' to the eastern edge of the campus". Metrowest Constructions Pty Ltd. is the successful tenderer of the project. The Gymnasium has a world class synthetic sports floor that provides a durable surface with excellent shock absorption. Metrowest General Manager Mark Lewington is pleased to 'build on its strong record of delivering educational facilities' in Western Australia .

The students of St. Andrew's Grammar look forward to the Gymnasium with excitement and anticipation. The Gymnasium will provide a great opportunity to further enhance the School's rapidly developing sport programme.

Friday, 01 May 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 3
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Paralytic - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 6
    • 8:00AM, Mid-Pentecost - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri May 8
    • 7:30AM, John the Theologian & Evangelist - Divine Liturgy
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - Something for Mothers Day
  • Sat May 9
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Evangelismos Youth

Tonight we have a bread making night, with a special presentation from Father Emmanuel. More information on the night can be found here.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 21:39

Latest Addition to Our Bookstore

Thirty Steps to Heaven
by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou
Published 2014

Many laypeople have attempted to read the great spiritual classic, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, but have been frustrated in attempting to apply the lessons of this monastic text to their everyday lives in the world. In Thirty Steps, Archimandrite Vassilios interprets the Ladder for the ordinary Christian without sacrificing any of its beauty and power. Now you too can accept the challenge offered by St. John Climacus to ascend closer to God with each passing day.

About the Author
Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. He was born in London in 1977 and holds degrees in pastoral and social theology, classics, and Byzantine music. He is the author of Meditations for Great Lent and Meditations for Advent (Ancient Faith Publishing), Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press), and numerous articles on Christian Orthodox faith and theology.

Available in-store for only $28.00.

Monday, 27 April 2015 16:20

Evangelismos Youth: Bread Making

Last week we began our term with an evening of board games and fun. The evening got quite wacky and dare we say, a little silly; it's difficult to see how a school bus, fruit, and weird references to the 1960s, go together. That being said, it was a rather enjoyable night.

This week we'll be delving into the world of bread making. Bread making, simply put, is an art. It requires patience and love. There are so many different kinds of bread available and for many, is apart of one's culture. So, this Friday, 1st of May, we'll be embracing culture and enjoying in bread accompanied by some dips. Though, I have to say that for the sophisticated Greek, nothing beats bread dipped in some good quality olive oil.

So, we are calling all bread makers out there. Do you have a passion for cooking? Do you have a secret recipe past down by your great, great, great, great... grandmother? No, that's alright but if there's a particular kind of bread or a type of dip that you absolutely love, bring it along and join us for an evening of culture.

Friday, 24 April 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Apr 26
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Holy Myrrhbearers - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Fri May 1
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - Bread Making
  • Sat May 2
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

English Liturgy

Just a reminder that this Saturday we have an English Liturgy starting at 8am.

 

Evangelismos Youth

As mentioned in last week's update, tonight we will be starting off the term with a board games night. Bring your family along and share in some fun. More information on the night can be found here.

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia News

In case you haven't already had a look, the April edition of the "Vema" Newspaper is out and can be downloaded from here (the Greek version is also available from here).

Some of the stories that you can read about are:

  • Patriarchal Encyclical For Holy Pascha 2015
  • Our Archbishop's View on Organ Donation

 

Other News

An architectural company has built Australia's first Byzantine-style monastery, called Pantanassa. You can read more from here.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 19:22

Coming Soon to our Bookstore

I Know a Man in Christ: Elder Sophrony the Hesychast and Theologian
by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos wrote this book about Elder Sophrony as an expression of gratitude for his long association (17 years) with the Elder and "to share with readers the spiritual wealth that I unworthily received".
The first part of the book is a spiritual portrait of Elder Sophrony

The second part of the book records what the author learnt and experienced during visits to the Monastery of St John the Baptist in meetings and informal conversations with the Elder and as a concelebrant at the Divine Liturgy. Over the years he carefully recorded the Elder's words and amassed an archive of notes that he publishes here. The subjects covered reflect both Father Sophrony's and the author's personal and pastoral concerns and include prayer (particularly the Jesus Prayer); monasticism and obedience; priesthood and the temptations it brings; giving spiritual guidance; the problems facing those who become Orthodox; and family life. The discussions also shed light on theological issues close to the Elder's heart.
After the chapters arranged chronologically by year, this part of the book ends with a collection of undated sayings of the Elder which were not spoken directly to the author but were passed on to him by others.
The book shows us a "great hesychast and theologian, but also a wise, discerning and prophetic spiritual father" and brings us closer to the man in Christ.

Will be available for purchase in-store for only $35 upon the arrival of stock.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:00

The Miracle of Carthage

The Miracle of Carthage
Feast Day: April 28

The "miracle of Carthage," although known to few, has left people questioning its validity. However, with medical evidence supporting the testimony of those who have been "clinically dead," only to be brought back to life, there is no reason to doubt this remarkable incident that took place in the seventh century, displaying the power of the Lord.

It was a venerable ascetic named Anastasios, who lived a pious and studious life in the monastery of St Catherine's at the base of Mt. Sinai, who authored this amazing story. He made known this remarkable occurrence during the reign of Emperor Heraklios (A.D. 625) only after careful scrutiny of the truthful tale that shows the power of good over evil.

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Friday, 17 April 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun Apr 19
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of Thomas - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Thu Apr 23
    • 7:30AM, Great Martyr George the Trophy-Bearer - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri Apr 24
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - Board Games Galore
  • Sat Apr 25
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers

 

Renewal Saturday

Just a reminder that this Saturday there will be a combined Divine Liturgy service held at the Monastery of St John of the Mountain, where all priests will be in attendance.

 

Evangelismos Youth

We begin our first activity for the term next Friday, the 24th of April, with a Board Game night. As always, we will first meet in the Church for a quick talk by Fr Emmanuel, after which we will go down to the hall and play some games.

If you haven't already had a look at our program, you can do so by clicking here.

 

Additional Subscriptions

As part of our recent Evangelismos Youth restructuring, we've made some improvements to the way that we can deliver news updates to you. Rather than sending out one email update each week, we're also providing you the ability to opt-in to regular Evangelismos Youth updates. What this means is, you'll be notified as soon as there are any new updates, such as location or activity details.
If you are happy waiting until the end of the week to read about everything new, that's fine but if you would prefer to also be notified in advance then this is perfect for you.

All you have to do is, scroll down to the bottom on this weekly email, and where it says, "Too many emails? Update your preferences...," click on "Update your preferences." You will then be taken to your profile where you can subscribe to the Evangelismos Youth Updates.

Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:01

Evangelismos Youth: Board Game Night

We hope everyone had a restful break and a Happy Easter.
Our first activity of the term begins with a Board Game night. That's right, you heard us, Board Games!!! Where the outcome of the game may come down to the roll of a dice.

If you aren't already familiar with our procedures, we will begin the night with a talk from Father Emmanuel in the Church, after which we will make our way down to the hall for the activity. Even if you're not great at Board Games, come along, have a cup of coffee, and share in some light conversation.

While we will be providing some Board Games, if you have any at home that you really like, or haven't played in a while, bring them along and we can all share in them. Snacks will be on a BYO arrangement for this event. So, if you fancy yourself a cook, or have some snacks lying around, please bring something along.

Remember the date, next Friday, the 24th of April, at 6:30pm. If you enjoy having fun, come along, bring some food, and let's make a night of it. Who knows, you may even find yourselves dodging snakes and climbing up ladders.

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