Bl. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich Parish

Coptic Community

The Coptic Catholic Church is an Eastern Catholic particular Church in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.  The Coptic Catholic Church uses the Alexandrian Rite.  Uniquely among Eastern Catholic Churches, it also uses the Coptic language which is derived from Ancient Egyptian.  The current Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Most Rev. Alexandria is Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak.  The offices of the Patriarchate are located in Cairo while the patriarchal Cathedral of Our Lady of Egypt is in Nasr City, a suburb of Cairo.

In the United States there are currently 4 Coptic Catholic parishes.  St. Mary Parish in Los Angeles, Resurrection Parish in Brooklyn, Sacred Heart Parish in East Brunswick and Jesus the King Parish.  The latter parish is here in Bayonne and their pastor is Rev. Malak Samy Zaki Sa'dalla.  While it is a separate parish, they gather at St. Mary, Star of the Sea church each week for their Mass at 3:30pm.  While the Coptic Rite form of celebration of the Eucharist follows very different form from our own Latin Rite, members of the Latin Rite may fully participate.  The same is true of all of the Eastern or Byzantine Rites of the Catholic Church.