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 (Summer 2016-17) 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 services: 17-18 December, the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Our next services will be All-night vigil at 6.00pm on Saturday 17 December and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 18 December, the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified.
An English-language moleben and akathist to the Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon
At 7.00pm on Thursday 22 December we will have a moleben and akathist to Saint Panteleimon. This service - brought forward by a week to accomodate the summer holiday period - will be entirely in English. At our akathists all of our parishioners, benefactors and friends are commemorated by name. Others wishing to be commemorated at this service – or who wish to put forward names for commemoration – are welcome to contact us. Our next Slavonic-language moleben and akathist will be in March 2017.
Our Summer 2016-17 Schedule of Services - 27/11/2016
Our Summer 2016-17 Schedule of Services - covering December, January and February - is now available in PDF format. A copy of the English-language Summer 2016-17 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Summer 2016-17 Schedule of Services is available here. Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies in both languages are available in church. We will have a number of important services this Summer - for Saint Herman of Alaska and Saint Seraphim of Sarov, for Christmas and Theophany, and more. Please join us!
The repose and funeral of Helen Leidl - 23/11/2016
On 12 November 2016 we learned with sadness of the sudden repose on the previous day of one of our oldest parishioners, Helen Leidl. Born Princess Helena Tmiro-Chestohin, the daughter of Prince Valerian P. Khan Tmiro-Chestohin and Princess Maria Feodorovna, in Tientsin, China, on 28 August 1935, Helen grew up in Shanghai, later emigrating to Australia. Here she married Kurt Leidl (d. 2006) and bore three children: Peter, Anthony (d. 1984), and Suzanne. A quiet and unassuming woman, and one of the original members of the Russian Orthodox community here on the Central Coast, Helen had been with us in church on Sunday 6 November, just a few days before her repose. Her funeral was served in our church on Wednesday 23 November 2016, after which she was laid to rest beside her husband and their son at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Leppington, NSW. May God give her rest!
Services on 19-20 November, the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost - 20/11/2016
On Saturday 19 November and Sunday 20 November we had services for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Venerable Lazarus the wonderworker of Mount Galesion near Ephesus (+1053 AD) and the Thirty-Three Maryrs of Melitene (+3rd C. AD). Father Martin - newly elevated to the rank of protodeacon - was unable to be with us, having agreed to assist at Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Archangel Michael parish in Blacktown, NSW. Immediately after Divine Liturgy a memorial litia was served for the newly-reposed Helen Leidl. Afterwards, all enjoyed piroshki freshly cooked by our hard-working Ladies' Auxiliary and helpers.
The Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly and the celebration of 20 years of Metropolitan Hilarion's service in Australia - 19/11/2016
From Wednesday 16 November until Saturday 19 November 2016, representatives of our parish participated in the work of the Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia and in commemorative events marking the twentieth anniversary of Metropolitan Hilarion's appointment as Ruling Bishop. At Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Thursday 17 November our clergy Priest James Carles and Deacon Martin Naef were raised to the rank of archpriest and protodeacon respectively for their service to the Holy Orthodox Church. Attending the festive banquet held in Metropolitan Hilarion's honour that evening were Father James, Father Martin and his wife Tatiana, parish delegates Anna Kourbatov and Anne Nielsen, and parishioners Bill Reid, Lilija Sile and Angelika Puzhak.
Services on 5-6 November, the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost - 06/11/2016
On Saturday 5 November and Sunday 6 November we had services for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy Martyr Arethas of Omir and the 4,299 martyrs with him (+523 AD). Receiving Holy Communion for the first time at Divine Liturgy was the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Natalia Lucas. In his sermon the parish rector spoke of the example in Saint Arethas of taking up one's cross and of confessing Christ before men (Matthew 10:32-33,37-38, 19:27-30 - the Gospel reading appointed for the saints).
Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp, 11-17 December 2016 - 20/10/2016
A group of young families working under the auspices of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin parish in Cabramatta, NSW, is organising a camp for children and young people aged 8-17 to be held in Toukley, NSW - here on the Central Coast - from 11 December - 17 December 2016. For those interested, more information is available here. This year the Diocesan Teen Retreat - for young people aged 13-17 - will be held on the Queensland Sunshine Coast from 19 December - 23 December.