St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
April 24, 2016
April 24, 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: John 12:1-18


April 24th, 2016 (Palm Sunday)

Epistle: Phil. 4:4-9

  Entrance into Jerusalem



Schedule of Services for Holy Week & Easter


Palm Sunday, April 24th, Blessing of Palms & Willows 9:15a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.


Holy Wednesday, April 27th Presanctified Liturgy 9:00 a.m., Confession 8:30 a.m.


Holy Thursday, April 28th, Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m.

Matins & Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels 6:30 p.m.


Holy Friday, April 29th, 5:00 p.m. Vespers and Procession with the Plaschenitza (Winding Shroud of Christ)

& followed by Praises of Matins.


Great and Holy Saturday, April 30th, Vesperal Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m., General Confession 3:00 p.m.

Nocturns 11:30 p.m., Paschal Matins & Procession 12:00 a.m. followed by Blessing of Easter Baskets


Pascha (Easter) May 1st, Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. followed by Blessing of Easter Baskets




A Warm Welcome to His Eminence, Archbishop Mark as we celebrate the Entrance of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. May Archbishop Mark be blessed with good health as he continues to provide spiritual leadership for our beloved Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania.


A Special Thank You: to Steve and Martha Myshak in donating the three remaining Stained Glass Windows on the first level of our Church Addition. Baut Studios has been commissioned to compete this project and the work will take 6-8 weeks to complete. May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless Steve and Martha Myshak for many blessed years of good health and salvation for this generous offering to our Church.


Orthodox Easter Pascha orders: Holiday rolls, kielbasa, horseradish, etc. Thank you for your support! Pick-up Tuesday, April 26th at St. Michael’s Center.


Diocesan Bridegroom Matins Service will be held this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Archbishop Mark and the deanery clergy will be participating.


Holy Wednesday, April 27th Healing Service will be held at St. George’s Orthodox Church, Keyser Ave., in Taylor, PA, at 6:00 p.m.


Special Donations : $100.00 offered by Dr. Joseph Danyo for the continued good health of his family, $50.00 in memory of Mary Joan, Anna & Samuel Rusiniak from the Lasichak Family, $20.00 for candles for the departed Franchak & Homish families offered by Katherine and Andrew Homish, $25.00 Easter Lily, offered by Fr. John and Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk, for the departed members of their family, $15.00 for Easter Lily for the health of Dorothy Allen and family: Baby Helena, Amy, Joe and children, $15.00 Easter Lily and $10.00 candles in loving memory of son Alan, offered by Peter & Helen Senio, $15.00 Lily & $10.00 candle in loving memory of Daniel P. and Mary Kitchura and Godchild: Barbara Kitchura.


Easter lily and Candles Donations 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 is a guest at Elm Croft Mid-Valley, 89 Sturges Rd., Peckville, PA 18452, and Andrew Petrilak 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 24th: Dorothy Allen, Debbie Bernosky, and Ann Butler. Sunday, May 1st: (Easter).



Holy Week Procession Schedule


Good Friday, April 29, 2016


Cross - Daniel Franchak

Plaschanetza - Steve Franchak, Joseph Jubinskl, Sam Mosley, Steve Myshak

Candle - David Gazella,

Banner - Nicholas Hanchak


Good Friday and Holy Saturday Honor Guards at the Grave


7 pm to 8 pm - Subdeacon Vasily Gardecki, Subdeacon Vladimir Kitchura

8 pm to 10 pm - Peter Frenchko, Joshua Petorak

10 pm to 12 am - Joseph Krenitsky, David Krenitsky

6 am to 8 am - John Susko, Adam Serafini

8 am to 10 am - Robert Dance, Serge Bochnovich

10 am to 12 pm - Tom Grancey, Paul Mosley

12 pm to 2 pm - Daniel Kitchura, Michael Kitchura

2 pm to 4 pm - John Pash, Sr., John Pash Jr.

4 pm to 6 pm - David Essig, Nathan Muchal

6 pm to 8 pm - Jerry Soroka, Jeremy Soroka

8 pm to 10 pm - Gabriel Petorak, Jr., Tom Piwowarski

10 pm to 12 am - Fr. Gabriel, Joseph Krenitsky, George Petorak, Klapatch Brothers

Note: Fr. Gabriel, Klapatch Brothers, & Joseph Krenitsky will remove some of the grave at 10 p.m.


Resurrection Matins - Midnight Procession


The carrying of the Cross, Gospel, Banners, Icon, Candles and Arthos will be selected from church attendees. Bells - George Petorak. The Blessing of Easter Baskets in the church basement following service.


Bright Monday Procession


The carrying of the Cross, Gospel, Banners, Icon, Candles, and Arthos will be selected from church attendees.


If you are unable fulfill your assignment, please call Joseph Krenitsky at 876-2770.

The church will be closed Friday night at Midnight. Persons on guard from 10 pm to 12 am are responsible to make sure candles are extinguished and for locking the church. Also, persons on guard Saturday morning from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. are to open the church and light the candles. All keys are to be returned to Joseph Krenitsky.


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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