Patriarchal Christmas Epistle 2013

Holy Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ – Sydney, Australia

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St Hurmizd’s Cathedral (7-9 Greenfield Road, Greenfield Park NSW 2176)

6:00pm | Afternoon Prayer and Vigil
9:00pm | Eucharistic Liturgy – Night
8:00pm | Eucharistic Liturgy – Morning

Tuesday 31/12/2013, 8am | New Year’s Eve Eucharistic Offering

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St Mary’s Church (94 Polding Street, Smithfield NSW 2164)

4:30pm | Afternoon Prayer
5:30pm | Vigil
9:00pm | Eucharistic Liturgy – Night
8:00pm | Eucharistic Liturgy – Morning

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St George’s Parish (Cnr Beauchamp Road & Bunnerong Road Matraville NSW 2036)

6:00pm | Afternoon Prayer
7:00pm | Vigil
9:00pm | Eucharistic Liturgy – Night

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Sts Peter and Paul’s Parish (673-683 Smithfield Road, Edensor Park NSW 2176)

7:30pm | Vigil
9:00pm | Eucharistic Liturgy – Night

Ageing, Dementia & Disability Care Christmas Hamper Appeal

Can YOU help this Christmas?

Please help us bring some joy and make Christmas a wonderful time for those less fortunate than us.

Hampers can be packed in a shoe box, green shopping bag or a foam fruit box; nothing too big or it becomes a WH&S issue.

You may donate items every day of the week at St Hurmizd’s Cathedral office from 9am – 3pm to Mr Baroota Zia. Or every Sunday night from 7:30 – 8:30pm at SHAPS Staffroom. You may also donate via PayPal (sydney.aceya.org/christmashamper), and the youth committee will purchase canned foods on your behalf. All items must be donated on or before 8 December, at our annual Youth Dine!

Suggested items to donate can be viewed by going to: facebook.com/events/171997559662867

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Parent Invitation to a meeting regarding the SNACC Project

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of the Assyrian Schools,

The Chairman of the Assyrian Schools Board, His Eminence Archbishop Mar Meelis Zaia, AM, cordially extends an invitation to all parents, friends and members of our schools and Assyrian communities to attend a meeting on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at 7:00PM in the Edessa Reception Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to update our Church and Schools communities on the progress of the Saint Narsai Assyrian College project.

The College building project managers along with His Eminence will address the meeting and provide information on the current status of this project and the proposal of a middle school for children of grades 5 and 6 to be included on the new college site.

Please be seated by 6:45PM for a 7:00PM start. It is anticipated that the meeting will run for 1 hour.

Please make every effort to be present on the night for this important gathering.

SPPP ~ MOVEMBER13

The Saints Peter and Paul Parish are extending an invitation to all MO-bros to join us in fighting the good fight and participating in Movember 2013!

Join our team “ACOE SYDNEY AUSTRALIA” on the Movember website or donate to our group at http://au.movember.com/team/997321

**THE EVENT**

On: Friday 1st of Movemeber 2013
At: 7:30pm
Where: The Mar Dinkha (SHAPS) Hall

The Movember spin off event will introduce participants and parishioners to Movemeber and what the cause supports. We will be taking ‘before’ photos of our Mo bros, speak about the cause and have a bite to eat together!

Please note: that there will be no preaching on this date and also, Mo Sistas are also invited!!

**MO RULES**

1. Search and join our team “ACOE SYDNEY AUSTRALIA” @
http://au.movember.com/team/997321

2. Each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face. We will be taking before photos at the event!

3. For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro must grow and groom a mustache.

4. There is to be no joining of the mo to your side burns.
That’s considered a beard.

5. There is to be no joining of the handlebars to your chin.
That is considered a goatee.

6. Each Mo Bro must conduct himself
like a true gentleman…

Radio-thon 2013 | Voice of the Youth

Voice of Youth is proud to announce for the very first time it will host a Radio-Thon in November.

All proceeds of funds will be going towards ACERO (Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation) and the Assyrian Church of the East building initiatives in Australia.

Radio-Thon will commence on 12/11/2013 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM and it will continue again on 19/11/2013 & 26/11/2013.

Guest of honour – His Beatitude Mar Meelis Zaia.

To participate:
You can call (02) 9822-8893

All donations are tax detectable.

Inaugural Jerusalem Trip, 2014

The Assyrian Church of the East Metropolitan’s See Sydney in association with ACE • Events present a trip to the Holy Land (Jerusalem) in early July, 2014.

If you are interested to join us on this inaugural trip, please speak with Rev Fr Narsai Youkhanis and Rev Fr Ninos Elya every Wednesday, from 6 to 7pm at St Hurmizd’s Primary School (7-9 Greenfield Rd, Greenfield Park NSW 2176) and pay your $1,000.00 deposit to secure your spot.

Concrete details will be released post haste.

You can also fill in this Expression of Interest form

Sydney Youth Raise Thousands for Breast Cancer Research and Syria Relief Effort in Annual ‘Walkathon’

The annual ‘Walkathon’ of the Assyrian Church of the East Youth Association – Sydney (ACEYA – S) was held on Sunday 22 September 2013 with the participation of over four hundred faithful participants. The annual event seeks to generate funds for the support of both a local Australian charitable organisation, the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) and the general work of ACEYA – S. The event was held under the theme: ‘For we walk by faith, not by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7). Therefore, the walk communicated to faithful the Christian message that life’s journey is one of faith and that this faith will triumph the obstacles or adversities faced in life, whether sickness or other trials.

The attendees gathered eagerly in front of St Hurmizd Cathedral following the Eucharistic Liturgy registering their names and receiving their packs which included a t-shirt, hat and bag. The event was this year graced by the presence of His Beatitude Mar Meelis Zaia AM, Metropolitan of Australia, New Zealand and Lebanon who welcomed the hundreds of attendees, spoke about the importance of the causes being supported and bestowed his episcopal blessings on all participants. Shortly afterwards balloons were released into the heavens before faithful embarked on the 10km journey. The Metropolitan cut the ceremonial ribbon before the faithful commenced. 


The walk began at the Archdiocesan Cathedral and moved towards St Mary’s Church in Fairfield. The walkers were kept hydrated throughout their walk with checkpoints every 2 kilometres and dedicated volunteers waiting to assist them. Medical staff were also present to ensure the safety of all participants and to attend to any medical issues arising.

Leading the walk was the Coordinator of the ACEYA – S, Ninos Yacoub. Meanwhile Reverend Narsai Youkhanis (Youth Chaplain) and Reverend Ninos Elya were the last two walkers ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the rest.
 
As the walkers reached the fifth checkpoint, buses transported them back to Edessa Hall where food and entertainment was organised to express the gratitude of the Holy Church to all the enthusiastic participants. Prizes were awarded in various categories and the day’s festivities were concluded with a shared meal and folkloric Assyrian dancing.

The walkers were encouraged beforehand to be sponsored by their family or friends for participating in the walk. All the funds raised will be contributed to two very worthy causes; 
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (Australia) and the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO). The funds granted to the latter organisation will be used in aid of ACERO’s relief efforts related to the ongoing conflict in Syria. It is noteworthy that through the enormous generosity of participants and donors over $25,000 (AUD) was raised in the 2013 ‘Walkathon. 

and lovely volunteers waiting to assist them and stamp their form. Medical staff were also present to ensure the safety of all participants and to attend to any medical issues arising.
Leading the walk was the beloved Coordinator of the ACEYA Sydney, Ninos Yacoub. Meanwhile Reverend Narsai Youkhanis (Youth Chaplain) and Reverend Ninos Elya were the last two walkers ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the rest.

The walkers were encouraged beforehand to be sponsored by their family or friends for participating in the walk. All the funds raised are going to two very worthy causes, firstly The National Breast Cancer Foundation Australia and Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) which will be distributing the donations to the misplaced people of Syria. We can proudly say that thanks to everyone’s donations we have raised over $25 000.

As the walkers reached the fifth checkpoint, buses transported them back to Edessa Hall where food and entertainment was organised to express the gratitude of the Youth Association to all the enthusiastic participants. Prizes were awarded to various categories, then the afternoon ended in sharing a meal and Assyrian dancing.

Life of i: Sydney Youth Retreat

There was fun, laughter, faith and fellowship at this year’s annual youth association retreat!

The event, which was organised by the Assyrian Church of the East Youth Association – Sydney (ACEYA – S), was labeled a success. With close to 100 people in attendance, coaches departed from St Hurmizd Cathedral early Friday evening 12th of July.

Upon arrival at the Wesley Vision Valley site, a hot dinner was served and youth were placed into colour groups ready for a night of activities that included photography, painting and affirmations. Rev’d Father Narsai Youkhanis, Youth Associations Australia Chaplain, gave a welcoming talk on the importance of making Christ the center of our lives. Building upon the retreat theme, St Paul to the Romans 12:2a, we as Christians should not conform to worldly patterns, but rather live a Christly and Godly life in peace and holiness.

The groups were then offered free time to get unpacked and settle into their lodges before some called it a night and others opted for the cafeteria for some hot chocolate, coffee and light snacks around the fireplace.

On Saturday morning attendees woke up to a big breakfast at the main hall that was sure to prepare them and give them the much needed boost for an afternoon of enduring sports.

There were screams of victory and overcoming fear of heights as groups competed in sports activities ranging from archery, to rock climbing and high wire zip line.

After an adrenalin packed afternoon, it was time for spiritual relaxation with Dn. George Rasho taking one workshop and Danny Kelaita and Morris Toma co-leading another. Youth took part in both group discussions titled iFall and iMe. The discussions focused on selfishness and the world today and the influence and effects of technology on our lives.

Later on in the afternoon, the amazing race, titled iRace, kicked off with teams scrambling to look for clues to finishing first. Each clue stop had verses from the Bible that led them to their next location.

The last dinner was served late Saturday evening that consisted of succulent chicken, vegies and gravy, followed by an all ice-cream dessert. Once dinner was over, campers made their way to a bonfire for a short talk from Rev’d Father John Kushaba, hymns and toasted marshmallows. Youth then made their way to their lodges for free time before lights went out for an early Sunday morning Eucharistic Liturgy which was consecrated by Rev’d Father Narsai Youkhanis.

The Eucharistic Liturgy took place at the Valley Chapel that was surrounded by greenery and a lake. The youth partook in the body and blood of Christ to the angelic hymns of the church choir and the beautiful scent of holy incense.

After the Eucharistic Liturgy, breakfast was served, followed by a short break for campers to pack their belongings and regroup one last time. Youth had their last lunch, got back into their groups and were each presented with a card picturing His Beatitude Mar Yosip Khnanisho, the late Metropolitan of Iraq and revered saint of the Holy Church. Before departure, individual colour group photos were taken, followed by a large group photo that concluded the retreat and saw campers board the buses with new friendships and stronger faith.

By Emmanuel Brikha

Commemoration of Mar Yousip Khnanisho

Please be reminded that HB Mar Meelis Zaia AM Metropolitan will celebrate the Holy Raza this Sunday(14/07/2013) at St Hurmizd’s Cathedral, 8:30am.
 
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