Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

Saint Clair, Pennsylvania

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

Founded 1911

Diocese: Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania

Deanery: Frackville Deanery

Address

47 Nicholas St
PO Box 85
Saint Clair, Pennsylvania 17970

Parish Contacts

V. Rev. Michael Hatrak
Rector
558 Sunbury St
Minersville, PA 17954
Home: 570-544-2690

Directions

General Location
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church is located in central PA, approximately 1 hour north of Harrisburg and one hour south of Wilkes-Barre.

From Interstate 81
Take Frackville exit 124A to route 61 south.  Travel 3 miles.  At the 2nd traffic light (Hancock St) turn left.  Continue straight for 5 blocks and turn right on Nicholas St.  Go 2 blocks; the Church is on the left.

Schedule of Services

4:00 PM Vespers.
Saturday Evening

10:30 AM Divine Liturgy or Obednitsa.
Sunday Morning

4:00 PM Vespers.
Eves of Great Feasts

10:30 AM Divine Liturgy or Obednitsa.
Mornings of Great Feasts

Parish Background

The parish was organized by a group of thirteen immigrant families from the village of Kamyanna of the Sandetsky district of Galicia.

Their first services were held in a Lutheran Chapel which they rented for $25 a month.  Fr. Miron Wolkay commuted from Sheppton, PA and Fr. Elias Klapotovsky from Old Forge and Fr. Alexander Nemolovsky from Reading also provided services.

In 1901 1 1/2 acres of land was purchased in Arnot’s Addition for a cemetery.  The Most Reverend Tikhon, Archbishop of North America and Aleutians blessed and dedicated the cemetery.  (later St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, Enlightener of North America).

The parish house and adjoining ground were bought in 1906 for the purpose of building a Church.  Auksenty Chylack was architect of the Church with the help of Eugene Gogetz.  The icons for the screen were prepared and written by Joseph Warchol.

A parish book from 1915 shows that 123 persons were in the parish.  The Church Choir, Balalaika Orchestra, Dramatic Club, Brotherhoods and Women’­s Altar Society were organized.

On January 14, 1939, during the Vesper service, the Church caught fire.  Repairs were made with the help of insurance money.

Maintenance and improvements to the Church, church hall, parish house and cemetery have been made through the years with the aid of the parish organizations.

Over the years many dedicated clergy have served the parish.