Saint John the Baptist and Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Churches

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Parish Happenings 


  • ​​​​​​​​​​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.


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  • Frozen Pirohi Sale!  Our next frozen pirohi and halushki sale will be on December 14, 2018 with pickup between 11:00 A.M. and 5 P.M.  The cost is $7.00/dozen and $6.00/lb.
    Christmas cookies will also be available for purchase.To place orders, please call 570-645-7960 or 570-645-7372. We are looking for new members to be on the pirohi making team. No experience is necessary.  Please see Father Vasyl or a pirohi maker to find out how to join the pirohi making community.


  • Announcing Theosis in Action: The Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Passaic.  A new ministry to the diocese, this group is a virtual community for young adults of the Byzantine Catholic faith.  Learn more at their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/theosisinaction


  • Books for pre-order and for sale!  St. John's witnessed a rosary miracle in 1928.  Parishioner Jeannie Paslawsky has told the story in her new book The Rosary that Grew Flowers.  The book is available for sale at https://secure.mybookorders.com/Orderpage/2050.  This book is a must-read for those devoted to the rosary and embrace the beauty of how the Theotokos shares her love for her children.  Also available for sale is the latest history of the parish which parishioner Joanne Paslawsky completed in conjunction with the parish's 125 Anniversary.  Please contact the parish office if you are interested in buying a copy of the parish history.


  •  "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 weekly evening Rosary is prayed each Wednesday night at 6 PM at St. John's. 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!  The Rosary is also prayed before every Sunday Liturgy.


  • 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!

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  •  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.