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 current (Autumn 2017) English-language Schedule of Services here. A PDF version of the current Russian-language Schedule of Services can be accessed here.
Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church ,
3 Irving Street; Wallsend, NSW 2256 AustraliaDetailed Map
Forthcoming services and activities
Our next services: 13-14 May, the Fifth Sunday of Pascha
Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 13 May and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 14 May, the Fifth Sunday of Pascha and the day of commemoration of the Samaritan Woman (John 4:5-42).
Services on 24-25 April, the second Tuesday of Pascha ("Radonitsa")
On Monday 24 April and Tuesday 25 April we had services for the second Tuesday of Pascha and in honour of Venerable Basil the Confessor, bishop of Parium, modern-day Kemer in Turkey. Saint Basil (+8th C. AD) was a steadfast defender of the veneration of icons. From ancient times the second Tuesday of Pascha been one on which prayers for the departed resume after Holy Week and Bright Week. Following Divine Liturgy on Tuesday morning a general memorial service was served in church. As in Australia it was Anzac Day, prayers were offered for the souls of all Orthodox soldiers who had fallen in battle. The parish rector and the faithful then proceeded to Wallsend and Sandgate Cemeteries for services by the graves of their departed relatives and friends.
Services on 22-23 April, Thomas Sunday
On Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April we had services for the Second Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday. At All-night vigil and at Divine Liturgy the choir again sang under the direction of Matushka Marie Carles. Following the Prayer before the Amvon at Divine Liturgy, the parish rector read the Prayer at the Cutting of the Artos, pieces of which were later distributed amongst the faithful. In place of a sermon, the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion was read aloud in Russian and in English.
Holy Week and Pascha in Newcastle
This year, our parish had a number of traditional services for Holy Week and Pascha. Matins with the reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels was served in the evening on Thursday 13 April, Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ at midday on Friday 14 April, Matins with Lamentations before the Tomb of Christ in the evening on Friday 14 April, and Divine Liturgy in the morning on Saturday 15 April. On Saturday evening we had an early Midnight Office and procession followed by Paschal Matins and the blessing of Easter eggs and cakes. During Bright Week, Divine Liturgy with a Paschal procession was served in the morning on Monday 17 April.
Services on 8-9 April, Palm Sunday
On Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April we had services for the Great Feast of the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday. On Saturday evening All-night vigil with the litia, the blessing of five loaves, wheat, wine, oil, and the blessing of palms and pussy willows was served. On Sunday morning there was a great many people in church, the majority of whom received Holy Communion. After the dismissal a memorial litia was served for the newly-reposed Archdeacon Eugene Burbelo, with the parish rector speaking briefly about Father Eugene’s long and distinguished service to the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. The customary collection for the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem was then taken up.
Services on 25-26 March, the Fourth Sunday in Great Lent
On Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March we had services for the Fourth Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of Saint John of the Ladder. As Saturday 25 March was a day of commemoration of the departed there was a general pannikhida prior to the service on Saturday evening. This year being the centenary of the Russian Revolution, prayers were again especially offered for "the repose of the departed servants of God who innocently died, endured suffering and torture, were exiled and imprisoned and tasted bitter death" during the harsh years of Soviet persecution. Also commemorated was the ever-memorable Emperor Paul I of Russia (+1801), it having been the anniversary of his assasination on Thursday 23 March. At Divine Liturgy on Sunday many of the faithful received Holy Communion. In Lena Gan’s absence the choir sang under the direction of Matushka Marie Carles. Following the service on Sunday the parish rector and the warden, Nikolai Goura, visited the Serbian Orthodox parish of Saint Naum of Okhrid in Broadmeadow on the occasion of the first pastoral visit to Newcastle of His Grace Bishop Siluan, Ruling Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand.
A baptism - Sofia Jardine
On Saturday 11 March the parish rector baptised Sofia Jardine, the infant daughter of Scott and Liudmila Jardine and a baby sister to Alexander. Sofia, who was baptised in honour of the Martyr Sofia, had as her godparents Diane Jardine, William Lynch and Natalia Khyzhniak. We warmly congratulate Scott, Liudmila, Diane, William and Natalia, and wish the newly-baptised handmaiden of God Sofia many years!
Useful information about when weddings can be celebrated, together with a list of available dates in 2017 and 2018
In conjunction with Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church, Gosford, our parish has developed and published an explanation of the reasons why weddings cannot be celebrated on certain days and dates and during certain seasons. It incorporates a list of Sundays and Fridays on which weddings can be celebrated that has now been updated to include Sundays and Fridays in 2018. This information, which can be accessed either here or via our ‘Needs’ page under ‘Weddings’, has been prepared to help our parishioners and friends when planning weddings in parishes of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. Should anyone have any questions about this information, please contact us.
Services on 25-26 February, Forgiveness Sunday
On Saturday 25 February and Sunday 26 February we had services for Forgiveness Sunday, the final Sunday before the beginning of Great Lent. As is the practice in many parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, Vespers with rite of asking forgiveness was served immediately following Divine Liturgy. A collection was taken up to benefit Orthodox Action, raising $240.00. After the rite of asking forgiveness on Sunday many people gathered in the parish hall to enjoy pancakes prepared by the Ladies' Auxiliary.
Church & Community Life
A fundraising dinner to benefit the Presentation Convent and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery
On the evening of Sunday 28 May 2017 a fundraising dinner will be held at the Fontana Amarosa Reception Centre, next to the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Raphael, Nicholas and Irene in Liverpool, NSW, to assist the Presentation Sisterhood in Bungarby, NSW and the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, NSW, monastic communities of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. During the evening there will be a performance by the Melisma Ensemble, a slideshow presentation by Abbot Sergei of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery on ‘Hagia Sophia: The Mother of Churches’, and a performance from the Russian Orthodox Choir. Child-minding will be available. Tickets are $50.00 for adults and $15.00 for children aged 15 and younger. Seating will be at round tables of 12. More information, including information about a fundraising raffle, is available at https://cabrapokrov.org/fundraising-for-monasteries.
Russian and other Orthodox Kids' Camp, 10-16 December 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.