A Message of Welcome for Those from Other Christian Denominations
from Saint John's Church in Passaic
Some Christians whose spiritual lives are grounded in the Mass and in the sacraments are, nevertheless, unable to concur with their denomination's official stance on issues such as the role of women in the church, contraception, remarriage of divorced person, GLBTQ+ identity and relationships, or abortion.
If you are among them, you may find a comfortable spiritual home at Saint John's. We welcome you to visit the church in person. Sunday Masses are celebrated at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated at Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.
At Saint John's you will find:
Traditional catholic worship, offered with care and reverence;
Worthy liturgical music, including Gregorian Chant and other choral music;
A respectful approach to Scripture and Tradition, without fundamentalism or authoritarianism;
A diverse congregation that embraces divorced persons and GLBTQ+ individuals as fully as it embraces all others.
The Episcopal Church considers itself "catholic and reformed." As John Macquarrie, sometime Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford, wrote, "Anglicanism has never considered itself to be a sect or denomination originating in the sixteenth century. It continues without a break the Ecclesia Anglicana founded by St. Augustine [of Canterbury] thirteen centuries and more ago…." The Episcopal Church is Catholic in polity. It has maintained the threefold ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons. It faithfully ministers all the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Its liturgy affirms the sacrificial character of the Eucharist and the real, objective presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Nevertheless, its members differ widely in their theological positions. Since the sixteenth century many Anglicans—at times the majority—have embraced Protestant ideas; but other have always remained faithful to Anglicanism’s Catholic heritage, and the Anglican Communion has never departed from it in any essential. Saint John's Church, stands squarely with those who emphasize and treasure the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism.