St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church
The First Byzantine Catholic Parish Canonically Established on the West Coast of the USA!
2200 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage AK 99503-1909
Ph: 907 277-6731
|ARE WE CATHOLIC?
Yes, we are Catholic in union with the Bishop of
Rome, the Pope, whom we recognize as the visible Head of our Catholic
Church. We are recognized as being “Catholic” by the local Roman
Catholic Archbishop of Anchorage as well as the Bishops of the United
States and throughout the whole world.
We are “Catholics”, but NOT Roman Catholics. We are
Eastern Catholics. As Catholics, we Eastern and Roman Catholics share
the same faith and have the same seven Holy Mysteries (Sacraments). The
difference is that we Eastern Catholics have a different way or rite of
expressing our Faith through our Liturgy and Traditions. Our Church is
blessed with the richness of Eastern spirituality.
Most people, especially Catholics, are unaware that the
Catholic Church is a communion of twenty-two ritual Churches, each with
its own particular customs, laws, traditions and liturgy, united by the
same Faith. The Roman Catholic Church, which is by far the largest of
these twenty-two Churches, is the most prominent. Unfortunately the
other twenty-one ritual Churches being significantly smaller live in the
shadow of the Roman Catholic Church and consequently are not as well
known. Our Church is one of these twenty-one ritual Churches.
A Catholic Church Serving the Christian Faithful in the State of Alaska
According to the Traditions of the Byzantine Catholic Church
in Communion with the Bishop of Rome