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
Our next service: 18 October, the commemoration of the Holy Hierarchs of Moscow
Our next service will be Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 18 October, the Twenitieth Sunday after Pentecost and the commemoration of the Holy Hierarchs of Moscow. In the rector's absence, Archpriest Ljubomir Dvojakovski will preside at Divine Liturgy on this day.
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of our parish - 20/09/2015
On Sunday 20 September our parish held its 2015 Annual General Meeting. The 2015 Annual Report was presented and accepted, a Parish Council for 2015-16 was elected, and two new Child Safety Contact Persons were appointed. Those elected to the Parish Council were Rick Golovin, Kate Marcotrigiano, Bill Reid, Anna Kourbatov, Reader Paul Douriaguine and Anne Nielsen, and Matushka Marie Carles and Sophia Captain were appointed to be Child Safety Contact Persons. We now await Bishop George’s ratification of the decisions of the Parish Council.
Services on 19-20 September, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 20/09/2015
On Saturday 19 September and Sunday 20 September we had services for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, for the Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, and in honour of the Martyr Sozont (+304). Following the Prayer before the Amvon, the parish rector read the prayers of blessing over a new oil lamp to be hung before the icon of Saint Panteleimon, a representation of the Crucifixion of Christ (a “Golgotha”) for our new memorial table, and two new bookmarks for the Holy Gospel. These items were a gift to the parish from Ekaterina Waters, a parishioner who had recently returned from a brief trip to Russia. At the end of the service the third and final announcement concerning the parish Annual General Meeting was made, and many people gathered in the parish hall to enjoy meat, potato, cabbage and apple piroshki freshly cooked by our Ladies’ Auxiliary.
Our 2015 Annual Report - 14/09/2015
Our 2015 Annual Report, including the independently audited 2014-15 Financial Statements, is now available. The 2015 Annual Report will be presented to our parish Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming Sunday, 20 September 2015. A copy of the report is available in PDF form here. Printed copies will be posted to parish members prior to the meeting so as to allow adequate time for careful perusal. We encourage our parishioners and friends with questions or comments to contact us.
The September 2015 meeting of the Parish Council - 08/09/2015
On Tuesday 8 September the 2014-15 Parish Council met for the final time. In addition to the usual business, the Parish Council evaluated the celebrations of the feast-day of Saint Panteleimon on 8-9 August; reviewed and endorsed the draft 2015 Annual Report; discussed arrangements for the rector’s absence during October 2015; and finalised plans for the parish Annual General Meeting on Sunday 20 September. God willing, the 2015-16 Parish Council will meet for the first time in November 2015.
Services on 5-6 September, the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 06/09/2015
On Saturday 5 September and Sunday 6 September we had services for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Hieromartyr Eutyches (+ 1st C.). Saint Eutyches was a disciple of the Apostle and Evangelist John and a companion of the Apostle Paul. Receiving Holy Communion for the first time at Divine Liturgy was the newly-baptised infant Mila Kobeleff. The appointed reading from the Gospel was the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). In his sermon, the rector spoke of the need to weave by one’s manner of life a garment fitting for the eternal wedding feast to which all are invited. Following the service, the second announcement concerning the forthcoming parish Annual General Meeting was made.
A baptism - Mila Kobeleff - 03/09/2015
On Thursday 3 September the parish rector baptised Mila Kobeleff, the infant daughter and first child of Daniel and Megan Kobeleff. Mila, who was baptised in honour of the Holy Martyr Ludmilla, princess of the Czechs, had as her sponsors at Holy Baptism Stephen and Alicia Owen and Alexander and Nadine Lucas. We offer warm congratulations to Mila's parents and godparents, and wish the newly-baptised handmaiden of God many years!
Father James Carles to travel abroad in September-October 2015 - 30/08/2015
From Monday 28 September until Thursday 29 October 2015, our parish rector will be travelling abroad as part of a delegation of clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia accompanying a visit of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God to the Yekaterinburg and Ufa Dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church. Other participants in the delegation include His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese; Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko (a cleric of the Western American Diocese and rector of the parish of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, California); Archpriest Vladimir Boikov (a cleric of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese and Dean of New Zealand); and Protodeacon Alexander Kichakov (a cleric of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America and senior deacon of the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois). The delegation will meet in San Francisco and venerate the incorrupt relics of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco before travelling to Russia. The official visit will begin in Yekaterinburg on Thursday 1 October and end in Ufa on Thursday 22 October. Following this, Father James will return to the United States and visit places of significance in the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.
Appeal for assistance in purchasing property for a permanent church in Gosford - 19/07/2015
Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church was formed by a small group of people living on the NSW Central Coast. The first services were held in November 2000, and by the end of 2003 our community had grown sufficiently to purchase premises in West Gosford for a parish centre. There, as many know, our parish has established a small temporary church and hall and a vibrant parish life that includes a regular pattern of divine services and social activities. A loan of $125,000 obtained in 2003 to purchase these premises was paid off in full in 2008, some 9 years early, and our parish has since saved a further $60,000 in its “Future Fund”.
During the course of 2014 our parish celebrated ten years of parish life in West Gosford. Looking back over all that has been achieved since November 2000 and giving thanks to God, we nevertheless continue to plan for the future, hoping in time to construct a permanent church in traditional Russian Orthodox style. The first step towards this is the acquisition of a suitable block of land, something likely to cost around $400,000. It is with this first step in mind and with the blessing of the Diocesan authorities that our parish now turns to the faithful of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia and to all our friends, seeking assistance.
Our Parish Council has resolved to set aside $40,000 from the “Future Fund” for the purpose of property acquisition, ten per cent of the required amount. Families within the parish have already pledged contributions of $1000. If 400 families or individuals across the Diocese could be found to contribute such an amount our goal would soon be reached, and the next important step in the life of our parish could be taken.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! Please give prayerful consideration to our appeal, and help us bring this project to fruition. Any help that you can give, whether great or small, will be most welcome. We assure all those who assist our parish of our prayers for their health and salvation. May the Lord bless you!
For more information, please contact us. A Russian-language version of this appeal is available here. Donations can be made in person at church, by direct deposit to our building fund account, Westpac 032-523 28-9049, or by using the Paypal "donate" icon on the left-land side of this page.
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.