General Information

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
PastorRev. Michael J. Piccola
Parish DeaconDeacon Leonard Kassick
Parish DeaconDeacon Thomas A. Kostic
Parish Office is CLOSED on all Church and US Holidays
Phone:(570) 454-0881
Fax:(570) 454-1285
Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish
@ the Church of Saint Joseph

604 N Laurel St
P.O. Box 2099
Hazleton, PA 18201
To register with Saints Cyril & Methodious Parish
Please download this form

Our Pastor

The Reverend Michael J. Piccola is originally from Hazleton, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Hazleton High School. After completing his high school education, he entered Saint Pius X Seminary in Dalton, Pennsylvania and the University of Scranton to begin his preparation for the priesthood. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies, Father entered Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland to complete his theological studies for ordination. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Theology and a Master's Degree in Divinity from Mount Saint Mary's. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 by the late Bishop J. Carroll McCormick, Bishop of Scranton, at Saint Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Father Piccola also holds a Master's Degree in School Administration and a Master's Degree in Religious Education both completed at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

His previous assignments included Assistant Pastor and Moderator of Saint Agnes School in Towanda, Pa (1978 - 1982). Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart High School in Carbondale, Pa (1982-1985). Principal of Bishop O'Rielly High School in Kingston, Pa (1985-1991). Pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Drums, Pa (1991-1999). Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, Pa. and the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Harding, Pa (1999-2010). Father briefly served as Administrator of Saint Francis of Assissi Church in West Hazleton, Pa. Father Piccola was assigned as Pastor of Saint Cyril and Methodius and Saint Stanislaus Parishes in Hazleton in July of 2010. He was also appointed Dean of the Southern Luzerne County Deanery by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera.

Office of the Pastor

My Friends,

A very warm welcome to all of you who visit Saint Cyril and Methodius parish at the Church of Saint Joseph as part of our worshiping Community each weekend and by way of our web presence. We are grateful and proud of our faithful parishioners who faithfully gather each and every week to hear God's Word and celebrate his love in the Eucharist.

Please know that our Parish Communities warmly welcomes our neighbors, guests and those who attribute their Catholic roots to Saint Joseph, Saint Ladislaus, Holy Trinity Slovak, and Saint Stanislaus parishes that have merged into the Faithful of Saint Cyril and Methodious Parish. May our worship of God always bring each of us closer to Him and to each other.

Sincerely yours in Christ
Reverend Michael J. Piccola

Our Newly Ordained Deacon

Thomas A. Kostic

Watch Meet the Diocese's New Permanent Deacons: Thomas A. Kostic

Deacon-candidate Thomas A. Kostic, 67, serves the Diocese of Scranton as principal of Holy Family Academy elementary school in Hazleton.

Members of Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish, Hazleton, he and his wife of 35 years, Patricia, reside in Hazleton and have one child.

Kostic graduated from Bishop Hafey High School in 1973, after which he earned his bachelor's degree in social work, with a minor in criminal justice, from King's College, Wilkes-Barre.

For the following five years, the future deacon attended Officer Training School for the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. During that time he also received his master's degree in public administration from Troy State University in Alabama.

Kostic has pursued further graduate studies in philosophy and theology at Catholic University and the Washington Theological Union, both in Washington, D.C., and in theology at Marywood University, Scranton.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

The Rev. Stephen A. Krawontka went into the arms of our Lord on Tuesday, July 19, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Reverend Stephen A. Krawontka, Pastor, Ascension Parish, Forest City and St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount. Father celebrated his 45th Anniversary as a Priest in May 2022, and served as Assistant Pastor at St Joseph's for 11 years. Please pray for Father Krawontka and his family.

The Rev. Stephen A. Krawontka, pastor of Ascension Parish, Forest City, and St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount, died Tuesday in Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale.

Rev. Krawontka, son of the late Jan and Julia Nowobilska Krawontka, was born in Lapsze Nizne, Poland, on March 27, 1950. He received his early education at Lapsze Nizne grammar school and graduated from Zakopane High School, Poland. Father attended the Papal Faculty of Theology in Krakow, where he completed his studies for the priesthood with a Master in Theology degree. Father was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Krakow on May 22, 1977, by then Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, Pope Saint John Paul II.

Rev. Krawontka ministered in Poland for 13 years. He moved to the Diocese of Scranton in July 1990 and was appointed parochial vicar at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Dickson City.

With the consent of the Archdiocese of Krakow, Rev. Krawontka was incardinated into the Diocese of Scranton on Nov. 23, 1993.

Father was appointed parochial vicar at St. Joseph, Hazleton, in July 1997 and served for 11 years. In July 2008, he was appointed administrator, St. Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Ascension of the Lord churches, Mocanaqua, and St. Martha, Fairmount Springs. In July 2010, Father was appointed parochial vicar at St. Patrick Church, Scranton, where he also served as administrator pro tem and senior priest for periods of time.

Father received his next appointment as senior priest at Our Lady Help of Christians, Dorrance, and St. Jude, Mountain Top, in November 2017. In July 2019, Father was appointed pastor at Ascension Parish, Forest City, and St. Katharine Drexel, Pleasant Mount. Father celbrated his 45th Anniversary as a Priest in May 2022, and he remained at both parishes until his death.

Father is survived by sisters, Teresa Klapacz and her husband, Peter; Maria Olszowska and her husband, Wlodek; a brother, Emil Krawontka and his wife, Marta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing took place at Ascension Parish, Forest City on Monday July 25th. Vespers were celebrated at Ascension Parish at 7 p.m.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, at St. Jude Church, Mountain Top on Tuesday July 26th. The Mass was live streamed. Anyone wishing to pray or view the livestream may visit the St. Jude web site at A viewing took place prior to the funeral Mass.

Interment was held in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, Ashley.

The Rev. Cyril J. Rable went into the arms of our Lord on Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Rev. Cyril J. Rable, 93, died Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Allied Services Meade Street Senior Living, Wilkes-Barre.

Father Rable, son of the late John and Anna Chobej Rable, was born in Dunmore, May 5, 1929. He received his early education at William Penn School, Dunmore, and Dunmore High School. Father attended the University of Scranton and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Bonaventure University in New York. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary, Olean, N.Y. He was ordained on May 26, 1956, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome Daniel Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.

Father Rable was assigned assistant pastor at St. Philomena, Hawley and St. Joseph's, Hazleton for 17 years. He received his first assignment as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Simpson, on Sept. 4, 1973, where he served for 11 years. Father Rable was then appointed pastor at St. Michael Church, Jessup. He was appointed administrator of Holy Name of Mary Parish, Montrose, in January of 1990 and served in this position until July of 1990 when he was assigned pastor at St. Stanislaus Church, Old Forge.

Father also served the Diocese as Dean of the Old Forge Deanery and in September 2001, was appointed chaplain to the retired Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius at Maria Hall, Danville, where he served until October 2008.

In addition to his parents, Father Rable was preceded in death by sisters, Ann, Verna, Mary and Agnes; and brothers, George, Frank, John and Andrew. He was also predeceased by nephew, Cyril J. Rable.

Father is survived by nephews and nieces, George Rable and wife, Mary, Moscow; Jerome Domkowski, West Wyoming; Frank Rable and wife, Mary, Levittown; Margaret Beyer and husband, Robert, Langhorne; Richard Rable, Interlachen, Fla.; Phillip Rable and wife, Sue, Mount Airy, Md.; Theresa Dicey, Cocoa, Fla.; Andrew Rable, Philadelphia; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

The viewing was held in the Cathedral of St. Peter, 300 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, prior to the funeral.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. Bishop of Scranton, on Friday, June 10th.

Interment was held in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow, PA.

Palermo & Zawacki Funeral Home Inc., 409 N. Main St., Old Forge, was in charge of arrangements.

Monsignor Francis J. Beeda went into the arms of our Lord on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Monsignor Francis Joseph Beeda, 82, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph Church and the former St. Stanislaus Church, Hazleton, died Saturday at Allied Meade Street Senior Community (formerly Little Flower Manor), Wilkes-Barre.

Monsignor was born in Scranton, son of the late Roman and Anna (Duchak) Beeda.

He received his early education in the Scranton Public Schools. He studied for the priesthood at the University of Scranton, Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, New York, and North American College, Rome. He was ordained at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome by Archbishop Martin O’Conner, D.D., rector of the North American College, on Dec. 20, 1961. He then returned to his studies and received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology at Gregorian University in June of 1962.

Monsignor Beeda served as assistant pastor at St. Patrick’s, Wilkes-Barre, St. Joseph’s, Nanticoke, and Sacred Heart of Jesus, Wilkes-Barre. He was appointed administrator of Sacred Heart, Wilkes-Barre, in 1974. His first pastorate was at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Wilkes-Barre, where he served for 11 years before being named pastor of St. Joseph Church in Hazleton in 1985. In July 2006, he became pastor of St. Stanislaus in Hazleton along with his pastorate duties at St. Joseph’s. Following a stroke, he retired in May 2009 and resided at Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre.

Monsignor was named prelate of honor of his holiness on March 17, 1983.

He served as a part-time professor at St. Pius X Seminary, Dalton, and College Misericordia, Dallas. He was appointed regional moderator of the diocesan vocation program for the Greater Wilke-Barre area and chairman of Region VII for the FOLLOW CHRIST Program.

Some of his greatest contributions to the diocese came through his work with the Slovak priests and people. He was coordinator of the annual collection of the Slovak Catholic Federation held in Slovak parishes of the diocese for the Slovak American Church, and served as chaplain and spiritual adviser of the Slovak Catholic Sokol, a group formed to aid Slovak immigrant’s to the United States. In 2003, Beeda was granted the title of “honorary supreme officer” of the Slovak Catholic Sokol and was named their fraternalist of the year in 2009. Beeda held membership in the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, The First Catholic Slovak Union (Jednota), the National Slovak Society through the First Slovak Wreath of the Free Eagle and the Polish Union of the United States. He also served as the national spiritual adviser for the Ladies Pa. Slovak Catholic Union.

Monsignor was a lifetime member of the North End Slovak Citizens Club. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Assembly 925, Wilkes-Barre, and a member of the International Order of the Alhambra, in Alhamar No. 4. He was co-founder of the Slovak Heritage Society of NEPA.

Ever proud of his ethnic heritage, Beeda was a strong advocate and supporter of the Catholic Church in Slovakia, having welcomed many members of the Slovak Church hierarchy to the United States. He was honored to include among his dear friends, Cardinal Jozef Tomko, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples, Rome. Until the time of his death, Beeda served as a member of the national board of the Slovak Catholic Federation and was active with the work of the Conference of Slovak Clergy, which provides financial support to the Pontifical Slovak College of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. Rome. Beeda maintained many deep friendships with people in Slovakia and visited the republic of Slovakia many times throughout the years. It was in this capacity he was invited to attend a celebration in Slovakia, marking World Communications Day and the 130th anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Joseph Murgas. He had the honor of presenting proclamations from the mayor of Wilkes-Barre, Lee Namey, and the president of Group 7 SCS, Michael Horvath, to the mayor of Tajov, Slovakia.

Beeda is preceded in death by his sister, Lois Savero, and brother, Thomas Beeda.

He is survived by the following nieces and nephews: Michelle Torquato and her husband, Frank, Scranton; Thomas Savero and his wife, Linda, Scranton; William Beeda, Florida; Thomas Beeda and his wife, Linda, Florida; Mark Beeda, Florida; Richard Beeda, Florida; his sister-in-law, Jacqueline Beeda, Florida; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

The viewing was held at St. Joseph’s Church (Parish of Ss. Cyril and Methodius), 604 N. Laurel St., Hazleton, where a solemn Vespers Service was held at 7 p.m. in the church.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., bishop of Scranton, in St. Joseph’s Church (Parish of Ss. Cyril and Methodius), Hazleton.

Interment was held at Holy Family Cemetery, Throop.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Frank J. Bonin Funeral Home Inc., 542-544 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, PA 18201.