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How to become a member of the Saint Mary’s parish

Rev. Dr. Doru Costache Parish Priest


n Romania, people do not regard the matter of becoming a member of an Orthodox parish necessarily as being of great importance. Everyone considers him/herself as belonging to the parish with or without being a registered member. In the diaspora communities, however, becoming a registered member of the Romanian Orthodox parish is valued and taken seriously. Australia, as a multicultural society that has abandoned a long time ago its assimilation politics, is a country where everyone can live and value his/her own spiritual, cultural and ethnic identity. Therefore, our parish is ready to accept requests for registration of members. Being a member of a religious community implies some conditions for the applicant, conditions which are not taken into account by the secular (lay) organisations. These refer to the fact that, according to the Holy Scripture, the Christian community, the Church, represents “a people belonging to God”, “a chosen people, royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2,9-10). A member of a parish has to take some Christian responsibilities within the community and the society. The applicants for membership with voting
photo courtesy Gabriel Diţu

rights of the Saint Mary’s parish can be Orthodox believers not formally affiliated to another Church community, as well as adults who have been converted to our faith. The ethnic origin, social status and sex make no criteria for obtaining membership with voting rights. The applicants have to fulfil the following conditions: (a) They shall know the Creed and its significance; (b) They shall participate in the holy liturgy (mass) and other activities in the parish; (c) They shall participate in the catechism / Christian education organised by the parish (after Friday night’s service), and (d) They shall confess or participate in the spiritual discussion with the parish priest. It is of great importance that the applicants should be recommended, by members of the parish, as living their lives according to the faith and the traditions of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The guaranty for the constitution of a healthy and prosperous community is given by these criteria which every member has to observe.
(English translation by Prof. Cristina Tănase)

spiritual springs

Saint Macarius the Egyptian
Simona & Emil Eracovici
Saint Macarius the Egyptian, celebrated by the Christian Orthodox Church on 19th of January, was born in northern Egypt around 300 A.D., to a Christian family. Following the death of his wife and his parents, he gave everything he owned to the poor and became a monk. He built himself a place in the desert where he lead an austere way of life, spending his days in prayers, with little food and working with his bare hands. But his peaceful life did not last long. One day he was wrongly accused of molesting a maid from a nearby village, for which he was mocked and beaten up savagely by the villagers. The girl, who became pregnant, could not give birth to her child until she confessed publicly that she lied and that the monk was innocent. The people wanted to praise Macarius for his patience and his humility, but he modestly run away in the desert, unwilling to enjoy veneration and fame. It was there in the desert where he met Saint Anthony the Great, becoming one of his close disciples. At the age of forty Macarius was blessed by God with the power of healing and prophecy, advising everyone who came to listen to his divinely enlightened wisdom, or looking for healings or blessings. Because there were so many people coming to listen to his words, he set up a guesthouse in the dessert for the pilgrims and for the sick. Saint Macarius passed away in 390 A.D., after a long life dedicated to God, leaving behind a book of fifty homilies. Once pious Macarius was asked: ‘How should we pray?’ He answered: ‘You don’t need to use many words, all you have to do is raise your hands to God and say ‘Have mercy on me, O God, as You will and as You know best’ and trust His wisdom. A young monk asked pious Macarius what to do to save his soul. The old man told him to go to the graveyard and insult the dead. So the young monk went to the graveyard and shouted insults and threw stones. When he came back to Macarius he was asked what did the dead say. ‘Nothing’ was his answer. ‘Then go tomorrow and praise them’ advised Macarius. The next day the young monk went to the graveyard and praised the dead all day, calling them saints, apostles and righteous, then returned to Macarius. He asked what did the dead say this time. ‘Nothing” said the young monk disappointed. The wise old man said ’First you insulted them, and they did not answer, then you praised them and they didn’t care; this is exactly what you should do if you want to save your soul, ignore both the insults and the praise of the people to be worthy of God’s Kingdom’.

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Diet, Exercise and Health
Dr. Emil Eracovici
A bad diet and lack of exercise are two very important factors that can lead to excessive weight, cardiovascular disease and general deterioration of our wellbeing. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise help prevent diseases like stroke, heart attack, hypertension and diabetes. And if you already suffer with one or more of these conditions, all the more reason to watch what you eat and to make up a diet plan and an exercise plan together with your family physician that will take into consideration your age, mobility, and the state of your health. Cooperation with a dietician and a physiotherapist can be of great help. There are two sides to our diet: quality and quantity. Quality wise we should eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, cereals, legumes and pasta, moderate amounts of lean meat (beef, skinless chicken), fish and dairy foods. Food like margarine, butter, sugar, cakes and soft drinks should be eaten in small amounts or even avoided. It is always a good idea to have your meat grilled or boiled rather than fried. One serving per day is sufficient and you should have two meat-free days every week. Have your dairy foods as low fat or skim (not in young children), as these are low in fat, but have plenty of calcium. Moderate amounts of olive oil in your salads are good for you, whereas

fried oil is unhealthy. As far as quantity is concerned, you should leave the table before you feel full. Learn to differentiate between hunger and craving, and only eat when feeling hungry. A piece of fruit or a glassful of water is perfect for a nibble between meals. To prevent temptation, do not keep any unhealthy snacks in the house. Avoid shopping when feeling hungry, and always have a list and stick to it. The benefits of exercise are endless. It increases the blood flow to the tissues, including brain and heart, increases the good cholesterol (HDL), flushes toxins from the body and keeps arteries healthy. The elderly and patients with chronic medical conditions can benefit enormously from exercise as long as it is initiated in collaboration with the family physician, as discussed above. Most medical authorities recommend 30 minutes of exercise per day. The same benefit can be achieved with three 10 minutes sessions if it fits better into your schedule. So choose your sport and get started. One of the most underestimated exercises is brisk walking, which can even be incorporated into your way to work, by parking your car a few streets away from your destination, and walking the last fifteen minutes. A healthy diet, regular exercise and good health go hand in hand and we must keep this equation in balance, remembering Saint Paul who said: ‘our body is the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in us’ (1 Corinthians 3,16-17).

Informaţii de la Consulatul General al României la Sydney
Actele necesare pentru redobândirea cetăţeniei române, de către persoanele care au pierdut cetăţenia română înainte de 22 decembrie 1989 şi de către descendenţii de gr. I şi II ai acestora naştere, căsătorie etc.), copii legalizate la Consulat pentru titulari şi ascendenţi (părinţi, bunici) foşti cetăţeni români. Dacă actele de stare civilă au fost întocmite în străinătate, se vor anexa şi traduceri legalizate în limba română; copiile şi traducerile legalizate notarial În conformitate cu art. 10 din Legea în ţara de reşedinţă vor fi, după caz, cetăţeniei române nr.21/1991, apostilate sau supralegalizate; republicată şi modificată prin O.U.G. - dovada scrisă (adeverinţă) privind data nr.43/29 mai 2003, actele necesare pierderii sau a ridicării neimputabile a redobândirii cetăţeniei române sunt cetăţeniei române sau că localitatea de următoarele: naştere s-a aflat pe teritoriul României - cererea de redobândire a cetăţeniei până în august 1940 (de la Direcţia de române şi lista cu date personale; Evidenţă Informatizată a Persoanei, - paşaportul original şi copie legalizată copia documentului de aprobare a de către Consulat; renunţării la cetăţenia română, alt - copie legalizată la Consulat a document eliberat de o autoritate buletinului sau a cărţii de identitate a competentă – ex. stare civilă, evidenţa soţului (pentru persoanele căsătorite cu populaţiei, primărie, arhivele statului, cetăţeni români); arhivele judeţene etc.), sau documente - cazier judiciar din România (valabil 3 personale; luni de la data emiterii); - declaraţie personală autentificată, din - cazier judiciar din străinătate (valabil 1 care să rezulte dacă solicitantul a mai an de la data emiterii), cu traducere în depus sau nu o altă cerere de limba română, legalizată la Consulat, şi redobândire a cetăţeniei române; fotocopia originalului; - declaraţie personala autentificată din - acte de stare civilă (certificat de care sa rezulte ca în prezent nu
Consulatul General al României, Sydney, Australia 84 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011 secretariat: tel 9331 87 99, fax 9357 15 65 secţia consulară: 8354 02 68 email: Dr. Ec. Ovidiu Grecea Consul general, şeful misiunii diplomatice acreditate luni-vineri: 09.00-17.00 audienţe (cu programare prin secretariat): 10.00-14.00 Dr. Ec. Viorel Predoşanu Consul economic, secţia comercială luni-vineri: 09.00-17.00 Dipl. Jurist Lavinia Toma Vice-consul secţia consulară / vize / notariat luni-vineri: 10.00-13.00 marţi, joi: 16.00-18.00 Tatiana Cosma secretariat luni-vineri: 09.00-17.00

întreprinde şi nu sprijină acţiuni împotriva ordinii de drept, ori a siguranţei naţionale, şi că nici în trecut nu a desfăşurat asemenea activităţi; - declaraţie scrisă personal, la depunerea cererii, din care să rezulte menţinerea domiciliului în străinătate sau stabilirea domiciliului în România. Aceeaşi opţiune se face şi pentru copiii minori pentru care se solicită redobândirea cetăţeniei române; - certificate de stare civilă în copii legalizate pentru copiii minori ai solicitanţilor şi consimţământul pentru obţinerea cetăţeniei române, dat prin declaraţie autentificată, de către minorii de peste 14 ani; - acordul soţilor pentru dobândirea cetăţeniei de către copiii minori, dat prin declaraţie autentificată. Important! Cererea se depune personal. Numai în cazuri temeinic justificate (dovedite cu înscris oficial) cererea se poate depune prin mandatar, cu procură specială şi autentificată. Cererile se primesc numai însoţite de toate documentele menţionate mai sus.

Consulate General of Romania (Sydney) Liviu Octavian Cruceanu

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