FAITH, MISSION, & VALUES
We believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by
the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
on the third day he rose again
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father almighty;
he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the Communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
We, the parish family of Sacred Heart Church, are called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus through our words, actions, and witness.
- Eucharist. Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life….in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch. Holy Communion provides an intimate union between Christ Jesus, the Head of the Body and us, and the members of his Body. The Eucharist is the fulfillment of the Baptismal grace, which unites and conjoins us to the Church: “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread” (1 Cor 10:16-17).
- Fellowship. We recognize that church is not a place we go to. It is the people. As members of the Body of Christ, we acknowledge that everyone who participates in our parish worship, events or outreach services sees Jesus through us. Therefore we strive to make all who enter through our doors feel welcomed, loved, and accepted.
- Discipleship. Just as we cannot practice Christianity without other people, the Gospel is not supposed to remain private. As baptized Catholics we accept that it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to evangelize the message that is the “heart of the Gospel,” to everyone we meet. That message is the joyful proclamation that Jesus loves them, gave his life to save them and seeks to live at their side each day to strengthen and free them. Informal evangelization is how we live our daily lives witnessing Christ’s love and taking every opportunity to be Christ to others.
- Service. Pope Francis directs us to get beyond a “simple welfare mentality” to passionate and compassionate love of the poor as persons loved by God. We value compassion that moves us to action. That action begins with filling the basic needs of the poor. It continues with working toward human equality and decency in our community and world.