“Encountering the Living Christ, through Conversion, Communion & Solidarity”
The Pastoral Council of St. Paul Roman Catholic Parish adopted its Mission Statement from Pope John Paul II Apostolic Exhortation entitled, "The Church in America (Ecclesia in America), On the Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ: The Way to Conversion, Communion, and Solidarity in America." From this Church document we composed the following Mission Statement: Encountering the Living Christ, through Conversion, Communion and Solidarity. To better understand the meaning of this mission statement we have defined its terms:
Encountering the Living Christ:
The St. Paul's community encounters Christ through Sacred Scripture and Church Tradition. Christ is also present in the Sacred Liturgy through the Word proclaimed, the assembly, the priest/provider and in the Eucharist. Through the Intercession and example of Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, we celebrate our personal and community encounters with Jesus Christ.
Conversion, a lifelong task, fosters a new life in which there is no separation between faith and works in our daily response to holiness. Conversion is prepared and nurtured through prayer, reading of Sacred Scripture and the practice of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. The goal of conversion is spirituality (daily life in Christ and in the Spirit accepted in faith, expressed in love, inspired by hope).
As a Eucharistic community, our parish is a place of welcome and fraternity, of Christian initiation, education and celebration of the faith. It is organized in a communal and responsible way that is open to charisms, services and ministries. We are attentive to cultural diversity and pastoral projects beyond our parish. We strive to be a source of great hope, gathering people in community, promoting family life, respect for life, and the dignity of women. In union with our Holy Father and our Bishop, the priests and parishioners are united in fostering a spiritual life, preaching the Gospel and promoting cooperation.
Solidarity is the fruit of Communion, grounded in the mystery of God the Father, Holy Spirit, and Son who became flesh and died for all. It is expressed in Christian love which seeks the good of others, especially of those most in need. It is sharing spiritual gifts and material goods with which God has blessed us. Taking the Gospel as our starting point and reinforced by the teachings of Catholic Social Doctrine and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we promote solidarity, inspiring initiatives in support of the poor and the outcast, especially refugees and immigrants.