St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
May 15, 2016
May 15, 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: Mark: 15:43-16:8


Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7

  Holy Myrrhbearing Women




Schedule of Services


Sunday, May 15th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m., Parastas (40th Day) for Stephen Malec, offered by Jean Malec.


Saturday, May 21st, Baptism/Chrismation: Carson & Cooper Anuszewski 11:00 a.m.,

Great Vespers 6:30 p.m., Parastas for Constantine Yurchak and departed members of the Yurchak family, offered by daughter Joanne Yurchak.


Sunday, May 22nd, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.





The Oath of Office for the Church and St. Michael’s Center Committee and St. Mary’s Altar Society will be administered this morning following the reading of the Holy Gospel. Congratulations!


Memorial Day Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery special collection to help offset many of the expenses will be held this morning, during the second offering. We thank you in advance for your support of our beloved Monastery.


Hospitality a la Russe featuring Traditional Russian Cuisine, with the Kauriga Balalaika Orchestra, will be held this afternoon 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 tickets.


Church Committee Meeting will be held this Monday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. We will be planning the summer schedule of events. Please make every effort to attend.


St. Michael’s Cemetery Mapping Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 p.m. underneath the Church. This is a kick off meeting to get the cemetery lots in order. If you are interested please attend this important meeting.


St. Michael’s Center report on Easter & Ethnic Food Sales for 2016: Ash Wednesday - $2,071.00; Western Easter - $3,109.00; Ethnic Food Sale #1 - $2,031.00; Ethnic Food Sale #2 - $2,142.50; Ethnic Food Sale #3 - $1,700.00; Orthodox Easter - $3,211.29.

Total Sales - $14,264.79. Thank you for all your support!


Wednesday, May 18th, Resurrection Healing Service will be held at St. George’s Orthodox Church, Keyser Ave. in Taylor, PA, at 6:00 p.m.


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.

Renovation Donation: $50.00 offered by Ann Ferenchak.


St. Tikhon’s Seminary Graduation Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 28th at 6:00 p.m. at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Tickets are $40.00, children $10.00. Please see Matushka Kathy for tickets.


The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery, “Rejoice, O Mountains of Pennsylvania” will hold a concert of Orthodox Sacred Music by American Composers on Sunday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. For tickets please see Matushka Kathy this morning.


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.


Hostesses: Sunday, May 15th: Annabel Franchak, Helen Grancey, Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk; May 22nd: Ruth Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Vicky Kravetsky; May 29th: Theresa Krenitsky, Irene Kiehart, Mary Mathena.


St. Michael Orthodox Church
305 Walnut Street; Jermyn, PA 18433
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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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