St. John’s Church celebrates Liturgy according to the Byzantine Rite. Her theological traditions and her laws are those of the Byzantine Church which originated in the city of Constantinople, capital city of the Roman Empire from the year 325 to 1453.
The Byzantine civilization was one of the most glorious and durable in human history, and the fathers of the Church were able to grow in an understanding of our Lord and His Gospel that was then passed on to many of the nations of Eastern Europe, including Russians, Ukrainians, some Croatians, Hungarians, and Slovaks, the Romanians and others.
When people from these ethnic groups emigrated to the United States, they brought this treasure of faith with them. Our Church membership is open to people of all ethnic backgrounds and races. It is the heir to a faith in God, one in the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—that is essential in our journey to God. It is both traditional and modern, and emphasizes that through our union with Christ we become God-like and His beloved children.
We believe that God is with us and that in Holy Communion we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we can sing, “We have received the Holy Spirit.”
There are many differences and similarities between the Byzantine Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic (Latin) Church.
Christ is among us!
During the Divine Liturgy we give ourselves to God, and in the Eucharist, Christ gives Himself to us. Come stand in His presence!
We love to sing!
The entire congregation joins together to worship Almighty God in song. As St. Augustine said, “Singing belongs to one who loves.” Come chant with us!
Small and beautiful!
Our parishes may be smaller in size but we know each other by name and care for one another. Come and join us!
We are Catholics!
Our Sunday Divine Liturgy fulfills the obligation of any Catholic who desires to worship with us.
Come and be welcome!