Lenten Homily 2017 of His Eminence Archbishop John of Charioupolis, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to the clergy, monks, nuns and the faithful of the Exarchate of the Orthodox parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe
Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, beloved in Christ,
CATECHETICAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE OPENING OF GREAT LENT + B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church May the Grace and Peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness be with you
The Annual Festival and Conference has been a great success at High Leigh each May. Parish and Community contributions have been a pivotal reason for this. We have been able to offer a subsidised fee for children, free places for the very young and the elderly and provide for them all an engaging and stimulating programme. Your contributions have also paid for helpers for the children's programme and assistance with bursaries for all requiring financial help.
This newsletter comes to you by way of wishing you all a 'Happy New Year!' and announcing that we are now ready to receive your applications to attend our annual Conference and Festival, which this year takes place from the 26th to the 29th May.
We are from the Teenage Programme from this year’s Conference, and in our workshops, we decided to start a charity effort to raise money to help those far less fortunate than ourselves. In the end, we chose to donate to help the emigrants fleeing their home countries. We want to make a difference to the lives of people who have little or nothing left - and we need the help of everyone to achieve this.