The Essential Role of the Laity: Lay people have the unique duty and privilege to bear witness to the fact that they are Christian: in the family, in the workplace, and in public life. It is our clear conviction that this role will take on ever-greater significance in the years to come.
The Life of Holiness: Simply put to be holy is to belong entirely to God. It is what we as disciples work towards. (Cf. Mt. 5:48, Ephesians 1:4, Catechism of the Catholic Church 2013, CCC 2226)
Imitating Mary’s Wholehearted Trust and Surrender to God: Mary’s whole life is a yes to God. As such she is the model disciple. With her as our patroness, we seek to imitate her response to God in all that we do. (Cf. Luke 1:38; Redemptoris Mater 13)
The Sacraments and Faith: The sacraments are not magical because they are not automatic. We can block the grace, but Christ really comes to meet us in the sacraments however little we may appreciate Him. Sacraments are like hoses, they are the channels of the living water of God’s grace. Our faith is like opening a faucet-we can open it a lot, a little, or not at all. When the faucet handle is turned on by faith, we get wet. (Jesus Shock, Peter Kreeft pp. 116-117)
The Absolute Necessity of Prayer: We need prayer like we need oxygen, because we are made to be in relationship with God. For this prayer to be real, the heart must be involved. We pray both as a community in our liturgies, and personally. (Luke 18:1, Romans 12:12, Eph 6:18, Col 4:2, 1Thes 5:17, CCC 2558)
What We Do Affects the Whole Body: We truly are, by Baptism and the Eucharist, united with each other. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Cor 12:26) Our pursuit of holiness and virtue strengthens the whole body and our sin weakens the whole body. Our goal is to live “…with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:2-3). (Cf. Novo Millenio Inuente 43, Lumen Gentium 12, Eph 5:21, Rom 12:10-21).
In the Service of the New Evangelization: “We must be concerned that human beings do not set aside the question of God, but rather see it as an essential question for their lives.” (Cardinal Dolan Address to College of Cardinals, Feb. 18, 2012) Our commitment and mission is to work in God’s vineyard, planting the Christian message in our local community and the world at large. (Novo Millenio Inuente 51, Christifideles Laici 56)
Gifted to Serve: The Holy Spirit gives each Christian, whether ordained, consecrated, or lay, unique spiritual gifts for the good of the Church. Everything we have, our time, talent, and treasure, is a gift. Through prayerful discernment we aspire to serve our community both through charitable works and proclaiming the Gospel. (1 Cor 12:7; Decree on the Laity; Novo Millenio Inuente 46)
The Foundation of Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Church: All of our activities are firmly grounded in the word of God and Apostolic Tradition, as authentically interpreted by the Magisterium of the Church. (CCC 75 and 85, NMI 39)
Training in the Practice of the Faith: Parents are called to be the first and best teachers of their children in the ways of faith. As such, we have a Parish school and a religious education program to assist parents in the formation of their children and engage them in the Catholic values so integral to our faith. We also offer vibrant ongoing adult education programs that explain not only what the Church teaches, but why. (CCC 2226, 2229)