St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
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St. Michael's in Jermyn Annual Dinner

The Annual St. Michael's Day Dinner Celebration of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, was held on Sunday, November 12th following the Divine Liturgy. The Dinner was held at St. Michael's Center. The profit generated from the dinner will go toward the St. Michael's Scholarship Fund. Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and Susan Schlasta gave a slide presentation on their trip to the Ukraine and visit to St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Dubranich. In addition, the St. Michael's Church School held a bake sale and raffle of a rocking chair. The Church School teachers are Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk and Matushka Delores Petorak.

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Ethiopian Orthodox Coffee Ceremony at St. Michael's in Jermyn - 11/05/17

An Ethiopian Orthodox Coffee Ceremony was held in the basement of the Church following the Divine Liturgy on November 5th, 2017. The Ceremony was sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Tamrat Bekele and presented by Mrs. Beckele and family.

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Parish Festival Draws Record Crowd of Over 1,900 People - 09/24/17

The 8th Annual Parish Festival “Christmas in September and Car Show” was greeted with warm and sunny weather on Friday, September 24th through Sunday, September 24th. St. Michael's Center was filled with 22 vendors, over 124 theme baskets, a tempting dessert table with Holiday baked goods made by our parishioners, together with a Designer Purse Raffle. Home-made ethnic foods were offered during the entire weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, “Faith Ann Liuzzo's School of Performing Arts” entertained hundreds of people. On Sunday, the day began with the Divine Liturgy filled with many visitors, and the choir was under the direction of Oleg Beljaeff. Over 190 Classic Cars were registered to win Special Trophies, and in the afternoon the famous 8 piece Jeffrey James Band entertained the record crowd of over 1,900 people who had come to support our Parish Festival.

His Eminence, Archbishop Mark opened the Sunday program with a prayer, followed by the singing of "God Bless America" led by our cantor William Dubee.

We give thanks to everyone who supported our Parish Festival as we embraced the greater community with our open hearts and hospitality.

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Special Olympics Held at St. Michael's Center in Jermyn, Pennsylvania - 09/10/17

On Sunday afternoon, September 10th, the Special Olympics were greeted with sunny and warm weather at St. Michael's Center, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, which was the setting for the Special Olympics Boccie Ball Tournament. St. Michael's Church has embraced the  this special most-worthy organization as an integral part of the outreach ministry of our Church and has included them as part of the spiritual family at St. Michael's.

St. Michael's Orthodox Church has opened its heart and sprawling property for the Special Olympics to have an opportunity to practice and challenge the many players in exercise and skill in the Boccie Ball Sport.

Fr. John had the opportunity to bless the food prepared by St. Michael's Center and to present medals to the many winners.

Fr. John stated: "To be with these special children and young adults was one of the highlights of my pastoral ministry, to say the Lord's Prayer together, sit and enjoy the food with them and present medals and see the joy they had, and the love reflected in their faces, will always remain with me. God Bless

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Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and parishioner Susan Schlasta traveled to Dubranich, Ukraine - 07/18/17

Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak made his 15th anniversary trip to our Sister Church, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Dubranich, Ukraine, on July 18. Parishioner Susan Schlasta traveled this year with Protodeacon Gabriel. The parishioners of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn offered donations totaling $2,000 which were distributed our sister church and an orphanage run by St. Mary's as well as a nearby monastery.

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Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak's Trip to Dubranich, Western Ukraine

Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak will make his 15th anniversary trip to our Sister Church, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Dubranich, Western Ukraine, leaving on July 18. Traveling this year with Protodeacon Gabriel will be parishioner Susan Schlasta. May our Lord bless them and grant them both a safe journey. The parishioners of St. Michael's Orthodox Church offered donations totaling $2,000 to be distributed our sister church and an orphanage run by St. Mary's as well as a nearby monastery. Photos and an article about their trip will be posted upon their return.

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St. Michael’s Scholarship - 06/25/17

St. Michael's Orthodox Church congratulations our Graduates: Karlee Vaverchak (Lakeland High School) and Morgan Ann Carney (North Pocono High School) in being awarded the St. Michael’s Scholarship on June 25, 2017. They were also presented with icons of the Theotokos. May our Lord grant them Many Blessed Years!

[Photos by Vladimir Kitchura.]

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Visit of the Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon - 06/18/17

The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Iveron Mother of God visited St. Michael's Orthodox Church, Jermyn, PA, on Father's Day, June 18, 2017, for Divine Liturgy. The icon was brought from Hawaii by Subdeacon Nektarios, who gave a talk about the history of the icon and distributed small amounts of the Myrrh that had flowed during the Liturgy, assisted by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak, Subdeacon Vasily Gardecki, and Subdeacon John Edward Lasichak. Father John Kowalczyk anointed the people after the Liturgy, and Subdeacon Nektarios presented a replica of the icon to St. Michael's.

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Blessing of Baskets - 04/16/17

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Paschal Liturgy - 04/16/17

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Nocturns - 04/15/17

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Great & Holy Friday - 04/14/17

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St. Michael’s Welcomes Archbishop MARK for Special Day - 04/09/17

On Sunday, April 9 2017, the Orthodox Faithful of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn, PA welcomed His Eminence, Archbishop Mark, to Palm Sunday Services. His Eminence blessed the parish’s newly-installed stained-glass windows, and received Catechumen Alexis into the Orthodox Church. It was also the celebration of the 85th birthday of Mrs. Sophia Kowalczyk, mother of our dear Father John Kowalczyk.
May God Grant Alexis and Sophia Many Blessed Years!

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Christmas 2016

Christmas - 12/25/16

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Christmas in September Festival 2016

Christmas in September Festival 2016

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Fisher-Blondell Wedding

Fisher-Blondell Wedding - 06/11/16

Tamara Fisher and Michael Blondell were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on June 11, 2016. May God grant them Many Years in health and happiness!

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Baptism of Xenia Soroka

Baptism of Xenia Soroka - 06/05/16

Father John performed the Sacrament of Baptism and Chrismation for the infant Xenia Soroka on June 5, 2016. Her parents are Jeremy and Dorcas Soroka.

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Babtism of Helena Lanfranca

Baptism of Helena Lanfranca - 03/26/16

Father John performed the Sacrament of Baptism and Chrismation for the infant Helena Mae Lanfranca on March 26, 2016. Parents are Amy Mae Allen and Joseph Lanfranca. The Godparents are Maryanne and Vasily Dubee, Sr.

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Baptism of Dorcas Soroka

Baptism of Dorcas Soroka - 04/02/16

Father John performed the Sacrament of Baptism and Chrismation for Dorcas Soroka on April 2, 2016. May God grant her Many Years!

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PRE LENTEN BREAKFAST

ST MARY'S SOCIETY SPONSORED THE FUNDRAISER - 02/21/16

Our Annual Pre-Lenten Breakfast Fundraiser was held following Divine Liturgy. St Mary's Altar Society hosted the breakfast.

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OPEN HOUSE AT THE RECTORY

FATHER JOHN, MATUSHKA CATHY AND CHILDREN ARE HOSTS - 12/27/15

Another Joyful "Open House " was held this morning following Divine Liturgy. Everyone enjoyed it and Father Protodeacon Gabe led the singing on Christmas Carols. The feast was Fabulous. We thank Father John, Matushka and their Children Nicky and Sophia for their hospitality. Many Many Years to Them!!!!!!!!!!

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NATIVITY DIVINE LITURGY 2015

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! - 12/25/15

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SISTER ANNA VISITS

NUN FROM ST ELISABETH CONVENT IN BIELORUS GIVES PRESENTATION - 12/17/15

Sister Anna, a Nun from St Elisabeth Convent and Monastery in Bieloruss,Russia, visited us tonight. She  gave a video presentation on the Monastery and the work the Nuns are doing. They give care to people with various problems and children left  unwanted by there parents. Also the Nuns are famous for producing ver elaborate Canonical Icons and teach Iconography. Sister will be visting various Orthodox Parishes .

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ARCHANGEL MICHAEL LITURGY

PATRONAL FEAST OF OUR CHURCH - 11/08/15

Our Patronal Feast was observed with Divine Liturgy served by Fathers Kowalczyk , Dan Gyza ,our Guest and Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak. A Festive Buffet was held at St Michael's Center.

Holy Archangel Michael and All the Bodiless Hosts Pray For Us!

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FATHER VASILI SERVES HIS FIRE DIVINE LITURGY

FIRST DIVINE LITURGY BY FATHER VASILI DUBEE - 10/18/15

Father Vasili Dubee served his First Divine Liturgy assited by Father John Kowalczyk and Protodeacon Gabe Petorak. He was presented a Paschal Set of Vestments on behalf of our Church who sponsored Father Vasili at St Tikhons Seminary. His family honored him at a Dinner in St Michaels Center afterwards.

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DEACON VASILI DUBEE ORDAINED TO THE HOLY PRIESTHOOD

FATHER VASILI DUBEE ORDAINED BY ARCHBISHOP MARK - 10/09/15

Father Deacon Vasili Dubee was Ordained to the Holy Priesthood at St Tikhon's Monastery and on the Feast Day of St Tikhon. His Eminence, Archbishop Mark was assised by Monastery Clergy and Archpriest John Kowalczyk of our Church. Father Dubee was ordained Deacon in November of 2014 and served his Internship here at St Michael's Church. His First Solemn Divine Liturgy will be served by himself on October 18th at our Church. May God Grant Him and His Family Many Many Blessed Years!!!

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Ordination of Rev. Father Vasili Dubee
Ordination of Rev. Father Vasili Dubee, at St. Tikhon's Monastery, October 9, 2015. In the photo: newly ordained Rev. Father Vasili Dubee with Very Rev. Dr. John Kowalczyk.
Ordination of Rev. Father Vasili Dubee, at St. Tikhon's Monastery, October 9, 2015. In the photo: newly ordained Rev. Father Vasili Dubee with Very Rev. Dr. John Kowalczyk.
Ordination of Rev. Father Vasili Dubee, at St. Tikhon's Monastery, October 9, 2015. In the photo: newly ordained Rev. Father Vasili Dubee with Very Rev. Dr. John Kowalczyk.
CAR SHOW AND CHRISTMAS IN SEPT.

FINAL DAY AND AWARDING OF TROPHIES - 09/27/15

Our 3 Day Christmas in September and Car Show came to an end. The beautiful Fall weather attracted many from near and far. The Car Show also had more vehicles than last year. Everyone had a great time and looking forward to next year!  His Eminence Archbishop Mark also attended and Offered Inspiring Words and gave his Blessing .

 

ST MICHAEL'S ORTHODOX CHURCH Thanks Everyone for Their Support and Patronage!!!!!!!!!!

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2015 CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER FIRST DAY

HUGE CROWD ATTENDED - 09/25/15

Our Annual Christmas in September opened and was attended by hundreds during the evening. The Faith Liuzzo Dancers also presented  awesome dancing. Over 100 Chineese Auction Prizes will be given away on Sunday.

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AUGUST BREAKFAST

ST MARYS ALTAR SOCIETY SPONSORS FUNDRAISRER - 08/16/15

St Mary's Altar Society sponsored the breakfast which followed Divine Liturgy.

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SEPTEMBER FUNDRAISER FLYERS

PUBLICITY FOR CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER & CAR SHOW - 09/24/15

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER AND CAR SHOW

EVENT IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 25TH,26TH AND 27TH - 06/11/15

The Committee met and furthered plans for the September fundraiser.

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PENTECOST SUNDAY

DIVINE LITURGY AND KNEELING PRAYERS - 05/31/15

Holy Pentecost was observed in our Church with Divine Liturgy and the Kneeling Prayers. Father John Kowalczyk was assisted by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak , Father Deacon Vasily Dubee and Subdeacon Vasily Gardecki along with Reader Vladimir Kitchura and the Altar Servers.

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ST TIKHON'S MONASTERY

MEMORIAL DAY PILGRIMAGE - 05/25/15

The Annual Memorial Day Pilgrimage was held this date at St Tikhon's Monastery South Canaan. The Iveron Myrrbearing Icon of the Mother of God was also present for Veneration and Annointing with Holy Oil. His Beautitude Metropolitan Tikhon served the Divine Liturgy with visiting Hierarchs and Clergy.

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