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Welcome to St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church

Divine Liturgy Every Sunday at 10:00am
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Our mission... to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock.  The mission is to be accomplished by:

  • Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
  • Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
  • Providing effective charitable and social programs
  • Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources

To join the "Bell-ringer Team"
speak to Lisa Tereshko

His Eminence the Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph

Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1950. He completed his basic schooling at the St. John of Damascus and al-Alliyeh schools in Damascus and then at Our Lady of Balamand Monastery in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his undergraduate studies at Lebanese University in Beirut and then earned his Master of Theology (M.Th.) with special studies in music and languages from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Tikhon Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, in May, 2010.

Patriarch Ignatius IV of Blessed Memory ordained His Eminence as a deacon in November, 1976, and priest in 1980. As priest, Fr. Joseph served as dean of St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus and as overseer of Holy Cross Church and other parishes in the suburbs of Damascus. He served as superintendent of the secondary school in Damascus from 1980 until 1983. Father Joseph then went abroad to pastor the Antiochian Orthodox Church in London, England from 1983 to 1986, and then the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cyprus from 1986 until 1991, when he was elected as bishop.

His Grace was consecrated with the title Bishop of Katana in Syria, and served as Patriarchal Assistant and Secretary of the Holy Synod of Antioch. In 1995, he was sent by Patriarch Ignatius to America. Here, in our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was assigned to the West Coast Chancery by Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory. After self-rule status was awarded to our Archdiocese, Bishop Joseph was enthroned at St. Nicholas Cathedral by Metropolitan Philip as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West on September 12, 2004.

On December 11, 2011, at the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Patriarchal Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand in Lebanon, Patriarch Ignatius elevated Bishop Joseph to the rank of Archbishop, in honor of his many years of service as a bishop both in our Archdiocese and in the Patriarchate of Antioch. On Thursday, July 3, 2014, the Holy Synod of Antioch, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon, elected Archbishop Joseph to be Metropolitan of all North America.

Metropolitan Joseph's achievements in apostolic ministry over the course of almost twenty years of diakonia as Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, as well as the Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Eagle River and the Pacific Northwest, form a solid testimony to his spiritual, ethical, and personal leadership qualifications. Over a vast expanse of the Western United States and Canada, including Alaska, Metropolitan Joseph tirelessly and unrelentingly maintained a personal apostolic presence in the more than 60 parishes under his care in his years as Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles. His Eminence also maintained a personal culture of contact, by direct phone, with all his clergy. Many of the clergy and laity testify that Sayidna always remembered and acted on any important issue placed before him. This unique combination of traits—sobriety and blameless familiarity—has formed the bedrock for his personal effectiveness with all.

Based upon his solid spiritual, intellectual, and cultural formation and education, Metropolitan Joseph effectively established solid and meaningful Annual Clergy Seminars and deepened the spiritual and educational experience of both clergy and laity at the annual Parish Life Conferences. He brought in many and diverse Orthodox authors, leaders, and teachers to enrich the clergy and the laity of his two western dioceses. This served to promote a strong sense of clergy brotherhood, inter-parochial exchanges, and became the envy of other Orthodox jurisdictions everywhere. Guest speakers and visitors constantly remarked that Archbishop Joseph's clergy were outstanding in their consistent and active involvement in such events. His Eminence labored intensely to deepen the spiritual life of his clergy, by encouraging frequent confession, personal prayer, continual education, and a heightened sense of the fullness of our Orthodox Christian tradition of interior and ascetical transfiguration in Christ. Please read the entire article by CLICKING HERE

“You are never alone,

          never without purpose or meaning,

                    never unloved…”

                                         - former radio evangelist Malcolm Smith’s “sign-off” to his noon-hour  weekday radio show

There is nowhere that these words may be more vividly experienced than in an Orthodox Christian Church such as ours. And this communal, meaningful, agapic reality can be known by scores of worshipping people all at once or by one solitary soul occupying a small, quiet space in this holy place. For where our icons adorn the walls, their “portholes” open azure-skyed window-views into the heavenly realm, uniting heaven and earth.

At the same time, it is possible to sit, sing and pray here, and miss most of what’s going on. The saints who are present in the holy icons are available to us only when we are available to them.

If you would like to find out how to be more available to the holy saints in our midst in our church, call or text Fr. John at 724-244-1228 or email him at

“Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself…”

In a monastic teaching of our Orthodox Christian tradition, the concept of the “Monastic Cross” is used as a means of showing us what characteristics are necessary for living the spiritual life in order to know God. This “Cross” is comprised of three parts: the first is the base that is anchored in the ground, the second is the vertical bar and the last is the horizontal beam. Correspondingly, each is titled, “self-denial,” “patience” and “obedience.” Here is a brief reflection on the first — self-denial.

Most of us like to think of ourselves as less than over-indulgent and inclined more toward satisfying real needs than luxuries. The practice of “self-denial” makes no such distinction as it is not about the things denied but the act of denying. If we are to seek, discover and commune with God, then whether our ascetic effort involves denying ourselves of kingly luxuries, middle class niceties or what may seem to be bare necessities, such work is essential to the soul’s liberation. To say “no” to the voice that suggests eating this, or going there, or watching that, is a most difficult exercise for us as there is nothing more daunting to our fallen human nature than saying “no” to ourselves. And if I cannot say “no” to myself, I cannot say “yes” to God.

Hence, if we are to free ourselves from slavery to our appetites, extravagant or meager, we must learn to say “no,” and practice saying “no,”all the time, for our God-seeking effort to be fruitful.

For more on this challenging spiritual consideration, call or text Fr. John at 724-244-1228 or email him at

Church School Activity Calendar

Monday thru Friday August 4th thru 8th - VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Church School Meeting...Tuesday, August 12

Movie Night...Saturday, August 16


You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.

At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”

Please remember that Holy Communion is reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.

Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.

...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).

...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).

Blessing of the Bells

Blessing of the Bells - 10/27/13

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Dinner with Bishop Thomas, Father John and Deacon James - 10/25/13

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His Grace, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) is a bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, serving in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.

Of Arab-American heritage, Thomas Joseph was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1953. He attended John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, graduating in 1970. He went on to college at William Paterson College, graduating in 1974. After college, he worked in the Department of Community Improvements in Paterson, then served as a teacher for the Paterson Board of Education. When the Antiochian Village camp opened in the late 1970s, he was recruited by Fr. John Namie to serve as one of the original camp counselors from 1979 to 1982.

In the fall of 1979, Thomas began part-time study at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and was made a subdeacon by Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of New York in July of 1982. He continued his studies until the spring of 1983, when he was assigned to Virgin Mary Church in Yonkers, New York.

In 1984, Metr. Philip assigned him to St. George Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Services. While in Texas, the Archdiocese also assigned him to oversee Christian Education and then later teen activities for the churches in the Southwest Region (now the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America). In July of 1988 Thomas was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo.

On August 28, 1994, Bishop Antoun (Khouri) ordained Dcn. Thomas to the priesthood, and Fr. Thomas served as assistant pastor at his parish in Houston until August of 1996, when he was appointed pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Pinellas Park, Florida (near St. Petersburg).

Between 1996 and his consecration to the episcopacy, Fr. Thomas served in multiple capacities aside from his work as a pastor. He was an appointed member of the Archdiocese Youth Department Board; Spiritual Advisor to the Teen SOYO (Society of Orthodox Youth Organization) Southeastern Region; Chairperson of the Tampa Bay Orthodox Clergy Association; Director of Programs in Pastoral Bioethics for the International Academy of Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine in the United States; Speaker at Braunels, Germany, and at City University of Hong Kong on Bioethics; author of published articles on Christian Bioethics; Speaker at Antiochian Village and third session camp priest for many years; past President and Vice President of the Tampa Bay Council of Orthodox Churches. In July 2002, Fr. Thomas was granted a Master of Arts degree in Applied Orthodox Theology jointly from the Antiochian House of Studies and the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

On February 15, 2004, Fr. Thomas was elevated to the rank of archimandrite by Bp. Antoun, and on December 5, 2004, he was consecrated to the episcopacy by Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch in Damascus, Syria.

Bp. Thomas was enthroned as Bishop of Oakland and the East at St. George Cathedral in Pittsburgh (Borough of Oakland), Pennsylvania, on May 6, 2005. In August of 2006, Bp. Thomas was awarded a Doctorate in Education from California Coast University.  His Grace also sits on the editorial board of the journal Christian Bioethics, which is published by Oxford University Press.

His Grace is also the author of several published articles, including Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Its Importance in the Culture Wars, Training Up a Child: Educational Options for Orthodox Christians and  An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox ChristiansHe also co-authored The Emergence of Local Orthodox Christian Societies in America.

In 2006, the Church of St. George in Charleston, West Virginia, purchased a chancery for the diocese, and in October of that year was elevated to a cathedral, thus adding another see to the diocese and renaming it to the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic.

His Grace's residence is at the diocesan chancery in Charleston.

In addition to his duties in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Bp. Thomas also served as the locum tenens of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest from December 2010 to December 2011.  Within the Archdiocese, His Grace assists Metropolitan Philip in overseeing the Antiochian Village, the Christian Education Department, the Youth Department and the Antiochian House of Studies.

Since 2011, he has also chaired the Committee for Youth of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

Bishop Thomas's namesday is October 6 (Thomas the Apostle of the Twelve).

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Thursday, July 24th
8:00am Divine Liturgy
    Great Martyr Christina of Tyre
9:00am Baking for Feast
Saturday, July 26th
9:00am Divine Liturgy
   Righteous Martyr Paraskeve of Rome
6:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, July 27th
8:45am Matins
9:30am Choir Rehearsal
10:00am Divine Liturgy
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Print and Read July 20th 2014
Weekly Bulletin

St. Michael’s FEAST

Sunday, Sept. 7

11 AM - 4 PM

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V A C A T I O N   B I B L E   S C H O O L

Join us this summer for a week of learning and fun as we learn that Jesus’ love for us is one-of-a-kind and that we are all made perfect in his eyes. Our students will learn biblical stories, make crafts, and learn exciting dances and songs about God’s love for us. It is going to be a great year!

August 4th – 8th, 2014 ~~ 8:00am – 12:00pm

CLICK HERE for the registration form or

CLICK HERE to register On-Line



Camp Director, Keira Conley, is looking for volunteers to help with Vacation Bible School which will be here at St. Michael’s August 4-8. Could you teach a daily lesson or help with crafts? Let Keira know at 724-331-5947 or


Orthodox Monastery of

The Transfiguration Patronal Feast

Archbishop Nathanael

Archbishop Melchisedek

Bishop Michael

Tuesday, August 5

6:00 pm—Vigil Service
(followed by supper)

Wednesday, August 6

9:30 am—Procession and
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
(followed by lunch)

2:30 pm—Holy Unction Service and Anointing of Pilgrims

If you would like to “car pool” up to the Wednesday celebration, let Fr. John know.

“We never hold a service without candles, yet we use them not just to dispel night’s gloom… we also hold our services in daylight… but in order to represent by this Christ, the Uncreated Light, without Whom we would in broad daylight wander as if lost in darkness.” - Tertullian, 2nd century AD

On Tuesday, August 5th, the Men’s Fellowship will prepare a free meal for the benefit of people in our community. There are at least two ways in which you may participate in this charitable activity. The first is to come and help with the planning and execution. The second is to support the event financially. Donation may be given to Dan Davis. CLICK HERE for all of the details!

June's "Food on the Hill" will be on June 3rd !

Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis (724-237-2064) or Gus Flizanes (724-863-4443).


 Rodgers and Hammersteins’s


Sunday, August 10, 2:10 PM

St. Vincent University Theater


(There is no cabaret for the matinee performance)
For reservations and information:
contact Michele Murray


Each “Leaf” is a tag for an item needed to support the annual Feast. Select a tag (or two), purchase the item listed-usually under $5 – and deposit your donations under the tree in the hallway. Buy when the item goes on sale or shop the “Dollar” stores. Simple things such as flour and sugar to help with baking preparations, dish detergent for clean-up, and pop and water are just some of the items needed. See Treegrower Mary Haiden for more details.

Go Bucs! - PIRATE GAME, Saturday, Aug. 9


7:05 PM game, (fireworks follow)
$24 per ticket
(bus transportation (with driver’s tip) additional $11)

 Contact Michelle Gajewski or Michele Murray to reserve.


Our Feast Baking has resumed! We need any help you can offer. On most Thursdays you can find us baking at the church. Come and help! There is a job for you. Specifically, we can also use some one who can manage our e-mail list that we continue to compile. We can also use a couple people who can be “shoppers,” going to designated stores to pick up food and supplies that we have ordered. See Sara Armanious and Valerie Flizanes if you can do either of these jobs.

Father John's 25th Anniversary Luncheon - from our You Tube site

Blessing of the Bells from our You Tube site

Please CLICK HERE for the form to provide us with your information. Or, see the form on the new back page of the weekly bulletin. We want to serve you better and we need your help. Please understand that we will protect yur privacy from the standpoint of the church. We will not show or distribute your email address!



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It’s now a little less treacherous to navigate the Internet seas to our website and discover what’s happening at St. Michael’s! Set your course to a simplified  ‘’ and “Land-ho,” you are on our shores! “Argh,” to ’Skipper’ Ed Sam, Jr. for pacifying the web waters for us internet salty dogs, virgin voyagers and Landlubbers alike!

Vacation Bible School 2013

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