“And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
– Matthew 16:18
Do you ever ask yourself, “What is the MEANING of life? What is my PURPOSE? What am I SEARCHING for in life? How can I find lasting HAPPINESS? What will become of me after DEATH? How can I know God’s LOVE?” For almost 2,000 years people have turned to the Catholic Church to discover answers to the deepest, most difficult questions about this journey called life where all answers reside in the Trinity.
St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church as part of Christ’s Mystical Body, remains firmly resolved in our ministry to bring all people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. All are welcome in the Lord’s house. As brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, we look with anticipation to His second coming by participating in the celebration of the Holy Mass and the Sacraments of the Church which are instituted by Christ, fully knowing that this life is fleeting. Eternity in heaven is our ultimate yearning and we press on towards this goal (Philippians 3:11-14).
St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch (c. A.D. 110) said this in his epistle to the Smyrnaeans:
Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.
Frequently Asked Questions
This process helps you decide if you want to make a life-long commitment to a Catholic’s way of living, as outlined in the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (if you don’t have a copy, get one!): belief in the Creed, receiving God’s grace from the sacraments, striving to live a moral & virtuous life, and developing a relationship with Jesus Christ through daily prayer.
RCIA classes are held weekly on Sunday evenings during the school year from late August until early May, excluding holiday breaks. Those who complete the classes, feel repentance and conversion to Jesus Christ, and are ready to live a Catholic Christian life, are received into the Church at the memorable Easter Vigil ceremony.
Also, upon completion, please return the form to the director of religious education in the parish office. Also be sure to read how you can join the church, and make an appointment with our priest and/or director of religious education so that we can welcome you to our community!
I'm not Catholic and am hesitant about joining the Church. Where can I get more info about their beliefs?
To learn more about the Catholic Church’s beliefs, whether on the Eucharist, priesthood, Mary, sacraments, Purgatory, or another topic, we recommend visiting our recommended resources page for answers.
Or you may begin your search with the following sites, and select the doctrinal topics you’d like to learn more about:
Catholics Come Home: http://www.catholicscomehome.org/
Catholics Answers: www.catholic.com
I'm already Catholic and would like to register myself and/or my family at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church. What do I do next?
Even if you are a “cradle Catholic” (been a Catholic your entire life), we challenge you to learn more about a faith topic of your choice by sitting in on one or several RCIA classes during the year. No obligation or registration form needed for you to attend – just feel free to stop by!
You can also further expand your knowledge of the Catholic faith by heading over to our recommended resources.
Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth
Jesus said his Church would be “the light of the world.” He then noted that “a city set on a hill cannot be hid” (Mt. 5:14).
This means his Church is a visible organization. It must have characteristics that clearly identify it and that distinguish it from other churches. Jesus promised, “I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18).
This means that his Church will never be destroyed and will never fall away from him. His Church will survive until his return. Only the Catholic Church existed in the tenth century, in the fifth century, and in the first century, faithfully teaching the doctrines given by Christ to the apostles, omitting nothing.