St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

Welcome to Our Church!

Located at 1 Saint Nicholas Drive, Donora PA 15033

Divine Liturgy (our main worship service) begins at 10:00a.m. each Sunday, (summer@9:30) with 3rd and 6th hours (psalm readings) beginning around 9:40. Book study (seasonal) is from 9:00-9:30 before service and Children's church meets at 9:25 downstairs. All visitors are welcome. 


Vespers (an evening prayer service) is offered every Saturday night at 6 P.M., after which Fr. John is available to hear confessions for Orthodox Christians.


Monday-Saturday, 7-8 A.M The Church is open for prayer, unless otherwise noted by Fr. John. 

We hope to see you soon! 


St. Nicholas Church is an energetic community of Orthodox Christians from diverse backgrounds who embrace the historic Orthodox Christian faith.  As part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church established by our Lord Jesus Christ, we are committed to living, proclaiming, and manifesting the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a Church and in our broader community. We encourage newcomers!


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Our parish is a member of the Diocese of Western Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America, under His Eminence Archbishop Melchisedek.  All are welcome to join us to experience the beauty of Orthodox worship, and the warmth and hospitality of the faithful of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church!

COVID-19 Update
Dear faithful parishioners of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,
Glory to Jesus Christ! 
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek, in consultation with the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, has decide that at least through the end of MarchALL services, activities, social gatherings, in-person confessions (except Last Rites), non-essential Communion visits, etc. are to be suspended. We will hear more about April as that approaches.
However, we have been blessed to have the parish church open on Saturday afternoons from Noon to 3 PM for those of the faithful who would like to come and privately pray or light a candle.  Despite this opportunity, it is imperative that people in high-risk categories (e.g., senior citizens, individuals with on-going health problems, and/or people not feeling well currently) should strongly consider remaining at home. The faithful are reminded to maintain “social distancing” during this visit and avoid interacting with large numbers of people, as well as sanitizing themselves and the icons they kiss both before and after touching/venerating them.  Additionally, I will be lighting candles for anyone who requests them, and will be lighting our regular vigil request on Sunday mornings.  Please call me if you need to talk about any issue at all, even if you are simply feeling lonely and isolated.
The two exceptions to the above suspension of services are funerals and baptisms, limited to immediate family members, which may be held if and only if approved of by the Archdiocesan Chancellor and blessed by His Eminence.
Please know that these “radical” decisions were only decided upon by His Eminence after much prayer, dialogue with the other members of the Holy Synod, consultation with medical professionals, and conversations at length with his Chancellor. These were NOT decided upon “lightly,” but in the end seemed absolutely necessary. We must work together as Christ's people to stop the rapid transmission of this unprecedented health threat; we must eliminate the spread NOW to avoid a massive - and deadly - spread later. His Eminence also stated that out of “something bad, perhaps something good can come about” - - this period of limited interaction “opens the window of opportunity” to individually “plunge” into the quiet depths of Holy Lent by increased personal prayer, Bible study, and time with the myriad of “good” Orthodox materials available through the internet and our Orthodox bookstores. Let us use self-discipline to make this occur throughout the Archdiocese!
More details, as well as ways to stay connected to our parish and to more fully live our life of prayer, will be including in a forthcoming.
With Love in Christ, 

Fr. John Parker


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We are working on having the book study groups hosted virtually, during the interval where services are canceled. To be announced soon. 

Each week new daily reflections on the saints, scripture readings, and Lenten Season by St. Tikhon's alumni will be available here:

Click to access week 3 Devotional

Also consider supporting St. Tikhon's Seminary financially as they continue this kind of ministry:

Click to Donate to St. Tikhon's seminary

Beginning (much needed) repair work today on our icon mosaics of Christ and Saint Nicholas. Pray for safety and good weather!

Thanks so much to Steve Tomovich and Fred Ruev for their help in boarding this icon up for safety until we could get guys on it to repair.

If you’d like to help defray the costs on this project, click the link below.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact Father John. Thank you and God bless.


Mon River Blessing

Thank you to all who joined us at the Monongahela Aquatorium on Jan. 11th for a River Blessing! More than 35 people from various Orthodox Churches throughout the region gathered to bless the river and to join afterwards in fellowship. If you missed it this year be sure to be there next year! 

Mon Valley Independent Article

Herald Standard Article

Having our Hierarch serve in our midst

His Eminence Melchisedek, Archbishop of Pittsburgh and Western PA, visited St. Nicholas Parish on Sunday Jan. 12th. His Eminence celebrated the Divine Service, with Deacon Peter Ilchuk Accompanying him. St. Nicholas's own Deacon Rodion Motichak and altars Servers Peter and Nicholas also served. His Eminence joined the faithful for fellowship at coffee hour, shortly after which the parishioners came over to the rectory for a house blessing and lunch party with Fr. John and Matushka. 

Special Note!

Our "Transition Period" is OVER!!! Please join us in welcoming our new Reverend Father John Parker. Fr. John commenced his ministry here in Donora on July 1, 2019, serving his first Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas on July 7. Please come and meet Fr. John and  Matushka Nadia and welcome them to our parish and to the community!

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