THE CHURCH COMMUNITY
Most parishes these days produce what is called a Mission Statement. This is more of less a statement of how they perceive themselves to be or how they would like others to see them as a Church.
Any Christian Community is organic and grows and develops while remaining faithful to its core beliefs. Some words of the sometime Archbishop of York, John Hapgood come to mind when thinking about St Martin in Roath.
‘Only Catholic tradition is rich enough and stable enough to be able to offer something distinctive to the world without being captured by the world. But it must be a Catholicism which is true to its highest vision, and hence broad enough, hospitable enough, rooted sufficiently in sacramental reality, confident enough in its inheritance to be able to do new things, diverse enough, and yet passionately enough concerned about unity, to be genuinely universal.’
We seek to affirm, encourage, welcome
and care for each other. We celebrate the
gifts and graces seen in others and support the needs of
others in whatever situation they find themselves.
We are committed to telling other people our
story, the story of our own journey of faith.
We want to encourage others, at whatever point they are in their
journey of life, to embrace and hold fast to the teachings
of the Church and worship with us.
We encourage everyone to offer themselves through
their talents and gifts, in their time and in their financial
giving. We each give of ourselves in response to
what God in Christ has given us. As a Christian
we see ourselves as being Christ-like, so naturally
we want to give generously, freely, joyfully, responsibly
We draw inspiration from our patron saint St Martin who, by cutting his cloak in two, demands that we look both at the resource that we create and possess, and the way that it is shared. This is achieved by a personnel sharing our time, talents and money and by way of the St Martin Supporting Fund through which we give money away to support the work of various agencies helping others in their need.
As a Church we welcome people and recognise the
beauty of their humanity regardless of age, colour, gender,
We take seriously the Christian education of people
of whatever age and seek to provide a safe environment in
which younger people may be welcomed and encouraged
as they grow in faith and through the journey called life.