ST. PETER THE APOSTLE

Catholic Church

1715 Telephone Road, Pascagoula, MS  39567

A Josephite Parish in the Biloxi Dioceses
Serving the African American Community for more than 125 years!




We believe in
one God,
the Father,
the Almighty,
creator of
heaven and earth,
of all that is
seen and

unseen.





WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one God the Father, in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; suffered, died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets. 
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell: on the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
Amen.

HOW TO BECOME A CATHOLIC

Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences.
Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are
infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been
bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older
children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by

which one becomes a Catholic. 

A person is brought into full communion with
the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of
Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but
the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms. 


A person who is baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic at
that moment. One’s initiation is deepened by confirmation and the
Eucharist, but one becomes a Catholic at baptism. This is true for
children who are baptized Catholic (and receive the other two sacraments
later) and for adults who are baptized, confirmed, and receive the
Eucharist at the same time.

 
Those who have been validly baptized
outside the Church become Catholics by making a profession of the
Catholic faith and being formally received into the Church. This is
normally followed immediately by confirmation and the Eucharist. 


Before a person is ready to be received into the Church, whether by baptism or
by profession of faith, preparation is necessary. The amount and form
of this preparation depends on the individual’s circumstance. The most
basic division in the kind of preparation needed is between those who
are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through
baptism in another church. 


For adults and children who have
reached the age of reason (age seven), entrance into the Church is
governed by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA),
sometimes called the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA).