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Our Catholic faith comprises what we believe and how we live that belief. For over 2,000 years, the Catholic faith has been handed down from one generation to next, starting with Jesus Christ passing the faith to the Twelve Apostles. In our own lives, we may receive that faith from our parents, from friends, or even a stranger we meet.

Living as a Catholic includes many wonderful beliefs, practices, and devotions; too many to catalog here. Yet, it’s our hope that within these pages we’ve provided a brief overview of what we believe and how we live that belief.

We hope this resource will be valuable to both interested non-Catholics as well as to those already Catholic who might be looking to deepen the practice of their faith.

To learn about what we believe as Catholics, you might start with "About Catholicism" on our site. If you’re interested more specifically about the seven sacraments, visit the Sacraments area of our site.

On Sundays after Mass, we will have a potluck along with a presentation on the lives of the major saints in the Church. There are ten weeks in the process. Learning about the lives of the saints gives us hope that Christ still lives today through people who model heroic virtues. To be a saint today has changed over time. In the early Church, one was a saint because the person usually died a heroic martyr’s death like Christ. Then there are those who lived a heroic life. Over time, we began to wonder who would qualify and a process was developed on becoming a saint. First one has to have lived a heroic life from what many can ascertain through witnesses. The person would then be called “venerable”. Then after the person has died a holy death, martyrdom or not, there has to be a clear miracle attributed to that saint. If this is demonstrated through a thorough investigation, then the person is called “blessed”. After one is declared blessed, there has to be another clear miracle and then the person may be “canonized” and called a “saint”. There is an untold number of saints. Perhaps thousands are listed as far as we know. The key is that a saint lived a life of heroic virtue. A great list or reference for lives of the saints is the multi-volume work Butler’s Lives of the Saints. It is an old work with many versions but definitely the best source for biographical references on saints. Saints are intended to be an inspiration to us all. Potluck begins at 12 PM. Come and join us in the OLL Hall! (Location may be adjusted based on renovation.)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 Sts. Polycarp, Felicity & Perpetua, Agnes, Cecilia, Justin the Martyr, and Lawrence.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 Sts. Gregory the Great, Leo, Callistus I, and Cappadocian Fathers.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 Sts. Augustine, Monica, and Jerome.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 Sts. Boniface, Patrick, Denis, Cyril, and Methodius.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 Sts. Benedict of Nursia, Bernard of Clairvaux

Sunday, November 24, 2019 Sts. Francis of Assisi, Dominic Guzman, Anthony of Padua

Sunday, December 1, 2019 Sts. Philip Neri, Ignatius of Loyola, Francis de Sales, Theresa of Avila, and John of the Cross

Sunday, December 8, 2019 North American Martyrs

Sunday, December 15, 2019 Sts. Catherine Laboure, John Vianney, Pius IX, John Newman

Sunday, December 22, 2019 Bd. Solanus Casey, St. John Neumann, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Venerable Pierre Toussaint, . . .

There are so many that this is just the beginning. We will begin with a presentation, then some writings if available provided, and some light conversation if you wish to participate or just listen. Enjoy!