Welcome to the Canton Mission
of the Ukrainian Catholic Church
Slava Isusu Christu! Slava na v'iki! Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! Orthodox, Catholic, and Ukrainian in tradition, we are a Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Byzantine Slavic, Eastern Christian mission in union with Rome and open to all seeking life in Jesus Christ. Whether you are Ukrainian Catholic, Byzantine Catholic, a member of another Catholic Church, non-Catholic, or without a church and seeking, come experience the wisdom and beauty of traditional Byzantine Slavic liturgy. All of our liturgies are in English. We are located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, about 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.
Patriarch Sviatoslav: On Union with the Successor of the Apostle Peter
“The belief in the fact that the successor of the Apostle Peter is the core, the pledge of the unity of the Church of Christ, belongs to the identity of the Church of Kyiv. Perhaps other Churches that emerged after the Church schisms do not have that Church memory. But we have! We, as members of the UGCC, do not belong to other patriarchates. We are in communion with the successor to the Apostle Peter, as in the first millennium, the Patriarchs of Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria were in communion with him. We are not members of the Latin Patriarchate, as some people say. We are building ours as a local Church of our own right.”
Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, July 11, 2018. Source: Department of Information of the UGCC.
“I mean, when Paul is read out and you take no notice, when John is proclaimed and you do not listen, at what point will you receive a needy person when you do not receive an apostle?" St. John Chrysostom
Along with liturgy, we offer talks based on the teachings of the Catholic Church through the lens of the Church Fathers and the Byzantine rite. You do not have to be Catholic. Past talks have featured works by, among others, St. John Chrysostom; various Church Fathers on Mary, the Mother of God; St. Symeon the New Theologian; and St. Gregory of Nyssa.
We celebrate Divine Liturgy on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Upcoming liturgies:
August 25 (special date)
September 8, 22
October 13, 27
November 10, 24
December 8, 22
"That which seems bread is not bread, though bread by taste, but the Body of Christ; and that which seems wine is not wine, though the taste will have it so, but the Blood of Christ. Be careful so as not to consider them as mere bread and wine, for they are ... the Body and Blood of Christ.... St. Cyril of Jerusalem.
The Seven Holy Mysteries, or sacraments, of the Church heal, nourish, and sanctify the faithful.
The Holy Mysteries are Baptism, Chrismation, Most Holy Eucharist, Repentance, Holy Anointing, Marriage, and Holy Orders.
Please contact us if you wish to arrange for a Baptism, Marriage, or Anointing. Confession is available prior to each Divine Liturgy, during retreats offered by the mission, and by appointment.
"Christianity is an imitation of the Divine Nature."
St. Gregory of Nyssa
Let us set out on the straight and narrow....let us give evidence of a new kind of life." St. John Chrysostom.
Thanks to all who joined us for our East Meets West retreat! Preparation for East Meets West 2020, our seventh annual, is underway. More information will be posted soon.
Our next Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 22.
East Meets West
East Meets West is the signature spiritual formation program of the mission. The retreat gathers together all interested for prayer, talks, liturgy, and fellowship.
Those participating in the retreat can experience Byzantine rite liturgy and liturgical prayer and meet with clergy during fellowship.
For clergy, the retreat offers an opportunity for ongoing spiritual formation.
Past talks have focused on the noonday demon, works by Saints John Chrysostom and St. Gregory of Nyssa, and the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
East Meets West 2019
This year’s retreat, The Divine Liturgy Is Christ, features reflections on four sections of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, the regular Sunday liturgy of the Byzantine rite and the equivalent of the Latin rite Mass.
The retreat will give those attending the opportunity to reflect deeply on the significance of the Mystery of the Divine Eucharist, while highlighting differences and similarities between the Byzantine and Latin rite celebrations.
Friday, August 23, 2019
1:00-1:15 p.m. Welcome
1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Conference One: We prepare to receive our King — The Service of Preparation of the Eucharistic Gifts, Fr. Kevin Bezner
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Break, fellowship
3:00 p.m -4:15 p.m. Conference Two: We intermingle with the angels — The Entrance with the Gospel Book and the Sacred Readings, Fr. Deacon Joseph Kibbe
4:30 p.m. Daily Vespers
Saturday, August 24, 2019
9:30-10:15 a.m. Coffee, fellowship
10:30-11:45 a.m. Conference Three: We are about to receive the King of All — The Litany and the Great Entrance, Fr. Deacon Matthew Hanes
12:00 p.m. Third and Sixth Hours
12:30 p.m. Lunch, fellowship
1:30-2:45 p.m. Conference Four: We give glory together with the angels — The Holy Anaphora, Fr. Mark Shuey
3:00 p.m. Ninth Hour
3:30-5:00 p.m. Confession with available priests