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In last week's activity, we had a lot of fun! We embraced two key aspects of Greek culture in our 'Night of Crete'; Greek dancing and Greek food. While some found the faster paced dancing a bit challenging, it didn't stop them from having a go. From the Zorba to the Pentozali, it was quite an energetic night for all of us.
After we were all danced out, we sat down, had some olives, and listened to the sweet sound of the Cretan Lyra. For some, it was the first time trying an 'υποβρύχιο' (meaning 'submarine') of sweet mastiha. Though, just like any Greek table, there was plenty of food to go around.

This Thursday we have the Ascension of our Lord. The Ascension of our Lord is celebrated every year on the fortieth day after Easter and is always celebrated on a Thursday. So, this Friday, that is what we will be focussing on. After a talk from Father Emmanuel about this feast day, we will be coming together and packing flowers from the Epitaphios into bags to give out on Sunday, as is traditional every year. Please come along and help us in our celebration. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Friday, 15 May 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 17
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Blind Man - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Wed May 20
    • 7:30AM, Dismissal Feast of Pascha - Divine Liturgy
    • 6:30PM, Vespers (Combined Service at the Church of Sts. Constantine & Helen)
  • Thu May 21
    • 8:00AM, Ascension of Our Lord; Constantine & Helen - Divine Liturgy (Combined Service at the Church of Sts. Constantine & Helen)
  • Fri May 22
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - The Ascension of Christ
  • Sat May 23
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy
    • 4:00PM, Vespers


Evangelismos Youth

Tonight we have a very Greek night for you; a Night in Crete. We'll be learning some Greek dances, enjoying Greek food, and listening to some Greek music. As Fr Emmanuel will be down in Albany for a Vespers service, there will not be a talk on tonight. Instead, we will meet up down in the hall and get started. More information on the night can be found here.

Next Friday, the 22nd of May, after listening to a talk about the Ascension of Christ, the Youth will be placing the flowers from the Epitaphios in bags. We welcome all young people to come along and help.


Ascension of Christ / Feast Day of Sts. Constantine & Helen

Next Thursday, the 21st of May, is the Ascension of Christ, as well as the feast day of Sts. Constantine & Helen. As a result, there is a Vespers service on the evening before, at 6:30pm, and a Divine Liturgy on at 8:00am for these feasts, at the Church of Sts. Constantine & Helen, and all priests will be in attendance.

Sunday, 10 May 2015 20:34

Evangelismos Youth: A Night in Crete

In our last Evangelismos Youth activity, we gathered together and made some Mother's Day cards. With Mother's Day only a couple of days later, it seemed fitting to make something that came from the heart, and would express to our Mothers how much we love them. For those that sought more of a challenge, there were origami hearts and roses waiting to be made.

We also got to enjoy some nice and fresh Sage tea. The aroma quickly filled the hall, leaving people dying to try some. That, along with some pleasant conversation, was a great way to end the day.

Can you believe that we are already coming into our fourth night of the term. What do we have for you this week, you ask? Well, we are celebrating all things Crete. Specifically focussing on Greek dancing, we'll hopefully leave you a little more experienced and more than likely, a little tired (in a good way). We'll also be enjoying some Greek food and listening to some Cretan music during the intervals. Some of the more famous Cretan musicians are Nikos Xilouris and Vasilis Skoulas. In their music they utilise the Cretan Lyra, which is a music instrument central to the traditional music of Crete.

Also, due to Father Emmanuel holding a Vespers service down in Albany, followed by a Liturgy service on Saturday morning, we won't have our weekly talk in the Church. Instead, we'll just meet up down in the hall and get started with our Cretan night. So, that's 6:30pm this Friday the 15th of May. We hope to see you all there.

Friday, 08 May 2015 12:00

What's New

Upcoming Events

  • Sun May 10
    • 8:00AM, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman - Matins & Divine Liturgy
  • Thu May 14
    • 7:30AM, Hieromartyr Therapon - Divine Liturgy
  • Fri May 15
    • 6:30PM, Evangelismos Youth - A Night in Crete
  • Sat May 16
    • 8:00AM, English Liturgy - Albany (with Vespers the night before)
    • 4:00PM, Vespers


Evangelismos Youth

Tonight we are helping you to make something special for your Mum. Come along as we delve into arts and crafts with homemade gifts for Mother's Day. More information on the night can be found here.


English Liturgy

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

What a great turnout we had last week! Father Emmanuel demonstrated the art of bread making, the traditional way, and taught us of the benefits of Sour dough as compared to commercial yeast bread. We learnt some cool facts like, did you know that yeast is a man-made product? Or, that commercial yeast bread takes two hours to rise as compared to Sour dough which takes up to fourteen hours? We certainly didn't! What makes Sour dough different is that it is comprised of wild yeasts, which unlike commercial yeast, are naturally found on wheat.

We had a few laughs and enjoyed three different varieties of bread; olive, fruit, and plain. The olive bread disappeared the quickest but I think it is safe to say that all three were equally delicious.
To preserve all of our Evangelismos Youth memories, we have created a Photo Gallery page, available from here; to view our photos from the night, click here.

This week we have a very creative sort of evening for you. In the spirit of Mother's Day, we'll be bringing out that youthful side within, and making some gifts for our Mums. After all, what could be more thoughtful than something made by you? So, whether you had completely forgotten, or are stumped on what to get, we've got you covered. Come on down, have some fun, and make something for your Mum.

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.


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.

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