"> March 2023 – Prince of Peace

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

What Does It Mean To Be Catholic? 

The Catholic Church was founded by Christ and his Apostles.  There are four marks or characteristics of the Church, and we are reminded of them each time we pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.

One:  Means all members are united as the Body of Christ, given life by the one Spirit.  We acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one Baptism.

Holy: Means the Church is centered on God.  It is Christ who, by his sacrifice, makes the Church holy.

Catholic:  Means universal.  The Church is for all times and all people.  The Church is “the fullness” of the means of salvation”. (CCC830)

Apostolic:  Means the Church is built on the foundation of the Apostles.  We teach the doctrine of Jesus as it has been handed down through the apostles and their successors, the pope and bishops.

Each Catholic is called to full and active participation in the life of the Church and has the right and responsibility to:

1.) Attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.

2.  Confess your sins, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a least once a year.

3.  Receive the Eucharist.

4. Observe the days of fasting Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstinence on Ash Wednesday in Lent established by the Church.

5. Help to provide for the needs of the Church

Encountering Christ and being a witness to his love means we are called to live like Jesus and work for justice and peace in this world by living the 10 commandments, the Beatitudes, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

We are called to stand for the: Life and dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family, Community and Participation, Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Dignity of Work and Rights of workers, Solidarity of the Human Family, Care for God’s Creatures.


Parish Picnic

The planning for our annual Parish Picnic (July 16th at Cibort Park, Bressler) kicked off well this past Monday. I would like to thank all of our parishioners who have stepped forward to assist in leadership and service. Or next Picnic Meeting will be on Monday, June 26 at 6:00 pm in the GYM of our Parish Center. All are invited to attend.

Our picnic has a twofold importance: it is a community builder as well as a fundraiser. Many people commented on the great turnout of people last year, and of course we hope to continue to get the word out to bring more people to our annual picnic. Naturally for the fundraiser side of our picnic, keeping our cost under control is key to a healthy profit, but this year we are also going to ask for business sponsors for our picnic. Many of our places of employment have a budget for advertising, so in the next several weeks we will have sponsorship forms available. If you are able to assist us with sponsorships, we will be very grateful as it will help us have an even greater success.

As I said, we had a productive meeting. Please mark your calendars for the weekend of July 16th – many hands make light the work!