Blessing of the Icon,Divine Liturgy and Prayers with Veneration - 08/19/07The copy of the Pochaev Icon was presented to the church by Protodeacon Gabriel and Marushka Petorak in Honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrated this past May. Protodeacon Gabriel and Seminarian Vasili Dubee brought the Icon from the Pochaev Monastery in the Ukraine during a visit there. They also venerated the relics of St. Job of Pochaev.
Barbeque Chicken and Rib Dinner - 09/29/07Over 300 dinners were served.
Presentations following Divine Liturgy - 07/15/07
Ebracing the Orthodox Faith through Chrismation - 11/10/07Debbie Koval and John Lozo were received into the Orthodox Church through Chrismation.
Hierarichal Divine Liturgy and Ordination of Subdeacon Adam Sexton to the Holy Diaconate - 11/11/07
His Grace, the Rt Rev Tikhon, ordained Subdeacon Adam Sexton to the Diaconate and Blssed the new Pochaev Icon Stand. A dinner followed in the church hall afterwards.
YOLKA - 12/23/07
The Annual "Yolka" was held following Divine Liturgy with the Church School children participating. A luncheon followed the show.
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE HOSTED BY FATHER AND MATUSHKA KOWALCZYK & CHILDREN - 12/25/11
The " Open House " hosted annually by Father John, Matushka Cathy and children, Nicholas and Sophia followed the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day. Protodeacon Gabe Petorak led the singing of Carols .
CHRISTMAS DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/11The Nativity of Christ was observed with Divine Liturgy followed by an Open House at our Rectory hosted by Father John, Matushka Cathy and their children Nicholas and Sophia.
COOKIE EXCHANGE AND SANTA VISIT TO CHURCH SCHOOL - 12/18/11The Ladies conducted their cookie exchange and displayed them and exchanged the cookies among the participants. Our Church School children had a surprise visit from Santa Claus and sand Christmas Carols.
BISHOP TIKHON WAS THE MAIN CELEBRANT - 09/25/11A Memorial Service for those killed during the 911 attack on the World Trade Center was held following the 2nd Annual Car Show.His Grace, Bishop Tikhon was present and led the service with Fathers Johns Kowalczyk and John Perich. Reader Vasily Dubee Sr sang God Bless America at the end.
DAN AND VLADIMIR KITCHURA CHAIRED THE CAR SHOW - 09/25/11There are 77 vehicles on display and trophies were awarded for various categories.
FUNDRAISER WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. - 09/23/11Our Second Annual " Christmas in September" was held and featured many items from Russia, Greece, Poland and the Holy Land. Also many types of breads, pierogies and sweets were available. Our kitchen workers , under the direction of Father Gabe Petorak supplied homemade foods for the shoppers.A car show was held on the last day.
ANNUAL INDOOR PICNIC - 07/24/11Our Annual Summer Indoor Picnic was held and a variety of foods were made available. Hot dogs, hamburgs, salads, rolls, coffee and of course a dessert table with lots of goodies. It was a very successfule event and everyone enjoyed themselves.
AWARDS PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATES - 06/26/11
Our parish honored 4 members who have graduated from various High Schools in the area. Each each one was presented with a gift from the parish Scholarship Committee. Standing from left are Jullianne Soroka, Abington Heights, Rachael Baldan and Mary Elizabeth Slachta, Lakeland High School. Kristen Twardzik, Lakeland was absent and was presented her gift this morning by ger granfather, Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak.
EVENT WILL BE SEPT,24TH,25TH AND 26TH,2011 - 06/13/11The Committee planning the 2nd Annual Christmas in September met at our Church Center. There will be many newer attractions and more vendors along with games and rides for children. Father John Perich was our guest and helping make this event larger. A Car Show will be among the added attractions on September 26th with trophies being awarded. More news will follow in the coming weeks.
DIVINE LITURGY FOLLOWED BY THE VESPER SERVICE - 06/12/11
O Heavenly King , the Comforter and Spirit of Truth, who art Everywhere and Fillest All Things.Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life ,Come and Abide in Us and Cleanse of from all impurity and Save Our Souls, O Good One!
PASCHAL FOODS WERE BLESSED FOLLOWING DIVINE LITURGY - 04/24/11
PALMS AND WILLOW BRANCHES WERE BLESSED AND DISTRIBUTED - 04/17/11
2011 OFFICERS APPROVED AND INSTALLED - 04/10/11Newly elected Officers of our Church Council were installed and presented with a gold neck cross by Father John during the Divine Liturgy. A letter of approval from our Diocesan Hierarch, His Grace,Bishop Tikhon was confirming the Officers for 2011. Each were presented with a gold cross by Father John. Our Starosta,Joseph Krentitsky is now serving in his 33rd Year.
LENTEN VISIT BY HIS GRACE, BISHOP TIKHON - 04/03/11Vladyka Tikhon made a Lenten vist to our Church and served the Divine Liturgy with Archapriests John Kowalczyk and Michael Lepa and Protodeacons Gabriel Petorak and Peter Skoog. During the Liturrgy, Vladimir Kitchura was Tonsured to the Rank of Reader. Protodeacon Petorak was awarded the Order of St Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow . A light Lenten luncheon followed in the church parlor.
AKATHIST AND MOLEBEN SERVED BY HIS GRACE,BISHOP TIKHON - 01/28/11
The Kursk Icon of the Mother of God made a bisit to our church. The Icon is visiting Orthodox Churches throughout the East and made its way to Jermyn,PA. The Archpriest Serge Lukianov is in charge of the Icon and gave a historical presentation following the Moleben which was served by His Grace,Bishop Tikhon and the Archpriests John Kowalczyk,rector, Stephen Kopestonsky,Daniel Geeza and Father Serge.
TRADITIONAL PARISH SUPPER FOLLOWING GREAT VESPERS - 01/05/11Our Traditional Holy Supper was held following Great Vespers at our church hall. This is held to commemorate the Baptism of our Lord,God and Saviour, Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Traditional Lenten Foods are served since it is a Strict Fast Day. Over 70 attended and the affair was under the supervision and prepared by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and his staff.
FATHER JOHN AND HIS FAMILY HOST THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS RECTION - 12/26/10The Annual Christmas Rection for our Parishioners was hosted at the Rectory by Father John, Matushka Cathy and their family. Everyone enjoyed themselves and sang traditional carols. We Thank Father, Matushka and their Children, Nicholas and Sophia for an enjoyable afternoon.
NATIVITY DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/10The Solemn Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour, Jessus Christ was served by the Very Rev Archpriest John Kowalczyk assisted by Archpriests Daniel Gyza and Peter Telencio. THE VIDEOS OF NATIVITY ARE UPLOADED IN THE VIDEO SECTION !!!
CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN IN YOLKA - 12/19/10The Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange and Yolka was held following Divine Liturgy. The church school children were the Stars of the Christmas Play that was taught by Matushka Delores Petorak and Maryann Dubee, Church School Instructors. Laura Piwowarski was the chairperson of the Cookie Exchange.
RT REV TIKHON SERVES HIERARCHIAL DIVINE LITURGY - 11/07/10HIS GRACE, RT REV TIKHON ALONG SERVED THE DIVINE LITURGY CELBRATING THE PARISHES 101st ANNIVERSARY . IT WAS A YEAR TO THE DATE THAT THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY WAS OBSERVED IN 2009. SERVING WITH THE HIERARCH WERE, THE PARISH RECTOR, ARCHPRIEST JOHN KOWALCZYK, VERY REV JOHN BEHR AND ARCHPRIEST EUGENE PIANOVICH, RETIRED. A FESTIVE BANQUET WAS HELD AT THE PARISH CENTER.
CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER COLLECTIBLES AND BAKED GOODS SALE - 09/26/10A Classic Car and Truck Show was sponsored at the the Parish Center along with a Christmas in September collectibles by Father John Perich.
DIVINE LITURGY & APPRECIATION DINNER - 09/19/10The parishionerss of our Church held a dinner in Honor of Father John and Matushka Kowalczyk & family.It was a way of showing appreciation for 25 years at St Michael's. Through their leadership the parissh has prospered and grown and is growing into the future. Father is the longest priest to serve as Rector here. MAY GOD GRANT THEM MANY,MANY BLESSED YEARS IN THE YEARS TO COME !!!
PHOTOS FROM OUR SISTER CHURCH IN DUBRYNICH, UKRAINE - 07/01/10
Protodeacin Gabriel Petorak nade is Bi-Annual Trip to Dubryich, Ukraine in early July. The Church is St Mary's Orthodox Church and is a sister Church of St Michael's in Jermyn. Our parishioners have benn very generous to the Church in Ukraine over the years with monetary donations for which many things have been purchased for the Church.The Ukrainian people do not have enough funds to furnish their Church. St Michael's adopted the parish and support it regularly.
SAMPLING ETHNIC FOODS - 09/05/10
CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER,24,25 & 26 AT ST MICHAEL'S CENTER, DELAWARE STREET,JERMYN. THERE WILL BE ETHNIC FOODS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND "TREASURERS FROM RUSSIA" ITEMS THAT WILL BE AVAILBLE FOR PURCHASING AS WELL. PARISHIONERS WERE SAMPLING SOME OF THE 15 VARIETIES OF PIEROGI, BLINTZES(BLINI),CABBAGE ROLLS,BREADS,STRUDELS AND BABKAS.FOR MORE INFO ON PRE-ORDERING CONTACT:RUTH 570-489-9024 OR KATHY 570-876-1241.
100th Anniversary Celebration - 11/07/09
On Saturday, November 7, 2009, the 100th Anniversary of the beginnings of the church was celebrated at St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Jermyn. His Grace, Bishop Tikhon was the main celebrant along with 18 other members of the clergy. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was followed by a Grand Banquet at Heart Lake Lodge. It was a truly prayerful, inspiring, and wonderful day to mark this special event.
CHICKEN BARBEQUE HELD AT ST MICHAEL'S - 07/03/10The Annual Summer Chicken Barbeque was held on July 3rd at our church center. More than 225 dinners were sold .
ARIEL KRAVETSKY AWARDED 2010 SCHOLARSHIP - 06/20/10
Ariel Kravetsky, Uniondale, was awarded the 2010 Scholarship from the Scholarship Committee. She will attend Penn State Hazleton Campus this Fall. Julianna Soroka observed her 18th Birthday and celebrated it with a parishioners following the Divine Liturgy.
Blessing of Newly Regilded Candlesticks - 09/20/09Seven newly regilded candlesticks were blessed today and given in memory of Edward Brzuchalsky by his loving wife Eileen and family. May Ed's memory be eternal!
Blessing of the Newly Regilded tabernacle & Vestments - 11/01/09The Tabernacle is one of many items regilded for our Centennial celebration. It was blessed this Sunday along with gold vestments.
CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN'S ANNUAL YOLKA - 12/20/09
Matushka Petorak and Mary Ann Dubee directed the Annual Yolka Program and Laura Piwarski hosted the cookie exchange.
CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! - 12/25/09
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, has shown to the world the Light of Wisdom! For by it those who worshipped the stars were taught by a Star to adore Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, the Orient from on High, O Lord, Glory to Thee!
CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! - 12/27/09Father John and Matushka Kowalczyk hosted a Christmas Open House at the Rectory. Traditional foods and Christmas Carols were part of the celebration.
ANNUAL VILYIA SUPPER - 01/05/10The yearly Eve of Theophany Holy Supper was held following Complines in the church hall. The supper had 22 different kinds of Lenten Foods prepared by Protodeacon Gabriel and his chefs. There were 58 in attendance and everyone enjoyed the evening.
INFANT DEMETRIUS GETZIE CHRISTENED BEFORE LITURGY - 02/21/10Sunday of Orthodoxy was a dualy event here at St. Michael's. Infant Demetrius Getzie was Baptized and Church School children participated by processing into the church each carrying an Icon and Blessed by Father John . A Lenten Meal was served following Divine Liturgy through the generosity of Joseph and Marci Getzie.
SECOND SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT - 02/28/10St Michael's hosted the Lenten Mission which was served by the Clergy of our Deanery. A Lenten meal followed the service at St Michael's Center which was prepared by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and his helpers.
SUNDAY OF THE PRECIOUS CROSS - 03/07/10
His Grace, Rt Rev Tikhon came to serve the Divine Liturgy with Archpriest John Kowalczyk and Archpriest Daniel Gyza. They were assisted by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and Sub-Deacon Abraham and Reader Vasily Dubee Jr. Vladyka gave a very inspiring homily and visited with parishioners following the Liturgy in the church parlors. He also presented a Diocesan Gramota to Sub-Deacon Vasily Gardecki for his many years as church webmaster and sponosring the website.
LENTEN ETHNIC FOOD SALES - 03/12/10
Parishionersof St Michael's sponsored Lenten Ethnic Food Sales during Great Lent. The following foods are available: Pierogies, Halushki and Clam chowder. Well over 22,000 pierogies have been sold .The pierogies are always in "GREAT DEMAND" and sell out quickly.
BLESSING OF WILLOW BRANCHES - 03/28/10BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD !
NOCTURNS - 04/03/10ON GREAT SATURDAY EVENING, NOCTURNS AND MATINS WERE SERVED FOLLOWED BY THE BLESSING OF PASCHAL FOODS.
CHRIST IS RISEN! CHRISTOS VOSKRESE! CHRISTOS ANESTE! - 04/04/10
Christ is Risen from the dead, Trampling Down Death by Death and upon Those in the Tombs, Bestowing Life!
DIVINE LITURGY,KNEELING PRAYERS AND PANACHYDA AT THE CEMETARY - 05/23/10Blessed art Thou, O Christ our Gid, who has revealed the Fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy spirit; through them Thou didst draw the world unto Thy net. P Lover of Man, Glory to Thee!
60 CARS,TRUCKS AND MOTOR CYCLES REGISTERED - 09/30/12
The 3rd Annual Car Show was held in conjunction with our Christmas in September fundraiser. Both Vlad and his dad, Dan Kitchura were the chairen and did an "Outstanding Job" in arranging the car show. Many Years to All Who worked hard in making this Christmas in September a Huge Success!!! Danielle Kleha, a Country and Western vocalist rendered many selections during the car show and enjoyed by all.
MIRACULOUS ICON OF ST ANNA VISITS DURING THE CELEBRATION - 11/11/12Our Patronal Feastday was observed with a Visit of the Miraculous Wondeworking Icon of St Anna, the Mother of the Theotokos. The Archimadrite Anastassy brought St Anna from St Tikhon's Monastery. Faithful venerated the Icon and were annointed after the Divine Liturgy. A Buffet Style Dinner was served in the Church Hall with 200 in attendance.
CHILDREN'S DAY CARE CENTER IN PEREHICH,UKRAINE WILL GET CLOTHING AND SHOES - 10/06/12
The children of a small Day Care Center near Dubrinich,Western Ukraine, will have clothing and shoes thanks to the efforts of Father Gabriel Petorak and our Church School Children. A large selection of childrens shoes and clothing will be shipped to Ukraine and given to the needy children at the Day Care Center. The clothes were sorted and packed by children and volunteers at our church. A special collection for shipping the boxes was taken on Sunday by the children.
FATHER JOHN BLESSED THE PACKAGES OF CLOTHING FOR UKRAINE - 10/14/12Father John Blessed the packed clothing and shoes for the children's Day Care Center near Dubrinich, Wester Ukraine following Divine Liturgy on Sunday.
SECOND DAY OF ANNUAL FUNDRAISER - 09/29/12
The Second Day of our Annual Fundraiser was enjoyed by all .
FIRST OF A 3 DAY EVENT - 09/28/12Our 3rd Annual Christmas in September funraiser opened with a variety of Ethnic Foods and Father John Perich's World Treasure's which were for sale.
TRADITIONAL LITTLE CHRISTMAS HOLY SUPPER - 01/05/12Our Traditional Theophany Eve Holy Supper was held in our Church Hall. There were 80 attending including His Grace, Bishop Tikhon.
LENTEN LUNCHEON PRECEDES THE PRESENTATION - 03/07/12Deacon Pavel of Toronto,Canada, gabe a presentation about a Soup Kitchen in Toronto,Canada, that he helped organize.The kitchen is staffed by " street people" who are converts to Holy Orthodoxy . Funding for the kitchen is raised from the sale of 3,000 loaves of bread which are sold in various stores in the Greater Toronto Area. A light Lenten Meal was served prior to the presentation.
ST GREGORY OF PALAMAS SUNDAY - 03/11/12Our Parish hosted the Deanery Lenten Mission which was attended by Clergy from the Wilkes Barre Deanery. A Lenten Meal was served following the services in the parish center.
BISHOP TIKHON MAKES LENTEN VISIT - 03/21/12
The Pre Sanctified Liturgy was served by Father Kowalczyk and Protodeacon Gabriel and presided over by His Grace, Bishop Tikhon. A Lenten Luncheon followed and His Grace gave a talk on the Revitalization Plan for the Diocese.
CHURCH SCHOOL COMMUNION AND BREAKFAST - 04/07/12Our Church School children received the Holy Mysteries and had their Annual Lazarus Saturday Breakfast following the Divine Liturgy.
BLESSING AND DISTRIBUTION OF PALMS AND WILLOW BRANCHES - 04/08/12
Pallms and Willow branches were Blessed and Given to those attending the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday.
PARTY WAS GIVEN IN HONOR OF HIS 60th BIRTHDAY - 04/21/12MAY GOD GRANT FATHER JOHN MANY,MANY,BLESSED YEARS OF HEALTH AND ALL GOOD THINGS ! THE CELEBRATION WAS WELL ATTENDED WITH OVER 170 GUESTS AT THE PARISH CENTER.
JOSEPH KRENITSKY ELECTED WARDEN - 04/29/12
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE ANNUAL PRESENTATION - 06/17/12
Brianne Kracetsky was presented a check for $500 ,which is awarded each year for high school graduates. St Michael's Scholarship Committee, chaired by Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak made the presentation with Father John. Brianne will attend Marywood University in the Fall. Another graduate, Allison Kraky, was not available and will receive her check in the near future.
CHICKEN AND RIBS WERE SOLD - 07/07/12Our Annual chicken and Rib Dinner was very successful with over 340 tickets sold.
FABULOUS EVENT - 07/22/12Our Annual Indoor Summer Barbeque featured many different Summer foods including hot dogs,burgers,salads,friut cups,and homemade desserts that were enjoyed by all.
VASILY SR AND MARYANN DUBEE WERE THE SPONSORS. - 09/09/12
Infant Sophia Getzie was Baptised into the Orthodox Church by Father John Kowalczyk. Her sponsors were Vasily Sr and Mayann Dubee . A Brunch for all was served following the Divine Liturgy and was hosted by her parents. Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak and his Matushka Delores and daughter Laura prepared the foods and decorations for the brunch.
RECEPTION HELD AT OUR CHURCH CENTER - 12/04/12
His Beautitude, Metropolitan Tikhon was Honored by a Reception given by the Diocese of Eastern Pa at our Church Center. He was welcomed with the traditional Bread and Salt and presented with flowers from each Deanery. Accompanying the Metropoital was His Grace, Mark of Baltimore. More than 75 Priests and Matushi attended. Following a Lenten Meal, a Mitre and Gifts were presented to His Beautitude.
DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/12
Nearly everyone Communed of the Holy Mysteries and the Liturgy was well attended.
VARIOUS TYPES OF COOKIES WERE MADE AND EXCHANGES - 12/23/12
Our Annual Cookie Exchange was held today with Laura Piwowarski as chairman. Participants baked different cookies and exchanged them amongt themselves.
CHURCH SCHOOL YOLKA AND A VISIT BY "SANTA" - 12/23/12
Our Church School, under the direction of Matushka Delores Petorak and Dorothy Allen organized the Yolka . Also a vivist of the American Version of St Nicholas took place and each child was given a little git.
OUR FEAST DAY CELEBRATION - 11/10/13
His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek, Locum Tenens, Diocese of Eastern Pa visited our Church and served the Divine Liturgy and offered an Inspiring Homily. A buffet dinner was served afterwards in the Parish Center.
CAR SHOW AND BAZAAR - 09/29/13
Our Annual Car Show and Christmas in September Weekend was a "Huge Success". The Car Show drew 144 entries this year and Trophies were awarded to the winners. We Wish to Thank Everyone Who Supported Our Fundraiser amd Hope to See You Again in 2014!!!!!!!!!!
SECOND DAY OF EVENT - 09/28/13
There were many vendors available and large variety of articles for sale as well as "Homemade Ethnic and American Foods along with a large selection of baked goods sold.
CAR SHOW COMMITTEE - 09/29/13
As pa part of Our 4th Annual Christmas in September Fundraiser, a Classic Car Show will take place on the Sunday,September 29th at St Michael's Center, Delaware Street. Registration will begin at 8:00 Am and Trophies awarded.
COMMITTEE FOR PARISH FESTIVAL - 08/18/13
Our 4th Annual Christmas in September Festival Committe.
LITYIA SERVED FOR FALLEN VETS OF ALL WARS - 06/02/13
A Memorial Service was served today for those members of our Church who served in all Wars. It was sponsored by our St Michael's Vets .
DIVINE LITURGY AND SERVICE AT OUR CEMETARY - 06/23/13
Pentecost was observed with the Divine Liturgy, Kneeling Prayers and Service at our Cemetary.
HIS GRACE, RT REV MARK SERVED THE DIVINE LITURGY - 05/12/13
We were honored to have His Grace,Bishop Mark with us today. His Grace served the Divine Liturgy along with Father John Kowalczyk and Protodeacon Gabe Petorak.
JOSEPH KRENITSKY,AUTHOR,GAVE PRESENTATION AND SIGNED BOOKS - 05/09/13
Our Parish President, Joseph Krenitsky, author of the Historical Book Blessed Edgerton,signed and gave a Presentation on the contents of his book. The book contains historical photos and articles about a small community that existed in the Salem Mountains outside of Jermyn.
DIVINE LITURGY AND BLESSING OF PASCHAL FOODS - 05/05/13
Today is the Feasts of Feasts. The Bright Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour,Jesus Christ.
Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen!
Christos Voskrese ! Voistinu Voskrese!
Christos Aneste ! Alitos Aneste!
HIS GRACE BISHOP MARK WAS THE MAIN CELEBRANT - 05/03/13
His Grace, Bishop Mark served the Great Friday Vespers and Lamentations.
ENTRY OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM - 04/28/13
Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name Of Our Lord, God is Our Lord and Has Revealed Himself to Us!
Palms and Willow Branches were Blessed and the entire Church received the Holy Mysteries.
CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN'S CONFESSION AND COMMUNION - 04/27/13
Each Year on Lazarus Saturday our Church School Children receive the Holy Mysteries followed by a Lenten Breakfast afterwards.
HIS GRACE, BISHOP MARK PRESIDED AND GAVE A PRESENTATION AFTERWARDS - 04/10/13
BISHOP MARK PRESIDED OVER THE PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY AND GAVE A PRESENATION ON THE "50th PSALM' AFTERWARDS. A LENTEN MEAL WAS SERVED TO ALL.
CHURCH SCHOOL CHILDREN PROCESS WITH ICONS - 03/24/13
On every Sunday of Orthodoxy, our Church School children process with the Holy Icons.
PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY PRESIDED OVER BY BISHOP MARK - 03/20/13
His Grace, Bishop Mark visited our Church during the Presanctified Liturgy. Father John introduced His Grace who offered remarks .
BLINI WITH DIFFERENT FILLINGS & PANCAKES WERE SERVED - 03/17/13
FATHER JOHN INSTALLED AND BLESSED THE NEW OFFICERS - 03/17/13
Our Church Council Officers were installed by Father John and given the Oath of Office.
FATHER JOHN BLESSED THE KITCHEN - 02/24/13
A new floor was installed in the kitchen of our Church and was Blessed after Divine Liturgy.
Valentine's Day Motiff - 02/10/13
Our February Breakfast was held with a Valentine's Day motiff.
ABUNA(ARCHBISHOP) EWOSTATEOS GEBREKRISTOS of ETHIOPIA WAS IN ATTENDANCE - 01/13/13
Our monthly Breakfast was held following Divine Liturgy and was our Guest,His Grace Abuna (Archbishop) Abuna Ewostateos Gebrekristos of Ethiopia. Afterward, His Grace gave exlained the Historical background of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
GREAT BLESSING OF WATER - 01/06/13
Water was blessed by Father John following Divine Liturgy and distributed for Blessing of Homes.
THE 12 COURSE LENTEN MEAL WAS SERVED AT OUR CHURCH CENTER - 01/05/13
Our Annual Theophany Eve Holy Supper was served to 57 guests. The meal consisted of 12 Lenten items and prepared and served by Father Gabe Petorak and his staff.
PROTODEACON GABE AND HIS HELPERS DO THE DECORATING - 12/24/14
OUR Church is always decorated for all Feast Days through the efforts of Protodeacon Gabe Petorak and his helpers.This year we have a styrofoam Orthodox Church built by Professor Oleg Beljaeff, whic took him about 38 hours to complete.
DIVINE LITURGY - 12/25/14
The Nativity of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ was observed with a Divine Liturgy served by Father John Kowalczyk, Protodeacon Gabe Petorak and Deacon Vasily Dubee.
CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! - 12/25/13
We celebrated the Nativity of Our Lord on this Glorious Day wby attending Divine Liturgy which was served by Father John Kowalczyk, Ret Chaplain Father Peter Telencio, Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak along with Subdeacon Vasili Gardecki and Reader Vladimir Kitchura. Many received the Holy Mysteries and the CHoir offered many selection directed by Oleg Belajaeff.
FATHER AND MATUSHKA HOST OPEN HOUSE FOR PARISHIONERS - 12/29/13
Father John and Matushka Cathy hosted another outstanding Open House for parishioners following the Divine Liturgy.
HIS GRACE, BISHOP MARK VISITS OUR CHURCH - 01/05/14
The Great Blessing of Water took place following Divine Liturgy. His GRace, Bishop Mark and Father John Blessed the Water. Bishop Mark made a surprise visit to our Church today.
90TH BIRTHDAY FOLLOWING BLESSING OF WATER - 01/05/14
Our parishioner, Dave Butler observed his 90th Birthday .
BREAKFAST SERVED FOLLOWING DIVINE LITURGY - 02/16/14
Our Annual Pre Lenten Breakfast fundraiser was held after Divine Liturgy in the Church Parlor. it is always held on the Sunday prior to Meafare Sunday.
FORGIVENESS SUNDAY FUNDRAISER - 03/02/14
St Mary's Altar Society sponsors this Annual Fundraiser each year on Forgiveness Sunday.
HIS GRACE BISHOP MARK WAS OUR DISTINGUISHED GUEST - 03/26/14
His Grace, Bishop Mark honored us with his presence and presided over the Liturgy. He was welcomed with the Cross by Fathers John and Michael Evans and Protodeacon Gabe Petorak. Following the Liturgy, a Lenten Meal was served after which His Grace offered remarks and his plans for our Diocese.
PALMS WERE BLESSED AND DISTRIBUTED - 04/13/14
Palms and Willow Branches were Blessed and distributed by Father John.
DIVINE LITURGY AND BLESSING OF BASKETS - 04/20/14
Christ is Risen from the Dead and Trampled Down Death by Death and to Those in the Tombs Bestowing Life!
Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
Christos Aneste ! Alitos Aneste!
Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!
JULIANNE DUBEE RECEIEVES CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP - 06/29/14
JULIANNE DUBEE A GRADUATE OF LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVED THE 2014 SCHOLARISHIP FROM OUR CHURCH WHICH IS GIVEN ANNUALLY.
FUNDRAISER FOR THE MONTH OF MAY - 05/04/14
Our monthly breakfast fundraiser was held in the Church basement and was sponsored by St Mary's Altar Society.
SPONSORED BY ST MARYS ALTAR SOCIETY - 06/15/14
OUR ANNUAL SUMMER INDOOR PICNIC WAS HELD IN THE CHURCH BASEMNT FOLLOWING DIVINE LITURGY. IT IS ALWAYS HELD ON THE SUNDAY BEFORE APOSTLES FAST.
ST STEPHENS CATHEDRAL IN PHILADELPHIA - 05/10/14
His Grace Bishop Mark was Installed as our Diocesan Hierarch in Philadelphia. A Hierarchal Diviine Liturgy followed by the Rite of Installation at St Stephens Cathedral. His Beatitude Metroplitan Tikhon was the main Celebrant. A Banquet followed the ceremonies.
ICON WAS STREAMING MYRRH THROUGHOUT THE CHURCH - 07/03/15
The Iveron Icon of Hawaii was brought to our Church through the efforts of subdeacon Nectary and Father John. A Moileben Service to the Mother of God was served and Myrhh Streamed from the Icon and each person was annointed with the Myrrh. The Icon was accompanied here by Subdeacon Nectary, who is the keeper of the Icon and travels with Her. Mitred Archpriest John Sorochka and his son Deacon Nathaniel were also present at the Service and assisted Reader Nectary.
ALEXIS BERTOFF PRESENTED WITH AWARD - 08/09/15
Alexis Bertoff was presented a $500 Scholarship from our Parish. She is a 2015 graduate of Lakeland High School . She also won a Presidential Scholarship and will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in September. May God Grant Her Many Many Blessed Years!