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Saint Panteleimon's is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving the New South Wales Central Coast and the northern suburbs of Sydney.  Our parish includes Russians, Ukrainians, Belarussians, and Orthodox Christians of other backgrounds.  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.  We use Church Slavonic, the liturgical language of the Slavic peoples, and English, the language of this country, in our services.  Established in 2000, our parish is one of the newest in our Diocese.

Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church
4/7 Comserv Close; WEST GOSFORD, NSW 2256 Australia
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We have services on the first and third Sundays of each month and on the preceding Saturday evenings.  We also have services on some major feast-days during the week.  Our current Schedule of Services can be viewed here.  Our church is generally only open when we have services.  Visitors are always welcome! If you would like to contact us before visiting, it is best to send an email.  We check this inbox regularly and will respond to messages within 24 hours.  You can also contact us in the same way to arrange baptisms and memorial services.  Please don't hesitate to reach out!

Our parish priest, Archpriest James Carles, serves here in a voluntary capacity.  He has secular employment on two days per week and is presently undertaking full-time tertiary study.  In addition to our parish, he has responsibility for Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Newcastle and Saint Symeon of Verkhoturye Orthodox Mission on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.  During study periods (in 2024, 19 February-15 June and 22 July-16 November) his pastoral availability is strictly limited to scheduled services in the three communities; individual “needs” that arise in connection with these scheduled services (e.g. confessions, molebens, and memorial services); essential parish administrative tasks; and end-of-life care and funerals.  Father James is available to talk after Divine Liturgy on the Sundays when we have a service.  He can also be contacted by email.

Our parish is a small one that relies on community support and the voluntary service of our clergy to make ends meet.  If you find this website to be of interest or of assistance, please consider helping us.  Donations may be made directly to our bank account:

 

St Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Community of Gosford 

BSB: 032-596 Account number:  140923

 

May the Lord bless you!

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Services on 15-16 June, the Seventh Sunday of Pascha - 16/06/2024

On Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June we will have services for the Seventh Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.  All-night Vigil will be served at 6.00pm on Saturday and the Hours and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9.00am on Sunday.


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Services on 12-13 June, the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord - 13/06/2024

On Wednesday 12 June and Thursday 13 June we had services for the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.  All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Wednesday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Thursday morning.  At Divine Liturgy the parish rector was assisted by Deacon Michal Matys and – as it was on this feast-day in 2007 that canonical communion was re-established within the Russian Orthodox Church – the Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church was read.


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Services on 1-2 June, the Fifth Sunday of Pascha - 02/06/2024

On Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June we had services for the Fifth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.  All-night Vigil was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning.  At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector was assisted by Protodeacon Martin Naef, and prayers were offered for peace in the Holy Land and peace in Ukraine.


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Our Winter 2024 Schedule of Services - 26/05/2024

Our Winter 2022 Schedule of Services - covering June, July and August - is now available.  Services of note during this period include those for the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord on Wednesday-Thursday 12-13 June; for our patronal feast of Saint Panteleimon on Thursday-Friday 8-9 August; and for the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord on Sunday-Monday 18-19 August.  A copy of the English-language Winter 2024 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Winter 2024 Schedule of Services is available here.  Printed copies in both languages are also available in church.


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Services on 25-26 May, the Fourth Sunday of Pascha - 26/05/2024

On Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May we had services for the Fourth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Paralytic.  All-night Vigil was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning.  At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector was assisted by Protodeacon Martin Naef, and prayers were offered for peace in the Holy Land and peace in Ukraine.


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Services on 11-12 May, the Second Sunday of Pascha - 12/05/2024

On Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May we had services for the Second Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday.  All-night Vigil was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning.  At Divine Liturgy we were joined by vistors from Sydney and prayers were offered for peace in the Holy Land and peace in Ukraine.   In place of a sermon, Bishop George’s Paschal Epistle was read aloud in English and Russian.  At the end of Divine Liturgy the Artos was cut and distributed.


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Orthodox Holy Week and Pascha in Gosford, 2024 - 05/05/2024

This year, our parish again had a number of traditional services for Holy Week and PaschaMatins was served in the evening on Sunday 28 April, Monday 29 April, Tuesday 30 April, and Wednesday 1 May.  Divine Liturgy was served in the morning on Great Thursday, 2 May.  On Great Friday, 3 May, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ was served at midday and Matins with Lamentations before the Tomb of Christ was served in the evening.  In the morning on Great Saturday, 4 May, Divine Liturgy was served.  Paschal Vespers was served late in the morning on 5 May, the Sunday of Pascha, with our small church full to overflowing. Easter baskets with cakes, eggs and other festive foods were blessed following Vespers.  The parish rector was assisted by Protodeacon Martin Naef at Vespers on Friday and by Deacon Michal Matys on Thursday morning, Friday evening and Saturday morning.


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The Fourteenth ROCOR All-Diaspora Orthodox Youth Conference, Stuttgart (Germany), 25 June-1 July 2024 - 01/07/2024

From 25 June to 1 July 2024 the Fourteenth All-Diaspora Orthodox Youth Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) will be held in Stuttgart, Germany.  The All-Diaspora Youth Conferences, which began in Montreal, Canada, in 1972, bring together ROCOR youth from around the world.  Over the years, many important friendships have been formed at these conferences.  The theme of the 2024 Conference is “Preserving our Orthodox Identity and Heritage in the Diaspora”.  It will be held at a retreat in the mountains near Stuttgart and lectures will be in Russian, English, and German.  The conference program will also include excursions, sports, cultural activities, and a youth ball.  Youth (aged 18-24) of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese who wish to attend should email youth.rocor.anz@gmail.com for further information.


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The visit of Metropolitan Nicholas and the 'Kursk-Root' Icon of the Mother of God to the Australian-New Zealand Diocese - 26/07/2024

From Friday 5 July until Friday 26 July, His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas (Olkhovsky) of Eastern America and New York will make his first visit to our Australian-New Zealand Diocese since his election as First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  Accompanying Metropolitan Nicholas will be the Wonderworking “Kursk-Root” Icon of the Mother of God, the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora.  As he will be in our Diocese for a relatively short period of time, Metropolitan Nicholas will only be able to visit parishes in New Zealand, the city of Sydney, and the state of Victoria.  In Sydney he will visit the Kentlyn Convent and the StrathfieldCroydonFairfieldCarltonCentennial Park, and Cabramatta parishes.  A full schedule of planned visits, current as of 5 June 2024, is available here.  The icon will remain in Australia until Thursday 24 October 2024, during which time it is expected that it will visit all the parishes and monastic establishments of the Diocese.


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