St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
May 22, 2016
May 22, 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 5:1-5


Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Epistle: Acts 9:32-42

  Martyr Basiliscus Bishop of Comana




Schedule of Services



Sunday, May 22nd, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m., (9th Day Parastas for Michael Kitchura offered by Annmarie Kitchura)


Saturday, May 28th, Great Vespers 4:00 p.m. (Please note change of time.)


Sunday, May 29th, Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.





The 112th Memorial Day Pilgrimage to St. Tikhon’s Monastery will begin this Friday, May 27th with a Molieben to the Iveron Miraculous Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28th Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 74th, Annual Academic Commencement of St. Tikhon’s Seminary at 1:00 p.m.


Special Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 5th, following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. “The purpose of the meeting will be to authorize and ratify the sale of a vacant parcel of property owned by the Parish, commonly known as 534 Gravity St., Archbald, Lackawanna County, Tax Parcel Identification # 07417030011 as described in Deed dated January 14, 1983. The proposed sale is to Salvatore A. Nestico, Jr., Diane M. Nestico and Anthony J. Nestico for the sum of $10,000.00.” (First Reading)


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.


Special Church Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:00 p.m. We will be meeting with Fr. John Parsells, Director of Orthodox Web Solutions and developing a new Parish Web-Page. Please make every effort to attend.


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!


Heat & Air Collection will be held next Sunday, May 29th during the second offering. Please use the special envelopes distributed this morning. We thank you in advance for your support.


The Memorial Day Pilgrimage Collection will be taken by the men of our Parish. If you are interested in participating, please see Joseph Krenitsky this morning.


Church Donation in memory of Michael Kitchura $50.00 Annmarie Kitchura, $50.00 Stachura Family and $50.00 Eleanor Marion.


We pray for the Speedy Recovery of Debbie Krenistky who is a patient at the ICU unit of Geisinger (CMC) Hospital in Scranton.


Chicken & Rib (Kundlas) BBQ will be held on Saturday, July 2nd from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale next Sunday. The Spring Raffle will be held on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016. Please return your tickets in a timely fashion.


The first Christmas in September Parish Festival Organizational Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00 p.m. Please mark this date on your calendar and plan to attend!


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 22nd: Ruth Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Vicky Kravetsky; May 29th: 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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