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WELCOME!

Thank you for your interest in Immaculate Heart of Mary Ramona Catholic Community. Whether you’re just visiting us, looking for a new parish home, returning to the practice of your Catholic faith or are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we’re happy to have you here.

A parish is a community of believers and a spiritual family that is supportive and loving. It can be a place to grow spiritually, to put your faith in action, and to use our gifts of time and talent as disciples of Christ.

We look forward to answering any questions you may have.  Please introduce yourself and join in the parish socials and activities.

The following resources will help you on your journey.

  

 CATHOLICS COMING HOME TO THE CHURCH

The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the United States, accounting for about 25 percent of the country’s population. The Church continues to grow and many people have chosen to convert to Catholicism. The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. However, there are people who for one reason or another have stopped actively participating in the Church and attending Mass. We live in a busy culture and society. There are many demands that are placed on us. Yet people are searching for a deeper sense of meaning, for a closer relationship with God, and for a more authentic spiritual identity.

Since the Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life. Perhaps you or someone you know are in this situation and do not know how to come back or how to become active again. The first thing you need to know is that you are always welcome back. The Church misses you and hopes that you will choose to come home as an active member.

Catholics Come Home is a non-profit, independent charity whose purpose is to invite inactive Catholics, and others searching for a faith home, to the Catholic faith. Their informative and interactive website helps to answer questions about Church teachings and gives an overview of the Catholic faith. Some of its founders and supporters recently returned to the Catholic faith and want to share their positive experiences with others. Many never left the Church, but recently grew to understand and appreciate their Catholic faith more deeply. All feel part of a big Catholic family, who sincerely hope others will also find more peace, real answers, and true happiness through the gift of faith.

Please feel free to explore any questions you may have about the Catholic Church or how you can return to an active participation in the Church by visiting the Catholics Come Home website.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

People have chosen to enter the Catholic Church for various reasons. Members of the Church have different understandings of what makes them Catholic or why they are Catholic. However, there is a common thread that binds all Catholics together.  Catholics belong to a Christ-centered faith community that views Jesus Christ as the foundation.  Catholics share Jesus’ vision and model their lives after Jesus’ example of love.  Catholics are called to care for one another and to use their unique gifts and talents for the good of the community and the world.  Below is a listing of some of the basic beliefs and values of a Catholic:

  1. We believe in God who is our loving Father and creator.  God’s love is limitless and overflows into our hearts and lives.  God has created us out of His love that sustains and supports us daily.
  2. We believe that God sent us his own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered, died, and rose from the dead, to save us and offer us the gift of eternal life.  We profess faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ, the son of God.  Jesus is our Lord and Savior, our Shepherd and King.
  3. We believe in the Holy Spirit and in the Spirit’s powerful presence in the Church today.  The Spirit, given by Jesus to the Church at Pentecost, enables the Lord to continue to be present with us today and to continue his saving mission.  The Spirit imparts wisdom and knowledge to us and gives us our various spiritual gifts, which are found in the Bible.  We are called to recognize and share these gifts with the community.  The Spirit helps us to continue to develop our faith and to grow in our relationship with God.
  4. We strive to follow Jesus’ teachings in our lives: to love God above all else and to love others, to practice forgiveness and mercy, to care for the poor and helpless.
  5. We work for peace and justice in our world. We bring God’s kingdom of peace, unity, and love to a world faced with conflict, division, and strife.
  6. We worship and praise God by living a sacramental life.  We recognize the need for forgiveness and see the sacrament of reconciliation as a means to receive this great gift of forgiveness.  We recognize that our sin harms the community in some way and the sacramental gift of reconciliation helps heal our relationships with others, the community, and God.  We also encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and are nourished and fed by the Eucharist on a weekly basis.  The Eucharist binds us together as a community and with God.  We believe that the Eucharist is not merely a sign or symbol of Jesus, but rather the real body and blood of Christ.  We are open to receiving this real presence and to becoming the body of Christ in the world.
  7. We recognize the importance of prayer and take time to develop an active prayer life.  Prayer strengthens and defines our relationship with God.  Without prayer, we lose touch with our loving God and we isolate ourselves from a God who desires intimacy and closeness.
  8. We recognize the importance of reading and praying the Sacred Scriptures.  The Bible is God’s word and we strive to learn and understand the word of God by applying the Scriptures to our lives today.
  9. We acknowledge the primacy of the Pope and respect the office of the papacy as the true teaching authority of the Church.  We seek guidance for moral decisions from the pope and the bishops in communion with him.
  10. We recognize the importance of service to others.  Believing that Jesus came to serve and not to be served, we strive to follow the example of Jesus and spread his message of love.  We try our best to live lives centered on the Gospel and to live for others, rather than just for ourselves.
  11. We preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both in word and in action.  We are willing to stand up to opposition and preach Gospel values in a world whose values are often contrary to the message of Jesus.  We are willing to endure suffering and rejection, as did Jesus, for the sake of the Gospel and to speak up for what we believe to be right, just, and true.
  12. We are devoted to Mary, the Mother of God, and see the saints as true examples of holiness and faith.  We pray through Mary and the saints and ask them to intercede for us.
  13. We are committed to the protection of all of life, in all stages.  We pray for the protection of all of human life, from the moment of conception until natural death.  We also work to strive to respect the dignity of every human being and to eliminate prejudice, oppression, poverty, violence, and injustice.
  14. We are a community of believers united with Catholics from around the world.

 

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A CATHOLIC?

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In his weekly general audiences in 2006 and 2007, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the lives of the apostles.  In doing so, the Pope painted a picture of the apostles who were very much human and also very much searching for a deeper connection with God.  Each one had to leave behind  what was known in their lives and embark on a new journey with Jesus.  This journey involved taking risks, trusting in God, and being open to change and conversion.   When the journey was over, this ragtag group of individuals had become a true community of faith, hope, and charity.  The Church was born.

Perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation.  You are searching for meaning in life.  You hear Jesus’ call to “come and follow me.”  You desire closeness and intimacy with God.  You want to be a part of a community of faith.  You have come to the right place!

Our hearts seek the One who creates us and who seeks us as well.  The God of mystery became visible when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born into our world and lived a human life as one of us, teaching us how to live and love.  His death and resurrection reconciled us to the Father and to one another and gave us the promise of eternal life.  Jesus is the starting point and center of Christianity.  He entrusted his apostles with the mission of continuing his presence on earth.  Within the Church, life is no longer a solitary search for meaning, but rather a journey with companions in the faith.  God reaches out to His Church community, the family of God, and they reach back together to the God who is love.

The Catholic Church welcomes your interest in our Church. The initiation process has been a blessing for the Church. Those in the Catholic faith community speak of the renewal of their own faith as they witness those engaged in the initiation process prepare to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.

 

What is RCIA?                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Click on the RCIA link to find out)