Our Beliefs

St. Williams Parish would like to take this opportunity to familiarize you with some of the features unique to our faith.  Because our church is universal, but worships as one community in Christ, these features can be found to be the same throughout all Catholic Churches worldwide.

Out of respect and tradition othe Church is generally used for the celebration of the Mass, the Sacraments, and prayer.  the Parish Hall is used for meetings, education purposes, dinners, and various programs.  Reverence within the Church is kept mostly out of respect for the Blessed Sacrament or the Holy Eurcharist which is almost always present in the Tabernacle located on or to the side of the Altar.  In the Catholic Church, the bread and wine are not merely symbols of the body and blood of Christ, but are indeed consecrated into the Body and Blood of Jesus.

"At the Last Supper, on the night when he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of His Body and Blood.  He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until he should come again, and so to entrust to His beloved spouse, the Church, a memorial of His death and resurrection:  a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a paschal banquet in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given us" (Liturgy 47).  This mystery is the very center of our Christian lives and the "heartbeat" of our community of faith.

A Sanctuary Light (wax candle) generally in a red glass container, is kept burning day and night wherever the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the church or chapel.  It is an emblem of Christ's abiding love and a reminder to the faithful to respond with loving adoration in return.  It is here that many Catholics are drawn to prayer and meditation.

Statues in the Church:  Two thousand years ago the photography was non-existent.  The most prevalent art forms found in earlier society and in churches were paintings and sculptures; the latter is still true today.  Dating from iconclastic controversy, the Christian Church solemnly proclained the use and renovation of sacred images.  In brief, following the initiative of the incarnation, i.e. the invisible God made visible in the flesh, the spirituality of the Church returned to the renovation of the divinely visible, removed from the danger of idolatry.  These statues of the saints, especially Joseph and Mary are a reminder of those we love, honor, and whose lives we wish to imitate in the Church.

Blessed Mary:  As Jesus hung upon the Cross, he gave us one of the most beautiful gifts of the Church--Mary our Blessed Mother.  From the Cross Jesus said to her "Woman, there is our son."  He was talking about the apostle, John, who stood by he Cross with Mary.  Then he said to John, "There is your Mother." (Jn 19:26-27).  These words of Jesus' were not meant for John alone. but for all of Jesus' followers.

Mary is acknowledged and honored with profound love as the Mother of the Church.  She is the Churches model in faith and charity.  Because she is the other of Jesus, she is the Mother of God.

Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross is a devotion to the Sacred Passion, in which we accompany, in spirit, our Blessed Lord in His sorrowful journey from the house of Pilate to Calvary, and recall to mind, with sorrow and love, all that took place from the time when He was condemned to death to His being laid in the tomb.  The origin of the devotion can be traced back to the Holy Land.  It dates back as early as the 15th century and became common in the Church by the 17th century.  They are placed at intervals along a wall or path, usually inside a church.  Sometimes they are erected in paths leading to a church.  With sincere devotion and mediation we can follow the footsteps of Christ in his sorrowful journey.  As we make our way through the stations, we are reminded to carry our own cross for Jesus as he did for us.  There are fourteen Stations, or place, in the Way of the Cross, at which something took place.  At each station we say the Our Father and the Hail Mary with love and sorrow for our sins, mediatiating on the suffering of Our Lord represented to us at the station,  Stations of the Cross are traditionally celebrated and prayed during the Lentenal period of the Church year, but can be made privately anytime.



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