Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Moscow Patriarchate



  1. WE WELCOME YOU to Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church! We are happy to have you visit and worship the Lord God with us. If you would like more information about our Parish and, perhaps, becoming a parishioner, please, see Father Basil or visit our website: , or phone the rectory at    570 -343-8128  (if no answer, let phone ring 8 times and leave a message.)  God Bless you!         


  1. SUNDAY SCHOOL classes for the current school-year are set to begin TODAY, SUNDAY, 24 September!  Mrs. Maryann Capwell and the Sunday School staff are excited to greet our students as we begin a year of continued learning about and growing in our Orthodox Faith. Students in grades Kindergarten through 8 (and beyond!) are welcome and expected. Sessions will be held in the comfortably appointed upper classroom following Divine Liturgy each Sunday.  WELCOME! to our teachers, staff, parents and students! THANK YOU teachers, staff, parents and everyone involved with our Sunday School programme! It will be a year of growth and learning!  God Bless you!


  1. CHURCH CLEANING for this week, 24 September: TEAM 1  -----   Sandra Wallick, Sonja Czachor, Mary Ann Hogan  and anyone else who can and cares enough to help.  Please, remember to tend to the Holy Icons, candlestands and the main aisle before leaving church today.  We need a few more volunteers (women and men) to supplement our cleaning teams. Can you help for an hour or so each month? Please, let Father Basil know. (570-343-8128).  God Bless!  Holiness befits Thy House, O Lord, forevermore!


  1. SOME “NOT SO COOL” NEWS: Our long-serving, faithful refrigerator in the School/Center has breathed its last cool breath. It cannot be revived. It has assumed room temperature. Repairs would be expensive – a new refrigerator seems to be the best course of action!  Currently, a new refrigerator, exactly like the one we must replace, comes with a price tag of  $3325.00.  This is a “must have” item for our kitchen. So, please, be as generous as possible and donate an additional amount each week for this necessity.  Our Turkey Dinner is coming-up soon. We need a new refrigerator. Will you help? Thank you and GOD BLESS YOU!


  1. VISIT OUR new and improved parish website Keep up with news and Divine Services, photos, links to Orthodox sites and more.   Be a website Sponsor for a donation of just $25 per month. Sponsorship forms are available in the narthex. We need donations to keep our parish website on-line. PLEASE, favourably consider sponsoring the website for a month or more.     God Bless you!


  1. HAPPENING NEXT SUNDAY, 1 October: - Coffee Hour is planned at the Parish Center. You are welcome to stop-in after Divine Liturgy and enjoy a tasty nosh and refreshments while hob-nobbing with fellow parishioners and friends. Everybody of you is invited!  God Bless! - The Parish Council is scheduled to convene for its regular, monthly session. All Council members are asked to attend. Parishioners who are interested in the workings of the Parish Council are welcome, too!   God Bless!


  1. THE HOLY FIRE, from the Church of the Resurrection * in Jerusalem, burns brightly in the lampadas in our church. If you wish to make a donation for the burning of the Holy Fire in the Altar (Sanctuary) or Nave (main body) of our temple, please, stop at the candle-desk. Offering intentions may be made for the health and salvation of family and friends, or for the blessed repose of departed Christians. A donation of $25 per month is requested to cover the cost of candles. [A “link” has been included on our website for more information about the  HOLY FIRE. Log-on to it when you have time.] God Bless!                                                   


  1. JUST A reminder: Our annual contribution to the Cathedraticum for the Patriarchal Parishes is fifty ($50.00) dollars per parishioner per year. This is more than reasonable (only one dollar per week). Please, actively support our Russian Orthodox Church in the USA by faithfully using your Cathedraticum envelopes.  God Bless!


  1. LIVE-STREAMING, and encore viewing, of the Divine Liturgy is available at -  and in living colour on the radio at  94.3 FM from  Saint John’s  Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield,  - Sunday at 9:30AM. -  from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore,  (Archpriest John Vass).  – Sunday at 10:00AM  This is offered for those who, for a serious reason, cannot come to church on Sunday for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. It is NOT a substitute for NOT attending Divine Liturgy in church on Sunday. God Bless! 


  1. A WORD of “THANKS!” to our faithful parishioners and friends who tend to the beauty of the temple/church and parish grounds and cemetery. You know what “they say – no one notices housekeeping and landscaping work unless it is NOT done.” YOUR WORK in the House-of-God and its properties does not go un-noticed. We appreciate your labours and know that the Lord God blesses and accepts your offering of time and talent. Again , “THANK YOU” for caring about the beauty of the House of God, its property and cemetery.. God Bless you!


  1. THE MAINTENANCE on our cupola is complete. It looks simply beautiful and compliments the uniqueness of our temple and helps to foster an atmosphere of prayerfulness and being in the House of God. Thank you, dear parishioners and friends, for your prayers and support of this project. Please, continue to show support by donating whatever amounts you can afford to help bring this effort to a successful conclusion. God Bless!


  1. UPCOMING EVENTS that we should all know about!: - HOLUPKI and HALUSHKI sale:   13-14 October, 2023; home-made ethnic/Slavic delicasies prepared by our own chefs! More info is forthcoming. - OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY DINNER:  Sunday, 12 November, 2023. Delicious, in-house roasted turkey with all the trimmings! You’re sure to gobble-it-up! More info will be forthcoming. Thanks for your support! God Bless!






[A word to our Parishioners and Friends:   When making your Last Will and Testament, please, be sure to include Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church among your beneficiaries. The Church has helped, guided and nourished you throughout your entire life. Making a final bequest to our Parish will help you and it will help your Parish. Pray and consider this.  God Bless you!]