Worshipping God in Faith and Prayer
THE MISSION OF FAITH AND PRAYER

Jesus taught that the first and most important commandment of the law was "to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength."

As a Catholic Church, our basic Mission is belief in God, as revealed by Jesus Christ. We believe in God as Creator and Redeemer, who made us, and who gives us immortality through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit, God's powerful presence in our lives, giving us gifts of insight and wisdom to live wisely and well in this world while building God's Kingdom as Jesus taught us.

Acknowledging the existence of God leads us to worship - actions of prayer and devotion which "connect" us with God in many different ways. Central to the mission of Jesus was to encourage true worship of his heavenly Father - worship not just in outward rituals and formulas, but worship "in spirit and in truth".

Growing in faith and deepening our worship are central to our mission here at Saint Mary's: the main way we achieve this is through the Celebration of Mass, both on Sundays and Weekdays. Mass (also called the Eucharist, or in other churches "The Lord's Supper" or "Communion Service") is our principal act of worship of God: we gather, as Christians have done since the very beginning, to listen to the Scriptures and reflect on them, and to offer Bread and Wine as Jesus did at the Last Supper, believing that his words are real today, when he says "This is my Body. This is the chalice of my Blood." Meeting Jesus in His Word and the Sacrament of His Body and Blood is our nourishment, developing our faith week by week. We learn what Jesus said, what he asks of us, who God is, what is the meaning of this life and what is our final destiny.

Our "connection" with God is also experienced in The Sacraments. These are special moments in our Christian lives when we believe we come into contact with the power of God. Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings and Funerals are moments of grace, when we worship God as the giver of all good things and receive transforming gifts from God.

Faith and Worship are also experienced in Prayer - both communally and privately. We seek to encourage prayer in the life of every Catholic, not just muttering formulas but having hearts that are open to deep connection with the Spirit of God. Keep an eye on our Newsletter for opportunities to pray or learn about prayer at Saint Marys!
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