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

                                                          St. Michael’s Orthodox Church

                                                                      308 Walnut St.

                                                             Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433






Very Rev. John Kowalczyk


Joseph Krenitsky (President)

Phone: 876-1241 – Cell: 561-8696


Phone: 876-2770

Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak

Phone: 876-0411


Prof. Oleg Beljaeff: 876-5236 (Diocesan Website)


Reader Vladimir Kitchura: 903-3475

Sub-Deacon Vasili Gardecki: 209-6086


Reader Greg Bertholf: 282-6268

Reader: Vasili Dubee: 254-9720


George Petorak Manager: 876-0377

Church Website:


St. Michael’s Center: 876-3454




Gospel: Luke 18:35-43


 January 24th, 2016

Epistle: Col 3:4-11


                       Blessed Xenia of Rome


                                                                     Schedule of Services        


Sunday, January 24th, Matins 8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m. Parastas for Helen Susko, offered lovingly by her son John Susko, Parastas for Elizabeth Zrowka offered by Steve and Rose Franchak, Parastas for Tillie, Yaroslav and John offered by Barbara Palubniak.

Sunday, January 24th Opening Moleben 4:00 p.m. responses sung by St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir

Thursday, January 28th, Vespers 4:00 p.m. (Diocesan Assembly) to follow at St. Michael’s Center

Friday, January 29th, Divine Liturgy 8:30 a.m. Celebrant: Archbishop Mark and Diocesan Clergy(Diocesan Assembly) continues at St. Michael’s Center.

Saturday, January 30th, Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. (Feast of the Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.) Great Vespers 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 31st. Matins 8:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.


St. Tikhon’s Seminary FOCA Dinner will be held this Sunday afternoon, at St. Michael’s Center with an opening Moleben at 4:00 our Church. Please support this FOCA chapter. A Concert will follow at St. Michael’s Center by the Seminary the Mission Choir. $15.00 Adults, children 7-12 $11.00 Children 6 and under eat free. Please see Matushka Kathy this morning during Coffee hour. 

Pirogi (Construction) Project will be held this Tuesday, January 26th at 8:00 a.m. at our St.. Michael’s Center. Please come out and give us some of your time and talent. We need the help and assistance to prepare for our Lenten Ethnic Food Sales.

The 53rd Diocesan Assembly will be hosted this year, by St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, on Thursday, January 28th, beginning with registration to be held at the Church beginning at 3:00 p.m. This will be followed by Vespers and Dinner at St. Michael’s Center. The Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday, January 29at 8:30 a.m. which will be followed by the formal Assembly at St. Michael’s Center. Archbishop Mark, and all the Clergy and delegates from our Diocese will be present. This is a historical event for our Church. Please come to the Divine Liturgy on Friday, January 29th at 8:30 a.m.

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

Renovating Donation: Camille Palese $200.00, Joseph Jubinski $150.00, David & Barbara Essig $100.00, Wendy Bochnovich $100.00, Dorothy Hanchak $50.00, Paul Kostiak $20.00, Delores Brophy $20.00, Sharon Cleary $10.00 

We have reached the $10,000.00 mark and still growing. We thank you for the support given!

Heat & Air collection: will be taken next Sunday, January 31st during the second offering. Please use the envelopes distributed this morning. We thank you in advance for the support given! 

November, 2015, Income: Church $5,157.00, Dues $1,438.00, Candles $856.00, Donation $2,000.00, Christmas in September $23,796.00, St. Michael’s Day Dinner $1,233.00, Christmas Flowers $200.00, Heat & Air $245.00. Community Bank (borrowed) $10,000.00 Total: $44,925.00 November Expense: $34,178.10 (+$10,746.90)

We are in the process of up-dating our Parish membership. If you are in arrears in the Church dues, please make every effort to fulfill this basic financial obligation before the end of the year.

First Ethnic Food sale to be held on Wednesday, February 10th at St. Michael’s Center. Please mark your calendar and plan accordingly.

Please remember in your prayers: Olga Svatko 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 Peter and Helen Senio at the Gardens of Green Ridge, 2751 Boulevard Ave, Scranton, PA 18509

Hostesses: Sunday, January 24th, Ruthann Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk, January 31st, Victoria Kravetsky, Teresa Krenitksy.  




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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