Welcome to the Ukrainian Catholic Mission of Canton
Slava Isusu Christu! Slava na v'iki! Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! Orthodox, Catholic, and Ukrainian in tradition, we are a Ukrainian Catholic (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 prayer services and liturgies. All of our services and liturgies are chanted and in English. We are located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, about eighteen miles west of Asheville.
Patriarch Sviatoslav: On Union with the Successor of the Apostle Peter
Vespers, Typica with Holy Communion, Divine Liturgy
“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.
Before our monthly services, we offer a talk based on the teachings of the Catholic Church through the lens of the Ukrainian Catholic Church or the Church Fathers. You do not have to be Catholic or Ukrainian to attend. Talks focus on some aspect of Eastern Christian spirituality. Upcoming talks: June 16, St. John Chrysostom Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew Part 1; July 21, St. John Chrysostom Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew Part Two. We also will have talks on St. Gregory of Nyssa and The Beatitudes August 17-18, as part of our East Meets West Retreat.
We offer Vespers and Holy Communion with Typica led by a deacon monthly. Vespers is the first service of the liturgical day in the daily cycle of prayer. Typica with Holy Communion (pre-consecrated by a priest) is similar to Divine Liturgy (celebrated by a priest who consecrates the Holy Gifts). While all Catholics in good standing with the Church can receive the Eucharist at Typica, receiving the Eucharist fulfills the Sunday obligation only for Catholics of Eastern churches. On occasion, a priest will visit to celebrate Divine Liturgy. Receiving the Eucharist at a Divine Liturgy or Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation for Catholics, East and West. Our goal is to be a center for Eastern Christian liturgy in the Ukrainian Greek tradition and Orthodox Catholic spirituality in the Western North Carolina mountain region.
The Seven Holy Mysteries, or sacraments, of the Church heal, nourish, and sanctify the faithful: Baptism, Chrismation, Most Holy Eucharist, Repentance, Holy Anointing, Marriage, and Holy Orders. The Most Holy Eucharist is offered monthly at our mission, and Repentance will be offered any time a priest visits. Please contact us if you wish to arrange for a Baptism or Marriage. When an Eastern Catholic priest is not available, Eastern Catholics can receive the sacraments of Repentance and Holy Anointing from any Catholic priest. They can also fulfill their Sunday obligation by attending a Catholic Mass.
Let us set out on the straight and narrow....let us give evidence of a new kind of life." St. John Chrysostom
Join us for our second talk on St. John Chrysostom's commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew and liturgy on Saturday, July 21: Talk, 4:00 p.m.; Vespers, 4:45 p.m.; and Typica with Holy Communion, 5:15 p.m., for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
2018 Monthly Services:
Jan. 20, Talk, 3:30-4:30; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
Feb. 17, Talk, 3:30-4:30; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
March 17, Talk, 3:30-4:30; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
April 21, Talk, 3:30-4:30; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
May 19, Talk, 3:30-4:30; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
June 16, Talk, 3:30-4:30; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
July 21, Talk, 4:00; Vespers, 4:45; Typica, 5:10 p.m.
August 17-18, Fifth Annual East Meets West Retreat
August 18, Ninth Hour/Divine Liturgy, 4 p.m.
Sept. 15, Talk, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
Oct. 20, Talk, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
Nov. 17, Talk, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Vespers/ Typica, 5 p.m.
Dec. 15, Talk, 3:30-4:30; Vespers/Typica, 5 p.m.
East Meets West Retreat Schedule
Friday, August 17, 2018
1:00-2:45 p.m. – Welcome. Conference One, St. Gregory of Nyssa, The Beatitudes, Sermons One and Two (Fr. Deacon Kevin Bezner)
3:00 p.m – Ninth Hour
3:30-5:00 p.m. – Conference Two, St. Gregory of Nyssa, The Beatitudes, Sermons Three and Four
(Fr. Deacon Joseph Kibbe)
5:15 p.m. – Vespers
Saturday, August 18, 2018
10:30-Noon – Conference Three, St. Gregory of Nyssa, The Beatitudes, Sermons Five and Six
(Fr. Deacon Kevin Bezner)
12:00 p.m. – Third and Sixth Hours
12:15 p.m – Lunch and Fellowship (A light lunch will be provided)
1:30-3:00 p.m. – Conference Four, St. Gregory of Nyssa, The Beatitudes, Sermons Seven and Eight (Fr. Mark Shuey)
4:00 p.m. – Ninth Hour; Divine Liturgy for Sunday, Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost