We are Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite

On Sunday, May 28,
The Church celebrates the Great Feast of Pentecost

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for the Significance of this Major Feast Day of the Church with Jewish origins in the Old Testament

Prayer to the Holy Spirit Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, You are everywhere present and fill all things. Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, Come and dwell within us, Cleanse us of all stain, And save our souls O Gracious One. ---------------------------------------------

We are All Called to Serve

The Mission of My Life

God has created me
to do Him
some definite service.

He has committed
some work to me
which He has not committed
to another.

I have my mission.
I may never know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next. . . .

Portion of stained glass panel in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Swoyersville, Pennsylvania. 1974, Baut Studios design. Copyright image, no permissions.



Our Church Cantors lead us in worship in the active dialogue of sung prayer we call Divine Liturgy.   We unite our voices in prayer when we gather together in community.




Every Parishioner and Family is invited to serve in this important way.

God will hear our request only if we commit to prayers in this critical need.  Our prayers are important.  Continue remember to pray to support the work of our clergy, deacons, consecrated religious, and all who serve the church to the greater glory of God.

CLICK  HERE for a Vocation Prayer and for a prayer to discern the will of God.

Prayers for Priests

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St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church  Pittston, Pennsylvania

205 North Main Street, Pittston, PA 18640

St. Michael’s, Pittston
Live Streamed Divine Liturgy
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St. Nicholas of Myra, Swoyersville
Live Streamed Divine Liturgy
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Praying For Peace. We join our hearts in petition for
a swift end to the war and crisis in Ukraine
Ukraine Relief Update:   Click HERE for details.

Archangel Michael hymn

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.

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View of Church Interior highlighted in natural light


We are the parish community of St. Michael the Archangel.

We are a Catholic Church of the Byzantine-Ruthenian Rite
We are affiliated with the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, NJ

As Church, we form the Body of Christ.

As Catholics, we are the Church instituted by Jesus Christ,
Built on the solid rock of Sacred Tradition and Holy Scripture.
Grounded in the wisdom and teachings of the Church Fathers.

Our Eastern liturgies and traditions
have been established from early Christian times.

Our history is a long history, one of value to all who seek Truth.

As Eastern Catholics, we are commissioned to be a light of
spiritual enrichment to the entire Catholic Church.

When you pray with us, you will also be enriched and inspired by the continuity of our Eastern Christian spirituality and worship.

Our Catholic Faith

As Catholics of the Byzantine Eastern Rite, our spiritual focus is foremost on everything we believe united in one holy Catholic apostolic Church.  We live in relationship with Jesus Christ.   We live our faith in the fullness of Truth received in the Sacraments of the Church.    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 with the Universal Catholic Church.  We share the same primary mission of all Catholics: sharing the kerygma (proclaiming the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ).
  • Our worship is in the tradition of Orthodox expression as Eastern Rite Catholics.
  • Our parish founders came from present day Eastern Slovakia, and are of Carpatho-Rusyn (Ruthenian) ancestry.   We add to the diversity of our community as a whole in sharing ethnic traditions preserved by our ancestors..

These three layers provide a sense of the antiquity, depth, and richness of our spiritual  relationship with God.   Our heritage enhances how we worship 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 very diverse family and ethnic experiences who love God above all else, and love everything about “being” church – an imperfect family striving to be perfect together in God’s eyes.   In our daily lives, we live the joy of the Gospel and welcome all regardless of origin or background.  We invite you to visit us and to be a part of our small, close faith community.  

Our Mission

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 as baptized Catholics is to grow in our faith and to serve God as intentional disciples of his Truth. Our mission is to build the Kingdom of God.

We Welcome You in Your Journey with Christ.  Join us on that Journey.

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.

St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church
271 Tripp Street, Swoyersville

st nicholas church swoyersvilleWe are privileged to share a faith relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ of our sister parish

Together, we unite our prayers to God to protect our one holy and catholic apostolic church from forces of darkness, to bless with grace our priests and all who serve in every form of ministry, those who volunteer in our churches in service to God, and the members of both parishes – especially those who may be sick or chronically ill, and those grieving loved ones – our visitors, and neighbors in our communities.   God Grant all many Blessed Years!

Our Patron Saint:

We honor St. Michael the Archangel, dedicated patron saint of our church.   In the Byzantine Catholic Church St. Michael is commemorated on November 8. 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 of St. Michael.   It is a hymn that is sung in all Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Churches.



Divine Liturgies
Saturdays 5:00 pm
Sundays 8:30 am

St. Michael Church, Pittston &
St. Nicholas Church, Swoyersville Are Served by:

  • Reverend Andrii Dumnych, Pastor
  • Deacon Larry Worlinsky, Administrator
  • Diana Dzurisin &
    Donna Chajko, Cantors
MEMORIAL DAY: We Remember Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice
(Read more Here)

SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2023
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We Pray for Peace for all Victims of War, and
For Our Nation

Saint Michael
Be Our Defender in the Spiritual Battles We Face in this World.

Protect the Innocent, Be a Shield for all Who Stand Firm in Their Faith in God, Keep Vigil Over our Families, Pastors & Religious, Our Homes and Churches

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Letter from Our Bishop
Most Rev. Kurt Burnette
Regarding the Invasion
and Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine


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