The mission of the Church is to spread the gospel message, administer sacraments and reach out with charity and justice to people in need. The Church is led by the Pope, who is the successor of the Apostle Peter, and the Bishops, who are also in the line of apostolic succession.
Living as a Catholic includes many wonderful beliefs, practices, and devotions. Our Catholic faith comprises what we believe and how we live that belief. For 2,000 years, this Catholic faith has been handed down from one generation to next, starting with Jesus Christ passing the faith to the Twelve Apostles. In our own lives, we may receive that faith from our parents, from friends, or even a stranger we meet.
- We believe in God who is our loving Father and creator. His love is limitless and overflows into our hearts and lives. Out of this love He created us and through this love He supports us daily.
- The Father sent us his own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered, died, and rose from the dead. Through Him we attain Eternal Life. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit, alive and present in the Church today. The Spirit provides us with spiritual gifts and imparts wisdom and knowledge on us. Through the Spirit we continue to develop our faith and to grow in our relationship with God.
- We follow Jesus’ teachings. With His help we strive to: Love God above everything else, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to forgive as He does and have mercy towards others, and care for the poor and those in need of help. We try our best to live for others and not ourselves, seeking to serve and not be served as Jesus did.
- We celebrate the sacraments in praise and worship of God. We are nourished by the Eucharist, the real Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus. In Reconciliation we recognize our need for His forgiveness and mercy. All sin harms the community and through reconciliation the relationships with God and others are healed.
- We pray and recognize its importance as prayer builds and strengthens or relationship with God.
- We place high importance of reading the Sacred Scriptures and seek to understand and apply It to our daily lives.
- We acknowledge the Pope as the head of the Catholic Church and accept the office of the Papacy as the true teaching authority of the Church.
- By both word and action we strive to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, standing up to opposition and preaching the Gospel values. As Jesus did we speak up for what we believe and are willing to endure suffering and rejection for the sake of the Gospel.
- We are devoted to Mary, the Mother of God, and see the saints as true examples of holiness and faith. We pray through Mary and the saints and ask them to intercede for us.
- We believe all human life should be protected from the moment of conception until natural death.