St John the Baptist Orthodox Church
American Carpatho-Russian Diocese
211 Cable Avenue - East Pittsburgh, PA 15112
Welcome to St John the Baptist - East Pittsburgh

Welcome to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. We are a parish of the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese in the USA. Our bishop is, His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nysaa. Our diocese is under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Founded in 1919, our parish is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year.

We are a friendly and welcoming community of believers who worship our Lord, Jesus Christ, united in the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.

We are a sacramental community centered on the Holy Eucharist.

We are a praying community, for each other and for the world.

We are a fellowship community, enjoying each other's company in Christian love and work.

We are a life-long learning community knowing that we can discover more, every day about our life in Christ.

We are a multi-ethnic, multi-racial parish welcoming everyone seeking the fullness of the Christian Faith.

We are a sacrifical giving community, offering our gifts of time, talent and treasure for the building up of the Body of Christ here in East Pittsburgh, our diocese and the Orthodox world.

We are a giving parish to others in need by collecting funds and other gifts regularly so that we can help the least of the brethren in our area.

You are invited and most welcome to be part of our community of faith. Come and see!

 

ONLINE SERVICES

Sunday and Feast Day Liturgies are available by clicking the following link

https://www.facebook.com/stjohneastpitt

Starting November 28 and during the month of December, Saturday Vespers will also be available at 5pm. This will be a Reader Vespers.

The adjustment to our schedule is due to the high number of Covid cases in the region and out of an abundance of caution.

Sunday and Feast Day Liturgies will be celebrated in person and streamed live.

Lastest Icons in progress update

ICONOGRAPHY UPDATE

Our latest Church Beautification Phase is coming to life!  The new icon of the Communion of the Apostles which will grace the Apse (back wall of the Altar) is well underway by our iconographer Michael Kapeluck. As you can see, it will be a blessed and beautiful addition to our parish and our worship of the Lord. Again, many thanks to all of you who donated to this phase. God bless you all.

Letters from Metropolitan Gregory

Please read these recent letter from Metropolitan Gregory

Protocol Letter 32 - Diocesan Events

Protocol Letter 33 - Christian Education

NEW CHURCH SCHOOL MATERIALS FOR 2020/21

THANKS TO OUR PARISH PTA AND SEAN NELIS FOR THEIR DONATIONS..........

We have a new Church School Program for 2020. Not only will these materials be used for our Church School Students but is can also be used for a Church-wide program for adults.

The materials are produced by Orthodoxjourneys. Weekly study units will be used covering a 45 week program. 

Given the uncertaintly caused by the pandemic, our new materials can be used for in-person, home-study, or on-line presentation. This flexibility will help us do the best we can under the present circumstances.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fr. Joseph.

Daily Readings and Lives of Saints
THIS WEEK AT ST. JOHN'S

UPCOMING SERVICES

September 23 - 7pm CCE Class

September 26-  5pm Great Vespers with Litiya and Cross Procession

September 27 - 9am Festal Liturgy - Feast of the Elevation of the Cross

 

St John Liturgical Services On-Line

Dear Friends,

All liturgical services from St. John's will be live streamed via Fr. Joseph's Facebook page. If you would like to join these services and pray with us online, copy this link https://www.facebook.com/stjohneastpitt

 

Fr Joseph

New Royal Doors Icons

Many thanks to Anna Margaret Costas for her generous donation of the icons of the 4 Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John which now grace the Royal Doors. May they be a fitting remembrance for her family's loved ones.

ON-LINE Orthodox Liturgical Services

Dear Friends,

During these days of self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are opportunities for us to follow the daily services of the Church, especially during Great Lent since communal gatherings in the State of Pennsylvania are being limited to 10 or less.

One site AGES has a complete listing of all daily services. Although the daily Menion is based on the New Calendar, that is a minor issue when the site has so much too offer.

If you would like to take the time during these days of self-isolation so we can all do our part to "flatten the curve" of the outbreak, I encourage all of you to take advange of the AGES Digital Chant Stand.

God bless and Stay Safe,

Fr Joseph

Check Out Our New Great Lent Section
Great Lent 2020

Chick the Button on the Header for daily Lenten ideas and inspiration.

Lives of the Saints of Carpatho-Rus

The ACROD website has a presentation on the lives of the Saints of Carptho-Rus.  Follow the link below to read about their lives.

https://www.acrod.org/readingroom/patristics/carpathian-saints

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Continuing Christian Education Series

Our Continuing Christian Education classes will resume on September 18 at 7pm. We will study Evening Worship in the Orthodox Church. Bring a friend. 

Forgiveness Sunday

The Rite of Forgiveness is one of the most important and powerful acts we can do as we begin our journey to Pascha during the Great Fast.

The Canon of St Andrew of Crete will be offered Monday-Thursday at 7pm. This coming Friday at 7pm the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be celebrated.

Arrange your schedules to participate in as many services during the first week of Lent as possible.

Busy February at St. John’s
Church Renovation
Church Renovation
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Church Renovation
Church Renovation

February marked a busy month at St. John’s. We started our church renovation project with repairing cracks and compromised plaster and new paint in the church’s interior, choir loft, stairs and lower entry level. 

Two beautiful baby boys were baptized, Brogan Palat and Zechariah Kalaluhi. 

We made pirohi for our Lenten food sale.

Here are some pictures that can tell the story of the month!

Brogan Palat Baptism
Brogan Palat Baptism
Brogan Palat Baptism
Eternal Memory - Metropolitan Orestes Chornok

On Sunday, February 17th, our Pittsburgh Deanery Dean, Father Robert Prepelka visited St. John's and concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Father Joseph. Father Robert also led the Panahida for the repose of the soul of founding hierarch of the ACROD, Metropolitan Orestes (Chornok) +1977. May His Memory Be Eternal!

Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
Zechariah Kalaluhi Baptism
St. John's Facebook page
New Parish Facebook page

In our efforts to reach out to those searching for the Orthodox Church and Faith, we have started a new Facebook page. If you have Facebook, please go to stjohneastpitt and "Like" and follow our page. Also, please share the page with your Facebook friends, so they can share it with their friends. That is how we can literally reach thousands of people. 

Pittsburgh Deanery Picnic

The Pittsburgh Deanery hosted a wonderful picnic at Schenley Park on September 30. An excellent turnout brought together old friends, new friends, lots of food and plenty to drink. Terrific music and sing-along of old Rusyn favorites added to the fun. The weather was perfect and the fellowship was wonderful. Many thanks to Fr Dave Urban for helping to organize the event and to the deanery clergy and faithfu who supported this effort. Let's do it again next year!