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Nebojsa Stefanovich

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From Easter celebrations to lockdown

Dear brothers and sisters, After celebrating Easter, St George and St Basil of Ostrog feasts like we usually did over the years, we are again harshly reminded that this last year and a half is extraordinary in our parish life on many levels.

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Theology Dinner in Rockbank

This Sunday, 11th of April, our parish priest Fr Petar Damnjanovic lectured at the Theology Dinner in the church of St Petka in Rockbank. This programme of services and lectures is traditionally held every year during Great Lent.

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The assembly report and the oath of the board

A month or so ago, on 14th of March, we held the Annual Church Community Assembly. Out of 90 members with paid membership fees, 57 were present and 25 written proxy forms have been submitted, giving us the quorum of 82 members eligible to vote.

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Call for help

In the spirt of the Lent, we are appealing for donations to our brother, Dusan Ostojic, who needs funding for the stem cell therapy as a last resort to address his advancing hereditary neurological disorder.

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Peter Khalil MP visit

On Thursday 8 April, our priests Fr Milorad and Fr Petar, together with Nebojsa Stefanovic, member of the Church Community Board, have met with Mr Peter Khalil, Federal Labor MP for Wills.

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Photo essay from the Theology dinner

Last night on Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, as part of the Lenten programme of services and lectures, Fr Aleksandar Savic, parish priest from the Keysborough Serbian Orthodox Church, has addressed the theological topic of the Church purpose and its role in our life (“There is no salvation outside of the Church”).

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Serbian school enrolment

The enrolment to our school of Serbian language is ongoing. Please check the new school section of our site for more information on how to enrol your children. Check out Fr Milorad’s interview on SBS radio about our school and our YouTube promotional video.

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Lockdown: services and school attendance

Due to announced return of pandemic restrictions, the church is again closed for the public until further notice. We will recommence the broadcast of the services for the duration of the lockdown.

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St Sava - school slava

Last night, our Serbian language school has celebrated its patron saint - St Sava, the founder of Serbian schools and education. The parents and children first gathered at Vespers service in memory of the first Serbian Archbishop.

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Theophany

The celebration of the Feast of Theophany of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was augmented by the traditional swimming event for the Holy Cross at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne this Tuesday, 19 January at 18:30.

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Swimming for the Holy Cross

On Tuesday 19th of January 2021 year of our Lord, on the day of Тheophany, we will conduct the Great Blessing of the Waters and swimming for the Holy Cross in Port Melbourne.

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Christmas Celebrations

Finally, after months of pandemic restrictions, we have met in great number and celebrated the most joyous Feast of Feasts - the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Herald #68 available for download

The latest Herald can be downloaded here. St Ambrose and Ven. Gregory of Gornjak The icon of invisible God by Fr Milorad Advice from Holy Fathers Thoughts for 20 December by St Nikolaj Velimirovic Schedule of forthcoming holidays

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Electronic record keeping

Please leave your name and phone number everytime you visit the church. The posters with instructions how to do it have been put up in the temple and the church hall.

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Herald #67 available for download

The latest Herald can be downloaded here. Bishop Siluan’s visit About protecting yourself with faith by Fr Milorad Holy Apostle St Andrew the First-Called Thoughts for 13 December by St Nikolaj Velimirovic Nativity Fast by Abbott Tryphoon

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Bishop Siluan visits our church and parish

His Grace Bishop Siluan of Australia and New Zealand has served the Archiepiscopal Liturgy on Sunday 6 December, in the church of Holy Trinity, Brunswick. The Bishop’s arrival in our temple was part of his canonical visit to Melbourne Deanery, after prolonged isolation due to coronavirus pandemic.

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Bishop Siluan serving the Liturgy tomorrow

A reminder that Bishop Siluan will be serving the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, 6 December, beginning at 10am. The reception for Vladyka and entrance into the church is scheduled about half an hour before.

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Parish Herald #64 and #65

In the new 65th issue of our Parish Herald you can read about: Patriarch Irinej’s funeral St Nikolaj’s thoughts for 29 November “You go, and do likewise” by Fr Milorad

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23-rd week after Pentecost

We thank all our parishioners who supplied the names for commemorations for liturgies last week and donated using our site kiosk: Aleksandra and Damir. 23 duhovi 0

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Learn Serbian over Skype with ASA

Academic Serbian Association (ASA) is the sole school accredited by Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Develoment for learning Serbian as a second language over Skype. They are also supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Jasenovac book promotion in Perth

With the blessings of His Grace Bishop Siluan, Serbs of Western Australia has organised an important promotion of the book “Jasenovac - Auschwitz of the Balkans: the Ustasha Empire of Cruelty” by Professor Dr Gideon Greif.

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Broadcast Schedule Change

As the anti-pandemic measures are gradually relaxed by the government over next couple of weeks, we will now reduce the frequency of the service broadcasts. From this week, we will NOT cover the Akathists on Thursdays and Vespers on Saturdays anymore.

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Article аbout our church in the Vesti newspaper

Yesterday, an article about our church has been published in the Australian edition of the Vesti newspaper, after the recent easing of the COVID restrictions in Melbourne and with more people allowed to participate at Sunday’s Liturgy.

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Weekly wrap: St Petka - 21st Sunday after Pentecost

We celebrated St Petka last week with a restricted number of parishioners who brought their slava cakes in the church. Monk Lazar from Elaine monastery served with our priests too. Merry Slava to all our parishioners who celebrate Venerable Mother Paraskeva!

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Byzanfest 2020

The online Orthodox film festival BYZANFEST 2020 starts on 23 October and finishes on 7 November. In this period, you can watch the festival movies at Vimeo streaming platform for free, or for an affordable $7 ticket which support the film makers to sustain the future of the Orthodox cinema.

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Weekly wrap: 19th Sunday after Pentecost

2021 calendars are now available: $10 - the pocket version $20 - the wall calendar Please contact the priests for details on how these can be obtained. We thank all our parishioners who supplied the names for commemorations on Sunday Liturgy and donated using our site kiosk: Aleksandra, Milkica, Dusanka, Marija A.

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Fr Milorad about God's calling

In the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit. Dear father Petar, dear brothers and sisters, It is often the case that the people who did not have anything to do with God or the Church, suddenly show interest in God and the Church.

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Memorial Service for the Departed and other news

On Saturday 10 October the Memorial Service for the Departed after the Divine Liturgy was served. A number of our parishioners have left the koliva (zhito, boiled wheat) and pogacha (bread) for priests the consencrate while commemorating the names of their departed loved ones.

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Parish Herald #57

In the new 57th issue of our Parish Herald you can read about: Holy Apostle Quadratus St Nikolaj’s thoughts for 4 October Commemoration of the Departed on Satruday before the Feast of St Michael

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What is prayer?

We bring you a short treatise on prayer from the latest 57th issue of the Herald. We hope you like it. The Herald will be available for download soon. Check out what Fr Milorad said about prayer at the Akathist this evening.

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

On Sunday 27 September the Divine Liturgy was served for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We thank all our parishioners for their candle donations using our site kiosk: Aleksandra, Damir, Dushanka and Nebojsha.

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Parish Herald #56

In the new 56th issue of our Parish Herald you can read about: The Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Bearing Cross The Secret of Holy Cross by Fr Milorad

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#55 Special Edition Parish Herald

The new 55th issue is the special edition of our Parish Herald honouring the Feast of Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. Enjoy the 52 pages in full colour containing the contributions from our parishioners, thelogical texts, news from our parish and numerous high-quality photos.

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Synaxis of Serbian Saints and Jasenovac Holy Martyrs

Yesterday, on 14th Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrated in prayer the Synaxis of Serbian Saints and the Feast of Jasenovac Holy Martyrs. We thank all our parishioners for their candle donations using our site kiosk: Aleksandra, Goran, Damir, Dobrila and Dusanka.

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Special issue of Parish Herald

For the Nativity of our Most Holy Mother of God on 21 September, we will publish the special issue of the Parish Herald, similar to the Easter edition. We will publish the electronic version as usual on the day.

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Holy Transfiguration Celebration

Today we celebrated the Holy Transfiguration Feast of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. You can read about this great feast in the 50th issue of our Herald. Check the broadcast recordings of last night vespers, where five breads were blessed, and today’s Liturgy, with the photos of blessing the grapes brought by our choristers.

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Talk with Fr Milorad Loncar

We talked with Fr Milorad Loncar, our Dean, about current pandemic and how it affects us, as we entered Dormition Fast. Hope you like it. Fr Milorad has been a priest for over forty years, serving on four continents: in Australia, South Africa, France and US.

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St Isaac Liturgy

We thank all parishioners who donated through our site: Maja, Dobrila, Gorica, Biljana and Aleksandra. 1st 2nd 3rd

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Dormition Fast

The Dormition Fast starts tomorrow, Friday 14th of August, and lasts for next two weeks, including the Feast day of Dormition of Most Holy Mother of God on 28th August when eating fish is allowed.

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Candle kiosk donations

We have received our first online donation at yesterday’s Liturgy, thanks to Cukanic family - may Lord plentifully return their kindness and support. Just a reminder to send your names for commemoration well before the Liturgy starts, so the priests have enough time to mention and include them during Proskomedia (Preparation of wine and bread for Eucharist).

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Youtube Services: Questions and Answers

Given we are in imposed isolation for at least some weeks and perhaps even - God forbid - longer, forcing us to gather in prayer to our Lord over the Internet instead in our church, here are the answers and recommendations of our priests on some questions and dilemmas arising from present situation.

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Back to full broadcast schedule

We are back to broadcasting all the weekly services during the reinstated 3rd phase of restrictions. We all need more prayers in the current circumstances. We would be also covering an additional service this week - the Memorial Service to General Draza Mihailovich on Friday 17 July.

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Phase 3 COVID restrictions

Due to Phase 3 COVID restrictions imposed by the government, our church is again closed for the public until further notice. More information on our COVID page. We will broadcast today’s Akathist to Most Holy Mother of God.

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Nativity of St John the Baptist

Today we celebrate the Nativity of St John the Baptist. The Liturgy of Catechumens was broadcast on our YouTube channel; a number of parishioners managed to attend. Merry Slava to all who celebrate their family Patron!

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Vidovdan Celebration

Due to current coronavirus restrictions, we have celebrated our greatest national Feast, Vidovdan, in prayer and by attending the Divine Liturgy. After the Liturgy, Panikhida was served for all the defenders who gave their life for Serbian faith and fatherland.

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2020 Parish Herald archive is available

You can now access the Parish Herald archive for 2020. Simply browse and click on the edition snapshot in order to download the PDF here. We recommend the 19 April Easter special edition with several interesting articles inside, including a very popular 1990s youth lecture in English, by Archimandrite Alexis Rosentool of ROCOR Bombala monastery, NSW.

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Broadcast Schedule Change

As the anti-pandemic measures are gradually relaxed by the government over next couple of weeks, we will now reduce the frequency of the service broadcasts. From next week, we will NOT cover the Akathists on Thursdays and Vespers on Saturdays anymore.

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PENTECOST MEMORIAL SERVICE PHOTOS

On Saturday, 6 June, we served the Pentecost Memorial Service in our church. In the continuation of the Divine Liturgy, Fr Milorad and Fr Petar held the Memorial Service, reading the names of our deceased parishioners and members of their families, submitted before the beginning of the service.

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Welcome to our Website

Dear brothers and sisters, Welcome to our new church site - it is still a work in progress; we will note here the updates as they unfold and the sections of the site are refined over following days and weeks.

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