For some years now Gosford parishioners of all ages have gathered on the Monday of the October Long Weekend for a parish picnic day and BBQ at Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach. These picnic days have been a great success, with friends from Sydney and Newcastle often joining us.
Heazlett Park is between Avoca Drive and the lagoon, and has a large playing area, plenty of shady trees, a skate ramp, and amenities. There are also canoes and paddle boats to hire close by. We plan to gather again this year on Monday 1 October.
All are welcome to join us, and encouraged to do so!
Contact details and costs are in the attached flyer.
This year, the parish of the Holy Great-Martyr and Unmercenary Healer Panteleimon, in West Gosford on the NSW Central Coast, had services in honour of its patron saint on the Saturday after the feast. On the evening of Friday 10 August All-Night Vigil was served, with the blessing of loaves, wheat, wine and oil. It was a cold and wet night, and there were very few people in church.
The next morning, Saturday 11 August, a moleben with the blessing of water was served inside the church. Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe then arrived to preside at Divine Liturgy, and was greeted at the church doors by the parish rector, Priest James Carles. (more…)
In recent years, a great many young Russian families have settled in the Hornsby Shire on Sydney’s northern fringe. Forging strongs friendships amongst themselves, these families have also gravitated towards the parish of Saint Panteleimon in Gosford, becoming active there in parish life.
The young parents there have for some time considered the possibility of a Russian language school in the Hornsby region. Their hopes became reality when, with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, the Saint Seraphim Russian Community School commenced lessons at Mount Colah Public School on Sunday 13 November 2011. Prior to classes beginning, Hornsby mayor Nick Berman cut the ribbon with representatives from both Russian (“Edinenie”) and English (“Bush Telegraph”) newspapers in attendance. (more…)
On Saturday 19 November 2011 the wonder-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God (Курская-Коренная икона Божией Матери «Знамение»), the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, will visit Hornsby, Newcastle and Gosford. This icon, dating back to at least 1295, is one of the great holy icons of the Russian Orthodox Church. (more…)
An energetic group of young Russian Orthodox parents from the Hornsby area, members of our Gosford parish, have with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion recently established the Saint Seraphim Community Russian School. Classes will begin this coming Sunday, November 13, at Mount Colah Public School. (more…)
In accordance with parish custom, the main services in honour of the Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon, were transferred to the Saturday immediately following his commemoration. On the evening of Friday 12 August All-night Vigil was served. In addition to the rector, Father James Carles, four visiting clergymen were present: Archpriest George Lapardin, Priest Alexander Korjenewski (Carlton), Priest Simon Nekipelov (Strathfield), and Protodeacon Alexander Kotlaroff (Strathfield). Afterwards, the clergy and some of the faithful stayed behind for a festive supper. (more…)