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.
Living as a Catholic includes many wonderful beliefs, practices, and devotions; too many to catalog here. But we hope to provide you with a brief overview of what we believe and how we live that belief.
While the Catholic Church is the largest religion in the world, it is sometimes also the most misunderstood.
The beliefs of the Catholic Church and her beautiful teachings are consistent through the ages.
- We believe that human beings were created by God in love and that everything God creates is good. While we have the capacity for sin, the Church believes in the profound dignity of the human person, created in His image and likeness.
- We also believe that goodness infuses all of God’s wondrous creation. All creation reflects that goodness. Catholics see the world and its beauty, renewed by the Incarnation, as sacramental – pointing to and offering an encounter with God.
- We believe in stewardship. Everything is given to us by God and our Catholic responsibility is to share our time, talent, and treasure with those around us.
- We believe in the Holy Trinity, that our One God has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – a communion of persons. Each human person is created us to share in life and love of these three divine persons in God.
- 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 that God loved his creation so much that he became human in the person of Jesus to walk among us, teaching, modeling, and revealing God.
- We believe in Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection – that dying, he destroyed our death and rising, he restored our life, and we hope that one day we will rise to new life with him.
- We believe in the communion of the saints – those members of the Church on earth, in Purgatory, and in Heaven. We look to the saints in Heaven, who are our models and intercessors until we join them ourselves in Paradise.
Becoming Catholic today means joining an ancient faith, deeply rooted in the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. This Faith is filled with hope and vibrancy as we continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth.