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On Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September the parish rector presided at services for the Afterfeast of the Dormition and in honour of the Holy Martyr Andrew Stratelates and the 2,593 soldiers martyred with him in Cilicia, c. 284-305.  Praying in church on Saturday evening were Priest Seraphim Slade and his wife Helen of the Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco Chapel in Gunning, NSW, and the Australian Orthodox Indigenous Mission.  Father Seraphim concelebrated at Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning.  Following the service on Sunday the parish Ladies’ Auxiliary had a Father’s Day BBQ.  Later in the day, the parish rector baptised Alina Lisnyy, the infant daughter of Serg Lisnyy and Shantle Merrick.  Alina was given the name Elena in baptism in honour of Saint Elena the Empress.  Her godparents were Andrei Lazebnyk, Bianca Merrick and Torey-Ann Parkes.  May God grant his newly baptised handmaiden many years!

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