We believe in and profess Jesus Christ as the One Lord and God, and that He was sent by the Father to free us from sin and death. Furthermore, we believe that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and give us a life in abundance (John 10:10).
We also believe that God created us as tangible beings and therefore continues to communicate His love to us in real and tangible ways. These we call the seven sacraments. They are Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist (Communion), Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders (priesthood), and Anointing of the Sick. In a way, they parallel our own lives: birth, forgiveness, nourishment, growth, vocation, illness, and healing.
The greatest of these tangible expressions of God’s love for us is the Eucharist. We profess that Jesus gave us His true body and true blood (and with that His soul and divinity) in Holy Communion. We believe that at every Mass when the priest says the same sacred words Jesus spoke at the Last Supper with His disciples: “This is my body...This is my blood,” the bread becomes the Body of Jesus, and the wine becomes the Blood of Jesus. Although it still looks like, tastes like, and feels like bread and wine, we believe that there is no closer intimacy that one can have on this earth than when receiving Holy Communion, which is Jesus Himself.
We profess that the Church breathes with two lungs: Sacred Scripture and Holy Tradition. We believe that Scripture was divinely inspired (hence “sacred”) and continues to act as the living word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Just as our history would be nothing without Scripture, so it would be nothing without the women and men, the rituals and prayers, and the saints and sinners of our past who act as guides to deepen our relationship with Jesus. This we know as Holy Tradition.