Each year in February the parishes of Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia take up a collection to assist the work of Orthodox Action, a charitable organisation that operates in Sydney and Melbourne under the auspices of the Diocese and the heavenly protection of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco. Orthodox Action works to help the poor and needy, destitute children and orphanages in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2019 our parish will take up this collection on Sunday 17 February. Collection envelopes will be available in church from the evening of Thursday 14 February. Please give generously!