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Donations of supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey are being accepted by Hazleton and West Hazleton Fire Departments until the end of September. 

Also, the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) is collecting monetary donations to be distributed through Catholic Charities & local dioceses.  

St. Michael’s, Pittston & St. Nicholas, Swoyersville, will be assisting in both of these collections.



Celebration of the Divine Liturgy Byzantine Rite was held on Tuesday, July 18 at St. Basilica of St. Ann, Scranton.   Photo Gallery can be seen Here.

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St. Michaels Cemetery, Pittston

St. Michaels Cemetery, Duryea

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church  Pittston, Pennsylvania


St. Michael Church in Resplendent Light and Open Iconostasis during Easter (Pascha) week

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View of Church Interior highlighted in natural light


We welcome you to St. Michael the Archangel Church, Pittston, Pennsylvania.  We are a Byzantine Catholic Church of the Eastern rite.   Our liturgies and traditions have been established from early Christian practices upon the foundation of the Church instituted by Jesus Christ, and grounded in the wisdom of the Church Fathers.  It is a long history, one of value, for which Eastern Catholics are commissioned to preserve to the 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 Byzantine Catholics, 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 in three ways.  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.  

Our Mission

As members of the Body of Christ the mission God has called each of us to is — as disciples. We each have a unique mission in life.  The mission that began with the apostles and disciples — through the Holy Spirit during the first Pentecost– did not end.   Our mission is to continue the spirit of Pentecost.

We Welcome You in Your Journey to 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 our parishes, visitors, and neighbors in our communities.   God Grant all of them many Blessed Years!


We honor St. Michael the Archangel as our Patron Saint.   The Feast Day for St. Michael in the Byzantine Catholic Church is November 8.    St. Michael is the guardian angel of the people of God and the protector of the Church.

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Served by

  • Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger
  • Cantor – Mr. Paul Dzurisin
  • Deacon Larry Worlinsky

Iconography in Eastern Churches


What Do Byzantine Catholics Believe? Follow the Weekly Podcasts listed below to learn more about Eastern Church worship, tradition, and theology. New Topics presented every week. Listen to the 30 minute podcast.

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  • LIGHTEAST678 - Byzantine Iconography September 19, 2017
    Although the term "Icon" is being used more commonly today, Byzantine Iconography is a specific art form whose real value lies first in knowing the why behind the line, color and compostion and interior principles.
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