St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
Reception for Ludmilla Popov

Buffet Dinner - 07/01/07

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St Michael's Graduates for 2007

Sholarship Presentations - 07/01/07

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Holy Pentecost-2007

Divine Liturgy and Kneeling Prayers

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Surprise Party for Matushka Cathy

Many Many Years Matushka! - 07/15/07

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St Michael's church Receives a copy of the Pochaev Icon

Blessing of the Icon,Divine Liturgy and Prayers with Veneration - 08/19/07

The copy of the Pochaev Icon was presented to the church by Protodeacon Gabriel and Marushka Petorak in Honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrated this past May. Protodeacon Gabriel and Seminarian Vasili Dubee brought the Icon from the Pochaev Monastery in the Ukraine during a visit there. They also venerated the relics of St. Job of Pochaev.

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Fall Fundraiser

Barbeque Chicken and Rib Dinner - 09/29/07

Over 300 dinners were served.

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St Michael\\\'s College Graduates

Presentations following Divine Liturgy - 07/15/07

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Chrismation Service

Ebracing the Orthodox Faith through Chrismation - 11/10/07

Debbie Koval and John Lozo were received into the Orthodox Church through Chrismation.

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St Michael\\\'s Feastday Hierarichal Divine Liturgy

Hierarichal Divine Liturgy and Ordination of Subdeacon Adam Sexton to the Holy Diaconate - 11/11/07

His Grace, the Rt Rev Tikhon, ordained Subdeacon Adam Sexton to the Diaconate and Blssed the new Pochaev Icon Stand. A dinner followed in the church hall afterwards.

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ANNUAL YOLKA

YOLKA - 12/23/07

The Annual "Yolka" was held following Divine Liturgy with the Church School children participating. A luncheon followed the show.

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CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT THE RECTORY

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE HOSTED BY FATHER AND MATUSHKA KOWALCZYK & CHILDREN - 12/25/11

The " Open House " hosted annually by Father John, Matushka Cathy and children, Nicholas and Sophia followed the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day. Protodeacon Gabe Petorak led the singing of Carols .

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NATIVITY - 2011

CHRISTMAS DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/11

The Nativity of Christ was observed with Divine Liturgy followed by an Open House at our Rectory hosted by Father John, Matushka Cathy and their children Nicholas and Sophia.

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COOKIE EXCHANGE

COOKIE EXCHANGE AND SANTA VISIT TO CHURCH SCHOOL - 12/18/11

The Ladies conducted their cookie exchange and displayed them and exchanged the cookies among the participants. Our Church School children had a surprise visit from Santa Claus and sand Christmas Carols.

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MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR 911 VICTIMS

BISHOP TIKHON WAS THE MAIN CELEBRANT - 09/25/11

A Memorial Service for those killed during the 911 attack on the World Trade Center was held following the 2nd Annual Car Show.His Grace, Bishop Tikhon was present and led the service with Fathers Johns Kowalczyk and John Perich. Reader Vasily Dubee Sr sang God Bless America at the end.

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2ND ANNUAL CAR SHOW

DAN AND VLADIMIR KITCHURA CHAIRED THE CAR SHOW - 09/25/11

There are 77 vehicles on display and trophies were awarded for various categories.

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2011 CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER WEEKEND

FUNDRAISER WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. - 09/23/11

Our Second Annual " Christmas in September" was held and featured many items from Russia, Greece, Poland and the Holy Land. Also many types of breads, pierogies and sweets were available. Our kitchen workers , under the direction of Father Gabe Petorak supplied homemade foods for the shoppers.A car show was held on the last day.

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER COMMITTEE MEETING
SUMMER INDOOR PICNIC FUNDRAISER

ANNUAL INDOOR PICNIC - 07/24/11

Our Annual Summer Indoor Picnic was held and a variety of foods were made available. Hot dogs, hamburgs, salads, rolls, coffee and of course a dessert table with lots of goodies. It was a very successfule event and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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2011 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES HONORED

AWARDS PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATES - 06/26/11

Our parish honored 4 members who have graduated from various High Schools in the area. Each  each one was presented with a gift from the parish Scholarship Committee. Standing from left are Jullianne Soroka, Abington Heights, Rachael Baldan and Mary Elizabeth  Slachta, Lakeland High School. Kristen Twardzik, Lakeland was absent and was presented her gift this morning by ger granfather, Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak.

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER PLANNING MEETING

EVENT WILL BE SEPT,24TH,25TH AND 26TH,2011 - 06/13/11

The Committee planning the 2nd Annual Christmas in September met at our Church Center. There will be many newer attractions and more vendors along with games and rides for children. Father John Perich was our guest and helping make this event larger. A Car Show will be among the added attractions on September 26th with trophies being awarded. More news will follow in the coming weeks.

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PENTECOST SUNDAY LITURGY AND KNEELING PRAYERS

DIVINE LITURGY FOLLOWED BY THE VESPER SERVICE - 06/12/11

O Heavenly King , the Comforter and Spirit of Truth, who art Everywhere and Fillest All Things.Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life ,Come and Abide in Us and Cleanse of from all impurity and Save Our Souls, O Good One!

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PASCHA - BLESSING OF PASCHAL FOODS

PASCHAL FOODS WERE BLESSED FOLLOWING DIVINE LITURGY - 04/24/11

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GREAT FRIDAY VESPERS

GREAT FRIDAY SOLEMN SERVICES - 04/22/11

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PALM SUNDAY BLESSING OF WILLOW BRANCHES AND PALMS

PALMS AND WILLOW BRANCHES WERE BLESSED AND DISTRIBUTED - 04/17/11

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CHURCH COUNCIL INSTALLED BY FATHER JOHN

2011 OFFICERS APPROVED AND INSTALLED - 04/10/11

Newly elected Officers of our Church Council were installed and presented with a gold neck cross by Father John during the Divine Liturgy. A letter of approval from our Diocesan Hierarch, His Grace,Bishop Tikhon was confirming the Officers for 2011. Each were presented with a gold cross by Father John. Our Starosta,Joseph Krentitsky is now serving in his 33rd Year.

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4th SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT - ST JOHN OF THE LADDER

LENTEN VISIT BY HIS GRACE, BISHOP TIKHON - 04/03/11

Vladyka Tikhon made a Lenten vist to our Church and served the Divine Liturgy with Archapriests John Kowalczyk and Michael Lepa and Protodeacons Gabriel Petorak and Peter Skoog. During the Liturrgy, Vladimir Kitchura was Tonsured to the Rank of Reader. Protodeacon Petorak was awarded the Order of St Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow . A light Lenten luncheon followed in the church parlor.

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KURSK ROOT ICON VISITS ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH

AKATHIST AND MOLEBEN SERVED BY HIS GRACE,BISHOP TIKHON - 01/28/11

The Kursk Icon of the Mother of God made a bisit to our church. The Icon is visiting Orthodox Churches throughout the East and made its way to Jermyn,PA. The Archpriest Serge Lukianov is in charge of the Icon and gave a historical presentation following the Moleben which was served by His Grace,Bishop Tikhon and the Archpriests John Kowalczyk,rector, Stephen Kopestonsky,Daniel Geeza and Father Serge.

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EVE OF THEOPHANY HOLY SUPPER

TRADITIONAL PARISH SUPPER FOLLOWING GREAT VESPERS - 01/05/11

Our Traditional Holy Supper was held following Great Vespers at our church hall. This is held to commemorate the Baptism of our Lord,God and Saviour, Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Traditional Lenten Foods are served since it is a Strict Fast Day. Over 70 attended and the affair was under the supervision and prepared by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and his staff.

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CHRISTMAS RECEPTION AT THE RECTORY

FATHER JOHN AND HIS FAMILY HOST THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS RECTION - 12/26/10

The Annual Christmas Rection for our Parishioners was hosted at the Rectory by Father John, Matushka Cathy and their family. Everyone enjoyed themselves and sang traditional carols. We Thank Father, Matushka and their Children, Nicholas and Sophia for an enjoyable afternoon.

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NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR,JESUS CHRIST

NATIVITY DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/10

The Solemn Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour, Jessus Christ was served by the Very Rev Archpriest John Kowalczyk assisted by Archpriests Daniel Gyza and Peter Telencio.  THE VIDEOS OF NATIVITY ARE UPLOADED IN THE VIDEO SECTION !!!

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ANNUAL YOLKA & CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN IN YOLKA - 12/19/10

The Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange and Yolka was held following Divine Liturgy. The church school children were the Stars of the Christmas Play that was taught by Matushka Delores Petorak and Maryann Dubee, Church School Instructors. Laura Piwowarski was the chairperson of the Cookie Exchange.

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ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

RT REV TIKHON SERVES HIERARCHIAL DIVINE LITURGY - 11/07/10

HIS GRACE, RT REV TIKHON ALONG SERVED THE DIVINE LITURGY CELBRATING THE PARISHES 101st ANNIVERSARY . IT WAS A YEAR TO THE DATE THAT THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY WAS OBSERVED IN 2009. SERVING WITH THE HIERARCH WERE, THE PARISH RECTOR, ARCHPRIEST JOHN KOWALCZYK, VERY REV JOHN BEHR AND ARCHPRIEST EUGENE PIANOVICH, RETIRED. A FESTIVE BANQUET WAS HELD AT THE PARISH CENTER.

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CLASSIC CAR AND TRUCK SHOW

CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER COLLECTIBLES AND BAKED GOODS SALE - 09/26/10

A Classic Car and Truck Show was sponsored at the the Parish Center along with a Christmas in September collectibles by Father John Perich.

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APPRECIATION DINNER FOR FATHER JOHN AND MATUSHKA CATHY 7 FAMILY

DIVINE LITURGY & APPRECIATION DINNER - 09/19/10

The parishionerss of our Church held a dinner in Honor of Father John and Matushka Kowalczyk & family.It was a way of showing appreciation for 25 years at St Michael's. Through their leadership the parissh has prospered and grown and is growing into the future. Father is the longest priest to serve as Rector here. MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY,MANY BLESSED YEARS IN THE YEARS TO COME !!!

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PROTODEACON GABE'S TRIP TO THE UKRAINE

PHOTOS FROM OUR SISTER CHURCH IN DUBRYNICH, UKRAINE - 07/01/10

Protodeacin Gabriel Petorak nade is Bi-Annual Trip to Dubryich, Ukraine in early July. The Church is St Mary's Orthodox Church and is a sister Church of St Michael's in Jermyn. Our parishioners have benn very generous to the Church in Ukraine over the years with monetary donations for which many things have been purchased for the Church.The Ukrainian people do not have enough funds to furnish their Church. St Michael's adopted the parish and support it regularly.

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER FUNDRAISER

SAMPLING ETHNIC FOODS - 09/05/10

CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER,24,25 & 26 AT ST MICHAEL'S CENTER, DELAWARE STREET,JERMYN. THERE WILL BE ETHNIC FOODS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND "TREASURERS FROM RUSSIA" ITEMS THAT WILL BE AVAILBLE FOR PURCHASING AS WELL. PARISHIONERS WERE SAMPLING SOME OF THE 15 VARIETIES OF PIEROGI, BLINTZES(BLINI),CABBAGE ROLLS,BREADS,STRUDELS AND BABKAS.FOR MORE INFO ON PRE-ORDERING CONTACT:RUTH 570-489-9024 OR KATHY 570-876-1241.

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Hierarchical Divine Liturgy & Grand Banquet

100th Anniversary Celebration - 11/07/09

On Saturday, November 7, 2009, the 100th Anniversary of the beginnings of the church was celebrated at St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn.  His Grace, Bishop Tikhon was the main celebrant along with 18 other members of the clergy.  The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was followed by a Grand Banquet at Heart Lake Lodge.  It was a truly prayerful, inspiring, and wonderful day to mark this special event.

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SUMMER BARBEQUE -2010

CHICKEN BARBEQUE HELD AT ST MICHAEL'S - 07/03/10

The Annual Summer Chicken Barbeque was held on July 3rd at our church center. More than 225 dinners were sold .

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SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION

ARIEL KRAVETSKY AWARDED 2010 SCHOLARSHIP - 06/20/10

Ariel Kravetsky, Uniondale, was awarded the 2010 Scholarship from the Scholarship Committee. She will attend Penn State Hazleton Campus this Fall. Julianna Soroka observed her 18th Birthday and celebrated it with a parishioners following the Divine Liturgy.

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Blessing of Altar Candlesticks

Blessing of Newly Regilded Candlesticks - 09/20/09

Seven newly regilded candlesticks were blessed today and given in memory of Edward Brzuchalsky by his loving wife Eileen and family.  May Ed's memory be eternal! 

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Blessing of Tabernacle and Vestments

Blessing of the Newly Regilded tabernacle & Vestments - 11/01/09

The Tabernacle is one of many items regilded for our Centennial celebration.  It was blessed this Sunday along with gold vestments.

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2009 YOLKA AND COOKIE EXCHANGE

CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN'S ANNUAL YOLKA - 12/20/09

Matushka Petorak and Mary Ann Dubee directed the Annual Yolka Program and Laura Piwarski hosted the cookie exchange.

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NATIVITY OF CHRIST - 2009

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! - 12/25/09

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, has shown to the world the Light of Wisdom! For by it those who worshipped the stars were taught by a Star to adore Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, the Orient from on High, O Lord, Glory to Thee!

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OPEN HOUSE AT THE RECTORY

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! - 12/27/09

Father John and Matushka Kowalczyk hosted a Christmas Open House at the Rectory. Traditional foods and Christmas Carols were part of the celebration.

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EVE OF THEOPHANY HOLY SUPPER

ANNUAL VILYIA SUPPER - 01/05/10

The yearly Eve of Theophany Holy Supper was held following Complines in the church hall. The supper had 22 different kinds of Lenten Foods prepared by Protodeacon Gabriel and his chefs. There were 58 in attendance and everyone enjoyed the evening.

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SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY & BAPTISM CEREMONIES

INFANT DEMETRIUS GETZIE CHRISTENED BEFORE LITURGY - 02/21/10

Sunday of Orthodoxy  was a dualy event here at St. Michael's. Infant Demetrius Getzie was Baptized and Church School children participated by processing into the church each carrying an Icon and Blessed by Father John . A Lenten Meal was served following Divine Liturgy through the generosity of Joseph and Marci Getzie.

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LENTEN MISSION-2010

SECOND SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT - 02/28/10

St Michael's hosted the Lenten Mission which was served by the Clergy of our Deanery. A Lenten meal followed the service at St Michael's Center which was prepared by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and his helpers.

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THIRD SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT

SUNDAY OF THE PRECIOUS CROSS - 03/07/10

His Grace, Rt Rev Tikhon came to serve the Divine Liturgy with Archpriest John Kowalczyk and Archpriest Daniel Gyza. They were assisted by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and Sub-Deacon Abraham and Reader Vasily Dubee Jr. Vladyka gave a very inspiring homily and visited with parishioners following the Liturgy in the church parlors. He also presented a Diocesan Gramota to Sub-Deacon Vasily Gardecki for his many years as church webmaster and sponosring the website.

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PIEROGI SALE

LENTEN ETHNIC FOOD SALES - 03/12/10

Parishionersof St Michael's sponsored Lenten Ethnic Food Sales during Great Lent. The following foods are available: Pierogies, Halushki and Clam chowder. Well over 22,000 pierogies have been sold .The pierogies are always in "GREAT DEMAND" and sell out quickly.

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PALM SUNDAY - 2010

BLESSING OF WILLOW BRANCHES - 03/28/10

BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD !

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NOCTURNS AND RESURRECTION MATINS

NOCTURNS - 04/03/10

ON GREAT SATURDAY EVENING, NOCTURNS AND MATINS WERE SERVED FOLLOWED BY THE BLESSING OF PASCHAL FOODS.

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PASCHA -2010

CHRIST IS RISEN! CHRISTOS VOSKRESE! CHRISTOS ANESTE! - 04/04/10

Christ is Risen from the dead, Trampling Down Death by Death and upon Those in the Tombs, Bestowing Life!

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PENTECOST SUNDAY - 2010

DIVINE LITURGY,KNEELING PRAYERS AND PANACHYDA AT THE CEMETARY - 05/23/10

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our Gid, who has revealed the Fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy spirit; through them Thou didst draw the world unto Thy net. P Lover of Man, Glory to Thee!

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3RD ANNUAL CAR SHOW

60 CARS,TRUCKS AND MOTOR CYCLES REGISTERED - 09/30/12

The 3rd Annual Car Show was held in conjunction with our Christmas in September fundraiser. Both Vlad and his dad, Dan Kitchura were the chairen and did an "Outstanding Job" in arranging the car show. Many Years to All Who worked hard in making this Christmas in September a Huge Success!!! Danielle Kleha, a Country and Western vocalist rendered many selections during the car show and enjoyed by all.

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ST MICHAELS PATRONAL FEAST CELEBRATION

MIRACULOUS ICON OF ST ANNA VISITS DURING THE CELEBRATION - 11/11/12

Our Patronal Feastday was observed with a Visit of the Miraculous Wondeworking Icon of St Anna, the Mother of the Theotokos. The Archimadrite Anastassy brought St Anna from St Tikhon's Monastery. Faithful venerated the Icon and were annointed after the Divine Liturgy. A Buffet Style Dinner was served in the Church Hall with 200 in attendance.

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CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN PACK CLOTHES FOR UKRAINE

CHILDREN'S DAY CARE CENTER IN PEREHICH,UKRAINE WILL GET CLOTHING AND SHOES - 10/06/12

The children of a small Day Care Center near Dubrinich,Western Ukraine, will have clothing and shoes thanks to the efforts of Father Gabriel Petorak and our Church School Children. A large selection of childrens shoes and clothing will be shipped to Ukraine and given to the needy children at the Day Care Center. The clothes were  sorted and packed by children and volunteers at our church. A special collection for shipping the boxes was taken on Sunday by the children.

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BLESSING OF PACKAGES FOR UKRAINE

FATHER JOHN BLESSED THE PACKAGES OF CLOTHING FOR UKRAINE - 10/14/12

Father John Blessed the packed clothing and shoes for the children's Day Care Center near Dubrinich, Wester Ukraine following Divine Liturgy on Sunday.

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER - SECOND DAY

SECOND DAY OF ANNUAL FUNDRAISER - 09/29/12

The Second Day of our Annual Fundraiser was enjoyed by all .

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER-FIRST DAY

FIRST OF A 3 DAY EVENT - 09/28/12

Our 3rd Annual Christmas in September funraiser opened with a variety of Ethnic Foods and Father John Perich's World Treasure's which were for sale.

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BLINI BREAKFAST

FORGIVENESS SUNDAY ANNUAL BLINI BREAKFAST - 02/26/12

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THEOPHANY EVE HOLY SUPPER

TRADITIONAL LITTLE CHRISTMAS HOLY SUPPER - 01/05/12

Our Traditional Theophany Eve Holy Supper was held in our Church Hall. There were 80 attending including His Grace, Bishop Tikhon.

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DEACON PAVEL FROM TORONTO GUEST AT OUR CHURCH

LENTEN LUNCHEON PRECEDES THE PRESENTATION - 03/07/12

Deacon Pavel of Toronto,Canada, gabe a presentation about a Soup Kitchen in Toronto,Canada, that he helped organize.The kitchen is staffed by " street people" who are converts to Holy Orthodoxy . Funding for the kitchen is raised from the sale of 3,000 loaves of bread which are sold in various stores in the Greater Toronto Area. A light Lenten Meal was served prior to the presentation.

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LENTEN MISSION

ST GREGORY OF PALAMAS SUNDAY - 03/11/12

Our Parish hosted the Deanery Lenten Mission which was attended by Clergy from the Wilkes Barre Deanery. A Lenten Meal was served following the services in the parish center.

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PRE SANCTIFIED LITURGY

BISHOP TIKHON MAKES LENTEN VISIT - 03/21/12

The Pre Sanctified Liturgy was served by Father Kowalczyk and Protodeacon Gabriel and presided over by His Grace, Bishop Tikhon. A Lenten Luncheon followed and His Grace gave a talk on the Revitalization Plan for the Diocese.

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LAZARUS SATURDAY

CHURCH SCHOOL COMMUNION AND BREAKFAST - 04/07/12

Our Church School children received the Holy Mysteries and had their Annual Lazarus Saturday Breakfast following the Divine Liturgy.

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ENTRANCE OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM

BLESSING AND DISTRIBUTION OF PALMS AND WILLOW BRANCHES - 04/08/12

Pallms and Willow branches were Blessed and Given to those attending the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday.

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FATHER JOHN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

PARTY WAS GIVEN IN HONOR OF HIS 60th BIRTHDAY - 04/21/12

MAY GOD GRANT FATHER JOHN MANY,MANY,BLESSED YEARS OF HEALTH AND ALL GOOD THINGS !  THE CELEBRATION WAS WELL ATTENDED WITH OVER 170 GUESTS AT THE PARISH CENTER.

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CHURCH OFFICERS INSTALLED BY FATHER JOHN

JOSEPH KRENITSKY ELECTED WARDEN - 04/29/12

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PASCHA-2012

PASCHAL DIVINE LITURGY - 04/15/12

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BRIANNE KRAVETSKY AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP CHECK

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE ANNUAL PRESENTATION - 06/17/12

Brianne Kracetsky was presented a check for $500 ,which is awarded each year for high school graduates. St Michael's Scholarship Committee, chaired by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak made the presentation with Father John. Brianne will attend Marywood University in the Fall. Another graduate, Allison Kraky, was not available and will receive her check in the near future.

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SUMMER BARBEQUE

CHICKEN AND RIBS WERE SOLD - 07/07/12

Our Annual chicken and Rib Dinner was very successful with over 340 tickets sold.

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2012 INDOOR BARBEQUE

FABULOUS EVENT - 07/22/12

Our Annual Indoor Summer Barbeque featured many different Summer foods including hot dogs,burgers,salads,friut cups,and homemade desserts that were enjoyed by all.

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BAPTISM OF INFANT SOPHIA GETZIE

VASILY SR AND MARYANN DUBEE WERE THE SPONSORS. - 09/09/12

Infant Sophia Getzie was Baptised into the Orthodox Church by Father John Kowalczyk. Her sponsors were Vasily Sr and Mayann Dubee . A Brunch for all was served following the Divine Liturgy and was hosted by her parents. Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and his Matushka Delores and daughter Laura prepared the foods and decorations for the brunch.

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METROPLITAN TIKHON HONORED BY THE DIOCESE OF EASTERN PA

RECEPTION HELD AT OUR CHURCH CENTER - 12/04/12

His Beautitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was Honored by a Reception given by the Diocese of Eastern Pa at our Church Center. He was welcomed with the traditional Bread and Salt and presented with flowers from each Deanery. Accompanying the Metropoital was His Grace, Mark of Baltimore. More than 75 Priests and Matushi attended. Following a Lenten Meal, a Mitre and Gifts were presented to His Beautitude.

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NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/12

Nearly everyone Communed of the Holy Mysteries and the Liturgy was well attended.

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CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE

VARIOUS TYPES OF COOKIES WERE MADE AND EXCHANGES - 12/23/12

Our Annual Cookie Exchange was held today with Laura Piwowarski as chairman. Participants baked different cookies and exchanged them amongt themselves.

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NATIVITY YOLKA BY CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN

CHURCH SCHOOL YOLKA AND A VISIT BY "SANTA" - 12/23/12

Our Church School, under the direction of Matushka Delores Petorak and Dorothy Allen organized the Yolka . Also a vivist of the American Version of St Nicholas took place and each child was given a little git.

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HIS GRACE BISHOP MELCHIZEDEK VISITS OUR CHURCH

OUR FEAST DAY CELEBRATION - 11/10/13

His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek, Locum Tenens, Diocese of Eastern Pa visited our Church and served the Divine Liturgy and offered an Inspiring Homily. A buffet dinner was served afterwards in the Parish Center.

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CLASSIC CAR SHOW

CAR SHOW AND BAZAAR - 09/29/13

Our Annual Car Show and Christmas in September Weekend was a "Huge Success". The Car Show drew 144 entries this year and Trophies were awarded to the winners. We Wish to Thank Everyone Who Supported Our Fundraiser amd Hope to See You Again in 2014!!!!!!!!!!

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4TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER FUNDRAISER

SECOND DAY OF EVENT - 09/28/13

There were many vendors available and large variety of articles for sale as well as "Homemade Ethnic and American Foods along with a large selection of baked goods sold.

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CLASSIC CAR SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 29TH

CAR SHOW COMMITTEE - 09/29/13

As pa part of Our 4th Annual Christmas in September Fundraiser, a Classic Car Show will take place on the Sunday,September 29th at St Michael's Center, Delaware Street. Registration will begin at 8:00 Am and Trophies awarded.

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CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE FOR PARISH FESTIVAL - 08/18/13

Our 4th Annual Christmas in September Festival Committe.

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ST MICHAELS VETS MEMORIAL SERVICE

LITYIA SERVED FOR FALLEN VETS OF ALL WARS - 06/02/13

A Memorial Service was served today for those members of our Church who served in all Wars. It was sponsored by our St Michael's Vets .

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PENTECOST SUNDAY

DIVINE LITURGY AND SERVICE AT OUR CEMETARY - 06/23/13

Pentecost was observed with the Divine Liturgy, Kneeling Prayers and Service at our Cemetary.

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ST THOMAS SUNDAY & MOTHERS DAY

HIS GRACE, RT REV MARK SERVED THE DIVINE LITURGY - 05/12/13

We were honored to have His Grace,Bishop Mark with us today. His Grace served the Divine Liturgy along with Father John Kowalczyk and Protodeacon Gabe Petorak.

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BLESSED EDGERTON BOOKSIGNING

JOSEPH KRENITSKY,AUTHOR,GAVE PRESENTATION AND SIGNED BOOKS - 05/09/13

Our Parish President, Joseph Krenitsky, author of the Historical Book Blessed Edgerton,signed and gave a Presentation on the contents of his book. The book contains historical photos and articles about a small community that existed in the Salem Mountains outside of Jermyn.

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PASCHA OF OUR LORD

DIVINE LITURGY AND BLESSING OF PASCHAL FOODS - 05/05/13

Today is the Feasts of Feasts. The Bright Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour,Jesus Christ.

Christ is Risen!  He is Truly Risen!

Christos Voskrese ! Voistinu Voskrese!

Christos Aneste ! Alitos Aneste!

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GREAT FRIDAY HIERARICHAL VESPERS

HIS GRACE BISHOP MARK WAS THE MAIN CELEBRANT - 05/03/13

His Grace, Bishop Mark served the Great Friday Vespers and Lamentations.

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PALM SUNDAY

ENTRY OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM - 04/28/13

Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name Of Our Lord, God is Our Lord and Has Revealed Himself to Us!

Palms and Willow Branches were Blessed and the entire Church received the Holy Mysteries.

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LAZARUS SATURDAY

CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN'S CONFESSION AND COMMUNION - 04/27/13

Each Year on Lazarus Saturday our Church School Children receive the Holy Mysteries followed by a Lenten Breakfast afterwards.

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WEEK OF THE PRECIOUS CROSS PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY

HIS GRACE, BISHOP MARK PRESIDED AND GAVE A PRESENTATION AFTERWARDS - 04/10/13

BISHOP MARK PRESIDED OVER THE PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY AND GAVE A PRESENATION ON THE "50th PSALM' AFTERWARDS. A LENTEN MEAL WAS SERVED TO ALL.

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SUNDAY OF HOLY ORTHODOXY

CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN PROCESS WITH ICONS - 03/24/13

On every Sunday of Orthodoxy, our Church School children process with the Holy Icons.

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HIS GRACE, BISHOP MARK VISITS OUR CHURCH

PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY PRESIDED OVER BY BISHOP MARK - 03/20/13

His Grace, Bishop Mark visited our Church during the Presanctified  Liturgy. Father John introduced His Grace who offered remarks .

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FORGIVENESS SUNDAY BLINI BREAKFAST

BLINI WITH DIFFERENT FILLINGS & PANCAKES WERE SERVED - 03/17/13

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INSTALLATION OF CHURCH COUNCIL

FATHER JOHN INSTALLED AND BLESSED THE NEW OFFICERS - 03/17/13

Our Church Council Officers were installed by Father John and given the Oath of Office.

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RE-DEDICATION OF OUR CHURCH PARLOR KITCHEN

FATHER JOHN BLESSED THE KITCHEN - 02/24/13

A new floor was installed in the kitchen of our Church and was Blessed after Divine Liturgy.

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FEBRUARY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

Valentine's Day Motiff - 02/10/13

Our February  Breakfast was held with a Valentine's Day motiff.

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MONTHLY BREAKFAST

ABUNA(ARCHBISHOP) EWOSTATEOS GEBREKRISTOS of ETHIOPIA WAS IN ATTENDANCE - 01/13/13

Our monthly Breakfast was held following Divine Liturgy and was our Guest,His Grace Abuna (Archbishop) Abuna Ewostateos Gebrekristos of Ethiopia. Afterward, His Grace gave exlained the Historical background of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

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THEOPHANY SUNDAY

GREAT BLESSING OF WATER - 01/06/13

Water was blessed by Father John following Divine Liturgy and distributed for Blessing of Homes.

 

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THEOPHANY EVE TRADITIONAL HOLY SUPPER

THE 12 COURSE LENTEN MEAL WAS SERVED AT OUR CHURCH CENTER - 01/05/13

Our Annual Theophany Eve Holy Supper was served to 57 guests. The meal consisted of 12 Lenten items and prepared and served by Father Gabe Petorak and his staff.

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NATIVITY DECOR IN OUR CHURCH

PROTODEACON GABE AND HIS HELPERS DO THE DECORATING - 12/24/14

OUR Church is always decorated for all Feast Days through the efforts of Protodeacon Gabe Petorak and his helpers.This year we have a styrofoam Orthodox Church built by Professor Oleg Beljaeff, whic took him about 38 hours to complete.

 

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NATIVITY OF CHRIST

DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/14

The Nativity of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ was observed with a Divine Liturgy served by Father John Kowalczyk, Protodeacon Gabe Petorak and Deacon Vasily Dubee.

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NATIVITY OF OUR LORD DIVINE LITURGY

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! - 12/25/13

We celebrated the Nativity of Our Lord  on this Glorious Day wby attending Divine Liturgy which was served by Father John Kowalczyk, Ret Chaplain Father Peter Telencio, Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak along with Subdeacon Vasili Gardecki and Reader Vladimir Kitchura. Many received the Holy Mysteries and the CHoir offered many selection directed by Oleg Belajaeff.

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OPEN HOUSE AT THE RECTORY

FATHER AND MATUSHKA HOST OPEN HOUSE FOR PARISHIONERS - 12/29/13

Father John and Matushka Cathy hosted another outstanding Open House for parishioners following the Divine Liturgy.

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GREAT BLESSING OF WATER

HIS GRACE, BISHOP MARK VISITS OUR CHURCH - 01/05/14

The Great Blessing of Water took place following Divine Liturgy. His GRace, Bishop Mark and Father John Blessed the Water. Bishop Mark made a surprise visit to our Church today.

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DAVE BUTLER CELEBRATES HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY

90TH BIRTHDAY FOLLOWING BLESSING OF WATER - 01/05/14

Our parishioner, Dave Butler observed his 90th Birthday .

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PRE LENTEN BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST SERVED FOLLOWING DIVINE LITURGY - 02/16/14

Our Annual Pre Lenten Breakfast fundraiser was held after Divine Liturgy in the Church  Parlor. it is always held on the Sunday prior to Meafare Sunday.

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ANNUAL BLINI BREAKFAST

FORGIVENESS SUNDAY FUNDRAISER - 03/02/14

St Mary's Altar Society sponsors this Annual Fundraiser each year on Forgiveness Sunday.

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PRE SANCTIFIED LITURGY

HIS GRACE BISHOP MARK WAS OUR DISTINGUISHED GUEST - 03/26/14

His Grace, Bishop Mark honored us with his presence and presided over the Liturgy. He was welcomed with the Cross by Fathers John and Michael Evans and Protodeacon Gabe Petorak. Following the Liturgy, a Lenten Meal was served after which His Grace offered remarks and his plans for our Diocese. 

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CHURCH COUNCIL INSTALLED BY FATHER JOHN

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2014

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PALM SUNDAY

PALMS WERE BLESSED AND DISTRIBUTED - 04/13/14

Palms and Willow Branches were Blessed and distributed by Father John.

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PASCHA OF THE LORD

DIVINE LITURGY AND BLESSING OF BASKETS - 04/20/14

Christ is Risen from the Dead and Trampled Down Death by Death and to Those in the Tombs Bestowing Life!

 

Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!

Christos Aneste ! Alitos Aneste!

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

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GRADUATION 2014

JULIANNE DUBEE RECEIEVES CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP - 06/29/14

JULIANNE DUBEE A GRADUATE OF LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVED THE 2014 SCHOLARISHIP FROM OUR CHURCH WHICH IS GIVEN ANNUALLY.

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MONTHLY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

FUNDRAISER FOR THE MONTH OF MAY - 05/04/14

Our monthly breakfast fundraiser was held in the Church basement and was sponsored by St Mary's Altar Society.

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ANNUAL INDOOR PICNIC

SPONSORED BY ST MARYS ALTAR SOCIETY - 06/15/14

OUR ANNUAL SUMMER INDOOR PICNIC WAS HELD IN THE CHURCH BASEMNT FOLLOWING DIVINE LITURGY. IT IS ALWAYS HELD ON THE SUNDAY BEFORE APOSTLES FAST. 

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BISHOP MARKS INSTALLATION

ST STEPHENS CATHEDRAL IN PHILADELPHIA - 05/10/14

His Grace Bishop Mark was Installed as our Diocesan Hierarch in Philadelphia. A Hierarchal Diviine Liturgy followed by the Rite of Installation at St Stephens Cathedral. His Beatitude Metroplitan Tikhon was the main Celebrant. A Banquet followed the ceremonies.

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IVERON MYRRSTREAMING ICON COMES TO ST MICHAELS CHURCH

ICON WAS STREAMING MYRRH THROUGHOUT THE CHURCH - 07/03/15

The Iveron Icon of Hawaii was brought to our Church through the efforts of subdeacon Nectary and Father John. A Moileben Service to the Mother of God was served and Myrhh Streamed from the Icon and each person was annointed with the Myrrh. The Icon was accompanied here by Subdeacon Nectary, who is the keeper of the Icon and travels with Her. Mitred Archpriest John Sorochka and his son Deacon Nathaniel were also present at the Service and assisted Reader Nectary.

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2015 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

ALEXIS BERTOFF PRESENTED WITH AWARD - 08/09/15

Alexis Bertoff was presented a $500 Scholarship from our Parish. She is a 2015 graduate of Lakeland High School . She also won a Presidential Scholarship and will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in September. May God Grant Her Many Many Blessed Years!

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