It is paramount to our faith
that we personally develop a love relationship with our Lord Jesus,
not simply a theoretical or an intellectual understanding of religion.
The Church is our primary dispenser of nourishment for that relationship.
in the creeds and sacraments
The faith of Christian Catholics is anchored in the historic Creeds
and Sacraments of the Church. The clergy and the laity have no
doubt that our faith, as confessed in the creeds, is real, true,
and accurate. We believe that the Church must nourish and sustain
the faith by its devoted defense of that Creedal faith. The instant
the Creedal faith is compromised we cease to be Christians and
Catholic and we enter into a new age of distortions. There simply
can be no compromise in the belief in God or in His Son Jesus
Christ our Lord, or the Holy Spirit, nor can there be any doubt
as to the importance of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
A forgiven people
We rejoice that we are truly members of the communion of saints,
that we are forgiven, and that we have eternal life in Christ
Jesus. We believe that the seven sacraments were instituted by
our Lord and that the sacraments are life giving, comforting expressions
of love from God to His people. The Holy Spirit, through the sacraments,
is visible and discernibly active in our lives and through the
sacraments, the grace of Christ Jesus is given to us by the Holy
Spirit. By grace and faith we are sealed as Christ’s own,
thereby, we are fed, forgiven, cleansed, and made victorious.
Baptism and the Holy Eucharist
Our Church recognizes that the sacraments are equal in importance
but very special devotion is given to Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sin and the Holy
Eucharist (Mass) as our supreme act of communal worship. The Mass
was given its form by the Apostles, and we celebrate it now in
its current form.