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The Roman Catholic Faith - FAQs about Beliefs and the Mass

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Assumption professes the creed of the Roman Catholic Church. Our unique parish mission: “May you find Christ here… May you bring Christ to the world” is rooted in that Tradition and guides our expressions as a community of faith.

This page explains a few of terms used in Catholicity and offers answers to some common questions. If you have specific questions about Catholic spirituality or would like a more elaborate explanation on these topics, we welcome your messages… and feel free to join us for one of our Masses! We love getting to share the faith, vision, and joy of Assumption: where Christ’s love is known in our every gathering.



 

The word means “I believe.”
We believe the Bible (which we also call Scripture) is the inspired word of God. It is a collection of ancient works of many authors, blending some factual, historical data with a fecundity of faith-inspired, elaborate prose, poetry, songs, and stori...

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We believe that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary was the Virgin Mother of Jesus-the Son of God. Volumes of Church teaching and wisdom have been written to articulate this mystery of faith. Mary is celebrated as the Mother of God. Adoration...

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This word means “universal.”
A Creed is a statement that professes all the fundamental beliefs/truths of a religion, philosophy, or system. There are two main versions of the Creed used in Roman Catholic churches throughout the world: the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Cre...

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Since the Pope cannot be everywhere at once, his authority is divided into dioceses around the world. Some large metropolitan areas, like the St. Louis metro-area, are designated as archdioceses. A bishop (or archbishop) is a appointed to each dioces...

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At every Catholic Mass, there is a procession toward the altar where the faithful receive a small round, unleavened wafer of bread (called a host) and to sip from a chalice of wine. We believe the bread and wine consecrated at Mass become the Re...

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Why do Catholics sit, stand, and kneel so much? We believe there are MANY postures that people can use when they pray. At Mass, our different postures show various stances of reverence, conscience that we are in the presence of God. We perform the...

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God is a presence beyond human knowledge, understanding, or imagination. We believe God is ultimate, unconditional Love. While we fumble with pronouns and language, God is neither male nor female. God is beyond any name, any image, or any word human ...

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There is extensive teaching and there are numerous Church documents on these three components of our Tradition. While anecdotally one may refer to heaven as up or hell as down, these are beyond our knowledge of time and space. The Catholic Church rec...

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The Bible The Catechism of the Catholic Church Encyclicals (letters from the Pope to the faithful) Magisterial Documents (official teachings of the Catholic Church) The Writings of Theologians

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Liturgy refers to all of our acts of worship (prayers, services, Masses, sacraments, etc.). Liturgy comes from Latin words meaning “work of the people.” Liturgy is often used interchangeably with specific acts of worship. We’ll refe...

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The teaching authority of the Catholic Church
The Mass is celebrated in 2 main sections: Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. Those two big parts are constructed with a consistent series of prayers, hymns, and rituals. At a typical weekend Mass, you could expect this order: LITUR...

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Sacraments are encounters with grace, and grace is the gift of God that fuels the lifelong process of our holiness. Through sacraments, we offer the ordinary gift of our everyday lives for the extraordinary purpose of God’s Love. There are 7 sa...

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