THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PARISH OF THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL, BLACKTOWN

Australian and New Zealand Diocese (Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia)

IMG 0757Baba after receivinggramataIn recognition of her life long work and dediciation Mrs Natalia Baitch received a Gramata [decree of blessing] from the Metropoliton.

In 2009 Mrs N Baitch, the head of the sisterhood, handed on her responsibilities. She is also the longest serving member of the congregation and was involved in the group whose vision and hard work resulted in the construction of the church. A considerable part of her life and that of her husband (who was the chief builder of the church T.L. Baitch) and the lives of their four children were spent in the grounds of the church.
She has seen almost all of her friends from the Sisterhood off onto their last path to God. Even in her advanced years, she still comes to the church first to prepare for the start of the service and is last to leave. She carried on her shoulders for many years the heavy burden of meticulous Sisterhood organisation of holidays, holy bread baking, so investments, charitable dinners lotteries bazaars and much more. She is always, under any circumstances, ready to support, encourage and reassure everyone who needs her help in kind words.

A true spiritual sister, humble believer and hard work and keeper of the church archives – Mrs Natalie Baitch - still attends church without fail despite her 89 years (2012). Her experience is invaluable and her advice on managing the affairs of the church are much needed and valued by the congregation. She surprises those who meet her for the first time with her sharp mind and eloquent use of English spoken word.

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