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The Nativity of the Mother of God
The Nativity of the Mother of God
The Nativity of the Mother of God

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                   It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.

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The Orthodox Psychotherapy Seminar Scheduled for OCTOBER 19th HAS BEEN CANCELED.



Parish Hall and House renovations


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Children and Family Festival

St. Mary's Children and Family Festival

+Children and Family Festival Thursday, August 15th 2013 from 4pm-8pm Here at St. Mary’s. Please invite a friend and neighbor. There will be games for the children, a pet blessing, parish tours, food and a performance by the Russian Folk Dancers from Holy Annunciation in Berwick and much more…

Anyone wanting to donate toward this with food, deserts, your time or your finances please see Fr. Daniel.




A One-day Seminar 


Orthodox Psychotherapy and Mental Health in our Communities.

Exploring the view of the Church and Community and how they can work together to help all made in God's Image.

 Saturday, October 19th, 2013 

Sponsored by St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Coaldale, PA (OCA)

and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvannia (OCA)

Seminar Schedule:

10:00am – Opening introductions (with Coffee and donuts).

10:15am- Session One – Dr. Christopher Veniamin – “Orthodox Psychotherapy and its relationship to Mental Illness”

                  Dr. Christopher Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, holds the four-year first degree in theology from the University of Thessalonica in Greece, his doctoral degree in theology from the University of Oxford in England, and, since 1994, has been the Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in Pennsylvania.

11-11:15am Q/A with Dr. Christopher


11:30am Session Two-  Rev. Paul Schellbach, MSW 

                                                  "Pastoring those with Mental Illness"

12-12:15am Q/A with Fr. Paul


1:30pm - Panel Discussion- with the above speakers and other health professionals and community leaders with questions from those attending given to the panel. Panel participants include: Psychologist, Dr. Larrissa Lorchak, Dr. Patricia Shellbach, and others to be announced.

3:00pm- Final remarks and thank you.

4:00pm- Everyone is welcome to stay for Vespers at St Mary’s

 Mount Thabor Publishing will have a table of books and other reading material on the topic for sale.

 Cost for seminar: 10$ pay at the door.    For more information call 570-645-2772



A visit from our Administrator

His Grace will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy on February 10th, 2013 here at St. Mary's

His Grace Bishop MARK was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on December 5, 2004. His consecrating bishops included His Beatitude IGNATIUS IV at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus, Syria as well as numerous Metropolitans of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch. He was enthroned at St. George Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio on August 25, 2005 and served as Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America.

Bishop MARK served as priest of St. John the Evangelist Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2000. In January of 2001, he was assigned to St. George in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bishop MARK was born on June 22, 1958 in New Albany, Indiana. He was baptized in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in 1958 and confirmed when he was nine. He attended elementary school at our Lady of Perpetual Help and graduated from New Albany High School in 1976. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1985. In 1987, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Literature from Oral Roberts University and accepted the position of Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Oral Roberts University.

Having been introduced to the Orthodox Church by the V. Rev. George Eber, pastor of St. Antony in Tulsa, Oklahoma and his professors of Church History, Dr Jerry Sandidge and his Old Testament professor, Dr Howard Ervin at Oral Roberts University, Bishop MARK was received into the Church through Holy Chrismation on Great and Holy Wednesday 1989. He attended St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity degree at St. Vladimir’s in 1991.

From 1993 – 1997, His Grace worked in mental Health as a Mental Health worker at Mercy Psychiatric on a dual diagnosis unit and from 1997 – 2000, as a crisis worker in the emergency room at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Aliquippa, PA.

Bishop MARK was ordained a deacon on August 17, 1997. On September 7, 1997, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood.  Bishop MARK was received into the Orthodox Church in America on January 1, 2011, and given the title of Bishop of Baltimore.  He presently serves as the Synodal Liason to the various commissions and departments of the OCA.


Holy Annunciation parish Choir from Berwick, PA will give a concert on December 9th, 2012 at 3pm. Please join us here at St. Mary's as we sing for the Glory of God to honor the Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos and to celebrate the Advent season. Please bring one small toy for the relief of Children effected by Hurricane Sandy. There will be refreshments to follow in the parish hall.  Christmas baskets will be raffled off for the relief effort.

KIDS FESTIVAL AUGUST 15th 4-8PM Rain or Shine
Kid's Festival
St. Mary's will hold it's 4th Annual Children's festival on August 15th, 2012. Festival events will open at 4pm on Wednesday. The Festival is open to families and their children ages 12 and under. This years events include: Parish Tours of St. Mary's interior -430pm, Pet Blessing 530pm, "Up-Close Magic with Randy"- 600pm, There will be 2 large Bouncers, and a Dunk Tank for the kids and various festival games. The Cost is a 5$ donation for an Arm band which kids can have unlimited access to the bouncers and all the games. There will be Duck pond chances for .50 a try.
There will also be a variety of food choices from Halupki, halushki, coney island burgers and much more. 
St Marys Light Blessing
from up High
from up High
from up High

The Blessing of the Lights - 08/12/12

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