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:

Update regarding services at St. Michael's, May 24, 2020

Services at St. Michael's are still suspended, but Archbishop Mark has approved the parish re-opening plan, which outlines the phased-in re-opening process and necessary protocols that will be followed to help ensure the safety of those in attendence as we start having services again.

Update regarding services at St. Michael's, May 17, 2020

Services at St. Michael's are still suspended until futher notice, and Archbishop Mark has shared two letters addressing all clergy, parish councils, and parishioners regarding the process for reopening churches and returning to parish life.

The first letter is a clarification of his May 6th letter, and the second letter establishes protocols for visiting churches other than one's home parish. Archbishop Mark has also provided information about Covid-19 symptoms, details of who is at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, and best handwashing practices.

Update regarding services at St. Michael's, May 6, 2020

Services at St. Michael's are still suspended until futher notice, and Archbishop Mark has written a letter to all clergy, parish councils, and parishioners to begin a discussion about the process for reopening churches and returning to parish life.

Update regarding services at St. Michael's, May 3, 2020

Services at St. Michael's are still suspended until futher notice, and Archbishop Mark is seeking input from clergy, parish councils, and parishioners while assessing the path forward in returning to parish life.

As part of the evaluation process, he asks that Diocese members complete a survey to help better understand member thoughts and concerns about reopening churches. Please read Archbishop Mark's letter before taking the survey.

Parishioners who need a survey password or would prefer to fill out a paper copy of the survey should contact the rectory at (570) 339-1200.

Pascha 2020 at St. Michael's

While there were no services at St. Michaels due to concerns about Covid-19, the faithful still prepared the church and gravesite. More pictures are available here.

Pictures from the Divine Liturgy for Transfiguration Pictures from the Divine Liturgy for Transfiguration

Update regarding services at St. Michael's, April 5, 2020

Archbishop Mark has given notice that all services in the Diocease are cancelled until at least April 30th. Regrettably, this means that we will not be holding any services during Holy Week nor on Holy Pascha.

While atteding services in person is not currently possible, several churches in the Diocese are holding clergy-only services with the minimum number of people necessary and sharing live streams of those services so the public can "attend" remotely. For more information about the services available, please see our Services page.

Opportunities and Outreach

While these challenging times, due to the Coronavirus, are disrupting our lives and causing a lot of stress, please keep a couple of things in mind:

Let's follow our orthodox mission of helping each other!

Note regarding the Coronavirus outbreak

All parish services and events are cancelled until at least April 1st. For service streaming options, please see the Services page.

Candles and Easter Flowers

We are checking mail at the rectory, and donations will be deposited weekly. If you want $5 and/or $3 candles lit in the church, just send in the candle donation and include your intentions (i.e. 'health of' or 'in memory of'). We will light the candle(s) and include prayers for those on your intention list. Donations can be either mailed to the rectory or dropped off in the rectory mail slot. Please see the Contact page if you need the church address.

We will be having our annual Pascha flower pledge program again this year. Pledging flowers is a nice way to remember those dear to you at this special time. Easter flower pledge forms for 2020 are available from any member of the Parish Council or here and are due by April 5th.

While we continue to accept Easter flower pledges, we are temporarily holding the checks and money. If we are unable to proceed with Easter flowers, we will return those donations.

Covid-19 update, March 18, 2020.

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus that causes Covid-19, Archbishop Mark has announced that all public services will be suspended until April 1st, and several parishes will work to provide live streaming services during that time period. For more information, please read Archbishop Mark's letter.

Covid-19 precautions, March 15, 2020.

In the interest of protecting our parishioners and guests during these trying times, the upcoming Lenten Mission Services scheduled in our parish and in St. Clair have been cancelled. Additionally, there will be no fellowship after Divine Liturgy on Sundays for the next several weeks.

Meet our 2020 Parish Council:

On March 8th, Father Mircea Airinei administered the Oath of Office to Council of St. Michael's Orthodox Church.

Parish council photo

Front row from left to right: Julia Bushick, Olga Thomas, Father Mircea, Sandy Tosca, Andrei Nemoianu / Back row from left to right: Stephanie Peek, Leon Markovich, Joe Tosca

Frackville Deanery Lenten Mission Services - These services have been cancelled.

The Frackville Deanery will hold two Lenten Mission Services during the 2020 Lenten period. One will be held in our parish on March 15th, and the other will be held at St. Mary's Church in St. Clair on March 18th. Details are available in this flyer and on the Service Schedule page.

Theophany

On January 6th, Father Ignatius Hunter celebrated Theophany, which means "appearance of God" and is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church. Theophany reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Picture from the Theophany

Calendars and envelopes available

2020 Calendars and church envelopes are now available in the Vestibule!

Coat drive

Photo of donation submission to the United Way

This year, our parish collected $425 and 14 coats to donate to the Central Susquehanna Opportunities organization.

Our donation will help to provide coats to needy children in the Susquehanna Valley.

Clergy Appreciation Month

October is clergy appreciation month, and the second Sunday, October 13th, is nationally recognized as Pastor Appreciation Day.

Support for the United Way

Photo of donation submission to the United Way

Our parish is supporting the after-school program for at-risk children in the Mt. Carmel Area School District. The program is coordinated by the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, and our parishioners collected school supplies and cash for the to contribute to the effort.

The 5th and 6th grade students in this program are making Christmas cards for the parish to distribute to local nursing homes.

Shown in the photo are Stephanie Reitmeyer (GSVUW), Sandy Tosca (St. Michael’s), and Joanne Troutman (GSVUW).