Religious Beliefs And Practices For A Catholic Church

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Mini-Ethnography Religious beliefs and practices give several cultural purposes. It was to be my first sight in a Catholic Church. Whenever I thought about a Catholic Church, I would predict several different cultures and ethnicities joining under one roof for a formal gathering along with a priest to worship someone or something. “Distinctive Roman Catholic beliefs include the special authority of the pope, the ability of saints to intercede on behalf of believers, the concept of purgatory as a place of afterlife purification before entering heaven, and the doctrine of transubstantiation” (Catholicism, 3). Located in Hemet, California the church, “Our lady of the valley” was very small and in the middle of a small neighborhood. On the …show more content…

With that being said, there wasn’t ever anyone new that went to the church unless they lived in the area or were introduced by someone that goes there. Everyone knew each other that attended and was a very close subculture. “By “Catholic subculture,” I mean the network of institutions, organizations, programs and resources of many kinds that provided important support for the religious identity of Catholics while at the same time assisting Catholic parents in transmitting that identity from one generation to the next” (Shaw, 21).
As I sat down on one of the benches in the chapel, I noticed that there was a wide variety of ethnicities including, Caucasians, Mexicans and a family that was African American that I later found out they attend the church every Sunday and were not just visiting. Most of the crowd were families containing infants to elders. Although, the remaining of the people were an equal amount of both male and female adults. All of the different cultures and ethnicities coming together under one roof once a week they all share something in common. The faith in their religion, Catholicism, is extremely important to them. Regardless of what their background is, where they came from or how they ended up at this church they were all there for one reason, their faith.
Although, after talking to a couple of people

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