Welcome to St. Michael's Orthodox Church!
Diocese: Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania
Deanery: Frackville Deanery
- We have a choir, and services are in English with some Slavonic on Feast Days.
- We promote Orthodoxy and offer educational programs for youth and adults at least six times a year. Photos from past activities can be found at http://doepa.org
- We have coffee hour following Divine Liturgy most Sundays. Please join us in fellowship!
- We support charitable and community efforts, including the local food bank.
- St. Michael's has 50 parishioners, and we are focusing on regrowth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blessing of the cloths
On March 6th following Divine Liturgy, Father John blessed the new purple altar and icon table cloths and 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.