Father Barnabas is taking a leave of absence from full time ministry. Sunday, August 29th was his last day with us.
We thank him for his six years of leadership and faithful service to the parish. Many thanks to Matuskha Daria, Myra, and Matthew for their service as well. We will always remember their tireless efforts during the depths of the COVID-19 epidemic.
We offer our best wishes and fervent prayers that God will richly bless them during this next chapter in their lives.
Daniel Alexander Defillippo was baptized on August 20, 2020 - 08/20/2020
His parents are Stephanie Pacienza and Robert Defillippo, and his godparents are Ellen Gundersen and Michael Struelens.
"For I was hungry and you gave me food...." - 09/03/2017
Jesus said: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me." (Matt 25:35, 38-40)
John (Travis) and Mary (Misty) Robinson have began a project to help alleviate hunger in our community. This project is currently weekend based since Saturday and Sunday are the hardest days for the homeless to obtain food.
Since September 3rd was Good Samaritan Sunday, it was an auspicious day to kick things off by assembling food kits which were distributed later that day.
Holy Friday Vespers - 04/14/2017
Holy Friday Vespers commemorate the Crucifixion of Christ and burial in the Tomb. An epitaphion or “winding sheet” (a cloth embroidered with the image of Christ prepared for burial) represents the body of Jesus wrapped in a burial shroud. It is carried in procession to a low table (the tetrapod) in the center of the church which is decorated with many flowers and represents the Tomb of Christ.
Palm Sunday Children's Procession
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday, the children of the parish held a victory procession. Holding their palm branches, they processed three times around the nave.
Theophany and Blessing of the Water - 01/06/2017
The feast of Theophany, means the shining forth and manifestation of God, The emphasis in the present day celebration is on the appearance of Jesus as the human Messiah of Israel and the divine Son of God, One of the Holy Trinity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Thus, in the baptism by John in the Jordan, Jesus identifies himself with sinners as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29), the “Beloved” of the Father whose messianic task it is to redeem men from their sins (Lk 3:21, Mk 1:35).
The Theophany Divine Liturgy was held on Friday, January 6th followed by the Great Blessing of Waters.
Christmas Eve Holy Supper - 12/24/2016
Holy Supper is a pious tradition from the Christian faithful of various Eastern European regions. The supper is observed on the eves of our Lord’s Nativity in the flesh and His baptism by Saint John in the Jordan River. The meal is a fasting meal with 12 courses representing Christ’s twelve apostles.
Vacation Church School 2016
Vacation Church School was held from Monday, June 20th through Wednesday, June 22nd. Thirteen of your youth learned about our initiation into God's family through water and sealed with the gifts of the Spirit from holy chrism. We had great fellowship, games, activities, and even a service project for our parish shut-ins. Thanks to all who participated!
St. Michael's Lenten Retreat 2013 - 04/13/2013
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, St. Michael's hosted Mother Christophora and Mother Barbara from Holy Transfiguration Monastery in a Lenten Retreat on the subject of Spiritual Growth Through Hospitality.
Jim Carpenter's Diaconate Program Graduation Dinner - 06/02/2012
A dinner was held in honor of James Carpenter on Saturday June 2, 2012 at Michael's. James graduated from St. Tikhon's Deaconate program. May God Grant Many Years to James as he continues to serve the Lord.
"Encounters With Christ"St. Michael's 2011 Vacation Bible School was held from July 26-28, 2011. This year's theme was "Encounters With Christ."
Installation of 2011 Parish Council - 01/16/2011The 2011 St. Michael's Parish Council was installed at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 16, 2011.
Treasurer: Stephen Braskowski
Recording Secretary: Susan Skomorucha
Financial Secretary: Vera Chalfant
Corresponding Secretary: Olga Maloney
Trustee: Basil Peck
Purchasing Agent: Cathy Souder
Also installed were:
2011 Diocesan Assembly Delegate: James Carpenter
Alternate: Michael Sensor
2011 All-American Assembly Delegate: Dr. Luke Wales
Alternate: Anna Wales
Nativity 2010 - 12/25/2010The St. Michael's community celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with a Holy Supper followed by Nativity Vigil on Christmas Eve and Nativity Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day. Our rector, Fr. James Weremedic, concelebrated both services with V. Rev. Mark Koczak.
Church School Christmas Play - 12/19/2010On December 19, 2010, the St. Michael's Church School presented its Christmas play. The theme was "Presenting Gifts." Thanks to Mat. Lisa Weremedic and Tom Sulpizi for their work organizing the play.
95th Anniversary and Consecration of New Social Hall - 10/10/2010On October 10, 2010, a hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan JONAH and His Grace, Bishop TIKHON in honor of the parish's 95th anniversary and to consecrate the parish's new social hall. Bishop TIKHON also appointed Rev. James Weremedic as the permanent rector of St. Michael's parish.
Priests concelebrating were Rev. James Weremedic; V. Rev. S. David Mahaffey, Dean of the Philadelphia Deanery; V. Rev. Mark W. Koczak; V. Rev. David Skopp; and Rev. Timothy Hojnicki (a "son" of St. Michael's parish). Among those assisting included Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak and Subdeacon Matthew Souder (also a "son" of St. Michael's).
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Bishop TIKHON awarded a Diocesan Gramota to James F. Riley, co-chair of the Building Committee, for his hard work and vision over the past eight years in bringing the project to fruition. His Grace also awarded an icon of St. Michael was awarded to Harry and Evelyn Kutch, co-chairs of the Building Committee, for their invaluable assistance to the Committee and the parish.
A festive luncheon was held with the hierarchs in the new Social Hall after Liturgy, where the faithful of St. Michael's and guests enjoyed a meal catered by Bachetti Brothers Catering.
Sunday's Divine Liturgy followed an Orthodox Christian Fellowship retreat sponsored by the University of Delaware OCF chapter, at which Metropolitan JONAH was the speaker.
Holy Week and Pascha 2010 - 04/04/2010St. Michael the Archangel celebrated a full series of liturgical services leading up to Great and Holy Pascha, starting with Lazarus Saturday and culminating with Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy on April 4, 2010
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Presentation of RBO Mortgage - 10/17/2009On October 17, 2009, His Grace, Bishop TIKHON of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania presided at a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Michael's. Also present were Orthodox college students from around the area for the University of Delaware OCF's Annual Retreat.
During the Divine Liturgy, His Grace presented Father Andrew with a Gold Cross awarded by the Holy Synod of Bishops in recognition of Father's hard work in growing our parish.
At the conclusion of the Liturgy, representatives of the Russian Brotherhood Organization of the U.S.A. presented the parish with a $500,000.00 mortgage to complete the funding of our building program.
Archpriest Daniel Byantoro's Visit - 10/11/2009On October 10-11, 2009, Archpriest Daniel Byantoro of Indonesia visited St. Michael's to lecture and preach about the Orthodox Church in Indonesia.
St. Michael's Annual Church Picnic - 09/13/2009Our Church Picnic was held inside this year due to the ground being thoroughly soaked from days of rain. A good time was still had by all!
Blessing of the Construction Site and Equipment - 09/06/2009After two years of zoning and permitting issues, our building project has finally begun!
Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and Groundbreaking for St. Michael's Building Project - 11/30/2008On November 29-30, 2009, His Grace, Bishop TIKHON of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, visited St. Michael's to participate in Vespers, Divine Liturgy, and the official groundbreaking for our building project.