A N N O U N C E M E N T – I N V I T A T I O N
“Then the people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.” (Matthew 19: 13)
The Community of Saint Barnabas exercising its pastoral work, offers catechism to the children of school age. This task takes place in the church during the Divine Liturgy. At this point I would like to stress that the land where we live as immigrants, in contrast to the little villages of our origin, unfortunately has great distances between the places we live and the places of worship of each community and parish. Therefore it is not possible for the children to come to church simply for the lesson of Catechism. Thus in the community of St Barnabas, the teaching of catechism is offered towards the end of the Divine Liturgy within the church service, having as audience not only the children but the whole of the congregation.
The participation of the children in the catechism is a matter which depends primarily on the attitude of the parents. The children will attend lessons as well as the Divine Liturgy if the family comes to church with their children. During the current year humanity experienced in various countries, actions of anarchy and moods of destruction. It is generally accepted that those were due to the children who were deprived from religious education and in our case became estranged from the Greek Orthodox and classical culture where the long-standing values are maintained.
We therefore warmly invite all the families to lead their children to Church, if possible, every Sunday. The children receive brief lessons given by the clergy of the community, as follows:
a) St Barnabas Church 10.20 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
b) St Mary’s Cathedral 11.40 a.m. – 11.50 a.m.
We advise the parents to give the opportunity to their children to participate as much as they can, to receive sufficient religious education, to gain ecclesiastical experiences and learn the truths of the Gospel. In this way they can cultivate their inner being in the correct manner.
With these few words we greet you and look forward to your willing co-operation and your immediate response to the Church’s invitation.
Best wishes and blessings in the Lord,
31st October 2011 † Bishop Athanasios of Tropaeou