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Every week in Mass, we say, “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church” So, what does that mean?!?
The Four Marks of the Church One Holy Catholic Apostolic
One Church • One in Faith • The Nicene Creed is said at every Mass every week • One in Worship • Go to any Catholic Church, and the Mass will be the same! • Liturgy of the Word • Liturgy of the Eucharist • One in Governance • Joined together under the leadership of the Pope and the Bishops • One in Charity • Follow Jesus’ command to love one another and show an active concern about members of our community
Holy Church • Founded and redeemed by Jesus • Members are led to be holy like God • Through the Seven Sacraments which are… • Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony • Guided and given life by the Holy Spirit (sanctified) • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are… • Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge, Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord
Catholic Church • Catholic means “universal, worldwide, total, for all” • Strives to preach the good news of salvation to ALL people • Teaches the TOTAL message of Jesus Christ • Offers ALL that is necessary for salvation
Judas (Thaddeus) Peter John James Andrew James Bartholomew Philip Apostolic Church Matthias Simon Thomas Matthew The Apostles were the early leaders of the Church. The Pope and Bishops are their successors.
Organization of the Church Misconception Actual Hierarchy Pope (1 head)Bishops (2946 diocese, cathedrals) Priests (219,583 parishes) Catholics (1 Billion members) • PopeCardinalsArchbishopsBishopsPriestsCatholics
Hierarchy Facts • The Pope is the head of all dioceses and all parishes. • The Bishops are the head of their diocese and all parishes within their diocese. • Archbishops are NOT over bishops; archdioceses are NOT over dioceses! • They are usually in bigger areas like cities. • Cardinals are Bishops given the title of Cardinal when chosen by the Pope • They have additional privileges but no higher rank than other Bishops • Priests are heads of their parishes.
Who is… …our Pope? …our Bishop? …our Pastor? Pope Benedict XVI Father Chester Snyder Bishop Joseph McFadden