AS CATHOLICS

We are in communion with the Bishop of Rome, the universal Pastor and Supreme Pontiff. We believe everything that holy Catholic Church believes, teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God and we accept the authority of the Catholic Church, including the universal ordinary jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome. Our faith is summarised briefly in the Nicene Creed and at greater length in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

In our worship of God, we use the liturgical books approved by Holy Mother Church. In our lives, we beg for the grace to live according to the commandments of God, the teaching of Christ in the gospels, and the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.


THE PARISH

What then is a parish? It is the smallest section of the one universal flock which has been entrusted to Peter by the Lord. Under the authority of a responsible priest who has received the care of souls from his bishop, the parish is, within the Church of Jesus Christ, the first community of Christian life; it is a community cut to human dimensions, in which the shepherd can know his flock and the flock can know their shepherd ... At the heart of this area, we find the parish church with its bell-tower, its baptistery, its confessional, its altar and tabernacle, a symbol of unity and the centre of community life.”

Pope Paul VI

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