The Church is the living body of Christ in which all share in various and diverse ways the responsibility for the mission given to the Church by the Lord to:
Worship God in joyous celebration of the Mass and sacraments
Proclaim the Word of God to all people
Witness the love and redemptive healing of Christ
Serve those in need in both Church and society
"A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church; the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop" (Canon 515).