• ​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to our parish website! We hope you enjoy learning about our parish here.  If you live in the area or are visiting, please join us for our Liturgies.  Come experience the traditional eastern Catholic customs in a beautiful parish.  If you would like to become a member of our parish, please speak directly to Father after the Divine Liturgy or call the parish office.​​

  • Parking for St. John's: Our local authorities are asking our parishioners to avoid parking on the Spring Garden St. during our church services when possible as in recent years there is an increase of traffic and sometimes the cars parked there are not parked close enough to the curb and are on the way of the traffic. This request is for the safety of all involved.
    I understand our parish parking options are limited. Please also feel free to park at the small parking lot next to the rectory garage on East Kline Ave (it can fit a few cars and is usually available).
    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

  • Thank you to many of you for your parish donations which you either continue to drop off at the church, parish office, send by mail or submit using our online giving option through Tithe.ly. It is heartwarming to see that during these difficult times, you are thinking about your church. For those of you who are not able to join us in person for our church services please include your weekly offerings regularly if you are able to do so, as our parish expenses continue whether we are here or not and your contribution will greatly help us to continue to answer your spiritual needs and pay our bills. Please share the responsibility of supporting our parish with the rest of our members for the present and the future of our beautiful churches.

  • Change of address? If you recently changed your address of residence or any contact information or any other information changed since you submitted the registration form, kindly contact the parish office to help us to update our records. If you are attending our parish, but are not a member yet, please consider scheduling a meeting with Fr. Vasyl to join the parish and to submit your registration form. Thank you for your cooperation!

  • Dear Parishioners and Friends of our Parishes!  We're excited to share that we’ve launched online giving at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Lansford, PA and St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Nesquehoning, PA through Tithe.ly, a safe and secure giving platform that allows you to give one-time or recurring gifts!  Click here for more information.

  • St. Mary's Parish Cemetery: In the middle of December 2019 a big section of the stone wall at the back of our St. Mary's parish cemetery in Nesquehoning, PA collapsed due to its old age and deterioration. The most cost efficient option was chosen to proceed with cleaning the cemetery property of the debris, which is still a significant amount for us to pay to complete this necessary project. At this time we kindly ask you to help us with donation to offset the cost of this project. Donation in any amount towards this project will help us greatly and will be much appreciated. Should you have any questions or for more information please contact the parish office at: 570 645 2640. Thank you very much for your generosity and support! May God bless you abundantly!


  •  "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” - says Jesus in the Gospel (Mt. 19:14). We encourage all the children to approach for kissing of the Gospel during the Small Entrance with the Gospel Book and during the Gospel reading within Divine Liturgy. It would be nice if the children took turns in reading the Epistle and the boys considered becoming the altar servers. Please speak with Fr. Vasyl if you are interested in serving as an altar server.​​

  • The Rosary is prayed before every Sunday Liturgy. Everybody either from the parish or outside of the parish is welcome to join us and to attend this prayer. Our Lady promised Sr. Lucia: "...There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls." We may adjust the time once winter approaches, but we will be praying. Please spread the word and join us! 

  • Do you have questions about the Catholic faith? If so, visit us on Facebook and participate in "Ask Father Vasyl." Here Father will respond to your questions on subjects such as theology, spirituality, the sacraments, morality, church history, and the lives of the saints. You may submit your questions to Father on the wall or by private message. If you have ever wondered what Catholics really believe or just questioned "why is that" about a certain topic, you now have the opportunity to find out! Father Vasyl looks forward to your many questions....so ask away!


  •  If you would like to be involved as a volunteer in any area of our parish life, please talk to Fr. Vasyl.

  • Prayer Intentions: In your kindness, please remember the following intentions in your prayers: for peace in the world, for our Diocese, for religious vocations, for the sick and suffering in our parishes, for our families and friends, and for all those for whom we promised to pray.

  • The Holy Mystery (Sacrament) of Reconciliation is available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Feasts days starting 15 minutes before the Divine Liturgy. Confession time can also be scheduled by appointment by calling the parish office.

  • Sick Calls: Monthly or anytime in case of need (please contact the parish office). We are updating the sick calls list. If you are sick, homebound, or hospitalized (or you know anybody who is), please call the parish office. 

  • We are trying to get more information about the miracle with the rosary which happened at our parish in 1928. If you or anyone you know may have any information about this – please kindly contact the parish office. To learn more about the miracle please follow the link: http://www.tnonline.com/2013/dec/20/miracle-rosary ​​

  • The Divine Liturgy is celebrated during most days of the week. If you have a chance, please consider attending.  Please click on this week's bulletin to see the schedule.

  • St. Mary’s parish is looking for volunteers to clean the church on regular basis. Please call the parish office. 

  • If you would like to request a Divine Liturgy, please drop your intention in the collection basket or send it to the parish office by mail, so that the secretary can enter it into the register. Please note if the requested date is not available the Liturgy will be scheduled as close to the requested date as possible.

  • Reception of the Communion in the Byzantine Church:  According to the regulations of the Catholic Church, only baptized Catholics (of any Eastern Rite Catholic Church or Roman Catholic Church) who are not in a state of mortal sin could approach for the Holy Communion. In the Byzantine Rite, Holy Communion is given under both species. While approaching the priest during the Sacrament of the Eucharist remain standing, lean your head back and open wide your mouth, without extending your tongue. The priest will use a spoon to retrieve the Holy Communion from the chalice and will drop it into your mouth without touching you with the spoon. Please do not close your lips upon the spoon. Swallow the Holy Communion and return to your pew. Engage in silent prayer until all other communicants have received Communion. 

  • Prayer for the Sick:

    • ​​Heavenly Father, Who sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Physician of our souls and bodies, Who came to heal sickness and infirmity, Who healed the paralytic, and brought back to life the daughter of Jairus, Who healed the woman who had been sick for twelve years by her mere touch of your robe, visit and heal also your beloved servants: all the sick at our parishes from all physical and spiritual maladies by the power and grace of Your Christ.Grant them the patience that comes from believing that You are always at work in our lives to bring good out of evil. Grant them strength of body, mind and soul. Raise them up from the bed of pain. Grant them full recovery. May they experience the same surge of healing power flow through their bodies, as did the sick woman who touched your robe. For we, too, are touching your robe today, dear Lord, through this our prayer. We approach you with the same faith she did.Grant them the gift of health. For You alone are the source of healing and to You we offer glory, praise and thanksgiving in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • Did you know? The Catholic Church promotes Natural Family Planning (NFP) as a moral way of life in accordance with God's will for your family. NFP is a way of life that incorporates fertility, awareness, responsible parenthood, and self-mastery into married love. Not only is it highly effective, practical, low cost, and healthy, it also strengthens a marriage and a couple's spirituality by welcoming God into their marital unity. It is nearly 3x's more effective than IVF in assisting couple's to achieve pregnancy who suffer with infertility and is 99.6% effective when used to avoid pregnancy. This system can also be used to evaluate and treat various women's gynecologic health issues such as PMS, endometriosis, repetitive miscarriage, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, PCOS, perimenopausal symptoms, post partum depression and more. We encourage all married couples and those preparing for marriage to learn Church teachings on NFP. In collaboration with the Marriage and Life Formation Office of the Diocese of Allentown, our parish offers you an opportunity to get to know more about this Church teaching and God's plan for human life and love. To learn more about this Church teaching, please contact the parish office -- we can either organize the courses at our parish or refer you to the locations in our area. Fees apply. In order to learn more about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProtechnology, you may choose to contact directly Ms. Kristin Osenbach, BSW, CFCP (Tamaqua) at (570)952-1063 or e-mail creightonwithkristin@hotmail.com who works for the Diocese of Allentown and with whom our parish collaborates.


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