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What do Catholics believe?

People are Catholic for various reasons.  However, there is a common thread that binds all of us together. We belong to a Christ-founded and Christ-centered faith community. We believe Jesus’ truth, share his vision and model our lives after his example of love. We are called to care for one another and to use our unique gifts and talents for the good of the community and the world. Below is a listing of some of our fundamental beliefs and values:

  • We believe in God who is our loving Father and creator. God’s love is limitless and overflows into our hearts and lives. God has created us out of His love that sustains and supports us daily.
  • We believe that God sent us his own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered, died, and rose from the dead, to save us and offer us the gift of eternal life.
  • We profess faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Jesus is our Lord and Savior, our Shepherd and King.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit and in the Spirit’s powerful presence in the church today. The Spirit, given by Jesus to the church at Pentecost, enables the Lord to continue to be present with us today and to continue his saving mission. The Spirit imparts wisdom and knowledge to us and gives us our various spiritual gifts, which are found in the bible.
  • We are called to recognize and share these gifts with the community. The Spirit helps us to continue to develop our faith and to grow in our relationship with God.
  • We strive to follow Jesus’ teachings in our lives: to love God above all else and to love others, to practice forgiveness and mercy, to care for the poor, marginalized, and helpless.
  • We work for peace and justice in our world.
  • We bring God’s kingdom of peace, unity, and love to a world faced with conflict, division, and strife.
  • We worship and praise God by living a sacramental life.
  • We recognize the need for forgiveness and see the sacrament of reconciliation as a means to receive this great gift of forgiveness.
  • We recognize that our sin harms the community in some way and the sacramental gift of reconciliation helps heal our relationships with others, the community, and God.
  • We encounter the real presence — the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, of Jesus Christ — in the Eucharist and are nourished and fed by the Eucharist on Sundays, the Day of the Lord. The Eucharist binds us with God and together as a community.
  • We believe that the Eucharist is not merely a sign or symbol of Jesus, but rather his true Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
  • We want, too, to become the body of Christ in the world.
  • We recognize the importance of prayer and take time to develop an active prayer life. Prayer strengthens and defines our relationship with God. Without prayer we lose touch with our loving God and we isolate ourselves from a God who extends to us his friendship and desires intimacy with us.
  • We recognize the importance of reading and praying the sacred scriptures. The bible is God’s word and we strive to learn and understand the word of God by applying the scriptures to our lives today.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ established the ministry and office of the pope, the Vicar of Peter, and acknowledge and respect the office of the papacy as the true teaching authority of the church.
  • We seek guidance for moral decisions from the pope and the bishops in communion with him.
  • We recognize the importance of service to others. Believing that Jesus came to serve and not to be served, we strive to follow the example of Jesus and spread his message of love and care.
  • We try our best to live lives centered on the gospel and live for others, rather than just for ourselves.
  • We preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both in word and in action.
  • We are willing to stand up to opposition and preach gospel values in a world whose values are often contrary to the message of Jesus.
  • We are willing to endure suffering and rejection, as did Jesus, for the sake of the Gospel and to speak up for what we believe to be right, just, and true.
  • We are devoted to Mary, the Mother of God, and see the saints as our friends, true examples of holiness and faith.  We ask them to intercede for us.
  • We are committed to the protection of all of human life, from the moment of conception until natural death.
  • We also work to strive to respect the dignity of every human being and to eliminate prejudice, oppression, poverty, violence, and injustice.
  • We believe that we are stewards of creation and not just its consumers. We believe that the earth and its resources are created and given to us by God and that every human being has an obligation to protect them and a right to their use.
  • We believe that those who have less in law are to have more in our love.  We believe in the solidarity of all human persons for their good and the good of the human community.  We are a community of believers united with our brother and sister Catholics and all men and women of goodwill from around the world.
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