InForming Our Faith

Faith is both a relationship with God as well as an engagement with the truths that he reveals.

Our FaithIn other words, faith refers to both the act by which we accept God's word and the content of what he has revealed to us.

Our faith encounter with God's revealed message takes time and maturity to probe its meaning and gain some hint of the awe and majesty to which divine truths point. There is brilliant light as well as shadows. We are pilgrims of love and truth ever seeking and longing for closer union with God.

The ultimate goal of a life of faith is eternal union with God in heaven. Through the gift and experience of faith, we are able not only to look ahead to what awaits us, but also to experience here some of God's divine life, "a taste in advance" of our sharing life with him forever (see Catechism of the Catholic Church §163). While living a life of growing in faith might seem like a waste of time and energy to skeptics and non-believers, both because the objects of faith cannot always be proven and because faith often "produces" little measurable value, believers know the strenght, the wisdom, the confidence and hope that a life of faith gives.

The Catholic Church is first, the church first instituted by Jesus Christ over two-thousand years ago.

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:13-19)

To be Catholic is to be a Christian, a disciple, a follower of Jesus Christ. We believe, as Catholics, that we are the Body of Christ and as followers we are on a journey, a journey which will ultimately bring us to the fullness of life everlasting with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in heaven. It is a journey of faith, a lifelong and ongoing journey which begins at conception and continues forever after natural death.

We are called to actively practice our faith which means much more than saying we are Catholic. We are called to live our faith every moment of our lives. God is always present to us and we should always be present to him. We are called to grow in our faith. That means we must constantly and diligently seek new knowledge and understanding of what it means to be Catholic and Christian.

Through these pages and the ministries of faith formation, you have the opportunity to inform and be formed in the Catholic faith. To become more InFormed follow the links below:

What does it mean to be Catholic?

What do Catholics believe?

What is the Catholic Church?

What do we mean when we say, "We are the Church"?

How do I become a Catholic?

I left the Catholic Church but wish to return. What must I do?

 

 

 

The Church

Devotions & Prayer

The Liturgy

The Sacraments

Sacraments of Initiation

Sacraments of Healing

Sacraments of Vocation