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On Saturday 4 January 2014 there were two baptisms in our parish. The first, in the mroning, was of Cheryl Hayward, a young woman preparing for marriage in our church in February 2014. In baptism, Cheryl received the name Juliana in honour of the Righteous Juliana of Lazarevo. Her sponsor at baptism was Anka Radmanovich. We congratulate the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Juliana on her reception in the Holy Orthodox Church, and pray that God will grant her many years.  The second baptism, that afternoon, was of Dominic Rahim, the infant son of Reza Rahim and our choir conductor Nataliya Rahim. Dominic, who is a younger brother to Alexander, received the name Domety in baptism. His godparents were Alexander Drobyshev and Ksenia East. Our warmest congratulations to Reza, Nataliya, Alexander and Ksenia. May God grant his newly-baptised servant Domety many years!  On this day we also received nine beautiful new white sticharia for our altar-servers. These sticharia, the work of Mother Christina of the Presentation of the Mother of God Convent in Bungarby, NSW, were brought to us by Anka Radmanovich and Anna Shatrov, visiting Newcastle for the first of the baptisms that day. After the baptismal services Father James read the prayers of blessing over the new sticharia, and they were set aside in readiness for the Nativity services. Mother Christina is now working on new gold and red vestments for us.

Two baptisms, and our new white sticharia - 04/01/2014

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