Welcome to St Catherine's Parish - a canonical Orthodox Church serving the spiritual and community needs of Mascot and surrounding Districts. It functions through the authority of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
"With deep sadness and intense scepticism, I watched the conversion of Hagia Sophia from a world heritage museum to an Islamic mosque. The prayer itself was not of course the problem; the real problem was the blatant message of the event which was more political than religious. The obvious symbolism of the Imam holding the sword of conquest while ‘cursing’ anyone how would question the authority of Turkey as a conquering power over the monument was powerful and ominous. The symbolism of the event that took place on the date of the peace agreement between Greece and Turkey in Lausanne in 1923 could not be missed also."
A very thought provoking statement by Professor Vrasidas Karalis on the sad event of the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
If you are interested in finding out more about the magnificent history of Hagia Sophia please join us on Thursday 8th Oct. at 7pm. This event is organised by our Parish in conjunction with St. Andrew's Theological College and the Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies Department of Sydney University together with SUGS (Sydney University Greek Society).
Our three guest speakers are:
Professor Vrasidas Karalis(USYD)
Dr Mario Baghos (SAGOTC)
Dr Andrew Mellas (SAGOTC)
Registration for this event is essential! Please use the link below to register online. Due to Covid restrictions there are only 100 places! https://forms.gle/UbVrLfPi94g5p9SAA
THERE ARE ONLY 35 PLACES LEFT SO PLEASE REGISTER SOON SO YOU DO NOT MISS OUT!
Please join us NOW live on FOCUS as we get to hear about the lives of 3 saints- St Kassiani the Hymnographer, St Justin the Philosopher and St. John of Kronstandt.
At the end FOCUS will choose one of these Saints as its Patron.