Welcome message from Bishop Carl Kemme:
God loves people who suffer discrimination, whether from race, gender, orientation, or whatever. He reminds us that God loves people who do not yet have the Christian faith. That God loves all people with a special fondness for those most in need. God is mercy itself.
Pope Francis specifically calls us to give attention to divorced Catholics, to young people, to immigrants, to inactive Catholics. People are alienated from their Catholic roots for a variety of reasons. Pope Francis says, “I dream of a church that is a mother and shepherdess.” He says again, “The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.”
He is reminding us to be like Jesus…to set a larger table, make room for more, to build a bigger tent. All are welcome.
Our Catholic community cares about you.
We Miss You
The full, active, and joyous participation of every Catholic is a precious gift to our faith community. As long as any Catholic is inactive or alienated from the Church, the Church remains incomplete. We want all our inactive brothers and sisters to return to the Church, so we can support each other on our common journey of faith. Here are some reflections on that journey that you may find helpful.
It doesn't matter how long someone has been away from the practice of the faith. The return of an inactive Catholic at any time brings great joy to God. Through God's grace, the person returning can develop a deeper and stronger faith.
The Catholic faith is a rich treasury of teachings and tradition. Even the most learned among us does not know everything. Lifelong Catholics continue to read, study, and attend adult faith formation classes to grow in their faith. Anyone who wants to "catch up" will be right at home with other Catholics.
In His preaching and teaching, Jesus showed the way to freedom and happiness in God's love. The teachings of the Catholic Church guide us to follow Christ so we may grow in holiness and one day be united with God forever in heaven. In its teaching ministry, the Church prayerfully studies and hands on the fundamental truths of faith, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition. If you have questions about church teaching, we invite you to talk with a priest or other knowledgeable person.
Divorce and Marriage
Divorce alone does not exclude anyone from the sacraments. Catholics who are divorced may participate fully in the life of the parish community.
For those who were married or remarried outside the Church, each situation is unique. The best way to understand these situations is to speak with a priest to learn what is necessary to return to the sacraments and become active in the Catholic Church again.
The Joy of Forgiveness
The Church constantly teaches that Jesus is our Savior, who came not to condemn, but to save and to set us free. In the sacrament of penance or reconciliation, Christ forgives sin, dissolves guilt, and sends the repentant person away with a joyful heart.
The Hurts of the Past
The Church is made up of imperfect people on a journey to the fullness of life in Christ. If you have been hurt by a church leader or member in any way, we seek your forgiveness. We believe that you can find healing through the sacraments and through the compassionate support of our faith community.
No matter how long you have been away, and for whatever reason, we invite you to consider renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church.
“Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!” - Saint John Paul II