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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of Bishop Kurt Burnette announced on March 16th effective immediately to March 30th the Sunday obligation to attend public worship services is dispensed due to the emergent threat and rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entire announcement can be read on this link:  Letter from Bishop Kurt March 16, 2020

All liturgies normally held in the parishes of our eparchy, such as Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, and weekend Divine Liturgies will be not celebrated as public worship. Our priests throughout the eparchy will privately celebrate the Liturgies and pray for the intentions of parishioners.

An excerpt from the announcement:

“Every subject of the Bishop of Passaic is dispensed from the Sunday obligation to attend the Divine Liturgy for March 22 and March 29. Divine law still requires us to keep holy the Lord’s Day by prayer and avoiding unnecessary work. The Bishop cannot dispense from the Divine law.

The priests of the Eparchy of Passaic are working together to make Sunday Divine Liturgy available on the internet. Baptisms, weddings, and funerals may be celebrated with only the immediate family present. People who are at high risk are encouraged not to attend. Confessions should be heard if possible with a screen and good ventilation.

Our churches may be open at designated times for people to spend time in private prayer. People are asked to follow public health guidelines at those times.”


Weekdays:  Lenten Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts (not public until permitted)

Wednesdays:      St. Michael, Pittston               6:30 pm  not public

Fridays:               St. Nicholas, Swoyersville     6:00 pm  not public


Bible Study Group  (ECF/Eastern Christian Formation)

Fridays:              7:00 pm at St. Nicholas, Swoyersville

Welcome:           All parishioners and friends of both St. Michael & St. Nicholas parishes

Group meets 7 pm following 6 pm Liturgy at St. Nicholas, Swoyersville
Where:   Basement social hall of St. Nicholas Church, Swoyersville

**  Featuring The Bible is a Catholic Book by Jimmy Akin (catholic.com)
**  Come & join us for an hour of reading and friendly discussion !
**  A great way to enrich your Lenten experience!
**  You can start and join in any or all sessions !


2020 Interparish Lenten Vespers Schedule

Byzantine Catholic Churches of Wyoming Valley
Vesper Services each Sunday at 3 pm

Private Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation) will be available after each service.  And, everyone attending is invited immediately following the service to enjoy a light food and beverage fellowship social, offered at each location.

Remaining Dates and Locations

Sunday, March  15           Saint Nicholas, Swoyersville – 271 Tripp Street

Sunday, March  22           Saint Mary, Wilkes Barre – 695 N. Main

Sunday, March  29           Saint Mary, Kingston – 321 Chestnut Street

Additional Information: Links to pages on this site

THE GREAT FAST – How much are you required to fast?

LENTEN VESPERS SERVICES – What are Lenten Vespers?