What Catholics Believe

Our Catholic faith comprises what we believe and how we live that faith.  For 2000 years, the Catholic faith has been handed down from one generation to the next, starting with Jesus Christ passing the faith to the twelve Apostles. In our own lives we learn that faith from parents, friends, or others in the faith community.

We hope to provide you materials as a stepping off point to begin your journey in the Catholic faith, or to deepen the faith you have already had as seeds of belief. 

The most basic beliefs of the Catholic Faith are to be found in the Nicene Creed.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God

the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the Only Begotten Son of God,

born of the Father before all ages.  God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;

through him all things were made.  For us men and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,

he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day

in accordance with the scriptures. 

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead

and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy , catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins

and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead

and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Want to learn more?

The Catholic faith is an intricate tapestry of scripture, tradition and history. The best way to explore is to begin with a conversation. Contact our Parish Office to start your journey today through the St. Martin of Tours OCIA Program (Order of Christian Initiation for Adults), or click the links below to learn more about our beliefs. You are also welcome to join us for any of our Masses or other Sacraments - there is no obligation to become a member or commit to a program. No matter how you decide to embark on your faith journey, know that our prayers are with you!

Additional materials

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - What We Believe

Information and compiled resources on Catholic Church teachings, beliefs, its mission and its many ministries.

Catholics Come Home

For those who are looking to return to the Catholic Church, using videos and other media channels to educate and inspire.

The Vatican - Resources

A compendium of resources such as the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and more.