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Priest James Carles and the clergy, the Parish Council, the Choir, the Sisterhood and the parishioners of the parish of Saint Panteleimon in Gosford congratulate His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the reverend clergy and all believers of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand with the radiant feast of the Resurrection of Christ and wish everyone good health, peace and spiritual well-being.
Our next services: Bright Saturday, 26 April 2014
Christ is Risen! Our next services will be Paschal Matins at 7.00pm on Bright Friday, 25 April, and Paschal Hours and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Bright Saturday, 26 April. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Saturday the Artos will be cut and distributed.
Lazarus Saturday, Holy Week and Pascha - 20/04/2014
From the evening of Friday 11 April until Pascha, Sunday 20 April, there were ten services in our parish: Matins and Divine Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday (11-12 April); Matins for Great and Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (13-15 April); Matins and Divine Liturgy for Great and Holy Thursday (16-17 April); Vespers of Great and Holy Friday with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ (18 April); Midnight Office, Paschal Matins, and Divine Liturgy (19-20 April); and Paschal Vespers (20 April). All the main services were well-attended, with many parishioners receiving Holy Communion at the three Divine Liturgies, and over one hundred people gathering for Paschal Matins at 12.00am on Sunday 20 April. Easter cakes, eggs and other festive foods were blessed after Paschal Matins at 1.00am and again at midday, immediately after Paschal Vespers.
On Wednesday 9 April a small group of parishioners gathered for the final Great Compline for 2014. In our parish it is the practice to have this service on the first four evenings of Great Lent and on every Wednesday evening thereafter, apart from Wednesday of the Fifth Week when Matins with the reading of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete is served. This year, fewer such services were possible because of the renovation of our church. After the service all present helped change the church vestments from black to green in preparation for Lazarus Saturday.
The April 2014 meeting of the Parish Council - 08/04/2014
A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Tuesday 8 April. In additional to the usual reports on parish life, finances, membership and communications, the Parish Council heard a detailed report on the recent renovation and refurbishment of our church. Plans were made for the observance of Holy Week and Pascha, and the parish rector's arrangements to work part-time in secular employment as of the beginning of April 2014, with three days per fortnight for pastoral duties in this parish and in Wallsend, were discussed. The Parish Council plans to meet next on Wednesday 14 May, the evening of the feast of Mid-Pentecost.
The Holy Mystery of Anointing with Oil - 07/04/2014
On the evening of Monday 7 April, the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, our parish celebrated the Holy Mystery of Anointing with Oil. At the end of the service, the parish rector gave a brief sermon on the history and significance of the sacrament before anointing forty-four of our parishioners with the Holy Oil for the healing of soul and body.
Services on 5-6 April, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent - 06/04/2014
On Saturday 5 April and Sunday 6 April, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent, we had services for the Forefeast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God. These services, almost ten years to the day after our first services in West Gosford in April 2004, were the first services in our newly-renovated church. A great many people confessed on Saturday evening and before Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning so as to receive Holy Communion. At the end of Divine Liturgy the parish rector congratulated Vladimir Golovin, Craig Koppman and all who assisted with the renovations. That afternoon, our parish rector joined Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Miodrag Peric, Serbian Orthodox Dean of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, local rector Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Nenad Djurasinovic, and the Serbian Orthodox faithful of the Central Coast and Newcastle and their guests at a festive lunch in Mangrove Mountain. The occasion was the patronal feast of the Ladies Auxiliary, dedicated to Saint Mary of Egypt, of the Central Coast parish of the Synaxis of Serbian Saints.
NEW! The renovation of our church, 16 March-5 April - 05/04/2014
Late in 2013, it was agreed that work would be undertaken during 2014 to reonovate and refurbish our small church in preparation for the celebration of ten years of parish life at West Gosford. Early in 2014 the decision was made to do this work before Pascha, a decision that regrettably made it necessary to miss services on one Saturday evening and Sunday morning during Great Lent, in addition to seven lesser services (Sunday evening Vespers and Passia on three evenings, Great Compline on two evenings, Matins with the Great Canon of Saint Andrew on Thursday of the Fifth Week, and a general pannikhida). The work began on the afternoon of Sunday 16 March with the church being emptied of its furnishings, icons and other contents. On the following day, repairs to the ceiling began. In the three weeks that followed, the lower parts of the church walls was panelled and stained, the walls and ceiling were repainted, old lights were repaired or replaced, new lights were installed, a storage shed was erected, a new electric oven and gas cooktop were installed, the icons cases were cleaned inside and out, and a number of other maintenance and cleaning tasks were undertaken. When the renovations were completed, the icons were re-hung, some changes in position being necessary because of the new panelling. Taking the lead in all this work was Vladimir ("Rick") Golovin, our long-serving Parish Council member and the original builder of our church. Rick was ably assisted by Craig Koppman, Rick's son-in-law and a steadfast friend of our parish for many years. Many parishioners came to help at different times in whatever way that they could, ensuring that our church was ready for services on the weekend of 5-6 April. The first services in West Gosford were on the weekend of 3-4 April 2004, which that year was Palm Sunday.
Our March 2014 parish newsletter was published on the weekend of 15-16 March. To read it, visit our newsletter page or click here.
Services on 15-16 March, the Second Sunday in Great Lent - 16/03/2014
On Saturday 15 March and Sunday 16 March we had services in honour of Saint Gregory Palamas. As the Saturday was a day of commemoration of the departed we had a general memorial service before Matins that evening, with approximately 20 parishioners gathering to pray for their departed family and friends. During Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were again offered for the Ukrainian land and people. A great many people, both adults and children, received Holy Communion, amongst them the newly-baptised infant Maria Yakimov, receiving the Holy Mysteries for the first time. A collection to assist the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, was taken up after the service, raising $247.00. Later in the day, all the icons and furnishings were removed from the church in preparation for renovations beginning on Monday 17 March.
The March 2014 meeting of the Parish Council - 11/03/2014
A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Tuesday 11 March. The usual reports were considered, with particular attention given to financial control systems and plans for renovations during March and April. Rick Golovin reported that the renovations would include repainting the church interior, panelling the lower part of the church walls, repairing water damage to the church ceiling, repairing and cleaning the chandeliers, remodelling the kitchen and installing a gas oven and cooktop, erecting a small storage shed for the BBQ and cleaning items, and cleaning up the church exterior. It was agreed that the parish collection for Great Lent this year would again be for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, the same collection last year having been a great success. The Parish Council will next meet on Tuesday 8 April 2014.
Vespers with Passia on the First Sunday of Great Lent - 09/03/2014
At 6.00pm on Sunday 9 March, the First Sunday in Great Lent, a small number of the faithful gathered for Vespers with the first Passia and the reading of Chapters 26 and 27 from Saint Matthew's Gospel. The beautiful stichera from Great and Holy Friday were sung, and the faithful venerated the Holy Gospel with prostrations. Sadly, as our church will be closed on the evenings of the Second, Third and Fourth Sundays of Great Lent, this was the only time that Sunday evening Vespers and the Passia will be served in 2014.
A baptism - Thomas Matei Strezea - 09/03/2014
On the afternoon of Sunday 9 March, the parish rector baptised Thomas Matei Strezea, the infant son of Marius and Teodora Strezea of Bucharest, Romania. Thomas' godparents were Matthew and Adriana Harrison, whose own son Thomas was baptised in our church in November 2008. Marius and Teodora were married here on the New South Wales Central Coast in January 2013. We warmly congratulate Marius, Teodora, Matthew and Adriana, and pray that God will grant his newly-baptised servant Thomas Matei many years!
Services during the First Week of Great Lent - 06/03/2014
At 7.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the First Week of Great Lent we had the service of Great Compline with the reading of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete. The Odes of the Great Canon were read by the parish rector alternately in Slavonic and English, and of those who attended the services, many took the opportunity to assist with the reading of the psalms and prayers at Great Compline.
Services on 1-2 March, the Sunday of Forgiveness - 02/03/2014
On Saturday 1 March and Sunday 2 March we had services for the Sunday of Forgiveness and in honour of the Holy Hieromartyr Hermogenes (Ermogen), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. During the Augented Litany at Divine Liturgy, prayers were offered for the Ukrainian land and people and for the grievously ill Protodeacon Nicholas Triantafillidis, a well-known and greatly-respected former cleric of our Diocese now serving in the Cathedral of the Mother of God, “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in San Francisco. Vespers was served immediately after Divine Liturgy, followed by the rite of asking forgiveness. Many parishioners and friends then stayed behind to enjoy blini prepared by our Ladies’ Auxiliary and to prepare the church for the services during the first week of Great Lent.
Metropolitan Hilarion's 2014 Paschal Epistle can be viewed in English in PDF format here. The Russian version can be viewed here.
Seventh Diocesan Liturgical Music Conference, 1-4 May 2014, Canberra - 01/04/2014
This year, the parish of Saint John the Forerunner in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, will host the Seventh Diocesan Liturgical Music Conference ("Певческий Съезд"). The conference will begin on Thursday 1 May and end on Sunday 4 May with a concert in Canberra. God willing, Metropolitan Hilarion will preside at All-night vigil and Divine Liturgy. Participating in a program across four days will be Father George Johnson (ROCOR, USA), Georgiy Safonov (Danilov Monastery, Moscow) and Abbot Sergei (Shatrov) (Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Bombala, NSW). More information is available from the Canberra parish website here.
Russian Orthodox Kids' Camp, 14-19 December 2014 - 17/04/2014
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 NSW Central Coast - in December 2014. For those interested, more information is available here. It should be noted that this year the Diocesan Teen Retreat - for young people aged 15-18, or in Years 9-12 - will be held in Victoria from 19 December-24 December.