About the Maronite Church:
The Maronite Catholic Church is one of 23 Eastern Rite Catholic Churches that are in full communion with the Pope and the worldwide Catholic Church. This means you may attend Mass in any of the Maronite churches just as you would the Roman Rite churches, finding only a slightly different Liturgy. Saint Maroun, in the 4th Century, founded the Christian movement in Lebanon that became known as the Syriac Maronite Catholic Church and its followers are known as Maronites.
About St. Joseph Maronite Church in Phoenix:
St Joseph’s serves the Lebanese and general Phoenix community while also enjoying a large Hispanic following. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated in the ancient Syriac Maronite Catholic Tradition with a vibrant, modern balance. Worshipers get to hear and enjoy Aramaic, the language of our Lord, Jesus Christ, as it is spoken by the priest during the Consecration of the host. In 2016, St Joseph’s was declared a pilgrimage destination.
Once a year on the first weekend in November, to celebrate it’s Lebanese heritage, St Joseph’s hosts the American Lebanese Festival where festival goers will find authentic home made food and pastries, traditional Dabke Dance and other live entertainment.
About Saint Sharbel:
Saint Sharbel (sometimes spelled Charbel) was born in Lebanon on May 8, 1828 and died on December 24, 1898. He became a Maronite hermit monk and gained a reputation for holiness due to his devotion to the Holy Eucharist & the Blessed Mother.
He is known as a miracle worker for the many healings attributed to his intercession. One of those miracles occurred right here at the Shrine of Saint Charbel in Phoenix: here is the story.
He is the patron saint of Lebanon: his feast day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July (Maronite Calendar); or July 24 (Roman Calendar).
About the Shrine of Saint Charbel at St. Joseph Maronite Church in Phoenix:
St Joseph’s erected a large Shrine to St Sharbel that was dedicated by His Excellency A Elias Zaidan, Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon Los Angeles on March 26, 2017.
The Shrine is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. All are welcome to come pray, meditate, reflect and reconnect spiritually and with their faith.
On the 18th of every month, to pay honor to St Sharbel for the healing that occurred at St Joseph’s; a Healing Mass is celebrated where worshipers are blessed and anointed with the Healing Oil of St Sharbel.
There is also a gift shop here with a wide variety of items relating to Saint Sharbel. Be sure to stop on by. If you can’t get to Phoenix, you can buy from their online store and have it shipped to you ( U.S. customers only).
Finding St. Joseph Maronite Church in Phoenix:
Address: 5406 E Virginia Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Tel: +1 (602) 667-3280
Click here for the official website of St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Phoenix