Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
WHO ARE WE?
The Catholic Church is a communion of churches. It is made up of churches from the Eastern Tradition and the Western Tradition. Eastern Catholics are in union with Rome. We share the same basic faith and the same mysteries (sacraments), however, our way of expressing them follows the same tradition as the Orthodox churches. In reality, there are many Eastern churches, each with its own heritage and theology, liturgy and discipline.
Jesus sent his disciples to the four corners of the world to spread the Gospel. Eventually, four great centers of Christianity emerged with distinctive Christian customs, but the same faith. These centers were Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome and Alexandria. A few centuries later when the capital of the Roman Empire was moved to the Eastern city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople, an adaptation of the Antioch celebration of the liturgy was made.
From this powerful cultural center the Byzantine church emerged.
A Brief Explanation of the Eastern Catholic Churches, Introduction)
Thus the Byzantine Catholic Church is an Eastern Church in union with Rome; Carpatho-Rusyn in background and flavor, but indeed an American Eastern Church celebrating the Gospel in words, symbols, and action. We are unique in our mystical theology, blending the colors of our many ikons with the congregational acapella chants; raising up our hands and our fragrant incense in prayer and inviting you to come and see who we are and what we are all about as part of the Eastern half of the Universal Church.
St. George Byzantine Catholic Church is a small but active parish with over a century of tradition located in historic Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated every Sunday as well as Holy Days. We offer a variety of adult enrichment programs and other spiritual activities, as well as pirohi sales, a flea market, parish picnics and parties, and so much more! The small size of our congregation allows for intimate and familial relationships. We are “off the beaten path” but close by and we welcome all from near and far to come and share in our rich and historical tradition!
Aliquippa has a lifetime’s worth of powerful lessons to teach you about God, yourself, others, and society. Those of us who have lived and attended Church in the community for some time are comfortable here. The residents of Aliquippa are our neighbors. Sometimes the thoughts of some not from our community create myths about our community that simply aren’t so. The love of Christ is right here in our neighborhood.
“The Lord said of His Church: ‘I will build My Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Mt. 16:18). This is said of the pastors of the Church and of all true believers, as well as of all the sacraments, all the dogmas and commandments of our Holy Faith, and of all the offices of the sacraments; for instance, the Liturgy, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Baptism, Chrism, Holy Oil, which have been established unto all the ages, and have already been in existence unchanged during many centuries. See how firm is the Church, founded by the Lord! Remember these words of the Lord and do not waver in the slightest degree when celebrating any of the sacraments. Be firm as adamant.”
St. John of Kronstadt
Are you a Byzantine Catholic who is no longer active in the Faith? Are you not a member of any Church or maybe find that the Church you currently belong to is not a home to you? To you we issue a special invitation to come join us. We both need and want you as a member of our family!