"The Greatest of these is Love"
"Stewardship is Everything we do after we say 'I Believe'. Stewardship is about how we live our lives and make our choices". It is a choice we make, everyday, in many different ways. Stewardship is saying "I am responsible" for supporting my church, my faith, my community, spiritually, financially, and materially, with my time, and talents, and resources. If you believe, what choices have YOU made today to support your church, your faith, your church community?
"...by Your goodness peace may return to all people..." ...... Nothing is more basic to Christian life than prayer. It is the foundation of all other response, not an alternative to response. Please find time each day to be aware of wars now going on in the world and to pray for peace.
Pray for Peace in Ukraine
Orthodox Resources for Teaching our Children
A teaching resource collection geared toward younger children ranging in age from Preschool to lower Elementary. Content includes background information, Bible references, icon explanation, storytelling resources, worksheets, crafts, games and other fun activity ideas. Orthodox Pebbles also produces hands-on teaching tools and an extensive digital collection, for the Orthodox classroom and home; all free of charge to the whole Orthodox Christian community.
The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) Children's Bulletin
Each week, this little newsletter is published for young parishioners! Every edition has age-appropriate articles, a message on the Sunday Gospel lesson and on one of the saints for the week, stories, activities and pages to color. The newsletter is provided in an 8.5 x 14, PDF format so that you can easily download, print it, fold-it, and share it!
Read or Download a copy of our latest Church Bulletin for information on upcoming services and events
Beginning of the Day Prayer
"Lord Have Mercy. Having Risen from sleep I run to You, O Master, for You love mankind...and I rush to accomplish Your work..."
Listen to Carpatho Rusyn Prostopinije/Plain Chant or ACROD Choral recordings
Recordings from Nativity Services, Divine Liturgies, and Other Services Available on Spotify. Launch the application, login, or Create and Account and Search "ACROD"
Welcome to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church!
We are a parish of the Orthodox Christian Faith which was established on the day of Holy Pentecost in the Year 33 AD. Our parish community is a member of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. whose presiding bishop is His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa. The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese is an autonomous diocese under the spiritual protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople of which His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is the Primate. Our services are in English, with the occasional church Salvonic and Greek on Holy days and feast days!
Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to the worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers.
If you have any questions in regards to our worship or the Orthodox Church in general, please see Fr. Michael Zak and he will gladly answer any of your inquires to the best of his ability. He looks forward to meeting you At our best, we are known for our welcoming attitude, hospitality, prayerfulness, generosity and compassion. At our worst, we are sinners, but we’re working out our salvation together, and could use your help. If you are looking for a church home, we hope you will consider making St Nicholas Orthodox Church that place. Learn More
"Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent". – St. John Chrysostom
"Let the children come to Church, even if they slept there, even if they played and ate, even if they came late, even if they talked and made noise... It is enough that they chose the Church rather than going anywhere else! They shook off sleep and came to Church. They left their play and came to Church. Today they play and joke, tomorrow they will pray and chant, and after tomorrow they will serve, and afterwards they will become leaders in the church. Who amongst us didn’t behave like them when he was their age?
Do not reproach a child or dismiss him. Whatever he does, do not reject his commitment to the Church. Be kind to them, be nice to them, and teach them with patience, compassion and wisdom. Smile to them. Give them gifts. Hug them kindly. Encourage them and make them feel how we rejoice that they are present with us. Today they connect emotionally with the Church, tomorrow they will connect spiritually.
Of all that we have, children are the most precious. Our Lord Jesus Christ blessed children, hugged them, and had them stand in the midst, in front of everyone I, to show that they should get the most attention and care."
Aba Macarius, Bishop of Al Menia & Abu Koras
The church is to be open to the public for all services:
Individuals will be expected to wear a mask if not fully vaccinated. Small children excluded from the request to wear a mask. Masks are available in the vestibule.
Holy Communion will be offered in accordance to our liturgical tradition.
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building complex.
If you are not feeling well, please remain at home until your symptoms have cleared. God bless!
If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (412) 461-9437.
Services & Events
Hearing of Confessions during the Nativity Fast
Dec 9 11 am
Singing of Nativity Canon
Dec 10 8:20 am
Divine Liturgy on the 27th Sunday after Pentecost
Dec 10 9 am
SAINT NICHOLAS CHARITY DAY DINNER (see calendar notes)
Bulgarian Club West Homestead, PA
Dec 10 4:30 pm
Moleben (Prayer) Service for the Nativity Fast
Dec 13 7 pm
Executive Board Meeting on the Stage of the Parish Hall
Dec 14 4 pm
Thursday of the 12th Week
Saints and Feasts Commemorated
Visit the Online Chapel for more daily readings, hymns, a monthly calendar of saints and feasts, and more.