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Mary Helper of Mothers Icon Tour of New Jersey Parishes

At the initiative of Bishop Kurt, a miraculous Marian icon will make a tour of all the Byzantine Catholic parishes in New Jersey, including the state active duty military base, and Saint Nicholas Parish in White Plains, NY, throughout 2020. It is especially beloved by women who struggle with infertility or difficult pregnancies. Several miraculous births have been attributed to this icon in the Byzantine Catholic community of Albuquerque, NM, where a copy has been venerated for twenty years.

The icon, known as the Albazinskaya from its place of origin on the borderlands between Russia and China, is also called “Mary, Helper of Mothers.”  The original icon is credited with defending the Russian Orthodox outpost against Chinese invaders on several occasions from the 17th to the early 20th century. It depicts a calm and prayerful Virgin Mother looking directly at the faithful.  She displays for us an image of her Son, newly born or perhaps yet unborn, resting over her torso.

A large, hand painted icon of the Virgin Helper of Mothers will be present in each Byzantine Catholic parish in New Jersey for two weeks or more.  Bishop Kurt will personally preside over a devotional service in each parish.  There will be opportunities for the faithful to venerate the icon, to engage in personal prayer, and to take home holy cards depicting the Virgin Helper of Mothers.

The Albazinskaya icon celebrates how God became Man, and a Virgin became His Mother. It celebrates the mysteries of conception and birth by which God has shared His creative power with married couples. It reminds us that

every human life has its origin directly from God, and it offers hope to the despondent and the oppressed.

The Byzantine Catholic parishes of New Jersey welcome our Latin Rite Catholic and Orthodox neighbors, as well as all Christians who honor the Lord’s Mother, to join in the worship service of Psalms and Scriptural readings that will be offered in each parish.


Mary Helper of Mothers will visit the following parishes:


 All Services Subject to Change


June 4-June 18: Nativity of our Lord, East Brunswick - Service on Jun 16, 7:00 pm 

June 18-July 2: Saint Michael, Perth Amboy - Service on July 1, 7:00 pm

July 2-July 16: Saint Nicholas, Perth Amboy - Service on Jul 15, 7:00 pm

July 16-July 30: Saint George, Linden - Service on Jul 22, 7:00 pm

July 30-August 13: Saint Elias, Carteret - Service on Aug 12, 7:00 pm

August 13-August 27: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Toms River - Service on Aug 14, 7:00 pm

August 27-September 10: Saint Mary, Jersey City - Service on Sep 2, 7:00 pm

September 10-September 24: Saint John the Baptist, Bayonne - Service on Sep 16, 7:00 pm

September 24-October 8: Saint Thomas the Apostle, Rahway - Service on Sep 30, 7:00 pm

October 8-October 22: Holy Spirit, Mahwah - Service on Oct 21, 7:00 pm

October 22-November 5: Saint Nicholas, White Plains NY - Service on Oct 28, 7:00 pm

November 5-November 19: Saint George, Newark - Service on November 11, 7:00 pm 

November 14-December 3: Saint Michael Chapel, Woodland Park - Service on Dec 2, 7:00 pm


More specific information about service times can be obtained from the individual parishes.


Virtual ByzanTeen Evening Out

Calling all ByzanTEENS - NEW EVENT

Virtual Byzanteen Evening Out on Sunday, July 26, 6-7:30 PM

Has the message of the new atheists that has infiltrated American culture top to bottom got you confused and scratching your head?

Join Father Andrii Dumnych for a lively discussion about God and why the spiritual life should matter to YOU. 

There will also be time to play virtual games and meet new and old friends. 

Any Questions can be directed to: 

(If you have not registerd by 4:00 on July 24th, please request invitation at the above email)

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 28th.


How do I register?

Click the Register Now Tab


Is there a registration deadline? 

Yes, please register no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, July 24th 


Is there any cost?  

No.  However, you must bring your own refreshments.

Sunday of All Saints Message

"Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28 (quoted by Peter following the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:17)


Hear Bishop Kurt's message (here) for the Sunday of All Saints provided by God With Us Online and how the Holy Spirit at Pentecost prepares us to be Saints.

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.

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