View this email in your browser
Dear members, friends and supporters,

Kindly find our weekly Newsletter.

Also find attached the Diocese Weekly Newsletter. 
Issue 531 
Also find attached the Diocese Weekly Newsletter. 
Issue 532 
Also find attached the Diocese Weekly Newsletter. 
Issue 533 
Also find the link to the monthly Newsletter Pimonakhos of St Shenouda Monastery in NSW

P.S. If any of your family and/or friends is interested to join the Church mailing list, please send his/her e-mail address to  
 With Regards, Administration Team

Week # 43                       28 October 2015

"تَوَكَّلْ عَلَى الرَّبِّ بِكُلِّ قَلْبِكَ وَعَلَى فَهْمِكَ لاَ تَعْتَمِدْ"
 (أمثال 5:3)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding"
   (Proverbs 3:5)


An Historic Day in Our Local Parish Welcome Fr. David

عظة روحية للبابا تواضروس الثاني

تذكار القديسين 

Saint of the week

Words with Meanings

كلمات ذات معنى

Ecumenical News
EN 01 Together Advancing Women
EN 02 Lecture on the Forgotten Genocide
EN 0
3 Meeting of the Representatives of the Anglican- Oriental Orthodox Churches
EN 0
4 Council of Churches 
Church & Politics
CP 01 Opportunity to support Peter Abetz
CP 02 The greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion' Mother Teresa
CP 03 Archbishop Porteous in the dock...
CP 04 If a school girl is harmed by the government's chest-binding advice, who is liable?
CP 05 How the same-sex marriage lobby is wasting state parliament's time
CP 06 Top doc. fired for pointing out health risks of gay sex makes last-ditch appeal for his job
CP 07 How pokies are designed so that the house always wins
CP 08 Parramatta shooting: Gunman identified as Farhad Kalil Mohammad Jabar
CP 09 Malcolm Turnbull WILL NOT be kicking out Hizb-Ut Tahrir from Australia
CP 10 Putin warns this is "Holy War" with warning he will shoot down Aussie F18s over Syria
CP 11 Wichita State U: Muslims take over school chapel, charge critics with "Islamophobia"
CP 12 Barnabas Persecution Update

Church & Community
CC 01 OMI alert: Expanding career options for women-Scholarship Program Application
CC 02 OMI alert: Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) - John Gibson Community Leadership Grant
CC 03 OMI alert: Latest information on Australia's response to Syrian crisis
CC 04
 OMI alert: Australian Day Awards
CC 05
 OMI alert: Youth Leadership Development Workshops 

Church News

CN 01 The Official Celebration for Fr. David
CN 02 Congratulations From Peter Abetz
CN 03 First Elections Ever in the Church

CN 04 Visiting Priests 
CN 05 Committee Meeting
CN 06 Service SI Meeting
CN 07 Coptic Heroes Share Their Crystal Hearts With The Needy Walking 100 KM With OXFAM  
CN 08 Coptic Brave People Did Their Best To Save Life At OXFAM
CN 09 OXFAM 2015: A successful journey
CN 1Upcoming Events
CN 11 Tutoring Programs: St Mark School
CN 12 Database Update Campaign
CN 13 Book Shop

Copts Social News
CSN 01 New Baby's Arrival
CSN 02 Weddings
CSN 03 Get Well Soon
CSN 04 Condolences

Real Estate and Housing
RE 01 Real Estate Corner

Our Newsletter
NL 01 Gold lampstand

The Church depends on your generous donations
Commonwealth Bank   
Church Management Account
BSB   : 066000
ACC# : 11065204

School Building Fund Account ($2 or more is TAX deductable)
BSB   : 066000
ACC# : 11065239
Lord Brethren Account
BSB   : 066000
ACC# : 11122205
Property Management Account
BSB   : 066000
ACC# : 11065220

New Flag of Our Church

Our Graphic Designers suggested the above image to be the flag of our local church, your feedback is much appreciated.
Holy Liturgy
Every Sunday
08:30 - 11:30 PM

Every Saturday Evening
06:30 - 07:00 PM
Weekly Arabic Bible Study

Every Saturday Evening
06:30 - 08:00 PM

Midnight Praises
Every Saturday Evening
08:00 - 10:00 PM

English Bible Study
Every Tuesday Evening 
07:00 - 08:00 PM

Discipleship Course
Every Tuesday Evening 
06:00 - 08:30 PM

Weekly Prayer Meeting
Every Wednesday Evening
06:30 - 07:30 PM
Back to Contents
St Steven's Hymns and Rituals Meeting

Every Saturday 5:30 PM        
To get updated, join viber (Deacons-St Mary &
Click FB Icon to join our page

Back to Contents

Servants Meeting

Every Sunday
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Back to Contents


Every Friday Night
7:30 - 9:00 PM

Back to Contents

Confession Table

This week TBA
Next week TBA

Ground Cleaning Table

This week TBA
Next week TBA

Cleaning Roster

This week   TBA

Next week  TBA

Kitchen Roster

This week   TBA
Next week  TBA

Back to Contents

Voice of the Copts
Every Tuesday
1:00pm – 1:30pm EN
1:30pm – 2:30pm AR

Skype Arabic Bible Study
Thursday from 7:00 till 08:30 PM
Account: Masee7i

CCCP  “Coptic Communication Channel in PERTH”
It is a Viber group to communicate through. Dr. Eihab Bolous & Ms. Emmy Attia are the admin of the group. If you are a member in the group you are able to add others.

Back to Contents

New Church Bus Service

Dear All Church Members,
Kindly note that the Church will have a new bus service for the families who attend St Mary Church from the Northern Suburbs for Saturdays and Sundays starting the 4th of  October. For more info, please contact Deacon Mina Shakir  0401 544 111. 

Are you interested in joining the panel of the interim consultants affiliated to the church executive committee – 2015?

The Executive Committee in its last meeting decided to invite any candidate who is interested in serving as a consultant to the Executive Committee till the forthcoming official elections. The anticipated elections is going to be sometime next year after the approval of the amended constitution.
Your role will be to give a professional advice to the committee and execute the instructions of it. You will attend certain committee meetings upon request by it. Everyone, including current consultants, are invited to fill an application form. The form is available here or in the Church. For any queries, please contact Fr. Abram Abdelmalek

Back to Contents

An Historic Day in Our Local Parish
Welcome Fr. David

On Saturday 10th of October, we were blessed to welcome Fr. David Kamel at St. Mary & Archangel Michael Church. Fr. Abram, the Deacons  and the congregation gave a warm welcoming to Fr. David.
At the airport some of the congregation received him together with Fr. Macarios Wahba; the Vicar General of the Diocese on behalf of His Grace Bishop Suriel. They then then escorted theim to the Church where Fr. David prayed the Thanks giving prayer among the joy of the people. 
Afterwards, Fr Abram welcomed them at his place where they had lunch together with many parishioners.
In the evening, all went to Church to pray the vespers. After vespers, Fr. Macarios gave a talk in which he read the "Letter of Assignment" by His Grace Bishop Suriel. Deacon Eihab Bolous, Acting Church Secretary, then welcomed Fr. David on behalf of the committee, deacons and servants. Fr. David delivered a beautiful talk regarding his vision in serving at the Church. Finally Fr. Abram gave a speech to welcome him as a father and brother in the service. 

The clergy spent fantastic time with the congregation who prepared a luxurious dinner to welcome their new father.

They all celebrated the liturgy on the following day where Fr. Macarious delivered a spiritual talk and read again the "Letter of Assignment"

It was really an historic joyous day in the life of our local parish.

Note: Typo
A typo regarding Fr. David's wife name occurred in our last issue. Her true name is Tasoni Fayza. 
Sorry for the mistake.

Fr. David Contact Details
Below are the contacts for Fr. David:
Mob: 04 0202 6799


 العظة الأسبوعية 

للبابا تواضروس الثاني

الإنسان كيف يسلك
Spiritual Talk
         تأمل دعني ارتمي في حضنك       
للأنبا رافائيل       

تذكار قديسين الاسبوع القادم        

10 أكتوبر
29 توت استشهاد القديسة اربسيما العذراء و من معها 
استشهاد القديسة فبرونيا
12 أكتوبر
01 بابه استشهاد القديسة انسطاسيا الرومية سنة 250 م
14 أكتوبر
03 بابه نياحة البابا سيمون الثاني البطريرك الحادي و الخمسون
استشهاد القديس يوحنا الجندي
نياحة القديسة ثاؤدورا الملكة
استشهاد القديس اورسوس و القديس بقطر من الفرفة الطيبية
15 أكتوبر
04 بابه استشهاد القديس واخس رفيق القديس سارجيوس
16 أكتوبر
05 بابه استشهاد القديس بولس بطريرك القسطنطينية
17 أكتوبر
06 بابه استشهاد القديسة حنة ام صموئيل النبي

Back to Contents

Saint of the Week

The Departure of the Righteous Hannah, Mother of Samuel, the Prophet

This just woman was of the tribe of Levi. Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, married her. He also had another wife whose name was Peninnah. Hannah had no children because she was barren. Peninnah was always reviling her because she had no children. Hannah wept and did not eat.

Read More

Back to Contents

سـيرة قـديـس هذا الأسبوع


نياحة الصديقة حنة أم صموئيل النبي

هذه البارة كانت من سبط لاوي، وتزوج بها القانه بن يروحام وكانت له زوجة أخرى اسمها فننة. ولم يكن لحنة ولد، لأنها كانت عاقرا. وكانت فننة تعيرها في كل وقت بعدم النسل، فبكت حنة ولم تأكل.

 إقرأ المزيد 

العودة للمحتويات

Words with Meaning
By Fr Abram Abdelmalek
  • If you cannot stop doing mistakes, try to change them to realization.
  • Sighing in exasperation does not show annoyance as much as it shows weakness of faith.
  • Difference between the evil and poor in spirit is that the first dog licks his blood, and the second dog lick his wounds.
  • The one who is proud of sin, is proud of being cursed.
  •  In the past selling lands was considered a shame, but nowadays even selling honour is not considered shame.

كلمات ذات معني

للقس إبرام عبد الملك

  • إذا لم تستطع الا تخطئ، فعلي الأقل حاول ان تحول أخطاءك الي نجاحات.
  • التأفف لا يظهر الضجر بقدر ما يظهر قلة الإيمان.
  • الفرق بين الشرير و المسكين هو ان الأول: الكلاب تلحس دمه، و الأخير الكلاب تلحس قروحه.
  • الذي يفتخر بالخطية، يفتخر بأنه ملعون.
  • كان قديماً بيع الأرض عاراً... أما الآن فلا  يعتبر حتي بيع العرض عارا.

Together Advancing Women

160 Christian women attended a prayers meeting at Karrinyup Country Club on Saturday 17 October. The theme of the meeting was the character of the Bee Hive with all the different member to work in harmony as members in the body of Christ. Women from different churches and walks of life praying for the unity of the church in perth. 


Sixteen women from the Coptic Orthodox Churches in Perth attended this event.

Lecture on the Forgotten Genocide 

A lecture is to be convyed on Sayfo {The Syriac Genocide 1915) under the title "The Centenary of the 1915 'Forgotten Genocide': A Syriac/Aramaic Perspective. JCIPP - Friday 23 OCT 2015 - at 4:00 pm 
Dr. Theodora Issa    

Meeting of the Representatives of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Churches - 4th Session of the Commission on Theological Dialogue 


The Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Inter-national Commission held its fourth meeting from the 5-10th October 2015 at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Wales. This fourth session (the first was held in 2002 at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin) was devoted to understanding the role of the Holy Spirit in the Anglican and Oriental Orthodox traditions. A formal document on the subject will be published and released in the near future.

The Commission discussed the present situation of Christians in the Middle East and heard reports on the difficulties facing Churches, particularly in Syria and Iraq. There was a consideration of the most practical ways in which the Anglican Communion in its various countries could respond effectively to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.
The Commission also marked the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide. The connection between W.E. Gladstone, former Prime Minister, and the Armenians whom he defended
during their sufferings in the 1890s, was commemorated in St Deiniol’s Church, Hawarden. The Revd Dr. Patrick Thomas gave a presentation on his book, Remembering the Armenian Genocide 1915, which was appreciated by the Commission.
The fifth meeting of the Commission will take place in Antelias, Lebanon, from the 24th to 29th October 2016, hosted by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Commission thanked the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for the mutual understanding and friendship that was experienced and shared, and looks forward to continuing its work.
The Armenian Apostolic Church participated in the 4th session of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Committee. Attending were His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin); His Eminence Archbishop Nareg Alemezian (Great House of Cilicia); Very Rev. Fr. Shahe Ananyan, Director of the Ecumenical Relations Department (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin); Very Rev. Fr. Housig Mardirossian, Director of Ecumenical Relations Office (Great House of Cilicia).

Read More

Back to Contents

Newsletter 7 October 2015 



Back to Contents

Opportunity to support Peter Abetz

As running an election campaign takes a lot of money. So Mr. Peter do a few fundraising events each year, and he is doing a quiz night later this month. If anybody wants to enjoy quiz nights, might like to make up a table. It will be a great fun night, and at the same time help Mr. Peter raise the funds he needs for the election campaign in March 2017. 
Date: Friday Oct 30th
Time: 6.30 pm for 7 pm start
Where: Amherst Village Community Centre, Cnr Warton Rd and Holmes St, Southern River.
Cost: $20 per person
Book your place or a table (10) by emailing  or phone Peter on 0409 076 155.

Back to Contents

The greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion' Mother Teresa

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

The last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand, “Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me.” Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, “Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me.” These will ask Him, “When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?” And Jesus will answer them, “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me!"

Lachlan Dunjey 

Read More

Back to Contents

Archbishop Porteous in the dock... 

A complaint has been lodged, under Tasmania’s anti-discrimination law, against Hobart’s Catholic Archbishop, Julian Porteous, for distributing, though Catholic schools, the brochure Don’t Mess with Marriage which is a statement on the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage.


If the Federal government is to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, then it will need to have enabling legislation that, among other things, sets aside (suspends) state laws that could be used to silence the debate on marriage.

1. In your own words, please email:
  •  Your local federal MP here
  •  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull here
  •  Attorney General George Brandis

2. Support Archbishop Porteous with a short letter of support.   Also consider sending a copy your email to the local Catholic bishop in your area (regardless of your religious persuasion). See list of emails for contacting Porteous' colleagues below.

3. Write to local and state newspapers pointing out that the attempt to prosecute Archbishop Porteous is an attack on freedom of speech. This is intolerance. Tolerance is the foundation principle of a liberal democracy.
Ask how a federal plebiscite on marriage can be debated if state anti-discrimination laws are used to attack people supporting man+woman marriage?

If a school girl is harmed by the government’s chest-binding advice, who is liable?

 Many people are wondering if same-sex marriage is legislated, what comes next?

What will kids be taught in school?

The King and King story-book in Massachusetts primary schools is but one example of the teaching of inappropriate concepts to children in the wake of same-sex marriage.
But one doesn’t have to look overseas or even beyond the legal redefinition of marriage here to get a foretaste of what is to come.

Read More

Back to Contents

How the same-sex marriage lobby is wasting state parliaments’ time

Recently new Greens leader Cassy O’Connor tabled a motion 

seeking the Tasmanian Parliaments’ in principle 

support for ‘marriage equality’. The motion could be voted on as early as this Wednesday afternoon.
I have written to every State Liberal Party MP in Tasmania asking them to vote against the motion.

Read More

Back to Contents

Top doc. fired for pointing out health risks of gay sex makes last-ditch appeal for his job


Dr. Paul Church is one of the most respected urologists in the United States. The 65-year-old Harvard Medical School instructor and 30-year surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has conducted live-saving research on prostate cancer and other diseases.

Read More

Back to Contents

How pokies are designed so that the house always wins




They’re rigged, they’re addictive and they’re everywhere. Worst of all, they target the poorest Australians. For the first time, the masterminds behind the machines reveal how they’re programmed for addiction. Called Ka-Ching!, this powerful documentary shows how our governments became the biggest addicts of all.

Read More
See the video

Back to Contents

Parramatta shooting: Gunman identified as Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar

The 15-year-old boy who shot dead a NSW police employee outside the force's headquarters had not come to the attention of counter terrorism police before he carried out the "politically motivated" attack.

High school student Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar shot dead police accountant Curtis Cheng, 58, from behind and at close range outside police headquarters at Parramatta at 4.30pm on Friday.

Read More
Back to Contents

Malcolm Turnbull WILL NOT be Kicking out Hizb-Ut Tahrir from Australia

THE federal government is set to abandon plans to ban fundamentalist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir from Australia and use new laws making it illegal to preach genocide as a mechanism to control the organisation.

How is Hizb-Ut Tahrir allowed to stay in our country when it is banned in numerous countries across the globe. How many sleeper cells does Hizb-Ut Tahrir have in Australia? How many future attacks that WILL occur in Australia will be found to be linked to Hizb-Ut Tahrir??!!

Read More
Back to Contents

Putin warns this is “Holy War” with warning he will shoot down Aussie F18s over Syria


The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is reporting today that not only has the Federation refused to accede to NATO’s demands to curb the furious airstrikes pummeling Islamic terror forces in Syria, it will “soon” greatly increase them as this conflict is now being openly described in the Kremlin as a “Holy War” to protect the Christian peoples in this region from being exterminated.

Read More
Back to Contents

Wichita State U: Muslims take over school chapel, charge critics with “Islamophobia”       


What chapel can the Christians use? Who cares? The demands of multiculturalism have been satisfied, and that’s all that matters.
“Minority Muslim students take over Christian chapel in Kansas university,” by Hazel Torres, Christian Today, October 9, 2015:
"Right in the American Heartland, in the state of Kansas, a minority group of Muslim students have succeeded in taking over what used to be the Christian chapel of their university to the dismay of the school’s majority Christian population".

Read More
Back to Contents


Bangladeshi pastor survives knife attack in his home

Read More

US gunman targeted Christians in college shooting
Read More

Muslim teachers beat Pakistani Christian head teacher in violent attack
Read More

Indian evangelists arrested and accused under anti-conversion law
Read More

Pakistani Supreme Court says criticism of blasphemy does not amount to blasphemy
Read More

Pastor Saeed Abedini shocked with taser gun and threatened with new charges
Read More

Lebanon’s refugee crisis places strain on minority Christian community
Read More

Pakistan – Pakistan’s top military officials warn Christians of Islamist terror plans
Read More

Syria – Islamic State militants issuedhimma contract for kidnapped Syrian Christians
Read More

Nepal – Nepalese churches attacked after assembly rejected Hindu nation proposal
Read More

Pakistan – Pakistan honour attack leaves Christian husband dead after wife renounces Islam
Read More

Laos – Police in Laos arrest two believers for spreading Christianity
Read More

Cambodia – Cambodia orders Vietnamese Christian Montagnards to return home despite persecution
Read More

Bring hope to the bereaved families of faithful Christian martyrs
Read More

Assyrian Christians in Sweden tremble as Islamic State paints their buildings with threats
Read More

Islamic State fighters execute three Christian hostages in Syria and vow to kill 180
Read More

Islamist mob attacks churches in Indonesia 
Read More

Syrian Christian captives crucified for refusing to deny Christ, but another Christian leader is released
Read More

Sri Lankan pastor's home attacked and set on fire 
Read More

Syrian Christians are getting a "raw deal", says leading Jewish Peer
Read More

Help feed displaced Christians in the Central African Republic
Read More

Editorial: Turkey exposed
Read More

Indonesian authorities tear down churches at the demand of Muslim hardliners
Read More

Aasia Bibi placed in solitary confinement over fears for her life
Read More

Mob prevents Christian family from burying their deceased in Sri Lankan town
Read More

Islamic State frees 50 Christian hostages in Syria
Read More

One conviction overturned for Sudanese woman sentenced to 20 lashes
Read More

Blockade at India-Nepal border after Nepal approves secular status, not Hindu
Read More

URGENT – AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIANS MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY to rescue our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria: a 5-minute email could truly save lives

The Australian government has pledged to take in 12,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria. Originally they said that priority would be given to Christians; then this was changed to priority for “persecuted minorities”. We have a short window of opportunity to influence the choosing of the 12,000.
Please ask your church members to take a few minutes to write or email their own local MP to urge that Christians – perhaps the most persecuted minority of the Middle East – are included in the 12,000. A suggested letter can be downloaded
(click here), but it is more effective if people use their own words. Those who have time could visit their MP in person.
Can you put this in your church’s pew-sheets on Sunday? You could include the suggested letter and the contact details of the MP for the constituency where your church is located.
(Visit to find your local member).
Can your church sponsor/propose a Christian family from Iraq or Syria? Contact Jude Simion at Barnabas Fund’s Operations Office in Sydney for more information on how to do this and what is involved. ( or phone 02 82124142)
Forward this email to your friends. Spread the message in any other way you can.
We need to act now. When the 12,000 visas have been issued, it will be too late.

Back to Contents

OMI alert: Expanding career options for women- Scholarship Program Application

The State Government is encouraging women to take up non-traditional industries and trades and occupations where women currently make up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce.

Up to 400 scholarships - over four years - to the value of $3 000 each, will be available to women over the age of 18 who have left school and who undertake training at Certificate III level or above in eligible qualifications. 
There are up to 100 scholarships available for 2016.
This scholarship program is a joint initiative of the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Construction Training Fund.
The program will enable women to develop skills and gain qualifications in highly sought-after trade and industry areas, such as construction, agriculture, aviation and engineering, giving them opportunities to build a rewarding career.
Scholarships are available to women and employers planning to train in more than 170 eligible qualifications. Women, and employers of eligible women, are encouraged to apply.
For more information please access the Department of Training and Workforce Development website or phone 6551 5365.
Applications close Saturday 31 October 2015

Back to Contents

OMI alert: Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) - John Gibson Community Leadership Grant

Applications are now open for the John Gibson Community Leadership Grant.

The RCOA John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant supports advocates from refugee backgrounds to take part in high-level international advocacy on refugee issues.
One advocate is selected each year to join the Australian non-government organisation (NGO) team at the annual consultations between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs in Geneva, Switzerland.
The consultations bring together NGOs from around the world and provide a forum to network, gather and share information, hear about new policies and best practice, discuss protection gaps and identify joint solutions.
Participation in these meetings also provides opportunities for high-level advocacy through side meetings with UNHCR personnel, government representatives and other key players.
The theme for next year’s UNHCR NGO Consultations is ‘Youth and Adolescents’.
The 2016 recipient will need to commit to approximately eight days in Geneva with exact days to be confirmed at least including 13–18 June 2016.
The recipient of the grant will have the opportunity to raise issues and concerns with senior UNHCR personnel, liaise with NGO representatives from around the world and learn about current and emerging issues in international refugee protection.
Applications close Thursday 29 October 2015.
For more information about this opportunity please read the 
Call for Applications here
Back to Contents

OMI alert: Latest information on Australia's response to Syrian crisis

Comprehensive information about the Syrian/Iraqi humanitarian crisis and Australia’s response is now available on the Department of Social Services (DSS) website at

On 9 September this year, the Prime Minister announced support for the relocation of up to 12,000 Syrian refugees to Australia. Of this number, Western Australia will be taking approximately 1000 refugees.
Priority will be given to those who are considered to be most vulnerable, such as women, children and families, and persecuted minorities who have the least prospect of returning safely to their homes.
The conflicts currently occurring in Syria and Iraq represent one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time, with more than 11 million people having been displaced.
The DSS website outlines the background to the crisis, what Australia is doing to help and how communities and individuals can assist.
Contact information for Humanitarian Settlement Services in each State is also available.
Information on the Syrian/Iraqi humanitarian crisis including information on Humanitarian Settlement Services in WA and advice on what you can do to help:
Western Australian State Government agencies are working closely with non-government organisations and others to ensure delivery of high quality, culturally appropriate and inclusive services to ensure new arrivals are able to participate in Australian society as quickly as possible.
Local governments are also being consulted and have offered support.
Offers of support can be made by emailing

Back to Contents

OMI alert:  Australia Day Awards

Nominations are now open for the Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards 2016.
These awards are intended to recognise community members and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the local community.
Nominations are invited for the following categories:
Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a person under 25 years
Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a person of 25 years or over
Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for a community group or event.
Award recipients will be selected from people and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during 2015, or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years through active involvement.
The online nomination forms can be found here
Nominations close 5.00pmFriday 27 November 2015.

Back to Contents

OMI alert:  Youth Leadership Development Workshops

OMI is hosting a series of free workshops designed to help young people aged 18-25 from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds gain the skills and knowledge needed to become effective leaders in the community.
The youth leadership workshops are designed to support emerging and current youth leaders who are passionate about making a positive difference in the community.
These FREE full-day workshops are held by industry professionals who will share their knowledge and experience.
Workshop topics include:
Facilitation skills - learn how to confidently facilitate discussions in a range of contexts, such as forums, consultations and meetings
Project management - learn how to successfully plan and complete a project from start to finish.
Please see the course flyer for further information about the course content, session dates and eligibility.
All workshops will take place on Saturdays at Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street, Perth conveniently located near the Perth Train Station.

Back to Contents

The Official Welcoming Celebration for Fr. David

St Mary & Archangel Michael Church held an official welcome for Fr. David on Sunday 18th of October. The celebration started at 2:00 pm. There were many dignitaries from other denominations attended the celebration; amongest them were:
1- The Very Rev. Fr. Khori-episcopos Boutros Toma Issa from the Syrian Orthodox Church in WA with his family and many of his congregation.

2- Rev. Fr. Assefa Weldmariam from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahido Church in Perth with some of his family members and some parishioners.

3- Fr. Robel from Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahido Church and his family.

4- Fr.Siltane Gebremichael from the Eritrean Orthodox Tawahido Church and many members of the Eritrean community.

5- Fr. Joman Thomas from the Syrian Indian Jacobite Church in Perth with some representatives from the committee of the church.

6- Pastor Youssef Mikhail from the Arabic Apostolic Christian Church in Perth with his family and many parishioners.

7- Deacon Theodore Issa the President of the Council of Churches of WA (CCWA).

8- Dr. Theodora Issa member in the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Rev. Fathers Boutros, Assefa, Siltane, David and Abram delivered speeches that were suitable for the occasion intervaled by the "Hoas Erof" Coptic Choir.

Rev. Fr. Boutros Isaa  deliver his speech


Rev. Fr. Assefa  Weldmariam giving his speech


Fr. Siltane Gebremichael addressing the Church


Fr. David Kamel speak to the audience

Rev. Fr. Abram Abdelmalek concluding the speaches

The Hoas Erof Choir celebrated Fr. David's arrival


After the talks and the hymns, everyone enjoyed a meal on the honour of Fr. David.


Thank you to all who attended, it was a great celebration, May GOD bless Fr. David's service.

Congratulations From Peter Abetz

Mr. Peter Abetz Congratulates Fr. Abram for the new Priest Fr. David Kamel in a letter as follows:

Dear Father Abram,

It must be wonderful news to you that you will have another priest to work alongside you for the well being of your congregation! 
I look forward to meeting  Father David Kamel in the future. I trust the service today was  a very special one!
Every blessing


First Elections Ever in the Church

Keep this date in your diary 13th of December will be the first election in our church. It is very important for you to participate in this. Worth mentioning that the current committee is consisted of Mr. Adil Shihata the Secretary and Mr. Mounir Garas the Treasurer. They both have been assigned to their positions by the trice-blessed the Late Fr. Theodosius El-Anba Bishoy in 1991. This means that they have been serving the church in their capacity for the past 25 years. Currently Mr. Garas does not fully participate in the committee because of is circumstances. It is early to give them a big Thank You. We will save this after the committee has been elected.
Fr. Abram took the blessings of His Grace Bishop Suriel to start the election procedures.

If you would like to know more about the Elections please click the links below.

Presentation for Church Committee Elections (Power Point)

 Election General Information-Congregation:

1- General Meeting

2- Instruction Sheet for Committee Board Elections-Memo

Visiting Priests

We were blessed by the presence of our beloved Father: 
Rev Fr. Luke Sorsok of St Anthony & Archangel Michael Church, Oakleigh, VIC. Blessed us with his service at the holy liturgy on Sun. 04th of October, May God bless his service.

We were blessed by the presence of our beloved Father:
Rev Fr. Macarius Wahba of St Mary Church, Kensington, VIC. Blessed us with his service at the holy liturgy on Sun. 11th of October, May God bless his service.

Committee Meeting

The Committee has gathered on Tuesday 20th of October to welcome Fr. David and to discuss the forthcoming election, financial situation, among many other issues. Mr. Hany Sherif the accountant also attended the meeting. 

Service SI Meeting

The Sunday School Super Intendent held their monthly meeting at Abouna Abram's house on the 2nd of October, were they discussed few important matters e.g: budgeting and planning, communication and feed back, safety, health and security, some discussions on the upcoming primary school camp took place.


By the grace of God, on Friday 09th till Sunday the 11th October the Church youth and congregation participated in a fundraising event to help tackle poverty.  With God’s blessings and effort the groups raised over $4200.00 towards the cause. The event was a 100km walk organized by Oxfam, with 12 participants from St Mary’s Outreach Service making up three teams of four.

With thanks to Abuna  Abraam, The spiritual theme behind the event was “building the Church of God”, to learn that Jesus Christ is our foundation and cornerstone support upon which nothing else can be built. That the Church is the body of Christ and Jesus is the head; with each individual being a member with talents to serve the purpose and good will of God.
Amongst our team of walkers, where the incredible support crew who worked tirelessly around the clock to make sure everyone was safe, nourished and able to continue at the check points. Truly they were the backbone of the teams without which no one would have finished the journey. We thank you immensely for your love, support, ice buckets and dinner table setting!     

We believe that all participants gave their best and in some way all finished the race because they gave the best of their ability. We want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers from Oxfam; the physiotherapists, podiatrists, massage therapists and all the wonderful volunteers that made it worthwhile and enjoyable showing us Christian love in turn.
In all we learnt to spiritually work as a team, to carry our Cross and to strive, whilst helping others carry their Cross. We commend everyone who helped make the event possible through donations and support.
We give thanks to the glory of God, St Mary, the angels and saints who brought us through safely.


If you would like to know more about OXFAM Australia please click the link below:



The true colours of Christianity became vivid and overwhelming when our Good Samaritans SMOS Team ‘A’ (Dahlia, Mary-Ann, Margaret & Fady) who went over and above the call of duty, and gathered much grace and strength to pull in deep out of the harshest of conditions in altruistic love to walk a 1000miles emotionally, physically and psychologically and do their very best for a stranger that sadly past away on the trail and that stranger was Christ. The team have professional counselling offered from Oxfam, and pastoral care from Church.


This is what the team said before the walk: “This will be a challenge for us in many ways, but we are ready to do something epic to fight poverty and injustice throughout the world. With the help of our walking poles and our support crew, we are determined to start together, stick together and cross the Finish line together!”. Indeed, you achieved all what you promised to achieve, but instead of crossing the finish line together, you crossed all the boundaries into our hearts.
We applaud you for your heroic efforts, greatly respect and admire you, especially for coming back to be our support team. We thank you immensely and aspire to be like you.
On a related account, SMOS has been in contact with the late trail walker’s wife to offer her support. An official delegation from SMOS attended the funeral last Monday. We will be always beside this family whenever they needed our support.

Matthew Ghobrial

OXFAM 2015: A successful journey

We thank our God's providential care and love and St Mary's motherly care looking out always over us and bringing us home safely and Abuna Abram for his full support and spiritual guidance.

Four teams of walkers, each is consisted of four members with a support crew participated in the OXFAM Trailwaker in Perth during the period of 9- 11 October 2015.
“Oxfam Trailwalker is not just a tough physical challenge, it is also a rewarding fundraising challenge, with teams raising vital funds to support people living in poverty around the world.” OXFAM website
“Oxfam Australia works with local communities to help them create their own sustainable solutions to poverty. Together, we are promoting education, ensuring access to clean water, teaching skills to grow food and advocating for their basic rights.” OXFAM website
The SMOS members who participated in this event learned in some form how to carry their cross and that of others selflessly through self-denial to share each other's pains and sufferings both willingly and unwillingly. “This experience helped us learn more about ourselves and others, and our goals in life” said Matthew Ghobreal, leader of SMOS WA. He added: “We wish to thank everyone who showed brilliant love, integrity and courage to strive 100% and come back to give the emotional, spiritual nourishment and body necessities to finish the spiritual race with one heart and one team as an impeccable family.”
Prior to the event, SMOS organised 2 BBQ fundraising at Bunnings. God bless those who helped.
Some of the highlights:
SMOS Team B showed charisma to keep pressing forward toward their goal and keep the end in sight like true athletes.
An amazing support team: Robbie (our physiotherapist) we cannot thank you enough. Robbie did not rub the feet of our teems only, but the feet of other teams, taking the Lord Jesus Christ as his role model. Also Marian, Michael roughing 48 hours with Maha, Elvira, Wafa, Elhamy, Dahlia, Mary-Ann, Margaret, Basim amongst some who were walkers; you were the key to your teams success and the back bone; we learnt the key to the Kingdom of Heaven from you. “For I was hungry and you fed Me, I was thirsty and you quenched My thirst, I was naked and you clothed Me”, and also I was injured and you nursed My wounds.


The OXFAM volunteers were nothing short of amazing people. Your patience, enthusiasm, kindness and care taught us personally a lot on how to be a better person and selflessly giving up their time in the name of poverty.
Building the Church
In all the theme of the journey is to build the Church. Each of the members walked with an angel by their side; encouraging and supporting each other along life's journey for every good work. With Jesus looking over them continually and watching their every move and thought.
We learnt that Christ is our foundation and corner stone and pillar of strength; continually serving and washing our feet so that we might do the same for others out of genuine love. without Him we could do nothing. I truly thank Jesus for all His care and long suffering in bearing our weaknesses.
We know that the Church is not a physical building but rather the body of Christ, with Christ as the head and each person a member in Christ a Holy Body sanctified in God to do for His good pleasure and not our own and esteeming each other better than ourselves in humility.
“St Mary's Outreach Service is a WA founded Christian group reaching out and giving a hand up to the homeless, elderly, orphanages, sick, refugees and prisoners in Australia and abroad.
We are committed to bringing the love of Jesus by works of charity as St Mary did without partiality or discrimination; showing our faith through action of good deeds.
This is our small way of supporting Oxfam help those suffering from poverty and walking in the less fortunate’ shoes.”
Matthew Ghobrial

Back to Contents


1- Primary Sunday School Camp

Primary Sunday School announcing Summer holiday camp for their children. strictly for years 3 through 6. On Saturday 18th to 20th December, at Bickley Recreation camp. It will cost $120 per child and $100 for siblings. Early bird rates can apply.
Registration forms are available with Sunday School servants. For more info, please contact your child Sunday school servants.

2-New Year's Competition

St Mary & Archangel Michael Church is organizing the annual New Year competition and it will be ready soon for those who interest to buy. 

Tutoring Programs: St Mark School

Saint Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church is proud to present to you the commencement of a tutoring program offered for students from Kindy to Year 12. Our tutoring program will provide assistance for the following subjects:
Math’s from Kindy-Year 12
English from Kindy-Year 9
Chemistry from Year 10-12
Human biology from Year 10-12
Physics from Year 10-12
Our tutoring program consists of tutors who are able to provide students with academic support. Tutoring lessons will be held at the church inside St. Demiana’s unit (venue maybe changed) every Saturday from 6-7pm. We would like to ask that the families of every student donate $5 every month, which will go towards stationary supplies for the students. If anyone is interested, there will be forms, which need to be filled out for each student in the family and handed to Mrs. Maggi Shihata along with the donation.

English for Adults 
In addition to our tutoring program for students from Kindy to Year 12, Mr. Peter Gellet has willingly volunteered to provide adults with English tutoring.
For more info, please contact 0432012836

MYOB Training
Mr. Michael Zacky has also offered to tutor anyone who would like assistance using the software program MYOB. 
For more info, please contact 0408867532

Database Update Campaign

Dear All Church Members,
Kindly note that the Church will have a campaign every week on Sunday after the holy liturgy to update the data and contacts for all church members.
Your cooperation will be much appreciated.
.New gift collection on display. please visit us

                                  New Baby's Arrival  

Congratulations to Smweil and Basma Abdelmalek on the the arrival of their baby boy.  

Back to Contents


Congratulations to Joseph and Rebecca on their wedding. May GOD bless their life. 

Congratulations also go to Fr. Asssefa and his family for the marriage of their  son Yohanes to Eden at USA


                                       Get Well Soon...
We pray for the speedy recovery for all of

Fr. Abram Abdelmalek
Youssef Beshay
Fady Asaad
Sandra Toma



On Saturday the 3rd of October Deacon Shawky Labib left this temporal world to inherit the everlasting eternity. Deacon Shawky Labib is the father of Mrs. Mary Shawky and the father in law of Dr. Sameh Maurice. We pray for the repose of his soul and condolences to his family and friends.

Sadly, the Mother of our dear Atef Aziz has passed away in Egypt 2 weeks ago left this temporal world to inherit the everlasting eternity. We pray for the repose of her soul and condolences to her family and friends.

We announce with sadness that Mr Naguib Rizkalla passed away last Thursday, father of Mr Ashraf & Dr Manal Rizkalla .
Funeral as follows:
1- Prayers at St Mark & St Goerge Church next Thursday 14:00.
2- Burial at Pinnaroo cemetery 15:30 pm.
3- The family shall receive condolences next Sunday at St Mark & St George Church from 12:00 to 15:30 pm.
Our sincere condolences to the whole family.


Most Common Topics I used to address as a REIWA member sitting on the hot chair of the public inquiry
REIWA’s phone line for information services (known as REIWA Public Inquiry) receives a variety of calls every day regarding rentals and sales. The most common topics being raised currently include break leases, bond disbursements, building inspection clauses and property faults known to the seller. 

Break leases 

People wanting to terminate a residential tenancy agreement prior to the agreed date on the lease continues to be a major issue. 

Tenants are encouraged to contact their property manager to discuss their requirements. Unless otherwise agreed they are required to continue with their lease obligations. If they do leave the premises prior to the termination date, the owner is entitled to claim damages they might suffer as a result of the breach. 

Examples of the types of cost that might arise from a break lease include, but are not limited to: rent, advertising expenses associated with finding a new tenant and the unexpired portion of any leasing fee charged by the property manager to the lessor. These costs may be charged until a new tenant moves in or the original tenancy expires. 

Part C of the tenancy agreement now carries a clear message about break leases in section 3 ‘Default, including wrongful termination of lease (i.e. break lease)’. 
Back to Contents
Our newsletter reaches now more than 6000 people; including Decision Makers & leaders at the 3 level of government, Parliamentarians, Politicians, Church Leaders & Clergy, and Media, in more than 45 countries around the world. It reaches the following countries:
Algeria Germany Jordan New Zealand Syria
Australia Greece Kenya Nigeria Thailand
Austria India Kuwait Palestine Tunisia
Belgium Iran Lebanon Qatar UAE
Canada Iraq Libya Romania UK
Cyprus Ireland Malta Russia Ukraine
Denmark Israel Mexico Saudi Arabia USA
Egypt Italy Morocco Sudan Vietnam
Ethiopia Japan Netherlands Sweden Yemen
Back to Contents
Copyright © 2014 Coptic Orthodox Church of WA, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are either a public figure, politician, media outlet, church leader or minister, or a subscriber, and we thought our views may of interest to you. Please feel free to unsubscribe if you find the Newsletter does not interest you. 
This email has been authorized by Fr Abram Abdelmalek.
This email may contain copyright material.
The sender does not guarantee the integrity of the email nor that is free from error, virus or interference.

Our mailing address is:
Coptic Orthodox Church of WA
318 Shepperton Rd.,
East Victoria Park
Perth, WA 6101
Telephone: 0894705715 - 0894705712 - 0894705717

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp