We welcome you, and invite your curiosity, your desire, and/or your challenge to learn more about our one, holy, Catholic, apostolic faith! Seven reasons to consider our invitation to learn more: first, the Catholic Church was built and founded by Jesus Christ. This statement does not mean that goodness does not exist in other Christian churches. It does not mean that other Christians cannot go to heaven. However, it does mean that there is something very special and complete about the Catholic Church. The Second Vatican Council, in the “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,” states that the fullness of the means of salvation subsists within the Catholic Church because it is the Church Christ founded (No. 8).
Second, Apostolic succession is the authority Jesus entrusted to His Apostles. He gave a special authority to Peter, whom He called “rock” and to whom He entrusted the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Since the time of the Apostles, this authority has been handed down through the sacrament of Holy Orders from bishop to bishop, and then extended to priests and deacons.
Third, we believe in truth, an absolute, God-given truth. Christ identified Himself as “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6). He gave us the Holy Spirit, whom He called the Spirit of truth (Jn 14:17), who would instruct us in everything and remind us of all that He taught (Jn 14:26). The truth of Christ has been preserved in Sacred Scripture , the Bible.
Fourth, the Magisterium is the teaching authority of the Church which historically represents the traditions handed down from Christ, but continues to guide and lead us today through the divine intervention of the Holy Spirit. The Magisterium was created prior to the written word of God, the bible. After all, who decided which historical accounts, letters, songs and testimony were to be included in the great love letter to us by our God, but a divinely inspired authority known as the Magisterium.
Fifth, we believe in seven sacraments, outward signs of inward graces given by Christ to the Church. Each sacrament captures an important element of Christ’s life and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, gives us a share in the divine life of God.
Sixth, the people who make up the Church past, present and future. We refer to these as the Church militant (those of us fighting the good fight here on earth), the Church Suffering (those who are waiting entrance into the kingdom of God) and the Church triumphant, those saints in heaven intercessing on our behalf.
And seventh, God is calling you to consider this invitation or you wouldn’t have stumbled on this page. He calls us in community to discover his omnipotence through men and women placed in our path. He affirms us in community to discover who he is and how we are being called to live out the Gospel messages of love and service.