Understanding What It Means to Be Catholic

While the Catholic Church is the largest religion in the world, it is also sometimes the most misunderstood.  Becoming Catholic means joining an ancient faith deeply rooted in the teachings and traditions of Christ.  The hope and vibrancy our faith encourages us to continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the Earth.

The beliefs of the Catholic Church, and her beautiful teachings, have been consistent through the ages.

  • We believe that everything God created is good and created out of love.  Catholics see the world and its beauty, renewed by the Incarnation, as sacramental - where God's grace and goodness are infused in all His wondrous creation.  Human beings are no exception.  God created us, in His image, in love, and while we have the capacity for sin, Catholics believe in the dignity of the human person above all else.
  • We believe that God loved us so much that He became human, in the person of Jesus, to walk among us, to teach us, and to show us His love.
  • We believe in the Holy Trinity, that God has revealed Himself to us as three persons in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – a communion of knowledge and love.
  • We believe in community and a living Church.  Believers are a part of the living Body of Christ, and, as such, we are a reflection of the communal nature of the Trinity.
  • We believe in stewardship. All of our gifts and talents have been given to us by God.  As Catholics, it is our responsibility is to share our gifts and talents with those around us.
  • We believe in the communion of the saints – models of faith who help us and guide us in our daily lives.
  • We believe in Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection, and we hope that one day we will rise to new life with Him.
 

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What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is a communal process for formal initiation of new members into the Catholic Church. This process is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries. Click here to learn more about the process

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