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We are Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite

ANNUAL FEAST DAY DINNER

Homemade Stuffed Chicken Breast DinnerNovember 17th, 2019
Thank you to all volunteers and to all in our Community who support our Events. God Bless Everyone!

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. . . .

 

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CANTORS IN THE BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH
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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.

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH YouTube Catholicfmradio broadcast hosted by Father Gary.  TOPIC ON CANTORS & BYZANTINE CHANTING

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PRAY FOR
VOCATIONS
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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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ADDITIONAL PHOTO GALLERIES ON OUR SITE

St Michael Cemetery – Pittston

St Michael Cemetery – Duryea

Annual River Blessing Jan – Feb

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church  Pittston, Pennsylvania

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 Eastern rite.
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 Church 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 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 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 ministry, 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.   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 of St. Michael.   It is a hymn that is sung in all Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Churches.

 

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

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Served by

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

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