Christ the Evangelizer
In this icon, Christ stands at the bema (solea) reading, preaching and teaching in Nazareth (Luke 4:17-21). He proclaims the text from Isaiah 61:1: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news.” His right hand is open scattering seed, his left hand points to the written word. As the Word of God and Rabbi, Jesus Christ teaches us a myriad of truths still applicable to our lives today.
Good Teacher, what must I do
to inherit everlasting life?
Who am I? Where did I come from? What am I here for? Does life have a meaning? What is the main goal of my life? How do I find happiness? What happens when I die? Why there is so much suffering and injustice in the world? Does God exist? Who is He? If God is good, why does He allow us to suffer? Who is Jesus? What does it mean to have a personal relationship with Jesus? Is it truly life changing? What is the Catholic Church, and should it become my spiritual home?
We are sure these and many more questions have crossed your mind at some point in your life. We all look for answers to these questions. Our ability to find satisfying answers is our path to living a meaningful life. While we cannot answer many of the Why questions for you, we know where to seek the answer, in front of Jesus, in prayer, talking to Him and listening to what He has to say. We invite you to join us in our spiritual journey to discover Who God is and what His plan is for our lives, to experience His love and closeness to us and to find peace, to form close personal relationships with Him and to grow closer to Him every day in our Byzantine Catholic Tradition.
With over 130 well-trained, knowledgeable, and dedicated catechists serving our 92 parishes, you can be assured that we take the education and spiritual growth of your children seriously. Our religious education classes serve children (K – 8th grade), teaching them to live the Faith selflessly, growing in their knowledge and experience of our rich Byzantine Catholic tradition.
For teens ages 13 – 18, ByzanTeen provides Eastern Catholic faith formation and community for teens growing up as Byzantine Catholics. Together with their peers, your teens will actively engage in living, growing in, and promoting the Byzantine Catholic tradition.
Theosis in Action
Theosis In Action provides young adults with resources and opportunities to grow in the Byzantine faith while building community. Through social media and in-person events, Theosis In Action helps young adults become the light of Christ in the secular world. For more information, please contact Christopher Russo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Adriana Shubeck (email@example.com).
Ask a Priest
Ever wonder what Catholics really believe? Need solid Catholic answers to your most pressing moral, spiritual, or theological questions? Then send your questions to the “Ask a Priest” section of Eastern Catholic Life, our monthly publication
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Rite of Blessing the Children
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Special Petitions for Great / Insistent Litany
Sample Bulletin Announcement for Cathechetical Sunday
Certificate of Commissioning
Catechetical Sunday 2019 Flyer
Catechetical Sunday 2019 Intro
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