The Catholic Church is the Church that Jesus Christ founded (Mt 16:18-19) as Fr. Mike Schmitz explains below. This Church has a visible structure that started with the Apostles (Eph 2:20) who then were succeeded by the bishops (Acts 1:20, 25-26). The Church of the New Testament is hierarchical (Eph 4:11) and has bishops, priests, and deacons (1 Tim 3:1, 8; 5:17; and Acts14:23), who were entrusted with the teaching of Jesus Christ (2 Tim 2:2). The Church has the authority to teach on behalf of Christ (Lk 10:16) because Jesus delegated this power to His Church (Mt 28:18-20), which also has the authority to legislate and discipline the faithful followers of Christ (Mt 18:17-18). The Church is necessary to settle disagreements about what Jesus taught in order to preserve Christian Unity (Eph 4:3-6; 1 Cor 1:10; Jn 17:17-23; and Rom 12:5) and the truths that were revealed to us by Jesus Christ (1 Tim 3:15), which affects our salvation.
One of our parishioners, Don Sinak, answers a similar question, using his own life experience, scripture, and reasoning. Watch him explain why he is Catholic in the video below.
To learn more about what we believe, see our webpage What We Believe.