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 parish in the Hunter Valley. Download a PDF version of the English-language Spring (September, October and November) 2018 Schedule of Services here. A PDF version of the Russian-language Spring 2018 Schedule of Services can be accessed here.
Forthcoming services and activities
Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting - 25/11/2018
Our 2018 parish Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 12.00pm on Sunday 25 November 2018. A formal Notice concerning the AGM - including the agenda and important information for parish members - is available here.
Services on 27-28 October, the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost - 28/10/2018
On Saturday 27 October and Sunday 28 October we had services for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost and in honour of Venerable Euthymius the New of Thessalonica (+889 AD) and Monk-Martyr Lucian, priest of Antioch (+312 AD). At Divine Liturgy on Sunday, prayers were offered for Orthodox Church unity, for relief from drought in Australia, and for peace in Ukraine. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about these special prayers being offered at each Divine Liturgy, the reasons for them, and the importance of prayer at home for these things. Following Divine Liturgy announcements were made concerning the coming parish Annual General Meeting and a collection to benefit refugees in south-eastern Ukraine displaced as a result of ongoing social and political turmoil in that country.
Services on 13-14 October, the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God - 14/10/2018
On Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October we had services for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost and for the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God. Revered throughout the Russian Orthodox Church, this feast is of particular important to the faithful in Newcastle – it was the patronal feast of the first Orthodox church in the Hunter Valley, established in the Greta Migrant Camp in 1949. Although that small Holy Protection church closed together with the camp in 1960, our parish continues to observe its patronal feast-day. On Saturday evening, All-night vigil with the blessing of wheat, wine, oil and five loaves was served. On Sunday morning the lesser blessing of water was served, followed by Divine Liturgy, a moleben to the Mother of God, and a procession around the church. In his sermon the parish rector spoke about the Orthodox veneration of the Mother of God. At Divine Liturgy prayers were especially offered for peace in Ukraine. Following the services on Sunday a collection was taken up to assist the Synodal Liturgical Music Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.
Church & Community Life
2018 Annual Diocesan Teen Retreat - 21/12/2018
This year our Diocese will hold its eighth annual Orthodox Teen Retreat. Established in 2011, our Diocesan Teen Retreats cater for young people aged 14-17. This year’s Teen Retreat will be held to the south of Sydney at Stanwell Tops from Sunday 16 December until Friday 21 December. The theme is 'Bringing the saints to our lives'. For more information visit www.rocorteenretreat.info.
Annual Diocesan Youth Conference, 27-31 December 2018 - 31/12/2018
This year our Diocese is again convening a Diocesan youth conference or "Syezd". Established in 1965 at the instigation of the ever-memorable Archbishop Sava (Raevsky, +1976), these conferences have been an important spiritual and social event for the youth of our Diocese ever since. This year’s conference – the theme of which is ‘The Life and Wisdom of the Holy Fathers’ – will be held from 27-31 December in Melbourne and is open to young people aged 18 - 30. More information is available here.
The 2019 Pastoral Conference of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese - 27/03/2019
On Tuesday 26 March and Wednesday 27 March 2019 the clergymen of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese will gather in Sydney for their customary Great Lenten Pastoral Conference. On Tuesday evening the clergy will meet at the church of All Saints of Russia in Croydon for the Rule of Preparation for Holy Communion at 5.00pm and Lenten Matins and confession at 6.00pm. On Wednesday morning from 8.00am the Hours and the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served at Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral in Strathfield with Bishop George presiding and the clergy concelebrating. Those of the faithful who wish to do so are welcome to attend the service on Wednesday morning and – if properly prepared – to receive Holy Communion. Following Divine Liturgy the clergy will meet to discuss a range of pastoral and liturgical matters.
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.
These documents and news items, together with many others, are available in Russian here.