Inspired by the unique relationship of love that exists between Mary, Mother of God, and Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, we, the people of St. Mary Parish in Chillicothe, Ohio do herewith set forth our understanding of our role in and with Christ as “members of the household of faith” (Eph. 2:19).
We seek, together with Mary, Mother of the Church, to live out “with one heart and one mind” (Acts 4:32) the mystery of the Church. We strive in all things to act in and through Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit. We, priest and parishioners, commit ourselves to the Church’s mission of salvation, in the measure proper to each of us, in order to participate in the priestly, prophetic and kingly mission of Christ.
We seek the common good in all deliberations and actions by joining together our mutual baptismal gifts and talents, for building up the Body of Christ both locally and in the world around us. We do so in collaboration with our diocesan bishop and with the Pope.
We seek to serve all in the name of Christ so “that Christ may be all in all” (Col.3:11). The Parish Council will cooperate with the pastor and any other parish clergy and other members of the Catholic faithful in the pastoral duties of sanctifying and healing, “that all may be one” (Jon.17:21), even as the Father and Son are one in the Spirit.