Saint Panteleimon's is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving the New South Wales Central Coast and the northern suburbs of Sydney. We are a parish of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church. Established in 2000, our parish is one of the newest in our Diocese. Download an English-language copy of our current Schedule of Services (Spring 2015) in PDF format here. A Russian-language copy of the current Schedule of Services can be downloaded here.
Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church
4/7 Comserv Close; WEST GOSFORD, NSW 2256 Australia Detailed Map
Services on 14-15 November, the commemoration of the Holy Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Anempodistus, Aphthonius, and Elpidephorus - 15/11/2015
On Saturday 14 November and Sunday 15 November we had services for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, Anempodistus, Aphthonius, and Elpidephorus (+ c.341-345 AD). In his sermon the rector spoke of the steadfastness of the martyrs Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus, all servants in the court of the Persian King Sapor, and of how their example led to the conversion of Aphthonius, a pagan, and the encouragement of Elpidephorus, a Christian. He encouraged the faithful to be similarly steadfast in difficult times and so serve as an example to Christians and non-Christians alike. As the faithful came to the Cross a collection for the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia was taken up. This collection, customarily taken up in all parishes of our Diocese each year during November, raised $382.00.
A wedding - Arthur Tane and Natasha Markuardt - 01/11/2015
On Sunday 1 November the parish rector presided at the wedding of Arthur Tane and Natasha Markuardt in the presence of a small group of family and friends at our church in West Gosford. A visiting choir sang beautifully under the direction of Andrei Lapteff. We warmly congratulate Arthur and Natasha on their marriage and wish them many years of happiness together!
Services on 30 October-1 November, the commemoration of Saint John of Kronstadt - 01/11/2015
On Saturday 30 October and Sunday 1 November we had services for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Saint John of Kronstadt. After an absence of one month whilst travelling abroad, the parish rector presided at these services. Following the dismissal at Divine Liturgy an announcement was made concerning the forthcoming Diocesan-wide collection for the Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.
Services on 18 October - 18/10/2015
On Sunday 18 October we had services for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost and for the commemoration of the Holy Hierarchs and Wonderworkers of Moscow: Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Phillip, Macarius, Job, Hermogen, Philaret, Innocent, Macarius, Tikhon and Peter. In the absence of the rector who was visiting the Ufa Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church as part of a delegation accompanying the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, Archpriest Ljubomir Dvojakovski again presided at Divine Liturgy. As our long-serving choir director Olga Itsikson remains unwell, Matushka Marie Carles directed the choir. Father Ljubomir gave an edifying sermon on the theme of the Gospel of the day (Luke 6:31-36) in Russian and in English, encouraging the faithful to keep Christ’s commandment to love their enemies, assuring them that the Lord himself would give them strength for this. Following the service, Father Martin made an announcement concerning the Annual General Meeting and planned activities of Diocesan charitable organisation Orthodox Action.
Our annual October Long Weekend BBQ and picnic - 05/10/2015
On Monday 5 October, a warm and cloudless spring day and the Labour Day public holiday in New South Wales, approximately sixty parishioners and friends gathered at Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach, for our annual BBQ and picnic day. The adults relaxed and socialised in the shade of the beautiful Moreton Bay figs while the children played in and on the water. Many thanks to Rick Golovin, Craig Koppman and all who helped on the day!
Services on 4 October - 04/10/2015
On Sunday 4 October we had services for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and for the Leave-taking of the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. In the absence of the rector who was visiting the Yekaterinburg Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church as part of a delegation accompanying the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, Archpriest Ljubomir Dvojakovski presided at Divine Liturgy. The choir sang under the direction of Matushka Marie Carles, long-serving choir director Olga Itsikson being absent because of illness. At the end of the service Father Ljubomir gave a sermon in Russian and in English.
"Remember your leaders": The fortieth anniversary of the repose of Archpriest Rostislav Gan - 01/11/2015
On Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia will prayerfully commemorate the fortieth annversary of the repose of Archpriest Rostislav Gan, an influential spiritual father, exemplary pastor and noted liturgist who was a priest in China before serving as rector of the Protection of the Holy Virgin parish in Cabramatta for over 20 years. Further information is available in English here and in Russian here.
Russian Orthodox Kids' Camp, 13-19 December 2015 - 30/08/2015
A group of young families associated primarily with the Protection of the Holy Virgin parish in Cabramatta, NSW, is organising a camp for children and young people aged 7-17 to be held in Toukley, NSW - here on the Central Coast - from 13 December - 19 December 2015. For those interested, more information is available here. It should be noted that this year the Diocesan Teen Retreat - for young people aged 14-17 - will be held in on the Queensland Sunshine Coast from 20 December - 24 December.
2015 Annual Diocesan Teen Retreat - 01/11/2015
This year our Diocese will hold its fifth annual Orthodox Teen Retreat. Established in 2011, our Diocesan Teen Retreats cater for young people aged 14-17. After three years in Sydney and one in Melbourne, this year’s Teen Retreat will be held on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast from Sunday 20 December until Thursday 24 December. For more information visit www.teenretreat.info.
Fifty-First Annual Diocesan Youth Conference, 26-31 December 2015 - 01/11/2015
This year our Diocese will also hold its fifty-first consecutive annual Diocesan youth conference or "Syezd". Established in 1965 at the instigation of the ever-memorable Archbishop Sava (Raevsky, +1976), these conferences have been an important spiritual and social event for the youth of our Diocese ever since. This year’s conference – the theme of which is ‘The Apocalypse’ – will be held from 26-31 December in Melbourne and is open to young people aged 18 and over. For more information visit www.syezd.info.