St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Parish is located in the Northwestern corner of the State of Indiana, in the Town of Munster, 8103 Columbia, Munster, Indiana 46321.
We are Eastern Rite Catholics in union with the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. By virtue of our communion with the Church of Rome, we are a Catholic Church who shares the same beliefs, faith and Sacraments of all Catholic people. All Catholics who celebrate Divine Liturgy (Mass) with us fulfill their Holyday and Sunday obligations as they do in their own churches.
Being Byzantine Catholics, we have a different way of expressing our Faith in regard to Liturgy based on our customs and Traditions.
At the Last Supper, after Jesus changed bread and wine into His own Body and Blood, He told His disciples to “Do this in memory of Me”. As the Disciples brought the Gospel to different parts of the world, they adapted ceremonies of the Liturgy to the customs and music of that people. In the end, four great Centers of Christianity emerged with distinctive Christian customs, but the same Faith. These Centers were located in the great cities of Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome and Alexandria. A couple of centuries later, when the Capital of the Roman Empire was moved to the Eastern city of Byzantium and renamed Constantinople, an adaptation of the Antioch way of celebrating Liturgy was made. Thus, a new Center of Christianity arose in Constantinople and became known and the Byzantine Church.
From Constantinople, the Slavic people of Eastern Europe were converted by Saints Cyril and Methodius and followed Constantinople and are known as Eastern Catholic. Today, the Eastern Catholics are subdivided into ecclesiastical jurisdictions based on ethnic grouping, such as Ukrainian, Ruthenian, Melkite, Russian, Croatians, Hungarians, Slovaks, Romanians and others.
The jurisdiction for our St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church is that of the Ruthenians, a group of people who lived at the base of the Carpathian Mountains. We are part of the Eparchy of Parma under the leadership of Bishop John Kudrick, D.D.
Our Church membership is open to people of all ethnic backgrounds and races. It is the heir to a Faith in God, one in the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is essential in our journey to God. It is both traditional and modern, and emphasized that through our union with Christ, we become God-like and His beloved children. We believe that God is with us and that in the Holy Eucharist, we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit.