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Every week in Mass, we say,
“We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church”
So, what does that mean?!?
The Four Marks
of the Church
One
Holy
Catholic
Apostolic
One Church
• One in Faith
– The Nicene Creed is said
at every Mass every
week
• One in Worship
– Go to any Catholic
Church, and the Mass
will be the same!
– Liturgy of the Word
– Liturgy of the Eucharist
• One in Governance
– Joined together under
the leadership of the
Pope and the Bishops
• One in Charity
– Follow Jesus’ command
to love one another and
show an active concern
about members of our
community
Holy Church
• Founded and redeemed by Jesus
• Members are led to be holy like God
– Through the Seven Sacraments which are…
– Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Penance,
Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony
• Guided and given life by the Holy Spirit
(sanctified)
– The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are…
– Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Knowledge,
Fortitude, Piety and Fear of the Lord
Catholic Church
• Catholic means “universal,
worldwide, total, for all”
– Strives to preach the good news of salvation
to ALL people
– Teaches the TOTAL message of Jesus Christ
– Offers ALL that is necessary for salvation
Peter
Judas (Thaddeus)
John
James
Andrew
Philip
James
Bartholomew
Apostolic Church
Thomas
Simon
Matthias
Matthew
The Apostles were the early
leaders of the Church. The
Pope and Bishops are their
successors.
Organization of the Church
Misconception
Actual Hierarchy
• Pope
• Pope (1 head)
Cardinals
Archbishops
Bishops
Priests
Catholics
Bishops (2946 diocese,
cathedrals)
Priests (219,583
parishes)
Catholics (1 Billion
members)
Hierarchy Facts
• The Pope is the head of all dioceses and all
parishes.
• The Bishops are the head of their diocese and
all parishes within their diocese.
– Archbishops are NOT over bishops; archdioceses are
NOT over dioceses!
– They are usually in bigger areas like cities.
• Cardinals are Bishops given the title of Cardinal
when chosen by the Pope
– They have additional privileges but no higher rank than
other Bishops
• Priests are heads of their parishes.
Who is…
…our Pope?
…our Bishop?
…our Pastor?
Pope Benedict XVI
Father Chester Snyder
Bishop Joseph McFadden