Our Mission Statement
The Byzantine Catholic Community of St. John's, rooted in the rich tradition
and spiritual heritage of the Kievan Church of Ukraine, acknowledges the command from Christ to "Go therefore, and baptize
all nations" thereby recognizing that God is the Father of us all, Christ the Brother of each one, and that the Holy
Spirit calls us to unity. For this reason we will always strive to be a LIVING Christian community that:
- Reaches out to those seeking a loving God and supporting community; let them know
that at St. John's all are welcome; and that each is equally valuable both in the eyes of God and in our Parish Community.
- Lives as active Christians, serving one another, consoling one another, affirming
one another, and accepting one another as we are, just as our God accepts us. We will challenge each other to grow,
and we will do all of this in the spirit of love that Christ commands in the Gospel: "Love one another as I have loved you."
- Does not judge others, but rather, accepts them into our community recognizing
that all are weak and sinners. Rather we will work together, learning to forgive one another as Jesus taught us through
the Lord's Prayer: "FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US," and we will learn to forgive each
other "seventy times seven" just as our God forgives us.
- Always has a special place in our hearts for the Holy Mother of God, for she is our
Mother. We promote devotion and love toward Mary, our intercessor, and acknowledge that sincere devotion to Mary strengthens
our relationship with Christ; it does not diminish it.
- Reaches out in a special way to the elderly, the infirm, the depressed and sorrowing,
to children and youth alike, and to all those who need to know that they are of value. We are all children of the One
God, and we must learn to live together as children, trusting one another, loving one another unconditionally, and supporting
one another regardless of what has caused the need to arise.
Let us Pray:
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.
Help me to live out our mission statement, give me the courage I need to change my life and to be a better witness to Your
love in the world. Help me to be proud of my Byzantine heritage and to share it with those around me. Lord, let
us love You in each other; let us serve You in each other. Let us seek forgiveness and healing, by forgiving and healing
each other. Let our strength be in recognizing who we are and why we are here: COMPANIONS ON A JOURNEY. Although
we know that the Kingdom is within, we also know that one day we will meet in the fullness of that Kingdom. We want
to hear You say, O Lord, at our leaving this world: "You have done your best for me, now enter into the home of my Father."
O Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! AMEN