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21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:21-23 (RSVCE)
Eastern Christian Formation Classes were conducted during the school year every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM in our Parish Center classrooms. Our program covered Grades K thru 12. Parents whose children are not enrolled in Catholic school or home schooled are reminded to faithfully send their children to all sessions.
For the 2019-2020 school year, please enroll your children in the ECF program at Bethlehem, at the church you are attending or contact Fr. Peter Hosak about the possibility of obtaining materials for homeschooling. Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Bethlehem offers classes for Grades 1-6.
Eastern Catholics are called upon to attend the Divine Liturgy to celebrate all the major feasts of the LORD and of the Mother of God and the Forerunner throughout the year. However our bishops have established “days of obligation” in imitation of the West. Unlike the Latin church, these days are not moved to a Sunday.
Days of Precept (Holy Days of Obligation)
Jan 6 – Theophany of Our Lord
Jun 29 – Feast of SS. Peter & Paul
Aug 15 – Dormition of the Theotokos
Dec 25 – Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Solemn Holy Days
Jan 1 – Circumcision / Feast of St. Basil
Feb 2 – Meeting of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna
Mar 25- Annunciation to the Theotokos
Jun 24 – Nativity of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist
Aug 6 – Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Sep 8 – Nativity of the Theotokos
Sep 14 – Exaltation of the Cross
Oct 1 – Protection of the Theotokos
Nov 8 – Synaxis of Archangel Michael and All Angelic Powers
Nov 21 – Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
Dec 6 – Holy Father Nicholas of Myra
Dec 8 – Conception of the Theotokos by St. Anna
Dec 26- Synaxis of the Theotokos
Simple Holy Days
Jan 30 – Three Holy Hierarchs
Apr 23- Great Martyr George
Jul 20 – Feast of St. Elijah
Aug 29 -Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Dec 27 – Feast of St. Stephen
The Divine Liturgy of our holy father Basil the Great is served on specific days in the liturgical year of the Byzantine Churches.
- a morning celebration of the Eucharist on
- an evening celebration of the Eucharist on
When the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil is celebrated in the evening, it is combined with Vespers to form a Vigil Divine Liturgy.