Welcome to ACOY Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania
For state-specific events, see individual state pages for information, registration and calendars.
ACOY Annual Ball - A Night in Gold - May 14th
Saint George Reception Centre
~ Our most anticipated event of the year ~
RETREAT NSW 2016
SAVE THE DATE! 26 February 2016 - 28 February 2016
Final details coming soon. More information contact:
- Linda Inati:0410 181 909
- Johnathan Barhoumeh: 0410 800 340
To Register visit www.acoy.org.au/nsw-retreat.php
QLD Retreat 2016
The first retreat hosted and held in QLD in our Archdiocese’s history
Work, family, friends, Church.
Our lives are a network of complex relationships. We’re currently living in a hyper-connected society where communication is instant although at times superficial and empty.
What should our relationship be between us and our friends, work colleges, business, family, spouses, the saints, ourselves and ultimately with our God? What should our relationships serve to fulfil in our lives?
What should we expect from them and what should we put into them? Come January 29-31st 2016 to the first ever ACOY youth retreat in Queensland with guest speakers Fr Jean Mawal (Melbourne), Fr James Savage (Brisbane) and MORE to learn what God had revealed to us about real, living relationships throughout the ages.
Where Beach meets the Bush, the Greek Orthodox Retreat Centre on Bribie Island is a fantastic venue for this exciting occasion.
We warmly welcome you to this unique event and ask you to extend this invitation with your parish. All are welcome although Pre-registration and pre-payment is necessary.
The cost of $120 per person and covers accommodation, meals and a T-shirt. Transport from the airport can be arranged by us as well so please contact one of the organisers below once you have booked.
Please visit the Queensland ACOY website to REGISTER and stay tuned to this page for any updates.
Payment details are as follows:
- Account Name: ST PAULS ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
- BSB: 084391
- Account No: 826207972
- Reference: Your Full Name
For more information please feel free to contact:
- Matthew Novic- 0434 148 279 or
- Michael Khouri- 0432 199 991.
In the Love of Christ,
ACOY Annual State Conference 2015 (NSW)
You are cordially invited to our Annual State Conference to be held on November 20-21st held at the Antiochian Village in Goulburn. As per previous years, we will focus on the teachings of our patron, Saint John Chrysostom, and in particular his teachings on Virginity and Marriage.
This years topics will focus on Orthodox Christian Marriage, the debate on same-sex marriage, and how we as Orthodox Christians can deal with the critics.
The confirmed speakers for this year are:
- Very Reverend Father Jean Mawal (Melbourne)
- Reverened Father Isaac Zghaib (Sydney)
We kindly ask that you promote the benefits of attending this retreat to your congregation as they take part in a historical event for our Archdiocese being the first St John Chrysostom Retreat held at the Village.
Momentum is building and we there are more exciting developments to come, so please visit the Sydney ACOY Facebook page or www.acoy.org.au/ConferenceNSW2015 for more information and registration.
All are welcome, though REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT are compulsory for attendance as catering and accomodation is limited.
Yours in Christ,
Event Organisers- Annual State Conference 2015 (NSW)
The Official Consecration of “Antiochian Village”, Australia
Join us this weekend for the inauguration and blessing of the Antiochian Village. More details can be found on http://www.antiochianvillage.org.au/. Here is an extract:
- Saturday 24th October 2015
- 13 Kenmore Street, Goulburn, NSW.
- 2 hours from Sydney.
- 6.5 hours from Melbourne.
His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba is happy to announce the consecration of the Antiochian Village.
The Village is situated in Goulburn (Sydney) and offers our youth a living experience of the Holy Orthodox Faith in a safe and natural environment.
Its mission is the commitment ‘to change the lives of people by providing true Christian hospitality in an Orthodox spiritual environment.’
A Matins service and Divine Liturgy will be held prior with dinner to follow.
All are invited to attend, please check with your local parish clergy for any bus services.
A bus is being organised from Melbourne for a group of faithful heading up together with the clergy.
Please contact either Father George Nasr or Father George Tahan if you are interested in attending.
From the office of the Archdiocese.
LIVING THE MYSTERY
“Every sacrament puts us in touch with Christ”
The ACOY VIC Retreat 2015 is in full swing. This year we have moved to a new venue, PGL Campaspe Downs, which has some fantastic facilities and also activities to break up our sessions.
Antiochian Village presents St Anna’s Feast Day
Join us this Saturday the 25th of July to celebrate the feast day of St Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary and the Grandmother of Jesus Christ.
This will be at the Antiochian Village in Goulburn
- Starting at 10:30am with a divine liturgy,
- Followed by lunch and fellowship.
- No need to register, just come down on the day.
- Contact your parish priest or Jason Israel on 0433-236-143 for more details.
We hope to see you there.
ACOY ANNUAL WINTER WONDERLAND BALL IS HERE.
This year will be bigger and better than ever before!
Movie Night!When: Saturday, June 20th (From 5pm-8pm)
Where: Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church
11 Henry Street Punchbowl
Cost: A donation of your choice to go to Paradise Kids 4 Africa
Pizza, Popcorn, Drinks and Muffins will be available for purchase.
About this Night
All proceeds go to ParadiseKids4Africa to help feed, clothe and educate the children of Sierra Leone.
This African nation has been severely affected by the Ebola Virus leaving many orphans.
Please check out their website at: http://paradise4kids.org
RSVP/Contact: Victoria- 0414 547 842
A Short Movie Review
Do your teachers and friends challenge the existence of God? ‘God’s Not Dead’ is the movie for you!
Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing,the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade.
As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class.
If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action.
The film will educate, entertain, and inspire movie-goers to explore what they really believe.
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