St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
March 13, 2016
March 13, 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: Matt. 6:14-21


March 13th, 2016

Epistle: Rom. 13:11-14:4

  Forgiveness Sunday


Schedule of Services First Week of Great Lent


Sunday, March 13th: Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m., Forgiveness Vespers 6:30 p.m.


Monday, March 14th: Compline and Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, March 15th: Compline and Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 16th: Presanctified Liturgy 6:30 p.m., Confession 5:45 p.m.


Thursday, March 17th: Compline and Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:30 p.m. & Confession.


Friday, March 18th: Akathist; “Glory to God for All Things” 6:30 p.m., Confession 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 19th: St. Theodore Liturgy 9:00 a.m. and Blessing of Kolivo, (Annual Parastas for Theodore Ferenchak offered by Anna Ferenchak), Great Vespers 6:30 p.m., Confession 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, March 20th: Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.  “Triumph of Orthodoxy”.




Blini Breakfast will be held this morning, following the Divine Liturgy. This is being held on the eve of the Great Lent. Please make every effort to attend this annual event sponsored by St. Mary’s Altar Society.


Ethnic Food Sale will be held on Friday, March 18th, 12:00 (noon) – 5:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Center. Please mark this date and plan accordingly. For advance orders please call Ruth at 876-1456. Factory orders are welcomed and we will deliver.


Monthly Church Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m. We will be preparing the budget and other items to be presented at the Annual Meeting. Please plan to attend!


Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 3rd following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Please mark this date on your calendar of events and plan to attend!


The Alaskan Native Spiritual Legacy and Icon Exhibition Lecture Series sponsored by Villanova University: The first lecture will be given by Fr. John Kowalczyk, who will speak on the “Miraculous Icon of our Lady of Sitka”, on Sunday, March 20th at 4pm at the Connelly Center. This lecture will be delivered on the “Sunday of Orthodoxy” and will also focus on the meaning of Holy Icons in the Orthodox Church.


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.


Special Renovation donation: $50.00 offered by Millie Telep. May our Lord grant you Many Years for your donation!

$50.00 offered by Joe Zapach, in loving memory of Dorothy Yurchak. 


Upcoming Ethnic Food Sale at St. Michael’s Center will be held on Friday April 15thFactory orders are welcomed. For advance orders call Ruth at 876-1456.


Church School will be held on Sunday, March 20th, following the Divine Liturgy underneath the Church. Please make every effort to bring your children to Church School.


January, 2016, Income: $12,139.00; January Expense: $11,145.92 (+ $993.92).


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. Peter and Helen Senio are at the Gardens of Green Ridge, 2751 Boulevard Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.


Hostesses: Sunday, March 13th: (Blini Breakfast); March 20th: Ruth Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Vicky Kravetsky; March 27th: Theresa Krenitsky, Irene Kiehart, Mary Mathena.

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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