St. Charles’ Parish is a Catholic community, guided by the Holy Spirit, committed to worship, and to living life as taught by Jesus Christ.
The Vision Statement starts to identify how we live the Mission Statement. It reads:
To continue the mission, by 2010 AD, St. Charles’ Parish will be a Spritual Center providing:
- Lifelong learning, giving the entire parish an opportunity to become proficient in the Catholic Faith.
- An environment and the means for the identification and development of lay leaders through training and practice.
- Functional and spiritual nurturing through community service and fellowship for everyone from the young to the old both within and outside our Church.
From our Strategic Plan developed in January 2000
Love God and others. Celebrate the Eucharist. Make disciples.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…you shall love your neighbor as yourself. ~ Mt 22:37, 39
Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.” ~ Lk 22:19-20
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. ~ Mt 28:19-20
Make and grow disciples in the greater Greenville and Belding areas through hospitality and stewardship.
Be hospitable to one another without complaining. As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. ~ 1 Pt 4:9, 10
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. ~ Mt 25:42-43
Worship: We believe in Orthodox Christianity, as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. The Eucharistic celebration is the source and summit of our faith which we seek to live and serve with the whole of our lives in vibrant and creative ways. Excellence in our worship honors God.
Discipleship: We believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God. Our preaching and messages will strive to break open the relevance of the Bible for our daily lives. Changing and growing into the likeness of Christ is not just greater knowledge of our faith, but doing what God’s Word says.
Fellowship: We believe our Baptism makes us one family in which we learn to love one another as Christ loved us. We strive to build a church culture through small groups where people are open and authentic, especially about their need to grow and change.
Service: We believe the Holy Spirit prepares work for us to do that will advance the kingdom of Christ. We recognize God’s call on our church to serve both within our parishes and also beyond: in our cities, in our country, and in the world.
Humility: We believe we are called to live, serve, love, and bring the glory of God to others as humble servants of our Lord. We know how to love because he first loved us.
Justice: We believe we are called by God to protect human life, defend human dignity, advocate for the poor, and respect all creation.
Evangelization: We believe Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We heed God’s command to share his name with the world. We look for opportunity to invite inactive Catholics, inquirers and seekers, and the unchurched to join us.
To look at our 2014 Strategic Plan, please click here.