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Our next services: 6-7 December - Commemorating Great-Martyr Katherine of Alexandria
As a significant number of our parishioners bear the name of the Holy Great-Martyr Katherine of Alexandria, we will have services in her honour this year. On Friday 6 December we will have Matins at 7.00pm, and on Saturday 7 December we will have Divine Liturgy at 9.00am. Following the service we will sing Many Years to all our Katyas. Please join us!
Services on 30 November-1 December - 01/12/2013
On Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December we had services in honour of the Holy Martyr Platon of Ancyra (c. 302 AD) and the Hireomartyr Romanus, deacon of Caesarea, with the youth Barulas (303 AD). As the Nativity Fast had commenced on Thursday 28 November, the church was vested in red. Receiving Holy Communion for the first time were the newly-baptised servants of God, twin brothers Artemy and Maxim Tomshin. A collection for the ROCOR Fund for Assistance was taken up after the dismissal, and moneyboxes were distributed for the parish Nativity Fast collection to benefit Autism Awareness Australia. Following the service, there was a meeting of the committee elected at our 2013 Annual General Meeting to plan celebrations, in 2014, of ten years of parish life at West Gosford.
Services on 16-17 November - 17/11/2013
On Saturday 16 November and Sunday 17 November we had services in honour of the Venerable Joannicius the Great (846 AD) and the Hiermoartyrs Nicander, Bishop of Myra, and Hermas the priest (1st C.). Following Divine Liturgy on the Sunday there was an Extraordinary Parish Meeting (Чрезвычаное Приходское Собрание) to elect a lay parish delegate to the 14th Diocesan Conference, to be held at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Strathfield, from December 12-14, 2013. The delegate chosen by the parish was Vladimir ("Rick") Golovin, a long-serving member of the Parish Council. We congratulate Rick on his election and wish him all the best as he participates in the important work of the Diocesan conference.
A baptism - 16/11/2013
On Saturday 16 November the parish rector baptised two girls, two year-old Chanel and seven month-old Paris, the daughters of Edward Permikin and Oksana Novosyolova. The girls were named Alexandra and Sophia in baptism. Alexandra’s godparents were Marina Wills and Zhenya Albert, and Sophia’s godparents were Olga Albert and Phillip Wills. Congratulations to Edward, Oksana, Marina, Zhenya, Olga and Phillip. May God grant his newly-baptised handmaidens Alexandra and Sophia many years!
The November 2013 meeting of the Parish Council - 13/11/2013
Our Parish Council held its November 2013 meeting on Wednesday 13 November. The usual reports on parish life and finances were presented and applications for renewal of parish membership were considered. The forthcoming Extraordinary Parish Meeting (Чрезвычаное Приходское Собрание) on 17 November and the Diocesan Conference on 12-14 December were discussed. The parish rector advised the Parish Council that the new parish website had been launched, and arrangements for the publication of the Russian version of the site were discussed. Reader Paul Douriaguine, a Parish Council member and the Principal of the Saint Seraphim Community Russian School in Hornsby gave a report on the operation of the school. It was agreed that the customary parish charitable collection during the forthcoming Nativity Fast would benefit an organisation providing support to autism spectrum disorders, and that money-boxes for this purpose would be available in church as of Sunday 1 December. The Parish Council will next meet on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
Services on 2-3 November - 04/11/2013
On the evening of Saturday 2 November, Saint Demetrius Saturday, the parish rector served a general panikhida. Later that evening and on the morning of the next day there were services in honour of Saint Hilarion the Great. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday 3 November, two beautiful new icons were blessed. These icons, a gift to the parish from parishioner Ekaterina Waters, were of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia and of the Righteous Women Martha, Alexandra and Elena of Diveyevo. After the dismissal, Nestor Petroff congratulated the parish rector on behalf of the parish with the approach of his name-day, the feast of Saint James, Brother of the Lord (October 23/November 4). As Sunday 3 November was also the day of commemoration of Saint Hilarion, Schema-Metropolitan of the Kiev Caves, the name-day of Metropolitan Hilarion, many years was then sung first for Vladyka, and afterwards for Father James. That afternoon the parish rector and a small group of our parishioners journeyed to the Convent of Our Lady of Kazan in Kentlyn, New South Wales, for the celebration of the Convent's patronal feast. The November feast of the Kazan Icon commemorates the miraculous deliverance of Russia from the Poles in 1612.
A baptism - 03/11/2013
On Sunday 3 November the parish rector baptised Matthew Shmelev, infant son of Kirill and Olga Shmelev and the baby brother of Anastasia. Matthew’s sponsors at baptism were Olga Kusnetsova and Vladislav Efremov. Congratulations to Kirill, Olga, Olga and Vladislav. May God grant his newly-baptised servant Matthew many years!
A baptism of twin boys - 02/11/2013
On Saturday 2 November the parish rector baptised Robert and Maxim Tomshin, two year-old twin sons of Sergey and Irina Tomshin. Robert was given the name Artemy in baptism in honour of the Great-Martyr Artemius, and Maxim was baptised in honour of Righteous Maximus the Confessor. The boys’ sponsor at baptism was Olga Antropova. Congratulations to Sergey, Irina, and Olga. May God grant his newly-baptised servants Artemy and Maxim many years! To see photographs of the service, click on more information.
The design of the Lubyanka "church-on-the blood" is finalised - 07/11/2013
In November 2012 our parish became aware of plans to build a new cathedral in Moscow's Lubyanka, a "church-on-the-blood" at the site of the persecution and martyrdom of countless Orthodox Christians during the Soviet era. It was proposed that the cathedral would be dedicated to the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. Inspired by this wonderful project that demonstrated the extent of change in Russia, our Parish Council decided that the proceeds of our Nativity Fast collection would go towards this new church. Over the course of the Nativity Fast A$1124.70 was collected, and early in 2013 our parish passed this money to the Sretensky Monastery, on the grounds of which the new church is to be constructed. Our parishioners and friends who contributed to this collection will be interested to learn that the design of the new church has now been finalised. An article in Russian about the project and the process of choosing the design can be found here.
PDF copies of the Summer 2013-14 Schedule of Services in both English and Russian were added to our Services page. Information about a new weekly service, Small Compline according to the lay rite, was also added.
The Summer 2013-14 Schedule of Services was added to our Services page.