Name of Church Annunciation Byzantine
Address 995 North West Street, Anaheim, CA 92801-4305
Phone number (714) 533-6292
Worship Schedule Weekday liturgy, varies, check the website for the weekly schedule. Holy Days, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.
Confessions 20 to 30 minutes before services or by appointment
Names of priests Fr. Stephen Washko, pastor. Fr. Washko was originally from Detroit, served in Phoenix and then transferred to his current assignment.
Special parish activities The parish offers a variety of activities, such as prayer groups, bible studies and a lecture series. Visit the parish website or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/annunciation.byzantine/) to see what’s coming up as well as videos from services.
Liturgy Liturgies are reverent, mostly in English and entirely sung. There is no kneeling, parishioners usually stand or sit. All ages receive Holy Communion; the host is dipped into the chalice with a spoon and administered to the faithful.
Fellow parishioners Initially the parish drew Byzantine Catholics, but has since drawn a diverse group of people attracted to the Eastern rite. Most are locals, but some drive in from a long way off.
Parking No problem
Cry room Yes
Additional observations Annunciation Byzantine in union with the Bishop of Rome, but is an Eastern Catholic rather than Roman Catholic church. They have the same faith and seven sacraments, but different customs and ways of celebrating liturgy. It traces its roots back to Constantinople (once called Byzantium). Two Greek missionaries, Cyril and Methodius, brought the Byzantine way of worship to Central and Eastern Europe. Some of these Catholics emigrated to the United States, and brought with them the Byzantine rite and traditions. Annunciation Byzantine parish was founded in 1969. Liturgy was first celebrated at St. Catherine’s Military School Chapel in Anaheim; the current 2.5 acre site was purchased in 1988. Notable pastors include Father George Kuzma, who became pastor in 1972, who later became Bishop of the Diocese of Van Nuys. Long-time pastor Monsignor George Vida came to the parish in 1987 and retired in 2015. He still visits the parish to participate in the liturgy. Although the interior has yet to be completed, it has many beautiful features, most notably the many icons. Future plans include the installation of an altar screen. On the central dome overhead, there is a large icon of Christ surrounded by angels and saints. And, there is a gift shop inside the church; visit it after the liturgies. Stroll the grounds outside afterward; look for the newly installed shrine featuring holy icon images of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Our Lady of Guadalupe surrounded by desert plants and flowers.