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    Saint Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, Scranton, PA, is a local parish of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton.

    CELEBRATING 124 YEARS IN SCRANTON in 2020.    We are one of the three oldest churches in our Eparchy .

    Founded by Lebanese immigrants in the late 1890s, we are a faith community that has withstood many trials and tribulations. Today we continue to witness to the Gospel of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania: concentrated in the Lackawanna Valley.  Our faithful parishioners and friends hail from Albany to Philadelphia and areas surrounding.

    Patriarchate of Antioch. Catholic but not Roman, Byzantine in Tradition, brothers and sisters of the Orthodox East.

    Visit the Eparchy of Newton website at    www.Melkite.org for more information!


    Praying the Divine Liturgy at home

    Links for those parishes that will be broadcasting their Sunday Divine Liturgy:

    • Holy Cross in Placentia, CA will record their parish Sunday Divine Liturgy and post it to their YouTube channelTo be notified when the video is posted, subscribe to com/HolyCrossMelkite.If you have any questions or requests please email Father François at: fbeyrouti@gmail.com
    • George in Birmingham, AL will livestream their Sunday Divine Liturgy at 11:30 AM EST/10:30 AM CST/9:30 AM MST/8:30 AM PST at saintgeorgeonline.org/liveThe recording will also be available after the livestream.

    If you would like to receive Holy Communion, please call Fr. Christopher to arrange a time on Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.



    Great and Holy Week and Pascha Schedule in the Devotions section of this website.


    OUR CHURCH SERVICES ARE NOT CANCELLED DUE TO THE VIRUS. We ask that you maintain proper hygiene of yourselves and children in attendance.

    Lenten Services are now only at St Joseph Church due to closure at the GGAcademy   NEW TIME beginning Monday March 16
    Monday: Pre-Sanctified  6:00 pm
    Wednesday: Pre-sanctified  6:00 pm
    Friday: Akathist:  6:00 pm

    Fasting During Great Lent guidelines are below.

    Monday. February 24th     Great Fast Begins

    THE FAST OF GREAT LENT  in the Byzantine Tradition
    † On weekdays of Great Lent, Monday through Friday, there are restrictions on both the number of meals taken daily and on the types of food permitted; but when a meal is permitted, there is no limitation to the quantity of food that may be eaten.
    † On weekdays, fast is broken [the first meal of the day is taken] at/after the noon hour.
    †Throughout Great Lent, the fast excludes the eating of meat and meat products, cheese, milk, butter, fish, olive oil, wine and alcoholic beverages.
    †On the Feast of Palm Sunday the eating of fish is permitted.
    †Olive oil, as well as wine, is permitted on various feastdays (consult the calendar), as well as on Saturdays and Sundays.
    †While the above rules of fasting are to be encouraged, in all things the Christian is called to exercise moderation and charity. The elderly and those in poor health, especially, are urged to be prudent. If in doubt, speak with your spiritual father or confessor.

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    Events page:  Annual St Joseph Breakfast   will be held in April.  date to be determined

    Pascha fundraising Ladies Society:  Pastries & Flowers 

    Please visit facebook for the most updated liturgy time changes. Use the ‘contact us’ page to update your cell phone & email info so you can be contacted that way.


    Planning for Summer Food Festival has begun. Please email your replies to the dates in August inquiry. We’re again looking at 3 days Aug 7,8,9.

    Thank you everyone who helped in any way for our 2019 Food Festival. It was a great success. Your hard work was truly appreciated and we thank God for our fantastic weather which brought out great crowds.


    VISIT our new DONATE page through paypal or instructions for AMAZON SMILE.   https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-3958041

    See our facebook page for photos & current events
    Saint Joseph Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, Scranton
    For current events contact alternate email address at     melkite.scranton@gmail.com
    Church email address is    stjosephscranton@gmail.com
    See our “ABOUT” tab for: The First 100 years of St. Joseph Church used for our Centennial Celebration Oct. 1997.