St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
April 17, 2016
April 17, 2016

St. Michael’s Orthodox Church

308 Walnut St.

Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433


Very Rev. John Kowalczyk

Phone: 876-1241 – Cell: 561-8696

Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak

Phone: 876-0411 (Diocesan Website)

Sub-Deacon Vasili Gardecki: 267-6239

Reader Vasili Dubee: 254-9720

Church Website:




Joseph Krenitsky (President)

Phone: 876-2770


Prof. Oleg Beljaeff: 876-5236

 Reader Vladimir Kitchura: 903-3475

Reader Greg Bertholf: 282-6268

George Petorak Manager: 876-0377

St. Michael’s Center: 876-3454


Gospel: Mark 10:32-45


April 17th, 2016

Epistle: Heb. 9:11-14

  St. Mary of Egypt



Schedule of Services for Great Lent


Sunday, April 17th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m., (9th Day Parastas for Stephen Malec, offered lovingly by his wife Jean, children & family)


Wednesday, April 20th, Presanctified Liturgy 6:30 p.m., Confession 5:45 p.m.


Friday, April 22nd, Presanctified Liturgy 9:00 a.m., Confession 8:30 a.m.

Akathist 6:30 p.m. “Glory To God for All things”, 7:00 p.m. Confession


Lazarus Saturday, April 23rd, Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m., Confession 8:30 a.m.

Great Vespers 6:30 p.m. (Eve of Palm Sunday) Blessing of Wheat, Wine & Oil, Confession 7:00 p.m.


Palm Sunday, April 24th, (No Matins), Blessing of Palms & Willows 9:15 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.




His Eminence, Archbishop Mark will be with us at the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday. Archbishop Mark will serve as Priest and the Divine Liturgy will begin and end at the normal time. We welcome our Diocesan Archpastor to our Church. Please be in Church by 9:15 a.m. for the blessing of Palms & Willows.


Church School Sponsored Breakfast will be held on Lazarus Saturday, April 23rd, following the celebration of the 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy. Easter Baskets will be presented to the Church School Children. Everyone in Church is invited for breakfast. Please plan to attend!


Ethnic Food Sale at St. Michael’s Center  was a tremendous success. We thank you for the support given this past Friday. Pascha orders: Holiday rolls, kielbasa, horseradish etc. are being taken. Please show us your support by calling Ruth at 876-1456 for advance orders. Pick-up Tuesday, April 26th at St. Michael’s Center.


Sunday Lenten Mission Vespers will be held this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, Pa. Very Rev. Nicholas Solak, Pastor, and Archbishop Mark and the deanery clergy will be participating.


Church Prosphora Baking will be held this Tuesday morning at St. Michael’s Center, with Eva Demchak and her crew. We thank them in advance for the work in preparing the (Prosphora) offered at the Divine Liturgy.


Adult Education Presentation will be held this Wednesday, April 20th, following the celebration of the Presanctified Liturgy. Pot-Luck Lenten Meal will be offered. Please see Millie Telep during Coffee hour and let her know what you will be bringing.


Lenten Visitation of Shut-Ins will begin this Monday, April 18th. Fr. John will call the evening before his visit, to make proper arrangments.


Special Donations: $25.00 Large Easter Lily in memory of Renee Swirdovich, from Dorothy Hanchak, $50.00 Easter Flower donation for the continued good health of George, Marilyn and Joshua Petorak, $25.00 Large Lily in memory of Andrew Hanchak offered by wife Dorothy, $15.00 Lily offered for the continued good health of the Essig family, $10.00 Easter Candles for the departed members of the Essig & Mensky families, $15.00 Easter Flowers & $10.00 Candles from Millie Telep in loving memory of Robert Telep and Parents Nikita & Mary Hrichuk, $15.00 Easter Flower offered by Rosalie Fives, $10.00 for Easter Candles for the health of the Petrilak and Kovaleski families.


Donations for Easter Lily and Candles are being accepted. $15.00 small lily plant, $25.00 large lily plant and $10.00 for Easter Candles. You may offer the flowers and candles in loving memory of your departed family members or for the continued health of your family. We thank you in advance for your support.


Renovating Project Goal was set at $25,000 for the repair and replacement necessary at the Church Rectory and the Choir Director's Rectory. Please use the envelopes provided for you located in the Vestibule.


Hospitality a la Russe featuring Traditional Russian Cuisine, with the Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra will be held on Sunday, May 15th at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield. 3:30 p.m. Reception & Russian Table, and Theme Basket Drawing. Please contact Kay Fedirko for the RSVP.


Please remember in your prayers: Olga Sviatko and Michael Klaptach who are guests at the Wayne Woodlands Manor, in Waymart; Ann Butler who is a guest at Elm Croft Mid-Valley, 89 Sturges Rd., Peckville, PA 18452; and Andrew Petrilak who is a new guest at the Carbondale Nursing Home, 10 Hart Pl., Carbondale, PA 18407.


February Income: $10,618.25; Expense: $17,455.58 ($6,837.33)

March Income: $9,941.00; Expense: $7,490.95 +$2,450.05


Hostesses: Sunday, April 17th: Karen Wanas, Matushka Dolores Petorak, Mille Telep; April 24th: Dorothy Allen, Debbie Bernosky, and Ann Butler.


Thank you for all the support everyone has given during the COVID -19 Virus Pandemic. When you are not in Church for the services, please send in your weekly envelopes on a timely basis or please use the above donation button. Your donations are sincerely appreciated, as we have routine expenses that must be met. May God protect you during this difficult time.

St. Michael Orthodox Church
305 Walnut Street; Jermyn, PA 18433
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