2 The ChurchThe Church is the community of people who believe in Jesus Christ, have been baptized in him, and follow his teachings.Members of the Church are called CatholicsIt is rooted in beliefs, sacraments, and ministry that go back through the centuries to Jesus and the ApostlesJesus Christ, the son of God, is the cornerstone of the Church, our identity.
3 Marks of the Church There four identifying Marks of the Church One HolyCatholicApostolicIt is by Christ and through the Holy Spirit that the Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
4 Church is One & HolySaint Paul wrote, “Now you are Christ’s body and individually parts of it.Jesus prayed at Last Supper his Father for his followers “that they may be one just as we areWe celebrate our unity in the EucharistHoliness are those who listen to the Gospel message and respond to it. Our daily challenge is to live as Jesus taught.
5 The Church is Catholic (universal) and Apostolic Jesus said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.That is, the Church welcomes everyone equally to hear and accept the Good News of Jesus’ Salvation for allThe Church grew as it was built on faith of the Apostles, therefore, church is ApostolicApostolic Succession was handed down by apostles to the pope and bishops
6 Faith WordsChurch – community of people of believe in Jesus Christ, have been baptized in and follow his teachingsMarks of the Church – One, Holy, Catholic & ApostolicEcumenical Councils – pope & bishops come together to discuss & make decisions on issues of faith, morals, and life of the ChurchApostolic Succession – Apostle's authority and call to service is handed down to their successors, the pope and bishops of Rome