Services will be offered by the Priest and other necessary few individuals until April when the situation will be assessed for regular attendance and resumption of all services.
We will now be holding services as usual, but with only a few people present to assist Fr. Joseph. For the time being, please don’t come to these services and put others at risk. Under these circumstances, social distancing is love. Parishioners are encouraged to watch services online at our Cathedral during our time of exile - Cathedral Service Live-Stream.
In March, people can come, light candles, and pray at St. Thomas on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 pm, Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Some of these times are before services — please don’t plan on staying.
Read the full note from Fr. Joseph here.
Below is an excerpt from Protocol 9 from His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa. Please read the full context in his letter.
"As we move forward until further notice, all divine services will be offered by the Priest and any other necessary few individuals in our Churches. The people are instructed to stay home and watch services that are being broadcast from either their own Church or from the Cathedral in Johnstown."
Refer to the Special Petitions page for prayers to be said during Liturgy and personal prayer.
Welcome to Saint Thomas the Apostle
Orthodox Christian Church!
We are a Christ-centered church who loves to have visitors, and you are welcome to visit or join us for a service anytime! All services are conducted in English. While our church was founded by immigrants from Slovakia, Poland and Western Ukraine, today we are comprised of peoples of all ethnic backgrounds, most of whom are American converts to the ancient Orthodox Christian faith.
If you have questions or would like to visit when there isn't a service, please use the email contact form on the bottom of this page to contact our priest, Fr. Joseph Edgington.
A Word from the Holy Fathers
... "Such is our hybrid nature which, in my view at least, takes this form so that whenever we feel exalted because of our likeness to God’s image, we may be brought down because of our clay."
- St. Gregory the Theologian, Oration 14.6-7
Full context in the Sobornost for March 22, 2020
With the start of Great Lent 2020, our Diocese will also start a new ministry for families: SPF50.
Orthodox Christian families face many challenges. Engaging children with their faith both in church and at home and helping parents keep Christ as Head of their household present ongoing difficulties. Far too often, what is experienced at church on Sundays is not brought back into the home. When that disconnect remains, as youth leave home to begin a new life on their own, they will often leave the Church behind as well.
Follow this link to the Diocessan website for more information on how you and your family can participate in this campaign during Great Lent.