Weekly Bulletin

Questions from the Faithful ???

What is cathedraticum? I don't even know how to say it?!
This is a great question and it applies to the finances of the Eparchy and the parish – both in the Eastern and Western Churches. The word cathedraticum comes from the Latin – cathedra – which means the Bishop's Seat or Throne. We see the word cathedral coming from it as well. Cathedraticum is a type of assessment on each parish. Each parish contributes a specific percentage of its income to the Chancery Office for the running of the Eparchy and the services it provides to the church as a whole. The percentage changes from eparchy to eparchy and may even vary on the amount of income a parish generates. Certain contributions and fundraisers are not assessed and are exempt – such as monies for a cemetery or or a specific building repair – approved by the bishop. Also collections for charity are not assessed. In the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh our weekly income and fundraisers are assessed and a percentage is sent in as cathedraticum.

Do we keep the Eucharist in the tabernacle as in the Roman Catholic Church?
In the Eastern Churches the Eucharist is reserved in the tabernacle or the ark on the holy table (altar) at all times. The Eucharist is not kept in large quantities during the year, but is reserved for visits to the sick. During the period of Great Fast, more Eucharist is kept to provide communion for the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts since during that service no consecration takes place. Every year on Holy Thursday the reserved Mysteries are renewed for the upcoming season of Pascha. A sanctuary lamp is always left burning to show the presence of Christ on the altar and in the church. There is not a concept of Eucharistic Adoration as a devotion in the East (known as Benediction in the West). The Eucharist is treated with great respect and is always received under the forms of bread and wine together.

And As Always:
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut-ins of our parish family. Maybe even send them a card, make a phone call or visit them.