In NYC, Eastern Catholic Churches Of Note

16 Sep

One will hear the cries of Catholics, but to most Americans, they are of the Mindset of Catholics who think in terms of The Roman Rite(Your Local Parish).
If you hear names like Maronite, Melkite Greek and Syriac, fear not because these Particular Eastern Churches are as Catholic as your local Roman Rite Catholic Parish.

I feel Blessed to live in NYC, as there are a number of Eastern Catholic Churches in Brooklyn and Queens. The Armenian Eparchy for North America is located on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A couple of Blocks away is Holy Ghost Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on North 5th Street. The BMT 14th Street Canarsie Train stops at Bedford Avenue North 7th Street, and is in walking distance of both the Armenian Catholic Church and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

In Brooklyn Heights, The Eparchy of Brooklyn For The Maronites with Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral is at Remsen and Henry Streets in Brooklyn Heights, within walking distance of The Clark Street IRT Subway station and the High Street Brooklyn Bridge IND Subway station. So in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, two major Eastern Church Sees are located.

The Heart or Epicenter of New York’s Ukrainian Catholic Community is St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in the East Village in Manhattan. They have a Sunday Divine Liturgy at 4PM in English. In the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, one will really begin to understand both the Tridentine Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo Mass from going to the Liturgy. It is truly beautiful. Take the IRT Subway to Astor Place Station and walk to 3rd Avenue and East 7th Street and walk to Taras Schevshenko Place and you will find the Church, built in Greek Style with Onion Dome. The Liturgy takes longer than the Ordinary Form Mass, but is truly beautiful and intense. By The Way, there is no organist and, best of all, no Marty Haugen Music. You will sing prayers and responses. If you are a Tridentine Latin Mass Type, you will really appreciate the Divine Liturgy.
Some blocks away at East 15th Street and 2nd Avenue, St. Mary’s Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church has a 10AM Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Take the BMT 14th Street Line to 3rd Avenue and walk over a couple of blocks. Also reachable by Southbound M15 Bus to East 14th Street and 2nd Avenue, as well as M14D Bus to East 14th Street and 2nd Avenue.

Unam, Sancta, Catolica!


The Little Girl, The Crucifix, The Icon, Holy Communion

16 Sep

I was approaching Holy Communion at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic in Manhattan’s East Village. A girl went up to the Icon Table. She venerated both the Icon and Kissed both the Icon and Crucifix.
Then she stood behind me on the Communion Queue.
I then told her to go in front of me. I was amazed by this Act of Devotion.
She received the Precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ at Holy Communion. I followed in the queue and received Holy Communion.

In the Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches, the Icon Table is for The Faithful to venerate the Cross of Christ and the Saints Icon. I saw the girl do it, so I kissed the Crucifix at the Feet of Christ and did so again upon leaving the Church. As I do notice in the two Ukrainian Catholic Parishes where I often go for Divine Liturgy, many a person pays and prays respect for the Images of Christ and Saints.

One often has to go “East” for this, for this Practice is Rare in the Roman Rite.

Unam, Sancta, Catolica Ecclesium!


14th Sunday After Pentecost(Byzantine Rite)

15 Sep

It is also 14th Sunday After Pentecost(Tridentine)& 24th Sunday Of Ordinary Time(Novus Ordo).
I was in no mood for Mass Songs like “Come And Have A Couple of Glasses of Beer”, so, as is part of The Traditional Catholic Liturgical Protocol, and since I woke up later than I cared to, I went to the Byzantine Rite Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom at St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in Manhattan, under the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford Connecticut(Timothy Cardinal Dolan is Not in Charge in this case, which should cause Michael Voris, Louis Verrecchio, Christopher Ferrarra, John Vennari and Michael Matt to breathe a Sigh of Relief).

The Gospel According to St. Matthew is about a Wedding Feast, Grace, Sin and being ready.
For you see the Wedding Garment is Grace, the King is God and the Guests are us.
The one who was thrown out of the Wedding Feast was the one without Grace, which is WHY he was bound and thrown into the Darkness there he will moan and gnash his teeth, which means that the man is in a place which is more suffering than Miami in July at High Noon.
Be prepared is what The Very Reverend Father Bernard Panzcuk, OSBM, said in his Homily.

Kyrie Elaison!

M, Eh!

Today Is The 1st Day Of The Byzantine Rite Calendar

14 Sep

According to the Julian Calendar, today is September 1st, hence the beginning of The Liturgical Year of The Byzantine Rite, both Catholic and Orthodox.
It is also the 14th Sunday After Pentecost in both Byzantine Rite and the Tridentine Latin Mass Calendar. It is the 24th Sunday Of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form Roman Rite Catholic Calendar.

I am getting ready now for the 4:00PM Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, offered in the English language, at St George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on East 7th Street in Manhattan’s East Village.
Then, Tomorrow Evening and Tuesday Evening at 6:00PM, the Tridentine Latin Mass(Low Mass) will be offered. at Holy Innocents R C Church on W37th Street.

Deo Gratias!
Deum De Deo, Lumen De Lumine!

M, Eh!

Louis Verrecchio, More Dynamic Than Michael Voris

13 Sep

While Michael Voris is in the process of ripping Cardinal Dolan “A New One”, while forgetting that old Sicilian Adage that “The Fish Stinks from the head, down”, I have watched a Video called “The Gore-tex”, where Michael Voris is “Trapped and Exposed.”
You must understand that Michael Voris wrote a Manifesto, decrying Christopher Ferrarra, John Vennari and Michael Matt, all three being Fine, Combatitive Apologists for The Catholic Faith.
But, the three have come under attack from Michael Voris. Their Collective Offence is that these men actually analyzed the statements of Pope Francis I and were critical of his statements.
So, Michael Voris, who tends towards criticizing Bishops wherever they are in the world, especially Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan of Late, referred to the Priestly Society of St Pius X as “Soft Sedevacantists”, he bombed John Vennari, Christopher Ferrarra and Michael Matt as “Hard Sedevacantists.” He called on the viewers of Church to cease reading what these gentlemen have written and said, as these gentlemen may confuse the Faithful.
A Sedevacantist  is one who believes that since the Death of Venerable Pope Pius XII, the Papal Throne has been occupied by Imposters. These Three Gentlemen are NOT Sedevacantists. They aren’t Schismatics, Apostates nor are they Heretics.
But, another Fine Apologist named Louis Verrecchio, knows Michael Voris, John Vennari, Christopher Ferrarra and Michael Matt. Louis pulls no punches, so he produced a Video, satirizing Michael Voris in what is called “The Gore-tex”, complete with “The Vortex” opening theme music. Michael Voris had it coming to him by way of Louis Verrecchio.
The mockery showed the Inconsistency of Michael Voris. For Michael’s calling out of Islam as a False Religion, a video was superimposed over the Voris Video, with Pope Francis I’s praise of Islam. There is more of the video on Vimeo and You Tube.

Louis Verrecchio decided by means of “Fraternal Correction”, via Video, to call on Michael Voris to apologize for his extremely vicious statements in regards to Vennari, Ferrarra and Matt.

Louis also criticizes the same Church of Nice crowd as Voris, but goes deeper and has more depth. He also criticizes confusing Papal Statements made by Pope Francis I.

Voris does NOT go the Extra Mile, while Louis Verrecchio goes that extra mile, as do Ferrarra, Vennari and Matt.

I say that Louis Verrecchio is someone strong on the Faith and Stronger than Michael Voris. Just google Louis Verrecchio and you will really like him.


“Episode 20: Christ or Chaos: It’s Much More than The Latin Mass”

12 Sep

Episode 20: Christ or Chaos: It’s Much More than …:

Rob Ford Withdraws From Mayor’s Race In Toronto

12 Sep

Normally, CBC News and CBC Radio One keep me posted on big news items in THE USA. But the Rob Ford Story is broken by another source, in the USA.

FOX News, which art on 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, broke the news a few minutes ago.

You read me correctly-FOX NEWS broke the story. Not CBC-FOX News!

Pray for Rob Ford for he has an abdominal tumor. CBC Radio One reported that yesterday.


M, Eh!


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