St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church Pittston, Pennsylvania
St. Michael the Archangel
Defend us in battle
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray
And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
By the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
We are the parish community of St. Michael the Archangel.
We are a Catholic Church of the Byzantine Eastern rite.
Our liturgies and traditions have been established from early Christian practices
upon the solid rock foundation of the Church instituted by Jesus Christ,
and grounded in the wisdom and teachings of the Church Fathers.
It is a long history, one of value,
for which all Eastern Catholics are commissioned to preserve
to the spiritual enrichment of the entire Catholic Church.
When you pray with us, you will also be enriched and inspired by the continuity of our Eastern Church spirituality and worship.
Our Catholic Faith
As Catholics of the Byzantine Eastern Rite, our spiritual focus is foremost on everything we believe as Catholics, how we live our faith in the fullness of Truth through the Sacraments of the Church, and in relationship with Jesus Christ. As Christians, we believe in the Truth of One God revealed in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Our beliefs are professed in the Nicene Creed.
Our Special Heritage
Our heritage is multi-faceted. We are one in faith with the Universal Catholic Church. We are Byzantine Eastern Rite. And our parish founders were of Carpatho-Rusyn (Ruthenian Eastern European) ancestry. All of this provides a sense of the antiquity and depth of our spiritual experiences. Our heritage enhances how we worship God in our personal lives, in all of our church services, and especially in the beauty of the Divine Liturgy, our encounter with our living God.
Our Parish Community
We are a group of believers of different family and ethnic experiences who love God and love everything about “being” church. In the words of our pastor, Very Rev. Gary Mensinger, “truly what a church is – an imperfect family striving to be perfect together in God’s eyes.” We welcome you to visit us and to be a part of our small, close faith community.
As members of the Body of Christ the mission God has called each of us to is to be disciples of Christ. We each have a mission in life. We fulfill our mission using the unique and individual gifts and talents God gives us . When we follow our mission in our daily lives, we do the will of God. This is what Christ taught, to do the will of the Father. The mission that began with the apostles and disciples — with the Holy Spirit during the first Pentecost– did not end. Our mission is to continue the spirit of Pentecost. Our life is doing God’s will. Our mission is to become intentional disciples. Our mission is to build the Kingdom of God.
We Welcome You in Your Journey with Christ. Join us on that Journey.
- Come, see, and pray with us and we welcome you to introduce yourself
- See “Liturgy Schedule” and “Visitor” pages.
- Please check this site for events and the latest posts
- See “Links“ for reading and resources
Our parish was founded in 1911 and our present church building was dedicated in 1915. On November 1, 2015, our parish celebrated our 100th Anniversary.
We also are privileged to share a faith relationship with our sister parish, St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, located at 271 Tripp Street, Swoyersville.
Together, we pray to God to protect and bless our clergy, those in ministry service, the members of both parishes – especially those who may be sick or homebound, and those grieving loved ones – our visitors, and neighbors in our communities. God Grant all of them many Blessed Years!
Our Patron Saint
We honor St. Michael the Archangel, dedicated patron saint of our church. The Feast Day in the Byzantine Catholic Church is November 8. In the Latin Rite church St. Michael is remembered on September 29. Archangel Michael is the guardian angel of the people of God and the protector of the Catholic Church. He is also the patron saint of police officers, soldiers, doctors and emergency workers, firefighters, paramedics, and mariners.
The Archangel Michael Hymn
The words in the graphic at the top of this page (St. Michael holding our church building) are sung on the Feast Day. It is a hymn that is sung in all Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Churches.