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Eastern Christian Formation

One of many roles of the Office of Eastern Christian Formation (Religious Education) is to ensure continuing formation for individuals seeking to advance in their knowledge about faith and God, make spiritual progress in their lives, and come closer to God, regardless of age.

Religious education helps us understand our identity as God’s children and how to live out this identity. Knowledge empowers us. Knowledge about God helps us to grow spiritually.

If you have any further questions about religious education and looking for ways to deepen your knowledge about faith and God, please do not hesitate to contact our Office at:

It is our mission and privilege to serve your educational and spiritual needs!

With prayers,
Rev. Vasyl Chepelskyy




Director:  Reverend Vasyl Chepelsky




Life presents us with many challenges and great questions. In our continuous efforts to bring religious education of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic to a new level, which would correspond to the demands of today and to the needs of people, we are excited to share with you the news about completion of the Eparchial Inquiry Program “Come and See.”

It is a resource, which aims to share the Good News – the transforming message of the Gospel within the context of the Byzantine Catholic Tradition and which was designed with two-fold goal in mind: 1) to be beneficial to all the existing Byzantine Catholics and serve them as the ABCs about our Church and Tradition, 2) it is also an invitation to all those who are in search of a new spiritual home, who want to learn more about God and build lasting personal friendship with Him. It is an introduction about who we are and what we believe and it aims to grow awareness and participation in the great Christian richness of our Byzantine Tradition and speak about its practices. It is an invitation to a journey to experience the Mystery of God.

Most Reverend Kurt Burnette, our Bishop, in His welcoming message to the Program says: “…If you are seeking Caesar Augustus and the powers of this world, then go elsewhere. If you are seeking the God who lay as a child in a cave in Bethlehem, then you are welcome here. Jesus remains with us today in his Body which is the Church. We begin every Eucharist with the words, “In peace, let us pray to the Lord.” If you are searching for a place to pray to the Lord, “in Spirit and in Truth”, if you are seeking a place where you can find inner peace, “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding,” then welcome to our church.”

We hope this work will help you to find answers to life questions you were looking for, will strengthen your faith, will educate you about Byzantine Catholic Tradition, but the most important thing – will ultimately help you to grow closer to God and to develop/strengthen your personal relationships with Him. It is the invitation we are sending to you to meet personally with Jesus through the prayers, Sacraments, parish life, serving others and living your vocation.

If this work helps at least one person to discover the meaning of life and of vocation, and/or if it helps at least one person to remain faithful to his/her call, or if it brings at least one person closer to God, or if it helps at least one person to find his/her path to the Church and to God, to answer important life questions – it will fulfill its purpose.

You may order a copy of it from your nearest Byzantine Catholic parish within the Eparchy of Passaic or by contacting the ECF Office at:

or view the PDF version here Come and See.


September Event
ByzanTEEN Virtual Evening Out #4
Sunday September 27, 2020 6:00 -7:30pm


Faith and Reason: Under Standing God's Will for YOU

Special Guest Sister Natalia, Christ the Bridegroom Monastery

Any Questions can be directed to: 

Register by Friday September 25th, 2020


Do I need to register?  YES     REGISTER NOW

Why do I need to register? 

Registration information will allow us to send you an email with the link to our virtual meeting room on the evening of the 26th and

help us plan activities such as virtual games.

How do I register?

Click the Register Now Tab

Is there a registration deadline? 

Yes, please register by Friday, September 25, 2020

Is there any cost?  

No.  However, you must bring your own refreshments.


Upcoming Virtual Events:


October 25th, 2020

     Finding Gratitude in this Year of Pandemic, with special guest Fr. Andrii Dymnych


Please keep your eyes and ears open for an announcement about a LIVE-IN PERSON EVENT --Pandemic conditions permitting!

Living In or Near the Brooklyn Borough?

The Divine Liturgy is now being celebrated in Brooklyn, New York!

Sundays at 8:00 a.m. at: 

Saint Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church

215 Exeter Street

Brooklyn, New York 11235


Come, pray with us and see our growing community!

For more information please contact Father Iaroslav Korostil



New Byzantine Catholic Community Forming

A Byzantine Catholic community is forming at St. Philip Neri RC Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill, South Carolina (about a half hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina). Please join us as we grow our community and celebrate together the Byzantine Divine Liturgy.


Father Steven Galuschik of All Saints Byzantine Catholic Church in North Fort Myers, Florida began celebrating the Divine Liturgy with the community at the end of October, 2017. This community will serve the northern part of South Carolina as well as Charlotte, North Carolina. 


Please share  this information with your friends and family, especially those who have moved "down South." The Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to participate in any way, or have questions please contact Ron Somich at 440-477-6389 or at or visit the website at for news, upcoming gatherings and service times.

Byzantine Catholic Convention

National Byzantine Catholic Convention

November 14th @ 11a-3p, held virtually via Zoom

(Some pre-recorded videos will be posted on Nov. 1st)

Sponsored by the Eparchies of the Byzantine Catholic Church 
and the Intereparchial Vocations Committee


Come and See

For a limited time, click above to preview

the Eparchy of Passaic's new Publication "Come and See"

Copies of the book are availlable from you pastor or by 

contacting the Director Of Eastern Christian Formation at

On Line Parish Offering

You can now give to weekly offering on line.

Please follow the link or or go to the giving page.

I would like to give to my Parish online

Live Stream Tab Added

A New Tab Has been Added --Live Stream List

which will display parishes that will be live streaming Divine Liturgies