Sundays Church Newsletter – Issue 9

The Newsletter covers theology, bible study, church history and news and is published in English, Assyrian and Arabic.
This is a special edition marking the recent Grand Opening and Consecration of St Abdisho’s Church in Coolaroo. 

Sunday of the Pentecost

Please be notified that HB Mar Meelis Zaia AM Metropolitan will celebrate the Holy Raza this Sunday (The Pentecost) at 8:30am at St Hurmizd’s Cathedral.

Project Assyrian – The Conference

Fellow sons and daughters of the Assyrian Nation: We are happy to announce the Youth Association of the Assyrian Church of the East has organised a project about Assyrian history and literature. This has never been done before.
We are calling each and everyone of you to attend the Project Assyria Conference – to learn more about it and to support it.

Details:
Sunday, June 8 from 4pm
Assyrian Sports and Cultural Club – Fairfield Heights
Free entry.
Call 04 888 YOUTH (96884) for more info.

God bless you all.

3rd Annual Rejoice Resurrection Festival Attracts Thousands in Sydney

This year’s annual Rejoice Resurrection Festival of the Assyrian Church of the East Youth Association Sydney (ACEYAS) was held on Easter Monday, 21 April 2014, with the event attracting thousands of faithful and members of the local surrounding community.

In coming together to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 2014’s festival found a new home, the grounds of Saint Hurmizd’s Cathedral and Saint Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School, with the new location proving a resounding success.

The day was filled with fun rides and amusements, appearances by movie characters such as Captain America, Superman and the festival’s famous friendly clown.

Later in the evening, well known Assyrian singers and entertainers, including Helen Isaac, Flora Simon and Ben Barkho, took to the stage and performed for hours, leaving everyone to dance the night away.

A rendition of Disney’s ‘Up’ house was built with a large number of balloons hung to it as a centrepiece; this was used as a donation box with all proceeds going to the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO). ACERO also provided attendees with a chance to make a difference to the lives of children and families in the Middle East by paying for needs, such as blankets and schooling.

The Assyrian Church of the East Children’s Association ensured there was plenty for children to do with numerous activities, including ceramic and face painting and a colouring-in competition.

Parishioners loved the entertainment, while the cultural food left the attendees with a fulfilled appetite; thanks to the collective efforts of the Assyrian Church of the East Ladies Committees.

Three lucky people walked away as winners of raffle prizes, which included a 50 inch LCD television, iPad Mini and a coffee machine.

The night concluded with a beautiful display of fireworks with spectators all gathered around St Hurmizd’s Cathedral grounds. What better way to celebrate the Great Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ then to Rejoice just as it is written; “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting? Christ is risen and the angels REJOICE! To him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages”.

The Youth Association of Sydney hopes to see everyone next year for their 4th Annual Rejoice Resurrection Festival.

ACEYA • Sydney, Youth Bible Studies

This notice is to inform you of the coming changes to the youth association’s ministries in Sydney. As you well know, the youth association continues to grow – attracting young people from various age groups.

It has been proposed and accepted to have two (2) youth ministry times on Sunday at SHAPS.

• Year 7–10 high school students: 5pm, followed by fellowship from 5:45pm to 6:30pm.
• Year 11–12 high school students: 7pm, followed by fellowship.
• All those aged between 18 and 23: 7pm, followed by fellowship.
• All those over the age of 24: 7pm, followed by fellowship.

The reasons for this change include:

• Limited serviceable facilities at SHAPS;
• Security reasons for young adults present at SHAPS till 9pm; and,
• Issues in the genre of material presented in bible studies (what is taught to a 24 year old youth can not be taught to a 14 year old youth).

Parents who will be dropping youth off to the 5pm session will be required to pick them up at6:30pm SHARP from the entry doors at SHAPS and NOT the front car park, street, or next door shopping centre. Please note that this change will take effect from Sunday 25 May 2014.

Please join us on Sunday 18 May, at 7pm to learn more about this new structure at the info night.

If you require further information, please contact the youth committee secretary Lena Kako on 04 888 YOUTH (96884) or [email protected].

Commemoration of St George

St George’s Parish will commemorate St George’s Day by celebrating Holy Raza at7pm on Wed 23 April at Matraville.

Holy Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord – 2014

St Hurmizd’s Cathedral

Thursday:
Thursday of the Passover • Holy Raza at 8:30am
Friday of Sorrow Eve • Prayers at 7pm

Friday:
Friday of Sorrow • Prayers at 1pm

Saturday:
Saturday of Light • Afternoon Prayers at 6pm
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Prayer Vigil at 7pm
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Holy Raza at 9pm

Sunday:
Sunday of the Resurrection • Holy Raza at 8am

Monday:
Monday of the Robber • Holy Raza at 8am

St Mary’s Church

Thursday:
Thursday of the Passover • Holy Raza at 8:30am
Friday of Sorrow Eve • Prayers at 7pm

Friday:
Friday of Sorrow • Prayers at 1pm

Saturday:
Saturday of Light • Afternoon Prayers at 4:30pm
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Prayer Vigil at 6pm
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Holy Raza at 9pm

Sunday:
Sunday of the Resurrection • Holy Raza at 8am

Monday:
Monday of the Robber • Holy Raza at 8am

St George’s Parish – Matraville Primary School

Thursday:
Friday of Sorrow Eve • Prayers at 7pm

Saturday:
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Prayer Vigil at 7pm
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Holy Raza at 9pm

Monday:
Monday of the Robber • Holy Raza at 9am

Sts Peter and Paul’s Parish (English) – Assyrian Australian Social Centre

Palm Sunday:
 13/4/2014 at St Mary’s, 6pm.

Thursday:
Friday of Sorrow Eve • Prayers at 7:30pm

Friday:
Friday of Sorrow • Prayers at 3pm – St Mary’s Church

Saturday:
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Prayer Vigil at 7:30pm
Holy Feast of the Resurrection • Holy Raza at 9pm

Monday:
Monday of the Robber • Holy Raza at 9am

Sts Peter and Paul’s Parish (Arabic) – St Mary’s Church

Thursday: Thursday of the Passover • Holy Raza at 6pm

Friday: Friday of Sorrow • Prayers at 5:30pm and lecture by HB Mar Meelis AM Metropolitan at 7pm

Lecture: The Christian Library from Turfan: New discoveries and new dimensions for the Church of the East

It is our great honour and privilege to receive Dr Erica C.D. Hunter from SOAS, Dept. for the Study of Religions.

Dr Hunter will be presenting a lecture entitled, ‘The Christian Library from Turfan: New discoveries and new dimensions for the Church of the East’. The lecture will take place on Monday 24 March 2014 at Edessa Reception (7-9 Green- field Road, Greenfield Park NSW 2176).

HB Mar Meelis Zaia AM Metropolitan amongst reverend clergy will be present on the day.

Please invite all family and friends to this most enlightening event.

Holy Raza during the Great Fast (St Mary’s Church)

Holy Raza will be celebrated every day of the week (Monday to Friday) during the first, middle, and final week of the Great Fast – 5:30pm at St Mary’s Church.

ACERO Announcement

The NSW Chapter of the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organization (ACERO) have organised a cinema night on the evening of Friday the 18th April 2014 (Good Friday/Roota d’Khasha) at Events Cinemas Liverpool, where The Passion of the Christ will be played in two sessions; 6:30 and 9 PM.

Ticket sales are available every Sunday after the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist services at St Hurmizd Cathedral, Ss Peter and Paul Parish and the Youth Association.

For more information please email us on [email protected]

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