Being Catholic Today
We are a Witness
We, as believers, are called upon to share our faith with those in our communities. As we follow in Christ's footsteps, we witness to our faith in: how we raise our children, how we interact with friends, family and coworkers, and how we engage in modern culture. Throughout the history of time as we know it, no church has done more to care for our brothers and sisters in need than the Catholic Church.
God is With Us
We believe that God loves us and desires to be in relationship with his creation. We believe God reveals himself in numerous ways, but particularly through the revelation of his Word, which comes to us in two forms – Sacred Scripture (written) and Tradition (unwritten). The ultimate sign of God’s revelation is the Incarnation, God becoming human in Jesus Christ. The Incarnation was the ultimate sign of God’s love for God’s people.
Three in One, One Body of Believers
We believe in the Holy Trinity. God is revealed as three divine persons of one nature: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Church was founded by Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and is carried forward through the ages by Apostolic Tradition. The Paschal Mystery: the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the central mystery of every liturgical celebration, our Mass. The Mass is the “source and summit” of our lives as Catholics. The Mass is the central celebration of the Church. We are nourished and fed at Mass by the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The presence of the Risen Christ is revealed through this sacred liturgy, and we celebrate as a community gathered together as the Body of Christ.
We are "Counter-Cultural"
As the living Body of Christ, Catholics are called to live a “countercultural” life. We should PRAY, SERVE, and GIVE, just as Jesus did. We stand up for the truth, our faith and beliefs, even if this brings us suffering in the world. We care for human dignity and share God's love for all, and should protect all life from the moment of conception to natural death. We tend to the poor, care for our environment, ensure just working conditions for all, and we work towards a just economic system that allows for equal treatment of people.
Christ also calls us to the forgiveness of sins, and we recognize the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a way to express sorrow for our sins, receive God's mercy and forgiveness and return to walk in a close relationship with God.
We're Down with the Angels, Saints, & Mary
We believe that we are united with all of the angels and saints, especially Mary, the Mother of God, and we model our lives on their holy example. We have feast days, and like to celebrate these saints as role models. We pray to God and ask Mary and all the saints to intercede to her son on our behalf. Such personal and communal prayer is a hallmark of our faith. We pray together to strengthen our relationship with God, and to grow in faith and love.