St. Michael's church photo

Welcome to St. Michael's Orthodox Church!

Founded:  1907

Diocese:  Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania

Deanery:  Frackville Deanery

Parish Highlights:

Lenten Coin Boxes

A purple alms box with an Orthodox cross on it

This year the youth of the parish have taken on the Lenten project: Almsgiving. They have made coin boxes and began distributing on February 26th. Once the coin box is full, please place the coin box in the container, which will be in the vestibule of the church, then kindly ask the youth for another coin box.

This project will continue for the entire Lenten period. At the end of Lent, the youth will give the money collected in the coin boxes to a charity of their choice. Please help the youth of the parish with this project. Give as you can – fill your coin boxes and ask for more boxes. Be an example to our youth. Almsgiving is one part of our Lenten responsibility along with fasting and prayer. The youth thank you in advance for your participation in their Lenten project!

Open House

Fr. Edward speaking during our Open House

On October 8th, we had an Open House at St. Michael’s from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM to welcome the local community into our house of worship.

During the Open House, Father John provided a great discussion on Orthodoxy, and Sandy Tosca did a brief overview of the parish history. The choir performed several traditional pieces, and we had a tour of the church and some light refreshments in the hall. Visitors were also welcome to stay for evening Vespers following the Open House.

St. Michael's Serves Lunch at Serenity Gardens

Members and friends of St. Michael's cooked and helped serve hot dogs and hamburgers to the residents and staff at Serenity Gardens senior care center in Kulpmont on September 10th as part of the church’s on-going community outreach effort. See more pictures here.

Our booth at the Anthracite Festival

Pictured from left to right are Diane Dallazia from Serenity Gardens, Father John Edward, Pastor at St. Michael’s, Matushka Suja Edward, Joe Tosca, Aruzhan Hawranick, Sandy Tosca, Brock Bridy, Larissa Holowaty, and Stasi Hawranick.

June 12th designated Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

Saint John of Kronstadt—“Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement”—on that day.

“No matter how far someone has fallen, the image of God remains in them,” the letter reads. “We should see people not as they are, but as they could become through the Holy Orthodox Faith. The Church, through OCPM, offers those in prisons and jails across our country the Life that gives meaning to all life and that Life is able to bring healing to a broken humanity. By assisting Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, each of us is able to visit Jesus in prison. Please remember “these the least of my brethren” by assisting OCPM with this vital ministry. For more information, please visit the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry.


Fr. Edward presents Elizabeth Bishop with an icon

On June 5, following Divine Liturgy, Elizabeth Bishop was presented an Icon by Father John Edward from the parish in recognition of her graduation from high school.

Congratulations Elizabeth, and best wishes in your future endeavors!

Anthracite Festival Booth

On May 28, St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Mt. Carmel had a booth at the Anthracite Festival in Shamokin. Father John, Matushka Suja, Chris Mathias, and other parishioners manned the booth for the day providing lecture on Orthodoxy and St. Michael’s.

Our booth at the Anthracite Festival

Veneration of the Holy Cross:

Sunday, April 3rd, was the third Sunday of Great Lent, which is also known as the Veneration of the Holy Cross. On this day, we commemorated the Holy Cross in preparation for the Crucifixation during Holy Week and for the Resurrection.

Parish council photo

Blessing of the cloths

On March 6th following Divine Liturgy, Father John blessed the new purple altar and icon table cloths and table icons.

Father John blesses the new icon table clothsFather John blesses the table icons

We appreciate the generous donations that enabled us to replace our old, faded cloths in time for Lent. Also, a thanks to Matushak Hatrak for sewing the cloths.

Meet our 2016 Parish Council:

Our newly elected Parish Council took the Oath of Office on April 3rd, 2016. The officers were elected at the annual parish meeting on January 17, 2016.

Parish council photo

Front row from left to right:  Sandra Tosca (President), Olga Thomas (Vice President), Fr. John Edward, Stephanie Peek (Assistant Secretary), Julia Bushick (Auditor), and Jean Mathias (Auditor).

Back row from left to right:  Joe Tosca (Treasurer), Leon Markovich (Assistant Treasurer), and Chris Mathias (Secretary).