​Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. John’s/ St. Mary’s!

Our Church Doors are Open! We are re-opening our parishes for public liturgical services on Saturday, May, 30th since our county is moved from the red zone to the yellow zone and the restrictions are eased by the decision of PA Governor Tom Wolf’s Office. This re-opening is done in compliance with the directives received from our Bishop, Most Rev. Kurt Burnette, recommendations from our Eparchial Insurance Company and general guidelines for re-opening issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Those who are healthy and make a conscious decision to do so, may start attending public liturgical services at our parishes on Saturday, May, 30th (the liturgical schedule for the weekends remains the same).

Please note that dispensation from ecclesiastical obligations is still extended until further notice to protect your own health and that of others.

If you are ill, were exposed to the virus, believe that you might be contagious, not feeling well, at high risk, or are afraid to contract the virus because of health reasons/ compromised immune system, or if you have young children, you are dispensed from attending until further notice. You also have a dispensation from attending services if you are afraid of becoming sick. You are then encouraged to watch or listen to a Divine Liturgy through one of the modern means of the social media, including radio. Attendees should only be healthy individuals.

Wearing a mask for the duration of the services is a requirement.

We will continue to live stream our services for those who cannot attend.

Please consider any other personal precautionary measures which you find appropriate to keep yourself and others safe.

If you are a registered parishioner at our parishes - a letter with more information, guidelines and directives will be sent to you and you will receive a phone call to inform you about most important information.

During this time please use your best judgment and reasonable precautions and follow the advice of the public health agencies. We will closely monitor the situation and check for the updates daily from the Chancery Office, the CDC, and state/ local health departments to make sure we have the latest information and are in compliance with all the recommendations.

Your spiritual welfare, health, safety and well-being are my priority.

In closing, thank you for your understanding and cooperation, support and prayers in this very important matter during these unprecedented times.

I will keep you and your loved ones in my prayers and ask you to stay safe! I also look forward to praying with you soon!

Let us all pray daily to the Holy Theotokos the prayer for protection: “Beneath your compassion we take refuge, O Virgin Theotokos. Despise not our prayers in our need but deliver us from dangers, for you alone are pure and blessed.”

- Fr. Vasyl

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