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Saint Nicholas' is an Orthodox Christian parish of Russian tradition serving Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.  Our parish includes Belarussians, Ukrainians, Russians, Finns, Macedonians, and Orthodox Christians of other backgrounds. 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.  We use Church Slavonic, the liturgical language of the Slavic peoples, and English, the language of this country, in our services.  Established in 1952, our parish is the oldest continuously-functioning Orthodox parish in the Hunter Valley.

 

Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
3 Irving Street; Wallsend, NSW 2287 Australia
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Visiting our parish

 

We usually have services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month and on the preceding Saturday evenings.  Please note: During March, April and May 2024 different arrangements will be in place.  Our Schedule of Services can be viewed here.  Our church is generally only open when we have services.  Visitors are always welcome! If you would like to contact us before visiting, it is best to send an email.  We check this inbox regularly and will respond to messages within 24 hours.  You can also contact us in the same way to arrange baptisms and memorial services.


The availability of our parish priest

 

Our parish priest, Archpriest James Carles, serves here in a voluntary capacity.  He does not live in the  Hunter Region but travels here for services from the Central Coast.  He has secular employment on two days per week and is presently undertaking full-time tertiary study.  In addition to our parish, he has responsibility for Saint Panteleimon Russian Orthodox Church in Gosford and Saint Symeon of Verkhoturye Orthodox Mission on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.  During study periods (in 2024, 19 February-15 June and 22 July-16 November) his pastoral availability is strictly limited to scheduled services in the three communities; individual “needs” that arise in connection with these scheduled services (e.g. confessions, molebens, and memorial services); essential parish administrative tasks; and end-of-life care and funerals.  Father James is available to talk after after Divine Liturgy on the Sundays when we have a service.  He can also be contacted by email.


Supporting our parish

 

Our parish is a small one that relies on community support and the voluntary service of our clergy to make ends meet.  If you find this website to be of interest or of assistance, please consider helping us.  Donations may be made directly to our bank account:

 

St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church 

BSB: 032-509 Account number: 281104

 

May the Lord bless you!


Forthcoming services and activities
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Services on 8-9 June, the Sixth Sunday of Pascha - 09/06/2024

On Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June we will have services for the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Blind Man.   Matins will be served at 6.00 pm on Saturday and the Hours and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9.00am on Sunday.


Parish Life
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Services on 21-22 May, the feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas - 22/05/2024

On Tuesday 21 May and Wednesday 22 May we had services commemorating the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra in Lycia to Bari, Italy, in 1087 AD.  This is the patronal feast-day of our church.  All-night Vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served on Tuesday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Wednesday morning. Divine Liturgy on Wednesday was preceded by the Lesser Blessing of Water and followed by a moleben to Saint Nicholas with a cross procession around our small church.  It being a working day, only a small number of our parishioners and friends were able to be present.  Upon completion of the services on Wednesday there was a simple festive meal in the church hall.


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Our Winter 2024 Schedule of Services - 19/05/2024

Our Winter 2023 Schedule of Services - covering June, July and August - is now available.  Services of particular note during this period will be All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy on Saturday-Sunday 22-22 June for the Great Feast of Pentecost, Matins and Divine Liturgy on Saturday-Sunday 13-14 July for All Saints of Russia, Matins and Divine Liturgy on Saturday-Sunday 27-28 July for the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils and for Saint Vladimir, and All-night Vigil and Divine Liturgy on Tuesday-Wednesday 27-28 August for the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.  A copy of the English-language Winter 2023 Schedule of Services is available here, and a copy of the Russian-language Winter 2023 Schedule of Services is available here.  Printed copies are also available in church.


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Services on 18-19 May, the Third Sunday of Pascha - 19/05/2024

Edited: On Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19 May we had services for the Third Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers.  On this day the Holy Orthodox Church remembers those righteous men and women who buried Christ and later came to his tomb bearing myrrh and sweet spices: Mary Magdalen; Mary, the wife of Cleopas; Joanna; Salome, mother of the sons of Zebedee; Susanna; Martha and Mary, the sisters of Saint Lazarus; Mary, mother of the Apostle James; Righteous Joseph of Arimathea; and Nicodemus.  Matins was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning. At Divine Liturgy prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and peace in the Holy Land and the newly-baptised servant of God Joseph, an adult convert received into Orthodoxy by baptism on the previous day, received Holy Communion for the first time.  Following Divine Liturgy pieces of the Artos, a special loaf of bread blessed at the end of Divine Liturgy on Pascha and divided on Thomas Sunday in Gosford, were given to the faithful.


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Orthodox Holy Week and Pascha in Wallsend, 2024 - 05/05/2024

This year, our parish again had a small 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 2 May and Vespers with the bringing out of the Shroud of Christ was served in the afternoon on Friday 3 May.  On Saturday 4 May Midnight Office was served late in the evening, with Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy following in the early hours of 5 May, the Sunday of Pascha.    Easter baskets with cakes, eggs and other festive foods were blessed following Matins.  Many then remained for Divine Liturgy and a small celebration in the church hall afterwards.  At all the services, the parish rector was assisted by Deacon Michal Matys.


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Services on 20-21 April, the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent - 21/04/2024

On Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April we had services for the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, the day of commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt (+522 AD).  Matins  was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning.  At Divine Liturgy the parish rector was assisted by Deacon Michal Matys and prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and peace in the Holy Land.  Our small church was full on Sunday and many people received Holy Communion.  In his sermon, the parish rector spoke about Saint Mary of Egypt as a model of repentance and steadfast spiritual struggle.


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A General Service of Anointing with Oil (Holy Unction) - 14/04/2024

On the evening of Sunday 14 April we had a General Service of Anointing with Oil.  Twenty-five of our parishioners gathered to pray and receive anointing with oil for the healing of soul and body.  For Orthodox Christians this service, otherwise served only for individuals who are grievously ill, is a customary part of Great Lent.


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A reader service is held on the NSW Mid North Coast - 14/04/2024

On Sunday 14 April, the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent and the day of commemoration of Saint John of the Ladder, a group of lay members of the Mid North Coast Mission gathered at a private home in Coffs Harbour for the reading of the Hours and Typika.  A copy of the order of service followed is available here.  In addition to the reading of the psalms and prayers, those present were able to venerate the Holy Gospel, the Cross, and the icons of the Resurrection and Saint John of the Ladder.  The lives of Saint John and of Saint Mary of Egypt were then read aloud, followed by the appointed readings from The Prologue of Ohrid by Saint Nikolai (Velimirovic).  At the conclusion of the readings, all present shared a Lenten meal.  It is planned that the community will continue to gather this way on one Sunday of each month with the intention of supplementing the quarterly visits from a priest, strengthening friendships, and developing liturgical and other experience necessary for the growth of the Mission.


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The funeral and burial of Nikolai Shalimov (+4 April 2024) - 12/04/2024

On Friday 12 April the family and friends of Nikolai Shalimov gathered in our church for his funeral.  Nikolai, who was born in 1947 and departed this life on 4 April 2024 aged 77, was a son of Michael Shalimov, one of the builders of our small church.  After the funeral service he was laid to rest in Wallsend Cemetery together with his wife Raisa (+2022) and his daughter Joanne (+2016), a short distance from the graves of parents, Michael and Nina.  We offer heartfelt condolences to Nikolai’s son Dean and the wider family.  May God give rest to his newly-departed servant!


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The baptism of an adult convert to Orthodoxy - 07/04/2024

On Saturday 6 April, the eve of the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, the parish rector baptised an adult convert to Orthodoxy, Howard Trott.  In baptism Howard, who has been a regular worshipper at our parish for some time and is also a member of the Mid North Coast Mission, took the name Thaddeus in honour of Apostle Thaddeus.  Thaddeus had as his sponsor Gregory Alexandrovsky.  Afterwards, parishioners and friends gathered in the church hall for a festive afternoon tea.  We warmly congratulate the newly-baptised servant of God Thaddeus, wishing him good health, every blessing from above, and many years!


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Services on 6-7 April, the Third Sunday of Great Lent and the Great Feast of the Annunciation - 07/04/2024

On Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April we had services for the Third Sunday of Great Lent and the Great Feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God.  All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil, and five loaves was served on Saturday evening and the Hours and Divine Liturgy were served on Sunday morning.  At both services the parish rector was assisted by Deacon Michal Matys.  At Divine Liturgy the choir was conducted by Nikolai Morozoff.  Our church was full on Sunday morning, with visitors from the Central Coast and from the Serbian Orthodox parish in Broadmeadow joining our regular congregation.  Many took the opportunity to confess and receive Holy Communion.  Prayers were offered for peace in Ukraine and peace in the Holy Land, and the newly-baptised Thaddeus (Howard) Trott received Holy Communion for the first time.  Following the dismissal at Divine Liturgy all venerated the Precious and Life-giving Cross of our Lord.



Church & Community Life
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Now available - the April 2024 issue of "Word of the Church" ("Церковное Слово") - 31/05/2024

The April 2024 issue of “Word of the Church” (“Церковное Слово”), the official journal of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, is now available in our parishes. This is the first issue for 2024.  Content includes the Great Lenten Epistle of Metropolitan Nicholas in both Russian and English; edifying articles by Mitred Archpriest Nicholas Karipoff and Priest Gennady Baksheev of the Holy Protection Cathedral in Melbourne; information about the Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Institute; a profile of Priest John Sullivan, rector of the Nativity of the Mother of God Mission in Dardanup, WA; a profile of Priest John Symons, rector of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross parish in Hobart, Tasmania; a beautiful colour supplement, with text in Russian and English, showcasing the magnificent New Jerusalem Monastery near Moscow; a directory of Diocesan parishes, monasteries and missions; details of various recent clergy movements and awards; and more.  Copies are $5.00.


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The Fourteenth ROCOR All-Diaspora Orthodox Youth Conference, Stuttgart (Germany), 25 June-1 July 2024 - 01/07/2024

From 25 June to 1 July 2024 the Fourteenth All-Diaspora Orthodox Youth Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) will be held in Stuttgart, Germany.  The All-Diaspora Youth Conferences, which began in Montreal, Canada, in 1972, bring together ROCOR youth from around the world.  Over the years, many important friendships have been formed at these conferences.  The theme of the 2024 Conference is “Preserving our Orthodox Identity and Heritage in the Diaspora”.  It will be held at a retreat in the mountains near Stuttgart and lectures will be in Russian, English, and German.  The conference program will also include excursions, sports, cultural activities, and a youth ball.  Youth (aged 18-24) of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese who wish to attend should email youth.rocor.anz@gmail.com for further information.





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