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:

Christmas flower pledges

As we approach the Nativity, we think about those we care for, both living and departed. The Christmas Flower Pledge is an opportunity to honor those dear to you.

As in prior years, you can pledge a poinsettia at $25 in memory of or for the health of a loved one. If you would like to participate, submit this form by by December 9th with your donation. The pledges will be published December 23rd, and ornaments noting the pledges will be placed on the Christmas tree in the church.

110th Anniversary of St. Michael's Orthodox Church

On September 16th, 2018, His Eminence Archbishop Mark, Father Michael Evans, Father Daniel Ressetar, and Father Daniel Kovalak celebrated Divine Liturgy with Father Ignatius Hunter to mark the 110th Anniversary of our church.

Photo of front cover of anniversary book

The day began with a beautiful Liturgy. As part of the service, Archbishop Mark awarded Father Ignatius the Nabedrenik, which recognizes faithfulness to the priestly ministry. We then went to the church hall and enjoyed fellowship and an excellent meal provided by Scicchitano Catering. Father Ignatius, Sandy Tosca, and Archbishop Mark all made comments following the meal, with Father Ignatius recognizing those who helped with the hall project. The parish also paid tribute to the four charities we support on a regular basis (Mt. Carmel Food Pantry, Manna for the Many, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, and God’s Chuck Wagon) and presented a $200 check to each. Jake and Judy Betz, representing the Mt. Carmel Food Pantry, joined us and spoke about what they do in the community.

We topped off the day with Pepe’s Ice Cream truck, which all enjoyed. We want to thank the parishioners who covered the cost for the treats!

As part of the celebration, the church put together commemorative anniversary books that include photos from 1908 to the present along with the history of the decades of the faithful and provided them to parishioners and visitors who attended. The cover of the book appears above. You can view a larger version of the cover along with more photos from the event here.

Dome repainting

In preparation for celebrating St. Michael’s Orthodox Church’s 110th Anniversary, in Mt. Carmel, we repainted the silver cupulas that overlook the community. The domes have been painted numerous times since 1952, when major modifications were made to alter the tops of the domes and place stainless steel crosses. The most recent repainting work was done by Rick Laske

More photos are available here.

Photo of church domes

Summer basket raffle

On Sunday, July 29th, 2018, we will have our summer basket raffle drawing. To enter, fill out a raffle form, and return it by July 18th.

Forms should be mailed to:

St. Michael's Basket Raffle

131 North Willow Street

Mt. Carmel, PA  17851

Meet our 2018 Parish Council:

On March 18, 2018, our new Parish Council took the Oath of Office. The officers were elected at the annual parish meeting held on January 14th. More pictures of the ceremony are available here

Parish council photo

Front row from left to right:  Sandy Tosca (President), Stephanie Peek (Assistant Secretary), Father Ignatius Hunter, Olga Thomas (Vice President), Julia Bushick (Auditor), and Larissa Holowaty (Auditor).

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

Veneration of the Holy Cross

Sunday, March 11, 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.

Pictures from the Veneration of the Holy Cross service Pictures from the Veneration of the Holy Cross service

Easter flower pledges

As we approach Pascha, we think about those we care for, both living and departed. The Easter Flower Pledge is an opportunity to honor those dear to you.

As in prior years, you can pledge an Easter Flower at $25 in memory of or for the health of loved ones. If you would like to participate, submit this form by March 25th with your donation. The pledges will be published on April 8th.

Blessing of homes

If you would like to have your home blessed after January 6th, please schedule time with Father Ignatius.

2018 Envelopes

Church donation envelope boxes for 2018 are now available for pickup in the vestibule.