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We are Catholic!

We profess the same Faith as other Catholics but express that Faith in our own way.

The Byzantine-Ruthenian Church sui iuris (literally “of its own right”) is:

  • Self-governing
  • Equal in dignity to the Roman Catholic Church
  • In Communion with the Bishop of Rome
  • Unique in its clergy, law, institutions, liturgies, forms of spirituality, methods of theology


Notable Similarities

  • Seven Sacraments
  • Canon of Scripture
  • Communion with the Holy Father in Rome
  • Strong devotion to the Mother of God
  • Venerations of the saints


Notable Differences

  • Liturgical use and venerations of icons
  • The way we make the Sign of the Cross
  • Our liturgical calendars
  • Ordination of married men to the priesthood
  • Reception of Holy Communion
  • Altar: priest faces East
  • Iconostasis (icon screen)
  • Standing for liturgical services
  • Strong patristic tradition
  • Emphasis on participation in the Heavenly Liturgy


To learn more about the Byzantine Catholic Rite and its Traditions, please contact us, we’ll be happy to talk with you.

SS Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church
285 Hamilton St; Somerset, NJ 08873
732-545-5500


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    23Jun

    5th Sunday after Pentecost
    10:30 am -  Divine Liturgy
    Celebrated at SS Peter & Paul
  • Sun
    30Jun

    6th Sunday after Pentecost
    10:30 am - Divine Liturgy
    Celebrated at SS Peter & Paul
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  • Sun
    7Jul

    7th Sunday after Pentecost
    10:30 am -  Divine Liturgy
    Celebrated at St Joseph

SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church
285 Hamilton St; Somerset, NJ 08873
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