Saint George Byzantine Catholic Church
Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix
Olympia, Washington

Attend Adult Catechism Classes with us at St. George on the 1st and 3rd Sunday every month at 9:00am!

Click on the link below to access the online version of the Adult Byzantine Catechism, CHRIST OUR PASCHA (From the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church).

To purchase a catechism, contact the parish or order directly from the Eparchy of St. Josaphat Website:

"I strongly reminded the priest-pastors about this great and holy obligation before God (to teach catechism), and now I come to you, Dear Brothers and Sisters, to you, fathers of Christian families, to you, Christian mothers, to you, Brothers and Sisters, members of various church brotherhoods. Help our priests, help me, your Bishop-Pastor, to spread among the people, but especially among the youth, a knowledge of the holy faith, a knowledge of the catechism. This is the best way to contribute according to your abilities to pastoral work in the church, this is the best way to fulfil in concrete action the Christian commandment to love one’s neighbour, and thus you will also show the best and greatest love to your own people… And may Almighty God bless you and help you understand the importance of catechetical teaching, and that you must do everything, in order to know the catechism well personally, and teach it to your children."

Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky
Works (Moral – Pastoral), April 1937
Lviv: Svichado, 1994, pp. 312-313, 316.


The Byzantine Catholic Church is one of many churches that make up the one, holy catholic and apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ. The one Church is made up of Eastern and Western Catholic traditions.

Catholic: Member of one holy apostolic church.

Western: Originating in the ancient see of Rome

Eastern: Originating in ancient sees of Antioch, Alexandria and Constantinople

As Jesus commissioned the apostles to go into the world and make disciples of all nations, the early church grew and spread out from Jerusalem. It experienced other traditions, cultures, customs, languages, art forms, architecture and music. Eastern and Western Christians expressed the same basic truths of their Catholic faith in unique ways and worshiped differently.

There are over 750 million Catholics (Eastern and Western) in the world. Nearly 2 million Catholics of the Eastern Churches live in the United States. All Catholics share three important things (cf. Acts 2:42):

  • Apostolic Faith
  • Apostolic Worship (the Sacred Mysteries/Sacraments)
  • Apostolic Leadership (Bishops in Unity with Each Other and the Pope of Rome, the Successor of St. Peter)

A Church is not the same as a rite. Within the Catholic Church there are 22 autonomous churches, each of which follows one of the 6 major rites.

Each Church has its own:

Liturgy: Form of worship for accomplishing God's work of salvation

Theology: Study of the relationship between God and mankind

Spirituality: The living out of a faith experience

Law: The principle for ordering the common life of the Church

A church is a universal community of faith having a distinct tradition founded by an apostle or successor and guided by an autonomous hierarchy by which various nations and peoples have been converted to and nurtured by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Each church encompasses a unique liturgy, theology, spirituality and law, and is characterized by its own cultural and linguistic influences. Each church enjoys an autonomy from its sister churches and is guided by its patriarch and bishops in unity with the Successor of Peter.

All the churches of the Catholic Church are one by their unity in faith, mysteries (Sacraments) and hierarchy. Each church of the Catholic Church has its own specific form of liturgy, theology, spirituality and law.

Adapted from "Being A Maronite Catholic" by Msgr. Ronald Beshara.


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