Welcome Newcomers

We are a vibrant, welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and stewardship to all people.  Come visit us in northern Traverse City on beautiful Old Mission Peninsula, with scenic views of cherry orchards, vineyards and miles of lakeshore.  

Thank you for your interest in our parish. Whether you’re just visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish home, are returning to the practice of your Catholic faith or are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we’re happy to have you here.

A parish is a community of believers and a spiritual family that is supportive and loving. It can be a place to grow spiritually, to put your faith in action, and to use our gifts of time and talent as disciples of Christ. We look forward to answering any questions you may have. In the meantime, please look through the resources we’ve made available on these pages:

I want to register as a new parishioner.

I’m a returning Catholic.

I’m interested in learning more about the Catholic Church.

I want to become Catholic.

People often ask what it means to be a practicing Catholic.  

Through the years, the Church has formulated five criteria that we can use to determine whether or not we are truly practicing our faith.  Traditionally these are called the five Precepts of the Church and they express "the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor" (CCC 2041).  These minimum requirements are:

  • First Precept: "You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation."
  • Second Precept: "You shall confess your sins at least once a year."
  • Third Precept: "You shall receive the Eucharist at least once during the Easter season."
  • Fourth Precept: "You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church."
    • Catholics are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and to abstain from meat on all Fridays during the Lenten season as well as to perform some form of penance on all Fridays of the year.  The law pertaining to fasting is binding on all between the age of 18 and 60 except for health reasons and abstinence from meat is required of all those above the age of 18. Even those who are not bound to observe the fasting and abstinence practices are still encouraged to do so insofar as they are able to.  For more information on these requirements, check out the bishops' Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence.
  • Fifth Precept: "You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church" according to your abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are masses held?

Our parish's schedule of masses is available by calling the church office or viewing our online calendar.
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How do I become Catholic?

We're glad you asked! We welcome you to contact the church office to meet with our pastor. We've also provided some introductory answers on this website.
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Where is the church located?

An interactive map with driving directions from your location is available on this website.
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