New to Immaculate Heart of Mary
We are happy that you're checking us out. Here are some good steps to get started.
Come on by!
We are open seven days a week, and pretty much always have someone available to chat, show you around, or just hang out. You can always pray in our adoration chapel too.
Join us for mass. We want to make sure you feel at home at IHM, so come to mass.
We have mass every day of the week, so there are plenty of chances to see us in action.
If you've made it to step three, it looks like you're ready to join us on the regular.
Now, register with our parish! You can fill out this form and bring it in, or just visit the welcome desk and fill one out.
Now that you're hear, don't just come to mass. Share your faith, help others, make disciples, grow!
We have tons of courses, ministries and other ways to get involved and serve, so stay tuned to our website and Facebook page. We communicate a lot on there.
NEW TO CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY
So what is Catholicism? Have you heard some stuff about it? Heard of the Pope? Don't they worship Mary?
There's a lot of misinformation on Catholicism, so let's clear a few things up and help you get started right.
First, check out this cool quick video from Catholics Come Home.
So what is Catholicism?
What the Catholic Church is?
- We are the Church formed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2000 years ago.
- We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
- We believe in the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
- We are the largest charitable organization on Earth.
- There are 1 billion of us out there!
- We believe in protecting the family and sanctity of life.
- We gave the world schools and the university system.
- We honor women. Mary, Doctors of the Church, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, the first women to receive PhDs, and more.
- Art. We've been involved a bit in that.
What the Catholic Church is not?
- We do not worship Mary as God. We love Mary, and are thankful for role in salvation (namely, bringing forth the Messiah). We do not pray to her as we do to God.
- We love science! There isn't some great battle between science and God. We actually invented the scientific method, proposed the Big Bang Theory, modern genetics, and invented beer. Did we mention beer?
- We don't practice idolatry. We believe that God is present in the Eucharist. We take literally what Jesus did and said at the Last Supper. He didn't say the bread and wine was a symbol of his body and blood, but it was actually his body and blood.
- We aren't anti-anyone. We believe that God is love, and all people must be treated with love. While there are things that are against our faith, it's never an excuse to be mean to people. Hate the Sin, but Love the Sinner.
Ready to learn more?
Ready to learn more? Want to join the Catholic Church? We believe that your relationship with God is the most important in your life, so there are some steps that you have to complete before becoming Catholic. Since it's the most important thing in your life, you should put intentionality in to it right? Here are the steps.
The first step, if you've made the decision that becoming Catholic is right for you, is formation. There are different courses depending on your age or background. As an adult, RCIA is where you'll need to go to move forward.
We recommend that you first attend one of our Alpha programs, as that's a great place to develop a real love an understanding of Jesus Christ. We run RCIA year round, which culminates at the Easter Vigil. During RCIA, there will be several other rites that you go through to prepare you.
After you've completed your formation, the first step is baptism. Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
Holy Communion is the receiving of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Just as it is necessary to nourish our bodies with material food, so also it is necessary to nourish our souls with spiritual food. Our Divine Savior so loved us that He gave us Himself in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist; He gave us His own body and blood as food for our souls.
Ready for all of this?