OCPM Board Meeting February 2 - 02/02/18
The Biannual Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) Board Meeting was held on February 2nd, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. Archbishop Mark is the Episcopal Liaison for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North America, and the Very Rev. John Kowalczyk is the Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors of OCPM.
THEOPHANY AND THE BLESSING OF WATER AT ST. MICHAEL'S IN JERMYN - 01/06/18
Theophany was celebrated at St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn, beginning with Great Compline and Blessing of Water on the evening of Friday, January 5th; and celebration of Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Theophany on the morning of January 6th, with the Great Blessing of Water.
(Photos by Vladimir Kitchura.)
CHRISTMAS AT ST. MICHAEL'S IN JERMYN - 12/25/17
The Nativity of Christ at St. Michael's in Jermyn was a blessed and joyous celebration that included the Parish's outreach to the community. In collaboration with Susan Schlasta, a parishioner who is a Social Worker, members of St. Michael's Parish donated a total of $1,500 to brighten the Christmas of 5 needy families. The donations were used to provide food, toys, and clothing to the 5 families that Susan Schlasta had identified. In addition to being a member of St. Michael's Church Council, Susan is the elected Diocesan Council representative to the Metropolitan Council.
Chrismation at St. Michael's in Jermyn - 11/12/17
HOCHLE CHILDREN CHRISMATION
Anastasia, Alexander, and John Hochle were received into the Orthodox Church by Chrismation at St. Michael's Orthodox Church, Jermyn, PA, on November 12, 2017, Very Rev. John Kowalczyk officiating. Their parents are Francis and Kimberly Hochle. Godparents are Maryann and Bill Dubee.
(Photos by Vladimir Kitchura.)
November visit of Hawaiian Icon to St. Michael's - 11/07/17
The Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God was present in St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn, on Tuesday, November 7th for the Eve of the Church's Patronal Feast of St. Michael and the Bodiless Hosts, for the 6:30 p.m. Great Vespers service, and was also present on Wednesday, November 8th, for the 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, followed by a reception in the Church Basement for the Holy Myrrh-Gushing Icon and the Care-taker of the Holy Icon, Subdeacon Nektarius.
(Photos by Vladimir Kitchura.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!
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 .
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!
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.
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!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
BLESSING OF PALMS AND WILLOW BRANCHES - 04/05/15
Entrance of OurLord and Saviour Jesus Christ was observed in our Church with Blessing and Distribution of Palms and Willow Branches.
PASCHA BREAD BAKING PROJECT
CREW MADE OVER 805 LOAVES OF BREAD - 03/30/15
Protodeacon Gabe Petorak and George Petorak along with their crew made over 801 loaves of Paska and Regular Loaves of Bread.
HIERARCHIAL MISSION SERVICE
HIS GRACE RT REV DAVID OF ALASKA VISITS - 03/22/15
Our Parish hosted the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent Deanery Mission Service. His Grace, Rt Rev David,Bishop of Sitka and All Alaska was the main Celebrant along with Deanery Clergy. His Grace also delivered a very inspiring Homily. Following the Service, a bountiful Lenten Meal was served by our St Mary's Altar Society and afterwards the Clergy were invited to the Rectory.
EVENING PRE SANCTIFIED LITURGY
ST TIKHONS SEMINARIANS VISIT AND SING RESPONSES - 03/18/15
St Tikhons Seminarians visited our Church and sang the responses during the evening Pre Saanctified Liturgy. The Liturgy was served by Father John Kowalczyk,pastor; Archrpriest Dennis Swencki assisted by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and Deacon Vasily Dubee. Archpriest Daniel Geeza was in the Altar praying. The Choir was accomapnied by Very Rev Stephen Voytovich, Seminary Dean. A bountiful Lenten Luncheon was served afterwards. A check was also presented to the Choir.
LENTEN FOOD SALE
SECOND ANNUAL ETHNIC FOOD SALE - 03/06/15
Father Gabe and his crew working hard preparing pierogies,halushki and clam chowder. Many deliveries to businesses and homes were completed as well as pickups at St Michaels Center.
ANNUAL BLINI BREAKFAST HELD DESPITE SNOWSTORM - 03/01/15
Our Annual Blini Breakfast Was held despite the snowstorm. St Mary's Society sponsored the fundraiser.
RIGHT TO LIFE MARCH 2015
WASHINGTON DC ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE - 01/22/15
The Orthodox Church in America along with students from St Tikhons Seminary participated in the March for Life March in Washington DC. Both Father John and Matushka Cathy were among the particpants. Photos are taken from the OCA website and Facebook Page.
THEOPHANY EVE HOLY SUPPER
BISHOP MARK WAS GUEST OF HONOR - 01/05/15
Our Annual Theophany Eve Holy Supper was held following Complines at our Church Hall. His Grace, Rt Rev Bishop Mark was guest of Honor. Protodeacon Gabe Petorak and his Staff prepared and served the 12 Lenten Dish Supper .
QUICK TO HEAR ICON VISITS OUR CHURCH
ABOTT SERGIUS ACCOMPANIES MIRACULOUS ICON - 11/23/14
The Miraculous Wonderworking Icon Quick to Hear was in our Church today accompanied by Abott Sergius of st Tikhon's Monastery. Father Sergius gave an Inspiring Homily and served the Divine Liturgy along with Father John Kowalczyk, Protodeacon Gabe Petorak and newly Ordained Deacon Vasily Dubee. Our St Mary's Society served a Lenten Breakfast afterwards.
BISHOP MARK ORDAINS SUBDEACON VASILY DUBEE TO DIACONATE
READER VASILY DUBEE ORDAINED SUBDEACON AND DEACON - 11/09/14
His Grace, Rt Rev Mark made a visit to our Church on Sunday. He ordained Reader Vasily Dubee to the Subdiaconate and to the Holy Diaconate. Also Reader Valdimir Kitchura was Blessed to wear the Orarion and serve as a Subdeacon. Vladyka also presented St Mary's Society with a Diocesan Gramota on their 80th Anniversary.. A buffet dinner followed in our Church Center.
TROPHIES FOR THE WINNERS
WINNERS FROM OUR CAR SHOW - 09/28/14
DANNY AND VLAD KITCHURA AND BILL TALPASH PRESENTED THE WINNERS WITH TROPHIES AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE CAR SHOW. GREG BERTOFF WAS THE ANNOUNCER. WE THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND WELCOME ALL BACK AGAIN IN 2015.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!