Parish Life and Events

A Look at Our New Icons

As you may have seen in our recent post from Archbishop Mark’s visit, St. Mary’s added several new icons to our church. Here is a close-up look at them. Thank you to all of those who have contributed to the restoration and beautification of our church!

Archbishop Mark Visits St. Mary’s

On Sunday August 6, 2023, His Eminence, Archbishop Mark served Divine Liturgy on the Feast Day of the Holy Transfiguration at Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church in Saint Clair. Archbishop Mark gave an inspiring sermon regarding the the Feast Day and at the conclusion of the Liturgy, he blessed the fruit brought in by the faithful and also the new icons adorning the walls of the church. A light Lenten meal was served immediately after Divine Liturgy.

Eis Polla Eti Despota!

Community Game Night

Christ is risen!

Everyone is invited to St. Mary’s hall on Friday May 5 for our first community game night. We will start at 5PM with a reader’s service and open up the game tables at 6PM. Admission is free and beverages and light refreshments will be available. This is an all ages event, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

We will have a variety of board games available, including classics like Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, and Ticket to Ride, as well as simpler games for younger kids. We will also be running miniature wargames like Gaslands or Warhammer and RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons for those who would like to try. No prior experience is necessary, we will teach you all you need to know. Come and be introduced to a great new hobby and meet some friends from the neighborhood! Or bring a pack of cards, grab a cup of coffee, and have a chat with old friends.

If you have special requests for games or any other questions, email us for more details.

Palm Sunday & Holy Week Schedule

Several changes have been made to the upcoming schedule of services. Please see the PDF below for a full listing.

Please note that we are moving several services to Holy Ascension in Frackville to assist their choir and to share in the joy of Pascha with our Orthodox brothers from across Schuylkill County. These changes are temporary and a regular schedule of services at St. Mary’s will resume after Pascha. Another update will be made shortly regular the resumption of regular Sunday Obednitsas with a deacon.

Birthright Lenten Charity Project

One of the pillars of Great Lent is almsgiving, and all the ways you give of yourself, your time, your money, and your energy to help others are welcome. However, if you are able, we ask that you contribute to the project that our parish has chosen for special attention. Birthright is a nonprofit group with a branch in nearby Frackville, PA that helps mothers and their babies throughout pregnancy and afterward. Please see the list below, or download it in PDF form. Donations may be brought to the church hall, where they will be delivered after Lent.

The following items are needed:

  1. Diapers –Newborn, Size 1 and 2
  2. Onesies / undershirt – Size 3 – 6 months and 6 – 9 months
  3. Sleepers – Size 3 – 6 months and 6 – 9 months
  4. Baby wash cloths and towels
  5. Baby bath
  6. Baby lotion
  7. Receiving blankets
  8. Bottles / nipples
  9. Used clothes (in fair condition) – up to Size 2.
    No Baby powder or Baby oil!

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Father Vjekoslav Jovicic, administrator of the Frackville Deanery, kindly offered Presanctified Liturgy to the faithful parishioners of Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church in Saint Clair on March 10, 2023. An inspiring homily for this Great Lenten season was given by Father Vjekoslav at the end of the Liturgy. Everyone was invited to a light Lenten meal after services.

Archbishop Mark visits St. Mary’s

Archbishop Mark made a Hierarchal visit to Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church in Saint Clair on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Divine Liturgy was celebrated on the second Sunday of Great Lent commemorating Saint Gregory Palamas. Almost the entire faithful of Saint Mary’s attended the service and listened to an inspiring homily by Archbishop Mark. Immediately after Liturgy, a Lenten meal was provided to the faithful.

Eis Poli Eti Despota!

Lenten Prayer Plan

As we prepare for Great Lent, it is important to think about more than just food. Fasting is an important part of our life as Orthodox Christians, but the other two pillars of Prayer and Almsgiving must not be neglected. To help with the latter, our brothers in the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese have assembled a schedule for reading the entirety of the Psalter throughout Great Lent. The Psalms have been an important part of the Church since the very beginning and constitute much of the Divine Services and the Liturgy. This is a great opportunity to grow better acquainted with the Psalms and to start your own tradition of regularly reading the Scriptures.