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Our next service: Vespers with the first Passia, Sunday 9 March
Our next service will be Vespers with the reading of the first Passia at 6.00 on Sunday 9 March. At the end of Vespers, Chapters 26 and 27 of Saint Matthew's Gospel will be read. The faithful are encouraged to bring their own Bibles or Gospel Books in order to better follow the reading. The service will finish soon after 7.00pm. Because of the closure of our church on 16 March for renovations, this is the only Passia service in our parish this year.
16 March 2014: Collection to assist Holy Trinity Seminary
In all parishes of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese, a manadatory collection is taken up on the first Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, to assist the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York. The Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary has a special place in the life of our Diocese, many of our priests and deacons having studied there. In our parish this year's collection will be taken up on the Second Sunday of Great Lent, Sunday 16 March. Contribution envelopes will be available in church as of Sunday 2 March. Those unable to be in church on Sunday 16 March day may make a donation directly to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary here.
Our Autumn 2014 Schedule of Services
Our Autumn 2014 Schedule of Services is now available in PDF format. A copy of the English-language Autumn 2014 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Autumn 2014 Schedule of Services is available here. Printed copies in both languages are also available in church.
Reminder: 2014 Parish Membership
It being well into a new year, parish members are asked to renew their membership, and regular worshippers are invited to consider becoming members. Detailed information about parish membership is available on our Administration page. The annual membership fee is $30.00. Membership is granted for a calendar year; that is, from January to December. New members gain the right to vote only after 6 months of membership. Those new members who transfer membership from another ROCOR parish may vote immediately. Paragraph 12 of the Normal Parish By-Laws requires any person wishing to become a member of a parish to make a written application to the Parish Council. To make this easier for everyone, our parish has developed an ‘Application for Parish Membership’ form. This form can be downloaded here.
The closure of our church for renovations: 16 March - 5 April
In order to undertake renovations and important maintenance work before Pascha and the celebration, later this year, of ten years of parish life at West Gosford, our church will be closed from the afternoon of Sunday 16 March until the morning of Saturday 5 April 2014. There will be no services in our parish during this time. We ask your forgiveness for any inconvenience.
Services during the First Week of Great Lent - 06/03/2014
At 7.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the First Week of Great Lent we had the service of Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete. The Odes of the Great Canon were read by the parish rector alternately in Slavonic and English, and of those who attended the services, many took the opportunity to assist with the reading of the psalms and prayers at Great Compline.
Services on 1-2 March, the Sunday of Forgiveness - 02/03/2014
On Saturday 1 March and Sunday 2 March we had services for the Sunday of Forgiveness and in honour of the Holy Hieromartyr Hermogenes (Ermogen), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. During the Augented Litany at Divine Liturgy, prayers were offered for the Ukrainian land and people and for the grievously ill Protodeacon Nicholas Triantafillidis, a well-known and greatly-respected former cleric of our Diocese now serving in the Cathedral of the Mother of God, “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in San Francisco. Vespers was served immediately after Divine Liturgy, followed by the rite of asking forgiveness. Many parishioners and friends then stayed behind to enjoy blini prepared by our Ladies’ Auxiliary and to prepare the church for the services during the first week of Great Lent.
A baptism - Alexander Sukhov - 23/02/2014
On Sunday 23 February the parish rector baptised Alexander Sukhov, the infant son of the late Igor Sukhov and his widow Natalia, and a baby brother to Victoria. Alexander's patron saint is the Holy Right-Believing Grand Duke Alexander Nevsky, and his godparents are Vitaly Brusentsev and Lilia Ishutina. We warmly congratulate Natalia, Vitaly and Lilia, and pray that God will grant his newly-baptised servant Alexander many years!
On Saturday 22 February the parish rector baptised the infant Maria, the second daughter of Eric and Katya Yakimov and a baby sister for Tatiana. Maria's patron saint is Saint Mary of Egypt, and her godparents are Veronica Paznikov and Alexis Yakimov. It was fitting that Maria's baptism was the one-hundredth in our church at West Gosford since it opened in April 2004: her great-grandfather Alexander Yakimov was the founding Starosta of our parish, he and his son Constantine Yakimov - Maria's grandfather - were builders of our church, and Eric was an altar-server both at the Narara Community Centre and at West Gosford. Congratulations to Eric, Katya, Veronica and Alexis. May God grant his newly-baptised handmaiden Maria many years!
Services on 15-16 February, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son - 16/02/2014
On Saturday 15 February and Sunday 16 February we had services for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son and for the Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord. Following the Prayer before the Amvon, the parish rector blessed two new icons, both gifts to our church. The first was an icon of Saint Pimen of Ugreshk (+1880), the long-serving abbot of the Nikolo-Ugreshky Monastery in Moscow glorified in 2004. This icon was a gift from Rimma Nagikh, whose grandson Daniel was baptised in our church in March 2013. The second was an icon of Saint Mary of Egypt and the Righteous Zosima. This icon was brought to us from the Holy Land by our parishioner Sergei Schreider. Through the prayers of Saints Pimen, Mary and Zosima, may God bless his servants Rimma and Sergei and their families!
The February 2014 meeting of the Parish Council - 11/02/2014
Our Parish Council held its February meeting on Tuesday 11 February 2014. As it was the eve of the fortieth day of John Gordeyeff's repose, "Eternal Memory" was sung after the opening prayer. The parish rector gave his customary report on the life of the parish and the Diocese, and the usual reports concerning parish finances and communications were considered. Arrangements were made to pay Haiti Orthodox Family Relief our parish's usual annual donation of US$1570.00, being US$1200.00 family sponsorship, US$120.00 towards debt reduction for our priests there, and US$250.00 towards a teacher's salary. The Parish Council will next meet on Tuesday 11 March 2014.
A moleben and akathist to Blessed Xenia of Saint Petersburg - 06/02/2014
On the evening of Thursday 6 February 2014, the day of commemoration of Blessed Xenia of Saint Petersburg, the heavenly patron of our Ladies’ Auxiliary and a beloved helper of many of our parishioners, a moleben and akathist to Blessed Xenia were served in our church. Following the moleben, many years was intoned for Ksenia Teliatnikova and Ksenia Shevchenko, two of our parishioners celebrating their name-day that day. Afterwards, most present remained behind to share tea and cake. Holy Blessed Mother Xenia, pray to God for us!
Services on 1-2 February, the Sunday of Zaccheus - 02/02/2014
On Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February we had services in honour of Saint Euthymius the Great (+473). At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the first of the readings from the Holy Gospel was that relating to Zaccheus (Luke 19:1-10), a model of repentance, customarily read on the last Sunday before the use of the Lenten Triodion begins. In his sermon, the parish rector spoke of how the Church was now turning us from the contemplation of the Incarnation of our Lord to our response to His coming amongst us. In accordance with Metropolitan Hilarion's request, following the service a collection was taken up to benefit the family of the infant Maxim Lvov. UPDATE: This collection raised $470.00.
Book Launch: 'Russian Embers: A Journey in Search of Home' - 02/03/2014
At 1.00pm on Saturday 15 March 2014 'Russian Embers: A Journey in Search of Home', a book written by our parishioner Anya Nielsen, will be launched at Book Bazaar, a bookshop in West Street, Umina Beach. The guest speaker at the launch will be Chis Holstein MP, the Member for Gosford in the NSW Legislative Assembly. Our parishioners and friends are welcome to attend. Those planning to do so should RSVP on 0415-479220.
"Save our Sacred Space": A campaign to preserve the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, NSW - 15/02/2014