Deisis (Novogorod)

Byzantine Catholic Mission Parishes

ExaltationGo and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19).

The following Mission Parishes or Communities currently have a regular celebration of the Divine Liturgy or other Divine Services or are hoping to establish a Mission. If you find that any of the information is outdated please contact us and we'll either update it or remove it:

 

Existing Mission Parishes and Communities

  • FLORIDA: Melbourne, FL: Currently meeting at the chapel at the Florida Institute of Technology on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month at 3:00 PM. Contact Rev. Salvatore Pignato at St. Nicholas Parish in Orlando at 407-351-0133 or Jack Loos at 407-951-1979.
  • INDIANA: Fort Wayne, Indiana: Divine Liturgy will be served once a month in the McDougal Chapel of the RC Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 South Clinton Street. For precise date each month contact Subdeacon Adam DeVille at 260-399-7700 x8120 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • IOWA: Quad Cities (Eastern Iowa, Northwestern Illinois, and Southwestern Wisconsin). Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 563-889-2754. Website: www.eceia.org. Currently meeting for Vespers on Saturdays at 7 PM and Typica on Sundays at 8 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 107 W. 6th ST, West Liberty, IA. Administrator: Father Deacon Sergio Ayala (Eparchy of Parma).
  • KANSAS: Topeka, KS: Holy New Martyrs of Ukraine Apostolate (UGCC) currently meets at the former St Joseph Catholic School, 3rd & Van Buren Streets, Topeka. The Ninth Hour & Great Vespers are served Saturday at 5:00PM, Hours & Typika on Sunday at 10:00AM. For more information, e-mail Deacon Randolph Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ukiecatholictopeka.wordpress.com to confirm days, dates, and times.
  • KANSAS: Wichita, KS: Holy Apostles Byzantine Catholic Mission, Served from Holy New Martyrs of Ukraine Apostolate, Topeka. See ukiecatholictopeka.wordpress.com for more information.
  • MARYLAND: Montgomery County, MD: Upper Montgomery County Byzantine Catholic Mission - Currently meeting for Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10:00 AM at the Mother of God Community School, 20501 Goshen Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Byzantine Christian Formation classes and social hour follow liturgy. For further information, contact Fr. John G. Basarab at 703-573-3986. www.montgomerybyz.org
  • MISSISSIPPI: Jackson, MS/Central Mississippi: Anyone interested in establishing a Byzantine Catholic presence in these areas, with the goal of having a mission, please contact James (Jim) McCafferty, Box 5092, Jackson, Mississippi 39296; 601.366.3506 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MISSOURI: St Louis, MO: The Byzantine Ruthenian Mission Parish of Saint Louis currently meets in the Adoration Chapel of Blessed John XXIII Center of St Mark's Catholic Church, 8300 Morganford Road, St Louis, MO. Saturday Liturgy (Sunday Vigil) is at 6:30 PM and Feast Day Vigil Liturgies are at 7:15 PM, as are Feast Day Liturgies. For more information, please e-mail Father Eugene Selzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.byzcath.org/stlouis
  • NEBRASKA: Lincoln, NE: Melkite Byzantine Catholic Community currently meets weekly at St George Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, 3330 North 13th St, Lincoln, NE. For more information or to receive e-mail notification about the schedule of Divine Services, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see melkitenebraska.blogspot.com
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte, NC: Saint Basil the Great Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Mission is currently meeting for Divine Services beginning with Matins at 11 AM every Sunday at the chapel located at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1400 Suther Rd, Charlotte, NC. For more information, contact Father Mark Shuey at 919-779-7246, or stbasil.weebly.com
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Garner, NC: Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, 8312 White Oak Rd. Garner, NC 27529. Contact Fr. Jason Charron Tel: 919-376-8099 or www.saintvando.org
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Raleigh, NC: Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Mission currently meets to serve the Divine Liturgy at 10:00AM each Sunday at St Thomas More Academy, 3109 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27616. Feast Day Vespers on the Vigil at 6:00PM, with Liturgy on the Feast Day, also at 6:00PM at the same location. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Father Mark Shuey at 919-779-7246 or www.saintnicholasraleigh.org
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Southern Pines, NC - St Michael's Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Mission meets in its Chapel, located in Building 1 of Canady Plaza, 655 So. Bennett St, Southern Pines, NC. The Divine Liturgy is served once monthly on Sunday at 3:00pm; Mystery of Confession available at 2:00pm on that Sunday. A Typica (Reader's Service with the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist) is served on the other Sundays of each month. All Divine Services are conducted in English. Youth and Adult Catechism Classes conducted weekly. For more information, please e-mail Fr. Deacon Daniel or call 910-295-2266.
  • OKLAHOMA: Norman, OK: The Divine Liturgy will be offered at St. Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church in Norman, OK on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 6PM.
  • OKLAHOMA: Tulsa, OK: Fellowship of St. Athanasius - currently meeting every Saturday at 6:00 PM. Contact Fr. Gary Sherman at 918-585-8280.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Columbia, SC: Any and all persons interested in participating in an Eastern Catholic mission please contact: 803-381-7073.
  • TENNESSEE: Knoxville / Seymour, TN: St. Thomas the Apostle Greek Catholic Mission Parish. www.hrbcc.org
  • TEXAS: Austin, TX: Currently meeting on the first Saturday of every month at Our Lady’s Maronite Parish at 1320 East 51st Street, Austin, TX 78723, phone 512-458-3693. For information please contact Fr. Stephen Wahal in Irving at 972-438-5644 or Brian Lloyd at 512-301-4483.
  • TEXAS: San Antonio, TX: St Anastasia the Great Martyr Byzantine Mission meeting at 9:00am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in each month. For further information, please contact Jim at 210-269-5610, e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • WASHINGTON: Richland, WA: Currently meeting at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 1126 Long Av, Richland, WA. For more information please contact Jerry Vakoc (509-375-8541 (days) or 509-736-5500 (evenings)). Currently meeting for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy every 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:30 PM.

 

Seeking Information

Information is being sought to determine if sufficient interest exists to pursue the formation of missions in the following areas:

  • ALABAMA: Mobile, Alabama / Gulf Coast Mississippi: Contact St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2605 Springhill Ave., Mobile, AL 36607, Phone: 251-473-1415.
  • IDAHO: Boise, Idaho: Anyone interested in having the Divine Liturgy served regularly in Boise (and, hopefully, reinstituting the former Byzantine Mission presence there), please contact Dr Joel Mills by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • KENTUCKY: Lexington, Kentucky: Anyone interested in having the Divine Liturgy served regularly in Lexington and hopefully starting a Byzantine Mission, please contact A.J. Elko by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • NEW MEXICO: Gallup, New Mexico: Contact Phoenix at 602-861-9778.
  • OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Contact Tulsa or the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)

Nativity of the Mother of God

Your nativity, O Virgin Mother of God, * heralded joy to all the world; * for from you has dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * and, having annulled the curse, He gave the blessing * and by destroying Death He granted us everlasting life. (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Through your holy nativity, O Immaculate One, * Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness, * and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death. * Delivered from the guilt of sin, your people celebrate this as they cry out to you: * "The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God, the Nourisher of our Life." (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God on September 8th.

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness.

St. John of the Ladder