The St. Mary of
the Angels Church Mission Statement reads:
“We are a
welcoming community of believers who worship God and serve
- We are first of all
believers. We share a common faith
and hope. Our faith essentially is in a person—Jesus Christ, God’s own Son. We
believe in God’s word revealed in scripture and in the teachings of the
Catholic Church. We strive to be faithful and grow in deepening our faith. We
have a special concern and give priority to handing on the faith to our
children and youth.
- Second, we are a
community. Jesus called his
disciples into a community, a fellowship with other disciples, never as
isolated individuals. We are bonded together by love for one another. We value
diversity among us and strive to have real harmony.
- Third, we welcome. We welcome one another as members of one family. We welcome
others, regardless of who they are: Rich, poor, straight, gay, married, single,
divorced, widowed, sinners and saints. We make concrete efforts to welcome
others to our church, especially the unchurched and those who have left the
church for some reason. We do not discriminate and we do not condemn or judge anyone who tells us who we are.
The second part of the
mission statement tells us what we do.
- First and primarily, we
worship God. Jesus said, “You shall
love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole soul and with all your
strength.” We strive to worship God with joyful and grateful hearts, hope
filled spirits and with reverence and devotion. We come together as a community
where everyone has a role—including the young—and we strive to participate
actively, not only with our inner spirits, but also with our bodies expressed
in movement, dance, music and song.
- Our second mission is to
serve others. Jesus said, “You shall
love your neighbor as yourself.” Our worship leads us to serve others,
especially those in need—our family members, those in our parish community, our
neighborhood and beyond. We express our love in concrete acts of service.
Undergirding our Mission Statement is a foundation made up of the
following Six Core Values:
- We are Catholic. As Catholics, we have a long, rich heritage. We are bonded
together in a universal Church with over 1 billion members. We recognize the
authority of the Pope and Bishops as our leaders and teachers. We strive to
grow in appreciating and understanding the Church’s teachings.
- We are caring
Christians. When one member hurts, we all hurt and we express our
compassionate care in concrete acts. We also care for God’s wonderful gift of
creation and strive to use the earth’s resources responsibly.
- We give of our time,
talents, treasure and witness. We give our time
generously to build up the Body of Christ. We each have some talent, some gift
to help create a vibrant church. We give from our treasure by striving to
follow the biblical mandate of tithing one-tenth of our treasure to God as
grateful Christians. Finally, we give witness to our faith in daily life.
- We share the Good News
in word and deed. As people called to
mission in daily life, we share the good news of the Gospel with
others—sometimes with words, but always in deeds. As St. Francis of Assisi
said, “Go out into the world and preach the Gospel, if necessary, use words.”
In the midst of life’s troubles we give witness to our faith and hope in the
goodness of God.
- We reach out to the
local community. We work together with
other Christians and people of goodwill to make our communities better and to
serve the needs of others.
- We serve others through
social ministry. We serve by fulfilling
in concrete ways the corporal works of mercy as Jesus taught in Matthew 25:
Feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, and
visiting the sick. We also serve by working together with other Christians and
people of good will to bring about justice and peace in our world.