We, the St. Catherine of Siena Parish, part of the diocese of Wilmington near Prices Corner in the Mill Creek Hundred area of New Castle County, in continuity with those who preceded us fifty years ago as a parish, and two hundred and fifty years ago as a Catholic presence in Delaware, resolutely believe that we are in communion with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Jesus Christ, our Lord, has called us to be a community of disciples in the twenty-first century. We welcome newcomers who enrich us with their personal history and experience. More recently we have been blessed by the faith tradition and gifts of our Hispanic members.
We are rooted in the Word of God passed down to us by the Church's Living Tradition. We direct our lives and ministries by the Word. We study, teach, share, and pray the Word of God, and in living by that Word, we attract to our Parish family those who seek the Truth. We pursue Christian formation for all, so that the adults become disciples who give witness to Christ and the young can rely on the witness and wisdom of elders. We reach out to those who have distanced themselves from the Church. We believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and we hope to be a living sacrament of God's presence in our society.
Our most profound expression of union with God and one another is the Eucharist. Our house of worship is a home for all who come. We believe the Holy Spirit prays in us and through us both in liturgy and in other forms of communal prayer.
We are servants. Every man and woman reflects God's image to us. We try to bring the Good News of Jesus to the poor, the hungry, those who suffer, and all who are marginalized by society. We try to share with others what God has given us. We accept our responsibility to work for justice in our society, and for the common good of all.
We welcome a bond with other Christian churches. We seek union in Christ through both dialogue and joint action for the Gospel. Further, we seek unity of purpose with all who believe in God and all persons of good will.
We work now for the new Creation, the life of the world to come, where every tear will be wiped away and God will be all in all. We follow the model of our patroness St. Catherine of Siena, who was a mystic and a reformer in the Church; and so, we embrace the Church as the communion of saints, and we recognize our need for ongoing conversion and renewal. By this charter, we seek to be more conscious of our calling as disciples to be alive in faith, hope and love.
(revised May 2011)