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 2015-16) 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: 14-15 February, the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord
Our next weekend services will be All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves at 6.00pm on Sunday 14 February and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Monday 15 February, the Great Feast of the Meeting of the Lord. In accordance with Orthodox tradition and the custom of the Sydney parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, there will be a blessing of candles and of fruit at the end of Divine Liturgy. There will also be a memorial litia for the ever-memorable Archbishop Paul (Pavlov) and Archpriest Nicholas Grant, both of whom reposed on this day in 1995.
Services on 10-11 February, the day of commemoration of All Saints of Yekaterinburg - 11/02/2016
On Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February we had unscheduled services in honour of All Saints of Yekaterinburg, our parish rector having visited some of the holy places of that region - Yekaterinburg itself, Ganina Yama, Alapayevsk, Verkhoturye and Merkushino - in October 2015. All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Wednesday evening and Divine Liturgy was served on Thursday morning. For perhaps the first time ever, the greater part of the evening service for these saints was sung and read in English, the Slavonic service having been recently translated by Reader Isaac Lambertsen for the occasion. At the litia all sixty-three of the saints were commemorated by name, together with a sixty-fourth, the newly glorified Passion-bearer Evgeny (Botkin) the physician. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at the end of Divine Liturgy a brief moleben was served and a prayer to the saints was read. All Saints of the land of Yekaterinburg, pray to God for us!
The February 2016 meeting of the Parish Council - 09/02/2016
On Tuesday 9 February the Parish Council met for the first time in 2016. Making use of equipment installed since the last meeting, two members of the Parish Council participated via Skype. The usual pastoral, administrative and financial reports were presented. Attention was then given to a number of important matters: Orthodox Christian education, the future and the direction of the parish, and priorities in charitable work. It was agreed that the parish would in 2016 once again sponsor Haiti Orthodox Family Relief and provide one full-year and two half-year scholarships to Saint Serpahim Community Russian School, Hornsby. Decisions were also made to proceed with the installation of new air-conditioning in the parish centre, serve blini on Sunday 7 March, and celebrate the parish’s patronal feast-day of Saint Panteleimon on Friday 5 August and Saturday 6 August 2016. The Parish Council is scheduled to meet next on Tuesday 8 March 2016.
Services on 6-7 February, the Sunday of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia - 07/02/2016
On Saturday 6 February and Sunday 7 February we had services for the Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. Receiving Holy Communion for the first time at Divine Liturgy was the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Mila Sidorkina. After the dismissal a collection was taken up for Orthodox Action, a charitable organization operating under the auspices of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. Following the service on Sunday our Child Safety Contact Person, Matushka Marie Carles, spoke to the children present under the age of 12 about her role and about their safety in parish life.
Our January 2016 parish newsletter - 31/01/2016
Our January 2016 parish newsletter was published on 31 January 2016. To read it visit our newsletter page or click here.
Services on 30-31 January, the Thirty-Fifth Week after Pentecost - 31/01/2016
On Sunday 24 January the parish rector baptised Mila Sidorkina, the infant daughter and third child of Anton and Aksana Sidorkin and a baby sister to Michael and Sophia. In baptism Mila was given the name Ludmilla in honour of the Martyr Ludmilla, princess of the Czechs. Her sponsor was Victoria Kulikova. We warmly congratulate Anton, Aksana and Victoria, and wish the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Ludmilla many years!
Services on 18-19 January - Theophany, the Great Feast of the Baptism of Christ - 19/01/2016
On Monday 18 January and Tuesday 19 January we had services for the Great Feast of Theophany, the commemoration of the Baptism of the Lord. All-night vigil - Great Compline and Matins with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves – was served on Monday evening, and Divine Liturgy with the Great Blessing of Water was served on Tuesday morning. Following the service on Tuesday the parish rector visited many homes around Gosford and Woy Woy to sprinkle the Holy Water and offer prayers for the health and salvation of the faithful.
Services on 16-17 January, the Sunday before Theophany - 17/01/2016
On Saturday 16 January and Sunday 17 January we had services for the Sunday before Theophany and in honour of the Seventy Apostles. This was a quiet weekend, with many people away after Christmas.
Matushka Marie Carles is presented with a gift from the Gosford and Wallsend parishes - 07/01/2016
On Thursday 7 January, the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ, Matushka Marie Carles was presented with a gift in recognition of her faithful service to this parish and to the parish of Saint Nicholas, Wallsend. The gift - a beautiful hand-painted icon of Matushka's heavenly protector, Saint Mary of Palestine - was presented in the presence of a great many people from both parishes at the end of the festive Divine Liturgy in Wallsend on that day. In presenting the icon, Father James spoke of Matushka's steadfast and quiet service to both parishes over many years in baking prosphora, singing in and leading the choirs, teaching children, and faithfully supporting her husband in his own ministry. On behalf of both parishes he congratulated her and wished her God's help in her continued service before intoning "Many Years!"
Services on 2-3 January, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers - 03/01/2016
On Saturday 2 January and Sunday 3 January we had services for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, the day of commemoration of the Holy Fathers, all those men and women who from the dawn of time have pleased God. Receiving Holy Communion for the first time was the newly-baptised Sergei Teliatnikov. In his sermon, the parish rector spoke of the faithfulness of the Holy Fathers despite the peoples around them having a profoundly different way of life, and of their continuing example to us.
A baptism - Stephan Rezk - 03/01/2016
On Sunday 3 January the parish rector baptised Stephan Rezk, the infant son of Roufail and Olesya Rezk and a baby brother to Sylvia, Ricky, Arseny and Seraphim. Stephan, who was baptised in honour of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephan, had as his sponsors at Holy Baptism Natalia Korotaeva and the rector, Father James. We offer warm congratulations to Stephan’s parents and godparents, and wish the newly-baptised servant of God many years!