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St Euphemia Greek Orthodox College 202 STACEY STEET BANKSTOWN NSW 2200 PHONE : (02) 9796 8240 FAX : (02) 9790 7354 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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Join the St Euphemia fellowship and  learn everything about our Orthodox Christian faith. Our fellowship is open  for all ages! Divine liturgy in English   Bible study  Talks & group discussions    Social events & monastery trips. Fellowship is held at the parish hall  and commences at 7.30am.  Also, the Divine Liturgy in English is  held the third tuesday of every month  commencing at 7.30 pm.  For more info, please contact : Fr Panagiotis on 0402219214 or Fr Peter on 0416145300. You can also email us at 
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Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Bankstown St Euphemia :  6-12 East Terrace, Bankstown NSW, 2200 Τηλέφωνο Εκκλησίας - Church Phone :  (02) 9709 6908 Ωρες Γραφείου Δευτέρα-Παρασκευή  4.30μ.μ - 6.30μ.μ  Office Hours Monday to Friday  4.30pm - 6.30pm Για Μνημόσυνα και Αρτοκλασίες - (02) 9709 6908 Memorial Services & Artoklasies  -  (02) 9709 6908 ΤΗΛ ΙΕΡΕΩΝ: π.Παναγιώτης Πρωτοψάλτης  (Fr Panagiotis) : 0402 219 214  π.Παναγιώτης Μαυρομμάτης  (Fr Peter)  :  0416 145 300 St Euphemia’ is a canonical Greek Orthodox Church serving the spiritual and community needs of the Bankstown area in Sydney. It functions through the authority of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. St Euphemia Parish is also responsible for the founding and continuing development of St Euphemia College.
Το Ετήσιο Γεύμα της Φιλοπτώχου φέτος θα λάβει μέρος την Κυριακή 14η Ιουλίου. Τα εισιτήρια είναι $35 και $15 για παιδιά άνω των 5 ετών. Υποστηρίξτε το έργο της Εκκλησίας μας με την παρουσία σας. Σας παρακαλούμε να προμηθευτείτε εγκαίρως τα εισιτήριά σας. On Sunday 14th July our Church will commemorate the Miracle of St. Euphemia. Following the Liturgy we will conduct a procession of the Icon and Relics of St. Euphemia. Also we will be holding the annual Philoptohos Luncheon. We would be pleased to see you and your family to celebrate together and to support the work of our Church. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children over 5 years οld. Please purchase your tickets before the day from a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. FELLOWSHIP St Euphemia Fellowship meets every Tuesday evening 7.30 - 9.00pm.  Come to learn more about your Orthodox Faith and the 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. «Η Ελληνική Γωνιά» Συνάντηση ηλικιωμένων κάθε Τρίτη από ώρα 10.00πμ-12.00μμ. στο χωλ της Εκκλησίας. “Greek Corner” Weekly gathering of the elderly every Tuesday from 10.00 - 12.00pm. in the Church hall. ΟΙ ΠΕΤΑΛΟΥΔΕΣ Κάθε Τετάρτη 10.00 - 12.00πμ. Συγκέντρωση για νήπια. (Στο χωλ της εκκλησίας) “Little Butterflies” Playgroup every Wednesday 10.00 - 12.00pm.(In Church Hall during school terms) ΚΑΤΗΧΗΤΙΚΟ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟ Κάθε Κυριακή μετά απ’ την Θεία Κοινωνία (10.15πμ - 11.00πμ.) Sunday School every Sunday after Holy Communion (10.15am - 11.00am.) ST EUPHEMIA COLLEGE A Co-educational K-12 Christian day school. Give your child the best start in life with a solid and positive education. For details contact the College on (02) 9796 8240
ΙΟΥΛΙΟΣ 2019 1 η  Δευτέρα - Αγ. Αναργύρων Κοσμά και Δαμιανού     Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.30πμ.- 9.30πμ. 2 α  Τρίτη - Κατάθεσις εσθήτος Υπ. Θεοτόκου(Αγ. Ιωάννου Μαξίμοβιτς) Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία  7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 7 η  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ -  Γ’ ΜΑΤΘΑΙΟΥ (Αγ. Κυριακής)  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.15πμ. - 10.30πμ. 8 η  Δευτέρα - Αγ. Προκοπίου   Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία  7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 10 η  Τετάρτη (Βράδυ) - ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΡΧΙΕΡΑΤΙΚΟΣ ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ ΑΓΙΑΣ ΕΥΦΗΜΙΑΣ Χοροστατούντος του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αυστραλίας κ.κ. ΜΑΚΑΡΙΟΥ 7.00μμ -8.30μμ 11 η  Πέμπτη - Αγίας Μεγαλομάρτυρος Ευφημίας  Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.30πμ. - 10.00πμ 12 η  Παρασκευή - Αγ. Παϊσίου του Αθωνίτου Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 14 η  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ -  ΑΓΙΩΝ ΠΑΤΕΡΩΝ (Δ’ Οικ. Συν.)   Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.15πμ. - 11.00πμ. Ιερουργούντος του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αυστραλίας κ.κ. ΜΑΚΑΡΙΟΥ Θα ακολουθήσει Λιτάνευσις του Ιερού Λειψάνου και της Αγίας Εικόνος 17 η  Τετάρτη - Αγίας Μαρίνης Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 20 η  Σάββατο - Προφήτου Ηλιού του Θεσβίτου Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 21 η  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ -  Ε’ ΜΑΤΘΑΙΟΥ     Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.15πμ. - 10.30πμ. 26 η  Παρασκευή - Αγ. Παρασκευής Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 27 η  Σάββατο - Αγ. Παντελεήμωνος Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.30πμ. - 9.30πμ. 28 η  ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ - ΣΤ’ ΜΑΤΘΑΙΟΥ (Αγ. Ειρήνης Χρυσοβαλάντου) Όρθρος & Θεία Λειτουργία 7.15πμ. - 10.30πμ. JULY 2019 1 st  Monday - Sts Cosmas and Damian Matins & Divine Liturgy 7.30am - 9.30am 2 nd  Tuesday - Robe of the Theotokos (St John Maximovich)              Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 9.30am 7 th  SUNDAY - 3rd Sunday of 0Matthew (St. Kyriaki)  Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.15am - 10.30am 8 th   Monday - Saint Prokopios Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 9.30am 10 th  Wednesday - GREAT FESTAL VESPERS OF SAINT EUPHEMIA Presided by His Eminence Archbishop of Australia MAKARIOS 7.00pm - 8.30pm 11 th  Thursday - Holy Great Martyr Euphemia   Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 10.30am 12 th Friday - Saint Paisios the Athonite Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 9.30am 14 th  SUNDAY - Holy Fathers of Chalcedon  Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.15am - 11.00am Presided by His Eminence Archbishop of Australia MAKARIOS The procession of the Saint’s Holy Relics and Icon will follow the Liturgy. 17 th  Wednesday - Saint Marina Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 9.30am 20 th  Saturday - Prophet Elijah               Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 9.30am 21 st  SUNDAY - 5th Sunday of Matthew  Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.15am - 10.30am 26 th  Friday - Saint Paraskevi            Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 9.30am 27 th   Saturday - St Panteleimon the Greatmartyr   Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.30am - 9.30am 28 th  SUNDAY - 6th Sunday of Matthew (St Irene Chrysovalandou)          Matins & Divine Liturgy  7.15am - 10.30am
THE MIRACLE OF SAINT EUPHEMIA THE ALL-PRAISED Commemorated July 11 The holy Great Martyr Euphemia (September 16) suffered martyrdom in the city of Chalcedon in the year 304, during the time of the persecution against Christians by the emperor Diocletian (284- 305). One and a half centuries later, at a time when the Christian Church had become victorious within the Roman Empire, God deigned that Euphemia the All-Praised should again be a witness and confessor of the purity of the Orthodox teaching. In the year 451 in the city of Chalcedon, in the very church where the glorified relics of the holy Great Martyr Euphemia rested, the sessions of the Fourth Ecumenical Council (July 16) took place. The Council was convened for determining the precise dogmatic formulae of the Orthodox Church concerning the nature of the God-Man Jesus Christ. This was necessary because of the widespread heresy of the Monophysites ["mono-physis" meaning "one nature"], who opposed the Orthodox teaching of the two natures in Jesus Christ, the Divine and the Human natures (in one Divine Person). The Monophysites falsely affirmed that in Christ was only one nature, the Divine [i.e. that Jesus is God but not man, by nature], causing discord and unrest within the Church. At the Council were present 630 representatives from all the local Christian Churches. On the Orthodox side Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople (July 3), Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem (July 2), and representatives of St Leo, Pope of Rome (February 18) participated in the conciliar deliberations. The Monophysites were present in large numbers, headed by Dioscorus, the Patriarch of Alexandria, and the Constantinople archimandrite Eutychius.
After prolonged discussions the two sides could not come to a decisive agreement. The holy Patriarch Anatolius of Constantinople proposed that the Council submit the decision of the Church dispute to the Holy Spirit, through His undoubted bearer St Euphemia the All-Praised, whose wonderworking relics had been discovered during the Council’s discussions. The Orthodox hierarchs and their opponents wrote down their confessions of faith on separate scrolls and sealed them with their seals. They opened the tomb of the holy Great Martyr Euphemia and placed both scrolls upon her relics. Then, in the presence of the emperor Marcian (450-457), the participants of the Council sealed the tomb, putting on it the imperial seal and setting a guard to watch over it for three days. During these days both sides imposed upon themselves strict fast and made intense prayer. After three days the patriarch and the emperor in the presence of the Council opened the tomb with its relics: the scroll with the Orthodox confession was held by St Euphemia in her right hand, and the scroll of the heretics lay at her feet. St Euphemia, as though alive, raised her hand and gave the scroll to the patriarch. After this miracle many of the hesitant accepted the Orthodox confession, while those remaining obstinant in the heresy were consigned to the Council’s condemnation and excommunication. After an invasion by the Persians during the seventh century, the relics of St Euphemia were transferred from Chalcedon to Constantinople, into a newly built church dedicated to her. Many years later, during the period of the Iconoclast heresy, the reliquary with the relics of the saint was cast into the sea by order of the Iconoclast emperor Leo the Isaurian (716-741). The reliquary was rescued from the sea by the ship-owning brothers Sergius and Sergonos, who gave it over to the local bishop. The holy bishop ordered that the relics be preserved in secret, beneath a crypt, since the Iconoclast heresy was continuing to rage. A small church was built over the relics, and over the reliquary was put a board with an inscription stating whose relics rested within. When the Iconoclast heresy was finally condemned at the holy Seventh Ecumenical Council (in the year 787), during the time of St Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople (784-806) and the emperor Constantine VI (780-797) and his mother St Irene (797-802), the relics of the holy Great Martyr Euphemia were once again solemnly transferred to Constantinople.