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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 English-language Autumn (March, April and May) 2018 Schedule of Services here.  A PDF version of the Russian-language Autumn 2018 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: 24-25 March, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent

Our next services will be Matins at 6.00pm on Saturday 24 March and Divine Liturgy at 9.00am on Sunday 25 March, the Fifth Sunday in Great Lent and the day of commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt (+ AD 421), the great exemplar of repentance.

A General Service of Anointing with Oil, Tuesday 27 March

In the Orthodox tradition it is customary to have a General Service of Anointing ("Соборование") during Great Lent.  In this service there are seven readings from the Apostol, seven readings from the Holy Gospel, seven prayers, and the faithful are - if there are sufficient clergy present - anointed seven times with oil - blessed and sanctified during the service - for the healing of soul and body.  The practice of anointing with oil for spiritual and physical healing is referred to by the Apostle James: "Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15).  This year our parish will have this service at 6.00pm on Tuesday 27 March.  God willing, we will have with us Father Dalibor Pavlovic of the Serbian Orthodox church of Saint Naum of Ohrid.  Church Slavonic, English and Serbian will be used during the service.  Note: This is a sacrament in which only baptised Orthodox Christians may participate.

Parish Life
Services on 10-11 March, the Third Sunday in Great Lent - 11/03/2018

On Saturday 10 March and Sunday 11 March we had services for the Third Sunday in Great Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.  As Saturday 10 March was a day of commemoration of the departed there was a general pannikhida prior to the service on Saturday evening , at which were commemorated the departed hierarchs and clergy of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese, together with our departed parishioners, family members and friends.  In accordance with Orthodox custom an image of the Holy Cross, beautifully decorated with flowers, was set forth for veneration at the end of the Saturday evening service.

Services on 24-25 February, the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy - 25/02/2018

On Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February we had services for the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, the First Sunday of Great Lent.  In accordance with the practice of the Russian Orthodox Church, at Divine Liturgy on Sunday the Prayer before the Amvon was followed by a brief Service of Supplication for Those in Error.  In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the history of the commemoration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy and of the importance of each individual Orthodox Christian striving to preserve the Truth.  Following the service a collection was taken up to benefit the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY.

Our Autumn 2018 Schedule of Services - 24/02/2018

Our Autumn 2018 Schedule of Services - covering March, April and May 2018 - is now available in PDF format.  It includes all our services for Great Lent, Holy Week, Pascha, our patronal feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra in Lycia to Bari, and the Great Feast of Pentecost.  A copy of the English-language Autumn 2018 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Autumn 2018 Schedule of Services is available here.  Both can also be accessed on our Services page, and printed copies are available in church.

A service on Sunday 18 February, Forgiveness Sunday - 18/02/2018

Late in the afternoon on Sunday 18 February we served Vespers for Forgiveness Sunday, the final Sunday before the beginning of Great Lent.  During this service the church vestments were changed from gold to black and the ordinary melodies gave way to the solemn melodies of Great Lent.  At the end of the service the parish rector gave a brief sermon on the importance of asking and bestowing forgiveness, after which all present asked forgiveness of one another in accordance with Orthodox custom on this day.

Services on 10-11 February, the Sunday of the Last Judgement and the day of commemoration of All Saints of Yekaterinburg - 11/02/2018

On Saturday 10 February and Sunday 11 February we had services for the Sunday of the Last Judgment and in honour of All Saints of Ekaterinburg.  As Saturday 10 February was a day of commemoration of the departed a general panikhida was served immediately prior to the Saturday evening service.  At the end of the panikhida koliva was blessed and shared amongst those present.  At Divine Liturgy on Sunday the Prayer for the Prosperity of the Russian Church was read and - following the Prayer before the Amvon - a moleben to All Saints of Ekaterinburg was served.  In his sermon the rector spoke first about compassionate service to one's fellow man being accounted as service to Christ Himself, and then about the example of the saints of Ekaterinburg both new and old. At the dismissal a collection was taken up to assist the work of Orthodox Action in Sydney and Melbourne.

The repose and funeral of Vasily (“Bill”) Bukovec - 05/02/2018

On Monday 29 January we learned with sorrow of the repose of Vasily (“Bill”) Bukovec, a long-term parishioner and one of the builders of our church.  Mr Bukovec – who reached 100 years of age in 2016 – had been in declining health for some time.  He received Holy Communion and Anointing with Oil in the days prior to his repose.  He is survived by his daughters Olga, Nina and Elizabeth and by his grandsons Allan, Jamie, Justin, Billy and Christian and their families, to whom we offer heartfelt condolences.  His funeral service was held in our church on Monday 5 February 2018, after which he was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Anna in Sandgate Cemetery.  May his memory be eternal!

A wedding - Anthony Kloczko and Yuliya Kuznetsova - 02/02/2018

On the afternoon of Friday 2 February the parish rector presided at the marriage of Anthony Kloczko and Yuliya Kuznetsova.  Our small church was full to overflowing with family and friends.  The family of the groom has had a long connection with our parish.  We warmly congratulate Anthony and Yuliya and wish them many years of happiness together.

Church & Community Life
Now available - the January 2018 issue of "Word of the Church" ("Церковное Слово") - 01/02/2018

The January 2018 issue of the official journal of the Australian-New Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia is now available in our parishes.  In addition to the Nativity Epistle of Patriarch Kyrill in Russian and the Nativity Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion in both Russian and English, there is a range of interesting articles in both languages.  In Russian: "Памятник Царю-Мученику Николаю установлен в Австралии"; "Делегация Украиской Православной Церкви Московского Патриархата в Австралии" and more.  In English: "Australian and New Zealand Seventh Annual Teen Retreat”; a number of articles about Orthodox Christian practices; and more.  Also included are notices concerning recent ordinations and clergy movements.  Copies are $5.00.

The repose of Archpriest John Stukacz - 14/02/2018

On 14 February we learned with sorrow of the repose that day of Archpriest John Stukacz, a former rector of our parish and Dean of New South Wales.  Born in Belarus in 1930, he arrived in Australia in 1950 as a displaced person.  Settling in Adelaide, he became in time the choir conductor in the parish of Saint Nicholas there.  After the completion of his study at the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville in 1964 and marriage in 1966 he was ordained deacon and then priest.  He served in Adelaide and London (UK) before returning to Australia permanently in 1976.  In 1977 he was appointed senior priest of Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral in Strathfield and Dean of New South Wales.  He served here in Wallsend during the 1990s.  Although in 2007 he left the jurisdiction of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia he retained the respect of many in our parish, and we offer heartfelt condolences to Matushka Marina and their children.  May God give him rest!

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - 01/02/2018

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse completed its work late in 2017.  The seventeen-volume Final Report of the Royal Commission, which looked into the history of abuse in a range of institutions and organisations in Australia including religious groups, was published on 15 December 2017.  The Final Report Preface and Executive Summary summarises the findings and lists all the recommendations. There is also a brief guide to the Final Report.  The Royal Commission made 28 recommendations that set out governance standards – including the ten Child Safe Standards – and compliance mechanisms designed to ensure that children stay safe in religious institutions.  Our Parish Council is now familiarising itself with the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission so as to develop, in conjunction with the Diocesan authorities, policies and procedures to ensure that our parish and our Diocese remain child-safe and child-friendly.

The Holy Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in Moscow from 29 November 2017 until 2 December 2017.  On Monday 4 December 2017, the Great Feast of the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple and the centenary of the enthronement of Patriach Tikhon (Belavin) as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria officiated at Divine Liturgy in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, concelebrating with the Primates of the majority of Local Orthodox Churches and a multitude of hierarchs and other clergy.  Links to a selection of documents approved by the Council and news items relating to this historic event in the life of the Russian Orthodox Church are set out below.


Archpastors of the Russian Church Abroad participate in 100th-Anniversary Celebrations of the Restoration of the Patriarchate

Epistle of the Holy Council of Bishops to the Clergy, Monks and Nuns and all Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church

Resolutions of the Holy Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church

A press conference of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church is held

The second day of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church

The first day of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church


These documents and news items, together with many others, are available in Russian here.

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