Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Mission Byzantine Catholic Church in Charlotte to Celebrate Mass Weekly

Saint Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Charlotte will beginning offering faithful Catholics in Charlotte a weekly alternative to the "Here I Am Lord" liturgies which plague most of our Roman rite parishes.

Up until now, this mission has only offered mass once every three weeks but with the installation of a second priest, they will be saying mass every week or nearly every week per last week's announcement. Awesome news for Charlotte.

I am prayerfully considering switching rites. The Eastern liturgy is absolutely beautiful and reverent. Plus my patron saint is Polycarp - bishop of Smyrna so he's Eastern. My wife isn't too keen on the idea since she grew up in the Latin rite but I have no sentimental attachment to it. Ironically, I'm a Westerner and she's from the far East!


andrew said...

Good news. As you know, St Basil's is my home parish, yet without a weekly Liturgy, to say nothing of weekday Mass or ongoing catechesis, it does not feel like home. I have, instead, become accustomed to the Novus Ordo. A Catholic who has chosen one Rite only to regularly participate in another Rite is like a man who moves to a new town and then eats and sleeps in his former residence. Only, my former residence was an Anglican parish, so its more like sleeping and eating in a strange town that I have never lived in nor moved to. Thus, my experience of coming into the Church has been like coming into harbor only to find that the harbor still feels like the sea.
Sorry about the phenomenological autobiography. But you see, this really is good news.

George Weis said...

Now wait, are you saying you are going Orthadox?
Or is it just a branch of the RCC? I know there is alot more open dialogue with the Orthadox church again.

What Up?


Tim A. Troutman said...

George - no it's still the Catholic Church - this Eastern Church is fully loyal to the the Pope. But their liturgy is, in fact, identical (or at least nearly identical if there's something I don't know about) to the Eastern Orthodox Church's. The only thing that separates them and their other Eastern brothers is their loyalty to the pope.

When Eastern Churches are received back into full communion, they retain all their traditions and their doctrine is already virtually identical so they really only need to swear allegiance to the holy see and perhaps fine tune a few doctrinal issues.

George Weis said...

Ah ok gotcha!

Are individual churches doing that?
How does that work?


Tim A. Troutman said...

Maybe but I dont know of any specifically. There are some traditionally Anglicans either already in or coming in soon (about 300,000 of them which includes parishes in England and America) but the last major Eastern Church conversion I know of was the Coptic Catholic Church where about 250,000 Eastern Christians came into full communion with Rome.

What excites me is the possibility (call me a dreamer) of the full reunion between all 13 or so Easter Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. It will take a lot of work on both sides but it with God all things are possible. If that were to ever happen, you'd have something like 75% of Christianity unified under one doctrine.

The Pope (JPII??) even said that the office of the papacy may even have to adjust its roles in the Church to accommodate such a reunification.

George Weis said...

Interesting! Keep me posted on that. I enjoy the topic, and it intrigues me.


James H said...

I personally would put off sor several years even perhaps officially changing rites. One I think can still be pretty active in these Parishes and still be Latin. THere is no rush

Tim A. Troutman said...

James, why would you put it off? I've been Catholic now for almost 2 years but attending Latin rite masses for almost 3.

I know there can be a lot of beauty in the Western masses as well. The most beautiful mass I've been to so far was a Tridentine high mass. The problem is that my diocese resists anything that resembles beauty.

Grifman said...

I'm curious, what language are Eastern Rite service in? Greek?

George Weis said...

I second that Question! :)

Tim A. Troutman said...

They're in English (at least this one is).