Thursday, October 17, 2013

Our feast day celebrations this weekend

@ St Gerasimos

Join us this weekend at St Gerasimos Leichhardt Parish to celebrate with us the feast day of our Church!

To kick off - we have a Paraklisis to St Gerasimos this Friday 18th October 5.45pm, followed by a talk on the life of St Gerasimos at 7pm by Dr Vasilis Adrahtas.

Our Vespers service for the feast day will be held Saturday 19th October 7pm

And our feast day Matins and Divine Liturgy will begin 7.30pm - 11pm Sunday 20th October, followed by a panayiri lunch in the hall.

We hope to see you there!



Monday, August 12, 2013

Evening lecture

The man who came back from Hades

In celebration of our 50 year Anniversary, St Gerasimos Church has planned an intriguing evening lecture given by Dr. Vassilis Adrahtas (Honorary Research Fellow, Sydney University)

The theme of the night will be: 

'The Man who came back from Hades: 
The Life of St Gerasimos as an imitatio Christi'

It will be held after a paraklisis service to Saint Gerasimos.


Friday 18th October 2013

5.45pm Paraklisis service veneration St Gerasimos
7.00pm Lecture (in Greek and English) 

Paraklisis will be held in Church and Lecture in our church hall.
We hope to see you all there!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

to help our understanding

Orthodox literature

Reading opens doors and windows to our mind and heart!
And so it also so, reading and learning about our Orthodox faith through the writings of many talented authors of past and present, for adults and children.

St. Gerasimos parish has a newly built bookshelf for Orthodox literature and goods, through the project initiative and hard work and of our Reverend Father Leslie Kostoglou – who is a dedicated reader himself!

Located behind the candles on ones entrance, you will find an ever changing display of carefully chosen Orthodox books for sale to our parishioners and visitors.

Please ask if you would like to browse our adult books – Holy Bibles, service books and books on our Orthodox faith. Or you could also browse through our carefully handpicked selection of children’s Orthodox books for preschool to primary levels.
We also have a collection of goods such as karvoona, prayer ropes and censors for home.

Many thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary who funded the project and to the many who supplied and gave their skills and work towards this new ministry of St. Gerasimos Parish.

Monday, February 18, 2013


St Gerasimos Parish's 50th

This year sees our 50th anniversary of St Gerasimos Parish Leichhardt.

Our celebrations will be held during and around the feast day of our patron saint in October. 
But in preparation, we are asking if anyone has any old photos or mementos from our Parish or functions they attended there in the past and would like to contribute them, to do so! 
If you or you know someone who holds some interesting information, data or stories about the parish from years ago, we would also like to hear from you. 

These puzzle pieces will be used as part of a anniversary book being put together, giving a chronology of the history of the Parish.

If you think you have something you would like to contribute, please call St Gerasimos Parish during work hours.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

to raise funds

St Gerasimos Luncheon

This coming Sunday, 29th July 2012, The Ladies Auxiliary Of St Gerasimos will be holding a Luncheon in our hall. The purpose of Luncheon is to help raise funds for those in need in the community, especially families with children during this winter season.

It will be a buffet (all you can eat) and will commence straight after the Divine Liturgy (concluding 10.40am). Details are as follows:

$20 adults
$15 pensioners 
$10 children (under 12 years old)

Please help and come along - All are welcome, bring your friends!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

half way there

the tree of life in sight

We have come to the middle of Lent. But why does the Cross occupy this Sunday?
Jesus said in today’s gospel, “If you desire to follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me”.

If you desire.

If you want. Not what your parents or grandparents or family want. What do you want?

Deny yourself.

Christianity is about freedom. To be.
But what does “denying oneself” involve? It involves getting rid of anything that stops you from being the person you were meant to be. This could be your attitude, your way of thinking. Negativity and depression is everywhere nowadays. It is very easy to slip into that.
You deny…and then you are free to live. To be!

Take up your cross

Our cross – the burdens we have! Our burdens can be the struggle to deny ourselves! They can be our family or our workplace. They can be our country or other countries. The images of the starving children of Africa are burdens on us.

 Follow Me
Jesus gives us a command now. No more maybes.
The Man who endured the Cross was complete man and human. He was perfect Man and that is why we follow Him.

 ~ fr Leslie

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The sky is falling!

no...just our ceiling.

The heavy rains of February was too much for the roof and ceiling of our church to bare. We often came into the church with it flooded by overnight rain. A part of the ceiling that always leaked for an unsolvable reason, fell to pieces. 

Fortunately, as mentioned in the last post, we had a blessing come along, who was able to solve the Church's roof dilemma. The pews have been removed and put back into church for service for 2 weeks now, allowing the patching up of the ceiling and its repainting. With Gods grace, we will have a restored and better than new ceiling for our celebration of Easter at St Gerasimos.

work in progress

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

there is always something being made

more beautiful...

As you might of noticed, there has been a lot of work being done to the church's interior lately. Last week, the new doors that were put in late last year, were stained to match the pews of the body of the church.
Unfortunately with the rain last week, the ongoing problem with the leak in the ceiling (and now ceiling damage) became much worse. We are hoping that we will soon be able to find out how the water is getting in and also find a permanent solution for St Gerasimos Parish.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

who God brings...

a generous donation

When attending this Sunday's Liturgy you will see the new addition to St Gerasimos.
God brings people the Church's way, who see Her beauty and want to help. The carpet occupying the center aisle, leading up to the altar and within the altar, has been uncleanable for some time. The marks and the wear and tear of its history showed. The picture below, is a work in progress, of someone donating their time to measure, cut, overlock, place the new cherry red carpet donated and organised for our Church. 
You really have to sit back and say "wow" at people's generosity and kindness.

The work in progress - 2nd day