The Catholic Church is one, with the same one faith, under the same Pope, and with the same sacraments. Yet at the same time, it is both Eastern and Western, it's two lungs with which it breathes the breath of the Holy Spirit, as Pope John Paul II frequently reminded us. Between East and West, the Catholic Church has twenty-two different Rites in which the Mass and other sacraments are celebrated.
The Western Catholic Church mainly celebrates in the Roman Rite, which is one of these twenty-two Rites. The Eastern Catholic Church, on the other hand, celebrates the liturgy in several Rites such as the Byzantine, the Armenian, the Melkite and the Maronite, among others.
St Anthony – St George Church in Wilkes Barre, is an Eastern Catholic Church of the Maronite Rite. The Maronite Church originated in Antioch when St. Peter founded the Church there. Eventually, this group of Middle Eastern Catholics, mainly from Lebanon, became known as "Maronite," the name deriving from the holy Syrian monk St. Maron (died 410 AD).
St Anthony – St George Church in Wilkes Barre has been a fixture in the area for over 100 years.
We are a Maronite Catholic Parish of the Antiochene Syriac Maronite Church
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Our parish is entrusted with the care and guardianship of all Maronite Catholics in Wilkes Barre area and the surroundings, as well anyone who wishes to join our community. We are charged with the preservation of the faith, traditions and heritage of the Maronite Catholic Rite through the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.
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As Maronite Catholics, our mission is to share the spirituality and Liturgy, the treasures of our Eastern heritage, our culture, family ethics and traditions, with all our brothers and sisters. While promoting the Christian faith, we are called to reach out with compassion to the less fortunate, the refugees of War and the needy in our society through our charitable work in the community. All are welcome to join us in worship and in our way of life, as humble servants seeking to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and live by his eternal life-giving commandments.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
THE MARONITE HISTORY
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History of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn