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 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
Friday 3 July-Saturday 5 July: Commemorating Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco in Gunning, NSW
On Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia will celebrate the memory of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco, the great hierarch and wonderworker whose incorrupt relics lie in the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco. In the Australian-New Zealand Diocese, this feast-day is also the patronal feast of the Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco Australian Orthodox Indigenous Mission in Gunning, NSW. This year, the festive services - at which His Grace, Bishop George of Canberra will preside - will be held in Saint Edmund's Anglican Church in Gunning. More information is available here, and directions to the church are available here.
Our next services:4-5 July, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 4 July and Divine Liturgy at 9.00a, on Sunday 5 July, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of Hieromartyr Eusebius, Bishop of Samosata (+380 AD).
Useful information about when weddings can be celebrated, together with a list of available dates in 2015 and 2016 - 28/06/2015
In conjunction with Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Wallsend, our parish has developed and published a list of Sundays and Fridays on which weddings can be celebrated in 2015 and 2016, together with an explanation of the reasons why weddings cannot be celebrated on certain days and dates and during certain seasons. This information, which can be accessed either here or via our ‘Needs’ page under ‘Weddings’, has been prepared to help our parishioners and friends when planning weddings in parishes of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. Should anyone have any questions about this information, please contact us.
Services on 20-21 June, the Third Sunday after Pentecost - 21/06/2015
On Saturday 20 June and Sunday 21 June we had services for the Third Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Great-Martyr Theodore the General (“Stratelates”) (+319AD). It being the Apostles’ Fast, a number of people took the opportunity to confess and receive the Holy Mysteries. Following Divine Liturgy, the rector announced that a fragment of the relics of Great-Martyr Panteleimon, a gift to our parish from Metropolitan Hilarion, had been enshrined in a small reliquary and placed in the case enclosing the main parish icon of our heavenly protector. He asked that when venerating the relics, the faithful particularly pray for Vladyka Hilarion, his health having been poor in recent weeks.
The June 2015 meeting of the Parish Council - 16/06/2015
The Parish Council met on Tuesday 16 June 2015. The customary pastoral, financial and administrative reports were presented. Plans for the celebration Sunday 9 August of the parish’s patronal feast of Saint Panteleimon were discussed, as were preparations for the end of the financial year and the convening of a parish Annual General Meeting. Applications for the renewal of parish membership were considered and approved, and a report on the life of the Saint Seraphim Community Russian School in Hornsby was given by Reader Paul Douriaguine, the School’s Principal and a member of the Parish Council. The Parish Council plans to meet next on Tuesday 14 July 2015.
Services on 6-7 June, the Sunday of All Saints and Day of Youth of the Russian Church Abroad - 07/06/2015
On Saturday 6 June and Sunday 7 June we had services for the First Sunday after Pentecost, the day of commemoration of All Saints. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, special prayers were offered for the youth of our parish and Diocese, it being the Day of Youth of the Russian Church Abroad, and for Deacon Martin Naef and his family, travelling overseas. Receiving Holy Communion for the first time on this day was the newly-baptised Anna Izmestyeva. At the Prayer before the Amvon, the parish rector read the prayer of blessing over newly-framed icons of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker and of All Saints of Ugreshk, gifts to our parish from Rimma Nagikh and her family.