Our Catholic Faith

United as a family in Christ, we invite you to discover more about the Catholic faith, no matter where you are on your journey.

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Life with Christ is a Wonderful Adventure

The Christian faith was revealed to us by Jesus, the Son of God and at over two thousand years old, it has incredibly rich traditions and truths that have been passed on from generation to generation. But, what is it fundamentally about? There’s a famous verse from the Bible that sums it up well.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16

This truth is what is referred to as the gospel, meaning ‘good news’. The good news is that God loves us as we are, but wants to call us into the fullness of life. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that:

‘God ... in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength.’ CCC 1:1

As such, the Christian life cannot be a life of going through the motions, or something that is abstract. As author G.K. Chesterton put it, ‘Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.’ Christianity is fundamentally a relationship of love between God and mankind

Prayer, Formation and Mission

In the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton, we want to help guide everyone on this lifelong journey of growing deeper into the fullness of life that the gospel offers us. There are three main ways we do this. 

Prayer is the bedrock of our relationship with God, formation helps us to grow as Christians and our mission is the work that Jesus has called us to in this life.

Prayer

Prayer is the raising of one's heart and mind to God, or the requesting of good things from God.

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Formation

By learning this art of living from Jesus, we become formed into his likeness and can better love those in our lives.

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Mission

Christians are a people who have a mission - Jesus has given us a work to do.

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The Sacraments

As part of this lifelong journey, the Church sustains us with the Sacraments. The sacraments manifest God’s love for us, from the day of our birth, throughout our lives and all the way to the hour of our death. The seven sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Marriage.

What is the Eucharist?

At the Last Supper, “Jesus took bread and when he had said the blessing, he broke it and gave it to the disciples. “Take it and eat;’ he said, ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup and when he had returned thanks, he gave it to them. ‘Drink all of you from this,’ he said, ‘for this is my blood the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’”

‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10