St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Orthodox Church in America
2300 W. Huntington Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19808 • (302) 995-6775
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Thoughts for the Week
Wisdom From the Holy Fathers

"A man who gives way to his passions is like a man who is shot at by an enemy, catches the arrow in his hands, and then plunges it into his own heart. A man who is resisting his passions is like a man who is shot at by an enemy, and although the arrow hits him, it does not seriously wound him because he is wearing a breastplate. But the man who is uprooting his passions is like a man who is shot at by an enemy, but who strikes the arrow and shatters it or turns it back into his enemy's heart."

Abba Dorotheos

"The beginning of evil is the lack of vigilance."

Abba Poemen

"Whatever helps us to achieve purity of heart, we must follow with all our might; whatever hinders us from it, we must shun as a dangerous and hurtful thing."

Abba Moses

Upcoming Events
Parish Pot Luck/ Fellowship - July 2nd - 06/17/17

We hope that during the Summer months that we can extend our pot lucks to include some extended fellowship outdoors. We invite all to stick around for our next parish potluck and extended fellowship outside (weather permitting), Sunday July 2, 2017.

Ss. Peter and Paul Fast - June 12th - 28th - 06/17/17

The spirit of Holy Pentecost leads us to another feast and fast of the church. The feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul is celebrated on June 29th . From the 4th Century on, the Church has celebrated this feast which is spiritually linked with Holy Pentecost. It stands as the witness of the Apostles immediate fruit at the descent of the Holy Spirit when it came upon them. The Feast is preceded by a fasting period called Saints Peter and Paul Fast.  The fast is different from year to year since it always begins on the Monday following All-Saints' Sunday (1st Sun. after Pentecost). The fast in preparation for the feast begins this year on June 12th and continues to the feast on June 29th

Other Announcements
Church Library Summer Reading - 06/04/17

Now that the nice weather is upon us, recharge your spiritual life by checking out one of the books at the library table, outside the Coffee Hour room. Our library team has set out a new selection of books, and there's something to inspire everyone: Saint's lives, books on the spiritual life, books on prayer, and books for the kiddos. Check it out today!

Traveling This Summer? Go to Church! - 05/28/17

Visit the “Orthodoxy in America” website to find an Orthodox Church wherever you are heading. All the canonical Orthodox jurisdictions (OCA, Greek, Antiochian, Serbian, etc.) are listed together on this one helpful site: - Check it out! Also, Father Barnabas can contact a priest ahead of time for you to inform him that you would like to come for Holy Communion at the Liturgy. If you do travel, also please remember to not take a vacation from your Financial support of our parish! We are here even when you are not! Thank you, God bless your travels and come back safe and sound!

Attention Diocesan Graduates! - 05/14/17

Add one more thing to your post-graduation to do list! The Fall issue of Alive in Christ will feature our Diocesan graduates. Alive in Christ would be honored to share your accomplishment with the Diocese. DEADLINE IS JUNE 30 2017! To make this happen:Graduates / Graduate’s Families should submit a photo and brief biography and Photo.Please send a separate JPG image and separate text document attached to email.

or mail to

Aric Gingo

160 Shadetree Road

Shavertown, PA 18708

News from the Orthodox Church in America

Saturday, 24 Jun 2017

In The News: From Pennsylvania to Finland!
24 Jun 2017 at 8:00am

Friday, 23 Jun 2017

Romanian Patriarch Daniel receives SVOTS President
23 Jun 2017 at 8:00am

Thursday, 22 Jun 2017

Alaska’s 47th annual St. Herman Pilgrimage to be held August 7-9
22 Jun 2017 at 8:00am

Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017

MW Diocese to host fourth annual St. Macrina Conference August 11-12
21 Jun 2017 at 8:00am

Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017

Chicago’s landmark Holy Trinity Cathedral celebrates 125th Anniversary
20 Jun 2017 at 8:00am

Monday, 19 Jun 2017

STOTS Diaconal, Parish Leadership Formation Program to begin in September
19 Jun 2017 at 8:00am

Friday, 16 Jun 2017

June OCAreview available for downloading, parish distribution
16 Jun 2017 at 10:08pm

Thursday, 15 Jun 2017

Department Highlights:  OCA, Finnish Orthodox youth directors discuss co...
15 Jun 2017 at 11:31am

Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017

Third annual OCA Mission School to convene August 21-25
14 Jun 2017 at 12:00pm

Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017

Clergy, wives invited to participate in June 30 webinar
13 Jun 2017 at 8:00am

Saints Peter and Paul Fast

Sts Peter and Paul Fast will begin June 12th and run through June 28th.  See Upcoming Events in Parish News for details.