Saint John the Baptist and Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Churches
The Divine Liturgy is celebrated during most days of the week. If you have a chance, please consider attending. Please click on this week's bulletin to see the schedule.
St. Mary’s parish is looking for volunteers to clean the church on regular basis. Please call the parish office.
If you would like to request a Divine Liturgy, please drop your intention in the collection basket or send it to the parish office by mail, so that the secretary can enter it into the register. Please note if the requested date is not available the Liturgy will be scheduled as close to the requested date as possible.
Reception of the Communion in the Byzantine Church: According to the regulations of the Catholic Church, only baptized Catholics (of any Eastern Rite Catholic Church or Roman Catholic Church) who are not in a state of mortal sin could approach for the Holy Communion. In the Byzantine Rite, Holy Communion is given under both species. While approaching the priest during the Sacrament of the Eucharist remain standing, lean your head back and open wide your mouth, without extending your tongue. The priest will use a spoon to retrieve the Holy Communion from the chalice and will drop it into your mouth without touching you with the spoon. Please do not close your lips upon the spoon. Swallow the Holy Communion and return to your pew. Engage in silent prayer until all other communicants have received Communion.
Heavenly Father, Who sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to be the Physician of our souls and bodies, Who came to heal sickness and infirmity, Who healed the paralytic, and brought back to life the daughter of Jairus, Who healed the woman who had been sick for twelve years by her mere touch of your robe, visit and heal also your beloved servants: all the sick at our parishes from all physical and spiritual maladies by the power and grace of Your Christ.Grant them the patience that comes from believing that You are always at work in our lives to bring good out of evil. Grant them strength of body, mind and soul. Raise them up from the bed of pain. Grant them full recovery. May they experience the same surge of healing power flow through their bodies, as did the sick woman who touched your robe. For we, too, are touching your robe today, dear Lord, through this our prayer. We approach you with the same faith she did.Grant them the gift of health. For You alone are the source of healing and to You we offer glory, praise and thanksgiving in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Did you know? The Catholic Church promotes Natural Family Planning (NFP) as a moral way of life in accordance with God's will for your family. NFP is a way of life that incorporates fertility, awareness, responsible parenthood, and self-mastery into married love. Not only is it highly effective, practical, low cost, and healthy, it also strengthens a marriage and a couple's spirituality by welcoming God into their marital unity. It is nearly 3x's more effective than IVF in assisting couple's to achieve pregnancy who suffer with infertility and is 99.6% effective when used to avoid pregnancy. This system can also be used to evaluate and treat various women's gynecologic health issues such as PMS, endometriosis, repetitive miscarriage, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, PCOS, perimenopausal symptoms, post partum depression and more. We encourage all married couples and those preparing for marriage to learn Church teachings on NFP. In collaboration with the Marriage and Life Formation Office of the Diocese of Allentown, our parish offers you an opportunity to get to know more about this Church teaching and God's plan for human life and love. To learn more about this Church teaching, please contact the parish office -- we can either organize the courses at our parish or refer you to the locations in our area. Fees apply. In order to learn more about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProtechnology, you may choose to contact directly Ms. Kristin Osenbach, BSW, CFCP (Tamaqua) at (570)952-1063 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org who works for the Diocese of Allentown and with whom our parish collaborates.