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Love God, Love Neighbour, Nourish Disciples


Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church aspires to be a welcoming community of faith where:

  • All feels inspired, engaged, and spiritually fueled -- among a community of friends whose life is centered around The Trinity


  • With all aspiring to grow as disciples of Christ who love and serve the Lord, each other, and others in need.

Why do we say our mission is to “love God and love neighbor”?
We say this because Jesus tells us in Luke 7:28 that this is what we must do in order to live.  He says, “Do this and you will live.”  

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.  “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied.  “How do you read it?”

He answered:  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied.  “Do this and you will live.”  
Deuteronomy 6:5 says:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength;” and
Leviticus 19:18: says “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus calls these the two greatest of the commandments (Matthew 22:37-39)
Why do we say our mission is to “encourage disciples”?
This is also what Jesus tells us to do.  It’s called “the great commission” (Matthew 28:19):
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”
Jesus is saying this to his disciples.  He is telling them what to do after he leaves them; by extension, that is also how he is telling us to live our lives. 
When we are baptized, we become disciples of Christ.  And yet our journey as disciples continues throughout our lives. As disciples, we continually seek to grow in our personal relationship with God.  In our discipleship, we accept the Gospel, and assist in spreading the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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