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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" please speak to Lisa Tereshko





Glory To Jesus Christ!

Welcome to "Ancient Faith Bible Study", a weekly commentary on the Wednesday Scripture Readings.


Things coming up soon for which to watch and prepare…

...Sunday “traveling” Lenten Vespers throughout the Fast.

       - Sunday, March 29 - Holy Cross Church (Syrian Relief)

...Participating in the Monday night “Doctrine” series (next meeting is Monday, March 30, 7:00 PM).

...Madeline Ritter has taken the lead regarding Palm Cross fashioning. The work will be done on Lazarus Saturday, April 4, following morning Divine Liturgy. Please let Madeline know if you will be participating (no experience necessary).

...Senior Life, Greensburg, Tour (very informative) and Lunch - Sunday, April 26. Reserve your spot with Sara Armanious.

...Please return your Bakeless Bakesale Donations as soon as possible (and keep filling your Food for Hungry People boxes).

...If anyone has not registered for Antiochian Village Camp because of financial restraints, talk to Fr. John.

...Donations are being welcomed to replace our well-worn winding cloth for the Tomb of Christ. The replacement cost will be in the vicinity of $4,000; talk to Fr. John.

...To help support our Church School, participate in their Yankee Candle Fund Raiser. Contact Keira Conley for more info.

...There will be a fish dinner following Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday, April 5.

...If you are a woman, 26 years or older, and are heading back to school, you may qualify to apply for an Antiochian Women’s Scholarship. For more information, contact Sara Armanious.

Memory Eternal, Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

(March 28, 1939–March 18, 2015)

Father Thomas  graduated from Fordham University in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies. He graduated with a theological degree from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1963, from Duquesne University with a master’s degree in philosophy in 1969, and he earned his doctorate degree in theology from Fordham University in 1982. 

Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in August 1963, Fr. Thomas served the following parishes as pastor: Saint John the Baptist Church, Warren, OH (1963–1968); Saint Gregory the Theologian Church, Wappingers Falls, NY (1968–1978); and Saint Nicholas Church, Jamaica Estates, NY (1978–1983). Father Thomas was honored with the clerical rank of Archpriest in 1970 and the rank of Protopresbyter in 1995.

Beginning in 1968, Fr. Thomas began his long service to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Over the years, Fr. Thomas held the following positions: Lecturer in Doctrine and Pastoral Theology, 1968–1972; Assistant Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1972–1983; Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1983–1991; Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1991–1992; Dean, Rector of Three Hierarchs Chapel, and Professor of Dogmatic Theology, 1992–2002.

During his years of priestly ministry, Fr. Thomas authored numerous books and articles. Most well known of these publications is The Orthodox Faith: An Elementary Handbook on the Orthodox Church.  A prolific speaker and preacher, he spoke at conferences, retreats, public lectures, and Church gatherings of all kinds, many of which were recorded. Father Thomas performed countless duties on behalf of the Orthodox Church in America, including representing the Church at intra-Orthodox gatherings and ecumenical meetings.

It is good to note that we are learning to be quiet and attentive during the reading of the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving as we are departing the church.

Now, may that attentiveness be allowed to extend earlier into the Divine Liturgy when we are receiving Holy Communion by being patient and waiting for the ushers direction to move into the Communion line; and having arrived in line, that we may mindfully proceed in silent, prayerful awe to receive the Body and Blood of Christ Our God.

The complete text of the Great Vespers and Matins services for each Sunday may be retrieved and printed from the Antiochian Archdiocese website at

I.nternational O.rthodox C.hristian C.harities

It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.

One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.

For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit

International Orthodox Christian Charities (cont'd)



 Sunday, March 29, 2015

 (Prayers-4:30 PM; Dinner-5:30 PM)

 Holy Cross
Greek Orthodox Church
123 Gilkeson Road (Mt. Lebanon)
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

 Dinner Donation
$20 children 18 and under
(children 6 and under free)

 For reservations:
Online (preferred):

 Phone / e-mail:
Sophie (412) 341-6869

 Zelfa (412) 417-4706

(The following hierarchs will be in attendance this year - Metropolitan SAVAS (Greek), Bishop THOMAS (Antiochian), Archbishop MELCHISEDEK (Orthodox Church in America), Bishop MITROPHAN (Serbian), Bishop DANIEL (Ukrainian), Bishop GREGORY (Carpatho-Russian.) 



Save your discarded treasures and bring them to the church for our annual Flea Market/Ethnic Food & Bake Sale/Used Book Sale on June 7th from 9 AM to 2 PM. We have room in the basement to store your donated items. You also have the option of renting a table for a $10 donation and selling the items for your benefit.


Come & Help or just stop by to enjoy the fellowship. Call Valerie Flizanes or Mary Haiden with your questions.

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.

Please read the entire article by CLICKING HERE


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

(6 images)

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

(9 images)


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. READ MORE

Please Remember...

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St. Michael's Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church Tour

Please click "View Slideshow" for the tour of the church of pictures from - 05/26/12

(66 images)


Thursday, March 26th
9:00am Bake Sale Baking
Friday, March 27th
6:00pm Lenten Covered Dish
7:00pm Akathist Hymn
    to the Theotokos
Confessions Follow
Saturday, March 28th
Antiochian Women's Retreat at Antiochian Village
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Print and Read March 22nd 2015
Weekly Bulletin

On Tuesday, April 7th, 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!

February's "Food on the Hill" will be on February 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).

"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!

CLICK HERE for your order forms for the Easter Bake Sale and Palm & Flowers for the Tomb


A Few Announcements and Requests
from our Church School Director, Keira Conley

* There will be no Church School classes on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday (4/5 and 4/12). Church School will resume on Sunday, April 19.

* Anyone who is graduating this year either from high school or college, let Keira know where your are graduating from, and what your future plans are.

* Church school Graduation will be celebrated on Sunday, May 31st.

* Church School is holding a Yankee Candle fundraiser. Final order should be turned in no later than April 5th. See info below for order form.


St. Michael’s Church School Yankee Candle Fundraiser.

Orders must be submitted by April 5th


2015 Vacation

Bible School

August 3rd through the 7th

9:00am to 12:00pm

  Registration available online this year at:

Join us this summer for a week of learning and fun as we learn how to conquer challenges with God’s mighty power. 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!

Any questions please contact Keira Conley, Camp Director at 724-331-5947 or 

Antiochian Women's Month:

   (the following women will read and collect the offerings)

 Sunday, March 29

Epistle Reader: Barli Ross

Collection: Jenn Saxman, Lauren Shaheen, Christina Armanious, Keira Conley


 yesterday’s church cleaners. Great job! all the blood donors who made our last Red Cross Blood Drive one of our most successful ever (around 25 donors) and to Coordinator Connie Capar and her team of volunteers.

...Allison Simon and Joyce Eger for managing this years’s Bakeless Bakesale and Food for Hungy People efforts respectively.

Outreach, Inreach, Renewal

THE ORTHODOX FAITH by Fr. Thomas Hopko; Volume 1 - Doctrine

Last week’s bulletin informed us that we were about to begin a series of catechetical sessions using as our basic text, The Faith, by Clark Carlton. While this book is “user friendly” and has been well used in the past, it was suggested that it might not be quite as simple as might be most advantageous to the range of people who will be participating and their diversely elementary background regarding the Orthodox Faith. Hence, the alternate choice of Fr. Thomas Hopko’s four book series entitled THE ORTHODOX FAITH was made. For this Spring’s gatherings, the first volume on “doctrine” will be used.

The participants will include a number of people who are part of our community and are not yet Orthodox Christians. We will also be inviting, through a little advertising, those in the general public who may have inquiring minds regarding Orthodox Christianity. We are also inviting YOU… anyone who recognizes that they have not been putting themselves in enough places where they may learn and grow in Christ.

The series will be held on Monday evenings beginning with an Overview and Introduction Session on March 2, which will help determine who wants to come on board for the book sessions. The series, which will include all the material in Volume I, Doctrine, will be completed on May 25, the Monday before the Great Feast of Pentecost.

March 30 —  Fathers, Saints, Canons, Church Art)

April 13 — Chapter II: The Symbol of Faith (Nicene Creed, Faith, God,

April 20 — Creation, Angels, Evil Spirits, Man, Sin, Jesus Christ,

April 27 — Son of God, Incarnation, Redemption, Incarnation,

May 4 — Redemption,Resurrection, Ascension, Judgment, Kingdom of God, Holy Spirit, Church, Sacraments, Eternal Life)

May 11 — Chapter III: The Holy Trinity

May 18 —

May 25 — Conclusion and Review

Volunteers are still needed to supply and prepare soup and bread for the Wednesday evenings of Lent. Sign up today in the Fellowship Hall to be a soup and bread volunteer this Lent.

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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March 15th attendance



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

CLICK HERE for pictures from the last day of Vacation Bible School 2013

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2011 Graduates
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Son Harvest Bible School Slideshow
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