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 2016) 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
An English-language moleben and akathist to the Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon
At 7.00pm on Thursday 27 October we will have a moleben and akathist to Saint Panteleimon. This service 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 at 7.00pm on Thursday 24 November.
Our next services: 29-30 October, the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 29 October and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 30 October, the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of the Holy Prophet Hosea (+820 BC) and Monk-Martyr Andrew of Crete (+767 AD). As Saturday 29 October is Demetrius Saturday, a day of commemoration of the departed, a general memorial service will be served at 5.00pm, immediately before Matins. On Sunday, in accordance with a resolution of the Synod of Bishops, a collection will again be taken up to support the work of the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
Services on 15-16 October, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - 16/10/2016
On Saturday 15 October and Sunday 16 October we had services for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite, bishop of Athens (+96 AD). In his sermon at Divine Liturgy the rector spoke of Saint Paul's preaching in Athens, the conversion of Saint Dionysius, and the need to bear witness to Christ in these times. Following the service a collection was taken up to assist the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission and an announcement was made concerning the forthcoming banquet celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Metropolitan Hilarion's service in the Australian-New Zealand Diocese.
Our 2016 Annual General Meeting - 02/10/2016
On Sunday 2 October our parish held its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The 2016 Annual Report was presented and accepted, a Parish Council for 2016-17 was elected, delegates to the Eighteenth Diocesan Assembly were chosen, and our two Child Safety Contact Persons were reappointed. Those elected to the Parish Council were Vladimir (“Rick”) Golovin, Bill Reid, Anna Kourbatov, Reader Paul Douriaguine, Anne Nielsen, and Nina Golovin. Anne Nielsen, Anna Kourbatov and Rick Golovin will represent the parish at the Diocesan Assembly, and Matushka Marie Carles and Alla Karmadonoff were reappointed to the role of Child Safety Contact Persons. During the course of the meeting there was a long a fruitful discussion about parish life now and in the future. Attention was given to strategies to better involve parishioners and friends of all ages in parish life, to make visitors of diverse backgrounds feel more welcome, and to help everyone better understand the Orthodox Christian faith. At the end of the meeting Father James spoke briefly but warmly about his trip to Russia in October 2015 and of his impressions of church life there.
Services on 1-2 October, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross - 02/10/2016
On Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October we had services for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Joining the parish rector for Divine Liturgy after a month serving at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Strathfield, NSW, was Deacon Martin Naef. Following the service a collection was again taken up to assist the Holy Dormition Lavra in Svyatogorsk, Eastern Ukraine, to provide for refugees. Over two Sundays our parish contributed $460.00 to this Diocesan-wide collection. The final announcement concerning the parish Annual General Meeting was made, and those present were invited to join the Wallsend parish in welcoming Bishop George to preside at Divine Liturgy there on Sunday 9 October.
Our 2016 Annual Report - 27/09/2016
Our 2016 Annual Report, including the independently audited 2015-16 Financial Statements, is now available. The 2016 Annual Report will be presented to our parish Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming Sunday, 2 October 2016. A copy of the report is available in PDF form here. Printed copies have been posted to parish members this week. We encourage our parishioners and friends with questions or comments in relation to our Annual Report to contact us.
Services on 17-18 September, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the day of commemoration of Saints Peter and Fevronia - 18/09/2016
On Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September we had services for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Right-believing Prince Peter and Princes Fevronia (+1228 AD), wonderworkers of Murom and exemplars of love and faithfulness in married life. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday, a moleben was served to the saints at which all the married and engaged couples in the parish were commemorated by name. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the lives of the saints and of their enduring example. Following the service the second announcement was made about our forthcoming parish Annual General Meeting, and a collection was taken up to help the Holy Dormition Lavra in Svyatogorsk, Ukraine, to assist the many refugees who have taken shelter there.
Services on 3-4 September, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - 04/09/2016
On Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September we had services for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, for the Afterfeast of the Dormition, and in honour of the Martyr Agathonicus of Nicomedia and his companions. In a return to the customary practice of the Russian Orthodox Church all-night vigil rather than Matins was served on Saturday evening, the first time that this had happened on an ordinary Saturday evening since 2004. In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector, referring to the appointed reading from the Holy Gospel (Matthew 18:23-35), spoke about the importance of showing mercy to others if we are to hope for it for ourselves. Following Divine Liturgy, the first announcement of our 2016 Annual General Meeting was made.