Our Beliefs

Our Roots

Our roots are Catholic. We celebrate Catholic Mass in the tradition of Vatican II.
We are grounded in the Holy Spirit, so that all are welcome to celebrate with us.  No one is “out” and no one is “in.”  We are one.
Our theology flows from Sophia, Wisdom of God, as recognized in the Hebrew Testament.

Vision

We are an alternative Catholic Community which is a safe spiritual home for all. Our community and our actions are rooted in the Gospel values of love, compassion, inclusivity, diversity, peace and justice seen in the mission and ministry of Jesus the Christ.

Mission

We are creating and practicing new ways of being church through a discipleship of equals – carrying out the priesthood of the people through radical inclusivity in joyful worship and ministry. Each person’s uniqueness is honored and offered as gift to the community.

Spiritual nourishment flows from inclusive Eucharistic and other Liturgies and our shared faith journeys. The nourished community both individually and collectively is strengthened and inspired to reach out to our brothers and sisters most in need. We currently provide ongoing support to:

  • Pathways to Prosperity of Sussex County, NJ
  • Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community in Ft. Myers, FL
  • St. Oscar Romero Catholic Church in Rochester, N.Y.
  • The Interfaith Food Pantry of Sparta, NJ

How we carry out our mission:

  • Sources for inspiration come from our Scriptures and those of other wisdom traditions.
  • Both priest and congregants, reflect and comment on the scripture readings during the shared homily.
  • After the weekly liturgy all are invited to engage in faith sharing discussions where knowledge is shared, questions are considered and opinions are fully expressed in an open and respectful manner.
  • Gluten free bread and alcohol free wine are used for our liturgies.
  • Priesthood for all who are called [women, men, married, single, gay, straight] is supported and promoted by the Community.
  • Inclusive, non-militaristic, non-violent language is used in our liturgies, which are rooted in Creation, Resurrection, and Liberation Theologies.
  • Seventy-five percent of our collected funds are donated to mutually selected charities.
  • Spiritual growth is supported through “Social Outreach Sundays,” a spiritual- book club, innovative and knowledgeable retreat facilitators and networking with the larger progressive community.

The Inclusive-language Bible is used in our Liturgies

The aim of this Bible is to make the readings inclusive of women, people of all races and ethnicities, the LGBT community, and other groups marginalized by the Official Church. Gender neutral language for God and for humanity is used throughout our Liturgies.

“Last Supper” by Bohdan Piasecki, 1998