We are the Body of Christ.
We are the people of God.
We are responsible to bring Christ to all.
Vision In Depth...
Nourished at the Eucharistic table, formed by the word of God, led by the Holy Spirit and sustained by community, we, the parishioners of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, are and will continue to be, a source of hope and direction to all who are in need of the love and mercy of Christ. We will be an example of compassion and mercy, hospitality, and inclusiveness. All who come through our doors will experience welcome, warmth, harmony and belonging and know they are “home”.
St. Patrick Parish will meet people where they are in their journey and help them grow in their relationship with God, with one another, and our community. We will help the community address the wounds of life and poverty, and help with the challenge of nurturing spiritual development and faith. We will continue to build on the foundation of our faith and community for future generations. The synergy and harmony among our community, spiritual life and outreach will make St. Patrick Parish a beacon of light, hope and faith.
All will belong and be one family of God, caring for one another, and as one, deepening our relationships with God, one another, our surrounding community and people of all faiths. “Everyone needs to be touched by the comfort and attraction of God’s saving love, which is mysteriously at work in each person, above and beyond their faults and failings.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium[Joy of The Gospel]) St. Patrick Parish will be a place where all can gather and grow in faith through community. We will reach out to youth, young adults, young families, seniors, singles, divorced, estranged, and others to grow their faith and deal with the daily challenges of life. We will create abundant opportunities to enhance the prayer lives of all our parishioners and those joining our family.
All will be good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. We will be fiscally responsible. We will support the local community through tithes of our offertory. At St. Patrick, all will know they are loved; we will know who God authentically created us to be; we will be involved and engaged, using our resources and our unique gifts and talents for the benefit of others and building the Kingdom of God.
All will be welcome, wherever we are in our spiritual journey -- our quest for Truth. “Being church means being God’s people, in accordance with the great plan of his fatherly love. This means that we are to be God’s leaven in the midst of humanity. It means proclaiming and bringing God’s salvation into our world, which often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, giving hope and strength on the way. The church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium) Faith and spiritual formation opportunities for all will lead us to a deeper commitment to our faith and form us into disciples and apostles. We will draw souls, especially those who have wandered from the faith or left in hurt or misunderstanding, fostering a safe environment.
All will give and receive and experience the goodness of God working through us. We gather in worship and community so that we can be sent in mission and hospitality. “A Church which ‘goes forth’ is a Church whose doors are open.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium) With an eye toward social justice, we will reach out and treat all with dignity; share generously with the poor; protect and advocate for the vulnerable; comfort the grieving and wounded; and invite the marginalized and lonely into our community. We will be connected with brothers and sisters around the world, as part of one universal family. We will elevate our Sabbath experience as an essential, vital part of our week. Liturgy will reach new heights and new hearts, inspiring transformation, gratitude, praise and good works.
All will witness the reality and the richness of sharing God’s dream. With a challenging and prayerful spirit, we will live the Gospel message cohesively, creatively, inspiringly and joyfully; we will respond to the call of God, moving ever forward to meet the changing needs of our community. People will see us, hear of us, and, witnessing the Kingdom in their midst, their hearts will sing, “How beautiful is the Body of Christ!”