St.Joseph's Orthodox Church


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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1). I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6) For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

We are a community of Romanian people who settled in the Hazleton area and established St. Joseph's Church (former known as Palm Sunday) in 1992. The church patron is St. Joseph of Maramures. Our church is under the jurisdiction of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of North America (ROEA), His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel Popp (OCA). We are open to any and all people who seek to embrace what has been called the "Ark of Salvation": the Holy Orthodox Church.

Our doors are always open. Please join us for our Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am and Coffee Hour.


The Orthodox Liturgy is officiated on Sundays at 9:30 am, followed by Coffee Hour in the Social Hall. Sunday School starts after the children receive Communion. Any other weekly or special services are usually posted on this site and announced by mail or electronic mail.


We organize numerous fund raising events throughout the year. "Ardealul" and "Grape Fest" are a couple of the most famous. In addition, you may find the finest european home made and baked products at our selling stand during Hazleton's Fun Fest. All social events are posted here, announced by mail, or e-mail.


At St.Joseph's, we encourage participation in worship services through congregational singing. Please feel free to join your voice with ours in prayer. The Divine Liturgy is an Eucharistic celebration. The canons of the Church is that only Baptized Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves and went to Confession may receive Holy Communion. If you are not of the Orthodox faith, you are invited to share in some of the blessed bread which is distributed after the service. We appreciate the need for children to also experience the Divine Services and are quite tolerant of the usual noise that accompanies their presence.

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