Becoming a Member of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Parish
Our parish community is open to any Catholic (or aspiring Catholic):
1. who is interested in seeking the Lord Jesus through His Word, the teachings of the Apostles, and the Sacred Mysteries;
2. who accepts the teachings of the Byzantine Catholic Church;
3. who will help form a community based on the Lord’s love;
4. who is willing to grow as a Christian within the legitimate spiritual traditions of the Byzantine Catholic Church within our American context;
5. who acknowledges the legitimate authority of the Pope, Bishop, and Pastor;
6. who will attend liturgical services on Sundays and great holy days;
7. and who is willing to support the growth of the Church by sharing his/her time, talent and treasure (financial support);
Actual Parish membership is based on the above and is determined by the following:
A. Being registered
These Require Parish Membership
Holy Mysteries of Initiation: Arrangements for Baptism, Chrismation and First Divine Eucharist must be made with the Pastor at least one month in advance. Godparents must present a signed letter from their pastor stating that they are practicing members of the Catholic Church.
First Penance: Preparation for First Penance is part of our Eastern Christian Formation Program. After completing this program, parents are to bring their children and present him/her to the priest for First Penance.
Crowning in Marriage: This celebration requires membership in the parish of one of the parties for at least six months prior to making arrangements for marriage. Marriage arrangements must be made at least six months prior to the ceremony with the pastor. Prudence dictates that Church arrangements be made before reception arrangements are made.
Sick and Shut-Ins: It is the family’s responsibility to notify the pastor when a member is in the hospital of confined to home because of sickness or old age. Father will bring the confined person the Holy Mysteries on a regular basis. It is recommended that one receives the Anointing of the Sick before any major surgery.
Don’t let the pastor be the last to know that someone is ill!
Deaths/Funerals: The pastor must be notified as soon as possible when a parishioner dies. No funeral arrangements should be made without consulting the pastor.
MOSAIC OF CHRIST THE TEACHER (PANTOCRATOR).
In the ancient world, kings, emperors, judges and teachers would sit as they exercised their duties. The Scriptures, in general, see Christ as the promised successor of King David seated on his throne, and specifically, the book of Revelation sees Him and the Father as occupying thrones in heaven.
This dazzling mosaic, made of thousands of pieces of miniature glass tessera, depicts Christ in His glory blessings with His right hand, while holding an ornate Gospel Book in His left. His Holy Gospel contains His words of eternal life that he bequeaths to his Faithful with the instruction, “Go therefore into all nations baptizing them, in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We have been saved for a purpose: to be collaborators with our Lord Christ in the salvation of the world.