St. John the Baptist Parish, A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church, Canberra, Australia

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Photo of the Church Welcome to the website of the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Canberra. The cathedral parish is part of the Australian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (Abroad). We hope that your visit will be of benefit.

Russian Takeaway Bazaar

Saturday 12 December, 4 Matina St, Narrabundah
10.00 am-12.00 noon

Due to Covid restrictions the only items for sale will be takeaway piroshki (hot or frozen), borscht, pelmeni (frozen) and cakes.

Unfortunately there will be no seating available at the hall. Social distancing will apply and hand sanitiser will be available.

Everybody welcome.

Parish Annual General Meeting

The parish Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 20 December 2020.

The dean of the cathedral is Archpriest Alexander Morozow.

For general enquiries please email For information and enquiries about hiring the parish hall, please see the contact page.

Our parish website also has web pages in Russian with different content.

Recent Updates

19 June 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
26 May 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
10 May 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
19 March 2020
April edition of Listok (in Russian).

Updates Related to COVID-19

The further relaxation of restriction on gatherings starting on Friday 19 June allowing more worshipers to attend church services is very welcome but continues to pose some difficulties for us to ensure we comply with the four square meters per person rule. This means that the maximum number of worshipers in the church we can have at any time is 25. As painful as having services behind closed doors has been, it would be no less painful for someone to come to church only to be told there are already 25 people attending and that they cannot enter.

After again reviewing this changing situation, Father Stephen and I have agreed that for the time being we will continue to ask that anyone wishing to attend Sunday services notifies me (Father Alexander) in advance on 0411165925 and does not just come along on Sunday morning without warning. We will give priority to those who wish to receive confession and communion and also to those with special needs.

Weekly services are being held on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings at the usual times. As attendance on Saturday evenings is usually considerably less than for Sunday liturgy, prior notice for these Saturday evening services is not required.

God willing, there will be further relaxations on church gatherings in the coming months.

Father Alexander

Please also see:

To help us through this period, we ask you to consider a regular monthly financial contribution to our parish. Contributions directly into our parish bank account is the easiest way to make your donation. Our bank account details are as follows:

BSB: 032719
Account: 602930

Other updates for the parish community and communications from the parish clergy will be published here. Please check back regularly.

Schedule of Upcoming Services

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on numbers, worshippers must contact Fr Alexander (phone 0411 165 925) before attending the Sunday Divine Liturgy.

Saturday, 21 November5:00 pmAll Night Vigil24th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, 22 November9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Contact Fr Alexander before attending
Saturday, 28 November5:00 pmNo service25th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, 29 November9:00 amNo service
Thursday, 3 December6:00 pmNo serviceThe Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple
Friday, 4 December9:00 amNo service
Saturday, 5 December5:00 pmNo service26th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, 6 December9:00 amNo service
Saturday, 12 December5:00 pmAll Night Vigil27th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, 13 December9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Contact Fr Alexander before attending
Friday, 18 December6:00 pmNo serviceSt. Nicholas the Wonderworker
Saturday, 19 December9:00 amNo service
5:00 pmAll Night Vigil28th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, 20 December9:00 amDivine Liturgy
Contact Fr Alexander before attending


Visitors are always welcome at our services. The All Night Vigil is celebrated beginning at 5 PM on Saturday evenings and the Divine Liturgy at 9 AM on Sunday mornings. Confessions are heard during the Vigil service. The principal language of the services is Church Slavonic. Some English is used in the Divine Liturgies and usually somewhat more during the All Night Vigils. The parish church and school are located at:

1 Matina St
Narrabundah ACT 2604 (map)

For updates to the service schedule and other parish events, follow us (@stjohn_baptist) on Twitter or on Facebook.

Parish Life

Faith and Wisdom

A new ministry will begin in our church called 'Faith and Wisdom'. These talks/discussions will help our congregation to better understand their faith and to grow in their faith. This is open to all adults and will cover all aspects of our faith including the basic concepts of Orthodoxy. Details are as follows:

These classes are now held online at 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm on Sunday afternoons. Please see our Facebook page for the link.

Daniel and the Three Youths Ministry

This is a new service for the children of our parish aged between 5 and 8 years old. The purpose of this service is to teach the next generation the foundation of our faith, including beliefs and practises, as well as church hymns that will enable them to participate in the liturgy.

Class will begin and end with prayer and will be conducted according the the following format:

These classes are now held online at 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoons. Please see our Facebook page for the link.

Bible Study

The bible study continues at 6:30 pm on Monday evenings (except when this coincides with a church service). These classes are now held online. Please see our Facebook page for the link.

Upcoming Events

  • April edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • January edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • August edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • Our behaviour During Services… Read on…(PDF)

Recent Snapshots

Church interior

Parish Membership


We would encourage those who attend our services and are part of the Orthodox community in Canberra to become parish members. An explanation of the importance of parish membership (PDF) is available in Russian and English, as is a parish membership form, (PDF) also in Russian and English.

Information is available about how members of our community can help to support our parish financially, when unable to attend weekly services.