COVID-19 Updates

With the recent Government restrictions being eased in relation to COVID-19, our Church is now open to 50 people per service. Bookings are required for Sunday Liturgy services as well as for major feastdays during the week. Bookings can be made by sending an email to  cabrapokrov@gmail.com  or an SMS to 0409 178 536. For all other services the Church is open and bookings are not required. Upon entering the Church it will be necessary to register at the candle stand. From the Government website:

People attending a religious service at a place of public worship will be required to provide their name and contact details when they enter so that they can be used for contact tracing.

Live streaming of services on YouTube Facebook

Most of the live streaming occurs via our YouTube channel and we need people to subscribe to it. Occasionally a service is live streamed on Facebook

When watching the live feed of a service, please treat this with reverence as if you are  standing in Church. Stand near an icon and put up a candle(s) if you are able toBe a participant in the service, rather than just an observer.

Being new to the business of live streaming, we are still working it out as we go along. If a service is not being live streamed on YouTube, then it is being live streamed on Facebook. If subscribed to both, you will get an alert when a live stream commences.

You do not need a Facebook account to reach this site and its live feed. Those who have a Facebook profile, please like and add Покровский Храм – Protection of the Mother of God Cabramatta to your pages.

Email address

We have a generic parish email address  cabrapokrov@gmail.com  that can be accessed several people. Please use this email address to send through candle orders and lists of names of living and departed to be read at the next service. It is possible to pay for candles via bank transfer to:

  • BSB:                              032378
  • Account:                      800399
  • Account name:           Russian Orthodox Church
  • Reference:                   Detailed description eg candles / kulichi / donation / tithes

Please note that there is $10 minimum for purchases made via bank transfer. Candles are worth $2, $4 and $6.  In your email state how many of each you would like and which service you would like them for. A person will then place these candles in Church and light them for you. Please note that it will not be possible to order prosphora for Liturgy services as it will be impractical to get them to you.

Candles by mail order.

It is now possible to have candles sent to your home via Australia Post. Place an order  / ask for a quote (email to  cabrapokrov@gmail.com  or an SMS to Mark on 0409 178 536), and an an all inclusive price (candles at $2, $4, $6 + parcel  delivery) will be provided. Make a transfer to the Church account and a bundle will be sent to you. We can send candles to anywhere within Australia. When placing an order, please use all the available characters to provide a detailed description of the order.

  • BSB:                                    032378
  • Account:                            800399
  • Account name:                 Russian Orthodox Church
  • Reference:                         lots of details plus surname & initials

Confession and communion

Confession can now possible in the usual way: at the all-night vigil (or Matins) prior to a Liturgy service. There is limited scope to have confession 30 mins before the start of a Liturgy service.

Financial position of Church

With no one coming to Church for the foreseeable future (possibly 6 months+), this will create a massive decrease in revenue. We will continue to get rental income, but will not get revenue from candles and prosphora sales as well as plate collections. As such, we are indefinitely postponing projects that were promised to be ready for Easter. This includes the removal of dirt from 291 Cabramatta Road and the removal of the palm tree stumps (concrete rings have been demolished and removed). We have fixed the power supply to the toilet block and tool shed. We were going to receive EFTPOS machines last Monday, but have delayed them until the restrictions are lifted and the Church is operating under normal conditions.  This is a time when we need for parishioners to keep making financial contributions to the Church. In addition to ordering and purchasing candles, we will need regular donations. These can be made to the Church account (032378 : 800399) as a one off payment or be set up as regular payments (eg $25 per week or more). As of today 59 out of 156 members have paid their dues for 2020. People paying their membership is an important source of revenue that the Church could do with right now. Memberships can be paid to the Church account (032378 : 800399). On request I can let you know if you are paid up for 2020.

Website

The above information is subject to rapid change pending further restrictions from the Government. Any changes will be communicated on this page. The content above will be added to our Facebook page. Please keep others in our community updated. We also need to get this message to elderly people who do not have access to the internet. Therefore, young people who are reading this please tell your elderly relatives as to what is happening in our Church

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