为何选择天主教 Why the Catholic Faith?
The Catholic Faith Invites All of God’s Children to a Relationship with Jesus Christ.
Perhaps you find that you are struggling emotionally on a day-to-day basis and your life has become unfulfilled and in need of some direction. That the person you have become is not the person you thought you would be or the person you want to be. Maybe you have had a calling to live a more spiritual, religious life, but have not been to church in many years, however you know that you want to return to a Christian based life. In this often confused and hurting world there are many reasons for people to be searching for happiness and something more in their lives, but they do not always know where to turn.
If you are seeking out different religious points of view and exploring different types of Christian faiths, your journey to find contentment and emotional wellbeing may lead you to the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is one of the oldest religious institutions in the history of the world maintaining unity, diversity and tradition over a course of twenty centuries. The Catholic Church was started by Jesus Christ and has followed sacred scriptures for more than 2,000 years while guiding the faith and beliefs of millions of followers.
The Catholic family is made up of every race that spans the globe; young and old, rich and poor, men and women. It is one of the largest charitable organizations on the planet starting hospitals to care for the sick and orphanages to aid the poor. It upholds and protects all human life and the institution of marriage and family. And in this world that is hurting and confused it is one place that is consistent and welcoming to all types of people from all over. The Catholic Church can help fill voids and can help you find peace.
也许你发现你在日常生活中的情绪化，你的生活变得不充实，需要一些方向。你成了一个不是你以为应该的人或你想成为的人。也许你曾经被召叫过一个更属神, 有宗教信仰的生活，但多年没进入教会，无论如何你知道你想过基督徒的生活。在这个令人迷惑和易受伤的世界中，人们有充分的理由在生活中寻找幸福和更多的东西, 却总是不知道在哪里可以转回信仰。
如果你正在寻求不同的宗教观点和探索不同类型的基督教信仰，你寻求满足感和情感幸福的旅程可能会引你进入天主教会。天主教会是世界歷史上最古老的宗教机构之一, 经歷二十世纪的过程中仍保持团结, 多元性和传统。天主教会由耶稣基督开始，遵循神圣经文二千多年, 引导着数百万追随者的信德和信仰。
天主教家庭由跨越全球的每一种族群组成; 老少, 贫富，男，女。她是地球上最大的慈善组织之一，开始成立医院照顾病人和建立孤儿院帮助穷人。 她维护和保护所有的人类生活, 婚姻和家庭的制度。在这个有伤害和困惑的世界上，这是一个一如既往欢迎来自各方人士的地方。天主教会可以帮助您填补空虚并找到平安。
~ Reference Saint Bridget Catholic Church Website
The Catholic Faith Invites All of God’s Children to a Relationship with Jesus Christ.
认识天主教会 UNDERSTANDING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Meaning of “Catholic”
『天主教』一词，起源自拉丁语的「Catholicus」，意思是「普遍的」，翻译作中文「公」是取自「天下为公」的「公」；「公教会」一词的最早出现在宗徒信经中所述的「圣而公教会」（anctam Ecclesiam catholicam），其涵义因着公元381年，召开的第一次尼西亚大公会议诞生的尼西亚信经得到进一步的完善确立：「我信唯一、至圣、至公、从宗徒传下来的教会」（Et unam, sanctam, cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam）。
The word “Catholic Church” comes from the Latin “Catholicus”. It means “Universal” and was translated as “Gong” from “Tien Shia Wei Gong” in Chinese. It first appeared in The Apostles’ Creed as “The Holy Catholic Church” (anctam Ecclesiam catholicam). In AD381, the First Council of Constantinople adopted and modified the original Nicene Creed of AD325: I believe the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church…（Et unam, sanctam, cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam).
The word “Catholic Church” in Chinese was given by Fr. Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionary, when he arrived in China in the Ming Dynasty. He thought it reflected the Chinese tradition of respecting God and is easier for the Chinese people to understand and adopt.
Formation of the Early Church
根据圣经的记载，耶稣基督把神圣的教会权柄交给了宗徒之长伯多禄：『约纳的儿子西满，你是有福的，因为不是肉和血启示了你，而是我在天之父。 我再给你说：你是伯多禄（磐石），在这磐石上，我要建立我的教会，阴间的门决不能战胜她。 我要将天国的钥匙交给你；凡你在地上所束缚的，在天上也要被束缚；凡你在地上所释放的，在天上也要被释放』。(圣经 玛窦福音16:17-19)
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ, the divine authority of the Church, said to the Apostle Peter : “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16: 17-19
The contemporary Catholic Church is the continuation of this early Christian community established by Jesus in the 1 st century AD. After Jerusalem was occupied by the Roman Empire, the religious center of the church turned to the capital of the empire – Vatican, Rome, and became know as “Roman Catholic.” According to dogmatic theology, Catholic is established by Jesus Christ and is one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Currently there are 1,114966,000 Catholics and is 1/6 of the population on earth.
教会的成员 The Church Structure
Pope: Head of the the Catholic Church.
Cardinals: Elects the pope and assist the pope in various departments.
Bishop : Manages the churches in their assigned geographical areas called dioceses.
Parish priests and pastors: Works with the bishop of the diocese. Manages the day-to-day duties in their own church, such as leading mass and hearing confessions.
Religious men and women: Commits to a vow of chastity and obedience, committed to a religious purpose and community life of prayer, charity service, fulfilling the mission of preaching the Gospel, highlighting the kingdom of heaven.
Deacon: Works with parish priests and bishop of the diocese, focused on preaching and charity services.
The faithful of the parish community: live life with faith, hope and love in God and be witnesses of Christ.
弥撒庆典 Celebration of Mass
The Celebration of Mass is in two parts that forms a single act of worship:
- The Liturgy of the Word
(Word of God): readings, homily, and general intercessions.
- The Liturgy of the Eucharist
(Body of the Lord): presentation of the bread and wine, consecratory thanksgiving, and communion.
- 第一部分: 圣道礼仪 (天主圣言)
读经一, 答唱咏, (读经二), 福音前欢唿, 福音, 讲道, 信经, 信友祷词
- 第二部分: 圣祭礼仪（主的身体）
准备祭品 (饼,酒), 献礼经, 感恩经, 领圣体礼
天主教祈祷 Catholic Prayers
Prayers connect us to God. We communicate with God through our prayers and our relationship with Him is deepened through prayers. Some common prayers of the Catholic faith are:
祈祷是我们与天主沟通的方式, 藉着祈祷, 加深我们与天主的关系. 常用的天主教祈祷经文有:
- The Sign of the Cross 圣号经
- Apostles Creed 信经
- The Lord’s Prayer 天主经
- Hail Mary 圣母经
- Glory Be 圣三光荣颂
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天主教圣经 The Catholic Bible
The Catholic Bible is made of a collection of 73 books. These collections were written over the course of many centuries. The Bible is about the relationship between God and us, His children. It gives us the truths we need to live by for our salvation. It is not a history book, a science text, or a political manifesto.
天主教圣经由73本书籍组成。这些书籍是在几个世纪以来写的。圣经是关于天主和我们 ( 祂的孩子) 之间的关系。它给了我们真理–我们必须为救恩而活。它不是歷史书，科学文献或政治宣言。
何为圣事 What are Sacraments?
Sacraments are acts or ceremonies that represent an inward and spiritual divine grace. There are seven sacraments in the Catholic faith:
- Baptism 圣洗圣事
- Confirmation 坚振圣事
- Eucharist 圣体圣事
- Reconciliation 和好圣事
- Anointing of the Sick 病人傅油
- Holy Orders 圣秩圣事
- Matrimony 婚姻圣事
慕道成为基督徒 Becoming a Catholic through RCIA
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a program in the Catholic Church that helps prospective converts to Catholicism. The program is designed to help ease into the Catholic beliefs and practices, answer any questions related to the faith and church, and affirm what it means to be part of the Catholic Church. For more details, go to usccb.org. For more information on our RCIA program, click below.
COMING BACK TO THE CATHOLIC FAITH 回到天主教信仰
"I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart." -Jeremiah 24:7
"赋给他们一颗认识我的心，知道只有我是上主；他们要作我的人民，我要作他们的天主；因为他们要全心回头归向我."- 耶肋米亚 24:7
Maybe it has been a long time since you’ve been in a Catholic community or have gone to mass. Maybe it has only been a little while. There is this tug at your heart drawing you back to the Catholic Church. Listen to it. It’s the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart. Your Heavenly Father is gently holding your hand and guiding you back. Take this as an opportunity to rediscover the joys and wonders of your Catholic faith.
No matter how long it has been since you’ve been at church, it doesn’t matter what the circumstances were, you are always welcomed back to your family, the worldwide Catholic community. We, your brothers and sisters, have missed you. Welcome home.
无论你离开了教堂多长时间, 不管理由是甚么。天主教会总是欢迎你回到这个大家庭。我们, 你的主内兄弟姐妹都想念你。欢迎回家!