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Welcome! We are happy you are interested in learning about the Catholic faith! We hope the following information answers your initial questions.
Each Sunday Catholics proclaim the Nicene Creed during Mass. This profession of faith "begins with God, for God is the first and the last, the beginning and the end of everything. The credo (Latin, meaning 'I believe') begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the most Holy Trinity; our credo (creed) begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works."
The Holy See
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Below is information on the actual steps taken to join the Catholic Church.
Those wishing to become part of the Catholic faith must complete the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Men and women, at all stages of the faith journey, come together in a
non-threatening and non-pressured atmosphere to learn more about the Catholic Church.
The process takes place within the context of the church community,
and after a suitable period of formation, culminates in the reception of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist.
The Catholic Church honors the baptism of those who have already been baptized with the Trinitarian formula (in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and it is not necessary for them to be baptized again. (Non-Catholic baptisms are dealt with on a case-by-case basis)
RCIA provides a forum for shared spiritual growth and a means to explore the Catholic Christian tradition through Scripture, Sacraments, Church teaching, and social outreach; all in the midst of the Catholic faith community.
If you have any additional questions or wish to speak with the director of RCIA, our Catechetical leader, or a Priest, please call or visit the parish office.
(phone #, up and to the right of this box)
Visit or call the Church Office at (479) 968-3699.
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Director of RCIA