St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
March 20, 2016
March 20, 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 1:43-51


March 20th, 2016

Epistle: Heb. 11:24-26,32-12:2

  Sunday of Orthodoxy


Schedule of Services for the 2nd Week of Lent


Sunday, March 20th: Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.  “Triumph of Orthodoxy”, Parastas for the departed members of the Petorak and Solak families, offered by George & Marilyn Petorak.


Wednesday, March 23rd: Presanctified Liturgy 6:30 p.m., Confession 5:45 p.m.


Thursday, March 24th: Parastas (40thDay) for Dorothy Yurchak offered by family.


Friday, March 25th: Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. (Annunciation of the Most-Holy Theotokos);  Akathist to the Most-Holy Theotokos 6:30 p.m., Confession 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 26th: Divine Liturgy 9:00 a.m. (Feast of Archangel Gabriel), Baptism/Chrismation of Helena Mae Lanfranca 2:00 p.m., Great Vespers 6:30 p.m., Confession 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, March 27th: Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.




Triumph of Orthodoxy Service will be held this Sunday, at 4:00 p.m. at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. His Eminence Archbishop Mark and the clergy of the Wilkes-Barre Deanery will participate. Fr. Chad Hatfield will be the homilist.


Pascha Bread will be made this Monday, March 21st for Western Easter, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Center. Please offer your time and talent and show your support. We need your help!


Adult Education Presentation: “Great Lent and the Meaning of the Fast”  will be held this Wednesday, March 23rd following the celebration of the Presancfited Liturgy. Pot-Luck Lenten Meal will be offered. Please see Matushka Kathy or Millie Telep during Coffee hour and let them know what you will be bringing.


Heat & Air Collection will be held next Sunday, March 27th during the second offering. Please use the envelopes distributed this morning. We thank you in advance for your support!


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.


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 Altar Candle offering of $130.00 for Great Lent was offered by John Lasichak. May our Lord continue to bless you for your offering.


Memorial & Soul Liturgies will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, and April 9th. Please submit the names of your departed loved ones you want to be commemorated to Fr. John by Friday, April 1st. Please use the memorial form found in this week’s bulletin.


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


Church School will be held on Sunday, March 27th, 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 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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