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Welcome to Our Parish!

Saint Nicholas' is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.  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 1952, our parish is the oldest continuously-functioning Orthodox Church in the Hunter Valley.  Download a PDF version of the Spring (September, October and November) 2017 English-language Schedule of Services here.  A PDF version of the Russian-language Spring 2017 Schedule of Services can be accessed here.

 

Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church ,
3 Irving Street; Wallsend, NSW 2256 Australia
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Forthcoming services and activities
Our next services: 23-24 September, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 23 September and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 24 September, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, the Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, and the day of commemoration of Venerable Theodora of Alexandria (+c.480 AD).  At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday we will welcome Ms Sonia Hornery, the NSW Member of Parliament for Wallsend, to our parish.


A collection to assist the work of the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission

In accordance with a 2015 resolution of the Synod of Bishops, on Sunday 10 September and Sunday 24 September a collection will be taken up to support the work of the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  Envelopes for this purpose will be available in church as of Sunday 27 August 2017.  Please give generously!



Parish Life
Services on 9-10 September, the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - 10/09/2017

On Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September we had services for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Venerable Job, the abbot and wonderworker of Pochaev (+1651 AD).  In his sermon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the parish rector spoke about the life and missionary work of Saint Job and of his particular influence on the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  In a moleben at the end of the service special prayers were offered for God's mercy and forgiveness, for the defeat of all impiety, and for the strengthening of lawful and blessed marriage.  A collection was taken up to assist the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and it was announced that the parish Annual General Meeting would be held on Sunday 8 October 2017.


A baptism - Sara Corbett - 09/09/2017

On Saturday 9 September the parish rector baptised Sara Corbett, the youngest daughter of Brett and Vera Corbett and a sister to Mia and Ava.  Sara was baptised in honour of Righteous Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Her godparents were Anthony Kloczko and Jeanne Clarke.  We warmly congratulate Brett, Vera, Anthony and Jeanne, and wish the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Sara many years!


Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting - 09/09/2017

Our 2017 parish Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 12.00pm on Sunday 8 October 2017.  A formal Notice concerning the AGM - including the agenda and important information for parish members - is available here.


Special prayers to be offered for the duration of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey - 07/09/2017

Withe blessing of His Grace, Bishop George of Canberra, we will offer special prayers after the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy on Sunday 9 September and every Sunday from 12 September until 5 November, the term of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.  These prayers will be for God's mercy and forgiveness, for the defeat of all impiety, and for the strengthening of lawful and blessed marriage.  The prayers of Saints Peter and Febronia of Murom, heavenly protectors of love, faithfulness, and honourable marriage, will be particularly invoked.  May God help us!


Services on 26-27 August, the Twelth Sunday after Pentecost and the Forefeast of the Dormition - 27/08/2017

On Saturday 26 August and Sunday 27 August we had services for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, the Forefeast of the Dormition, and in honour of the Prophet Micah.  In anticipation of the Great Feast of the Dormition and in accordance with a resolution of the Holy Synod, on this day our parish observed the centenary of the 1917-18 Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Council, a momentous event in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church that culminated in the restoration of the Patriarchate and the enthronement of Patriarch Tikhon (Belavin), opened in the Dormition Cathedral on the day of the feast in 1917.  A moleben to the canonised participants in the Council was served following the Prayer before the Amvon and an Epistle of Patriarch Kyrill on the occasion of the centenary of the Council was read aloud in Russian in place of a sermon.  A link to the English-language text of the Epistle is available here. Following the service a memorial litia was served for the other participants in the Council.


Our August 2017 parish newsletter - 26/08/2017

Our August 2017 parish newsletter was published on 26 August 2017.  It includes parish news for July-August, information about the month ahead, an important 'Pastoral Epistle concerning Marriage', and more.  To read it click here. Copies are available in church and will be distributed by post during the week beginning 28 August 2017.


Our Spring 2017 Schedule of Services - 26/08/2017

Our Spring 2017 Schedule of Services - covering September, October and November - is now available in PDF format.  A copy of the English-language Spring 2017 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Spring 2017 Schedule of Services is available here.  Printed copies are available in church.


Services on 12-13 August, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - 13/08/2017

On Saturday 12 August and Sunday 13 August we had services for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Righteous Eudocimus (Evdokim) of Cappadocia (9th C. AD).  In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the life of Saint Evdokim, his veneration in the Russian Orthodox Church as an intercessor for families, and the need for his prayers at a time when many forces threaten family life.  It being the anniversary of the repose of the ever-memorable Archbishop Theodosy (Putilin) (+1980), Ruling Bishop of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese from 1970-80, a memorial litia was served for him following Divine Liturgy.


A general memorial service at the Greta Cemetery - 12/08/2017

Just four days after his arrival in Australia on 19 August 1949, Archpriest John Lupish served the funeral of one year-old Irene Solomko. She was then laid to rest in the Greta Cemetery together with a number of other infants who died in an epidemic of measles that swept through the Greta Migrant Camp at that time.   Father John went on to preside at five more burials at Greta: Wsewolod (Vsevelod) Shipilow (+1949, a boy of 18 months), Larisa Klebakin (+1950), Lydia Elagin (+1956), Alexander Melnik (+1970) and Ivan Elagin (+1977).  In June 2015 our parish rector resolved that a memorial service would be held in the cemetery there each year on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of that first burial.  This year’s memorial service was held on Saturday 12 August.  As in 2015 and 2016, our rector was joined by Archpriest Michael Solomko, Irene Solomko's younger brother and the President of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand.  At the service prayers were offered for the repose of the ever-memorable Archpriest John (+1977), his matushka Maria (+1979), and all those Orthodox Christians buried in the Greta Cemetery, amongst whom are a great many Ukrainian Orthodox, and kutiya was blessed.  In 2018, God willing, the memorial service will be held on Saturday 18 August.



Church & Community Life
A Russian Orthodox Sacred Music Conference, Brisbane 2017 - 28/07/2017

From Wednesday 27 September until Monday 2 October this year, a Russian Orthodox Sacred Music Conference will be held in Brisbane.  Organised by the Diocesan Liturgical Music Committee, the conference programme will include lectures from eminent guest speakers including Archpriest Andre Papkov from Chicago, USA, intensive choral workshops and rehearsals at Saint Seraphim’s church and Saint Nicholas Cathedral, common meals, and a hierarchical All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy at the church of Our Lady of Vladimir.  The cost – not including accommodation – will be $200.00 per person and $150.00 for students, with discounts available for early registration.  Details of accommodation packages will be made available in due course.  See also: https://www.facebook.com/ROCSingersANZ/ 


Resources to help in understanding the issues in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey - 07/09/2017

Our parishioners and friends who wish to better understand what is at stake in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey are encouraged to visit the excellent Speak up for Marriage website, an initiative of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand.  A great deal of useful information can also be obtained from the Coalition for Marriage and the Marriage Alliance.  In addition, a number of excellent articles concerning the challenges to religious freedom posed by a change to the definition of marriage have been written by distinguished journalist Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large of national newspaper The Australian.


Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp, 10-16 December 2017 - 16/04/2017

A group of young families working under the auspices of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin parish in Cabramatta, NSW, is again organising a camp for Russian and other Orthodox children and young people aged 8-17 to be held in Toukley, NSW - to be held not far from us on the Central Coast - from 10 December - 16 December 2017.  The cost will be $399.00 per person.  For those interested, more information is available here.


A collection to aid the construction of a church of Saint Nicholas in the Transbaikal Territory - 28/07/2017

Under the leadership of Sophia Mikhailovna Boikov, the Sydney-based Russo-Chinese Orthodox Mission is raising funds for the construction of a church in Shonoktui, a small village in the Borzinsky district of the Zabaykalsky Krai.  The Zabaykalsky Krai, or Transbaikal Territory, is a federal subject of Russia that shares borders with China and Mongolia.  The church is to be dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the wonderworker of Myra in Lycia, and will be within the Chita Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.  The building project has the blessing of the Diocesan authorities in Russia and the collection of funds in this Diocese has the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion and Bishop George.   In July 2016 a cross was blessed at the site on which the church will be constructed.   Donations can be made at the candle-desk in our church, or by direct deposit to the account of the Russo-Chinese Orthodox Mission (Commonwealth Bank of Australia BSB 062-130 ACN 10484933).  This is a worthy project – please give generously!



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