Saint Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church has served the Greater Toledo, Ohio, area for over 100 years. Located in beautiful Oregon, an eastern suburb on Maumee Bay (Lake Erie), at 4001 Navarre Avenue (Ohio Route 2), Oregon, Ohio 43616, we are easy to find!
We are an Eastern Rite Catholic Church which means we are Catholics in communion with Pope Francis. We use the Byzantine or Greek rite. That is, we pray and talk about God like Greeks. Huh? Don’t panic! We speak English! We pray using the Greek services because our ancestors were converted by missionaries from Greece, Saints Cyril and Methodius. Because we were taught the Greek services and theology, we never used the Latin language or celebrated services in Latin. This doesn’t mean we’re not
Catholic; we are just not Roman Catholic. We are Byzantine Catholic. There are all kinds of Catholics: Byzantine, Roman, Armenian, Coptic, Syriac, Maronite, Eritrean, Ethiopian, and more. We are all part of the Catholic Church “family” — each having our own liturgy, theology and customs. A great deal of information can be found on the Internet about Eastern Catholics. Any Catholic can attend services and receive sacraments in any Catholic church of any rite. Period. We pray for Pope Francis four times during each Divine Liturgy (Mass). We’re faithful, but different, Catholics!
What will you see at Saint Michael’s? Our beautiful church, with its brightly colored icons (religious paintings); our ancient, but not “old fashioned,” Divine Liturgy (our Eucharistic liturgy), where everything is sung by the priest and the people; our friendly, helpful congregation, who will gladly assist you in following along with the services and most important of all, the face of Christ, all around you.
The Divine Liturgy is celebrated Sunday mornings at 10:30. Visitors are welcome. Catholic visitors are invited to receive Holy Communion, if they are prepared to do so. As with any Catholic church, non-Catholic visitors should talk to the priest before coming forward to receive the Eucharist.