First time here? People find Ekklesia Iwiga (Church of the Holy Spirit) from all walks of life. It’s an eclectic community, and so our little church is described differently depending upon the journey people are on when they find us. Generally, people that find us come from three general directions; although your journey may be different, we invite you to begin your exploration of our site by clicking on one of the following questions. Enjoy. And if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Yes, I was raised Catholic. What is this place?
Ekklesia Iwiga is an authentic Catholic Church, but we are independent of Rome. What that means is that we are free of the mandates of the Roman Catholic Church, yet we are steeped in the liturgy, history, and traditions you are familiar with.
Novus Ordo is short for Novus Ordo Missae, which means the "new order of the Mass".
The term Novus Ordo is distinguished by the Mass promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1969 from the Traditional Latin Mass promulgated by Pope Pius V in 1570. When Pope Paul VI's new Roman Missal (the liturgical book that contains the text of the Mass, along with the prayers for each celebration of the Mass) was released, it replaced the Traditional Latin Mass as the normal form of the Mass in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.
The Traditional Latin Mass is still valid and can be celebrated but the Novus Ordo became the form of the Mass celebrated in most Catholic churches.
Pope Benedict XVI classified the two forms of the Mass as follows: The Novus Ordo is the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, and the Latin Mass is the extraordinary form. Both are valid, and any qualified priest can celebrate either form.
Our intent in the use of Novus Ordo is to use a simplified form of the liturgy in order to make it more accessible to the average layperson. While the Novus Ordo retains the basic structure of the Traditional Latin Mass, it removes a number of repetitions and simplifies the language (use of the local vernacular (e.g. in USA, English, in Mexico, Spanish, etc.) of the liturgy.
We are an Ecumenical Catholic Church. “Ecumenical” basically means “all are welcome” in other words, we are an inclusive church.
We celebrate all the sacraments you are familiar with, from Baptism to the Mass to Confirmation and so on. We believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharistic Feast.
We venerate Mary and Saints. We affirm Apostolic Succession.
We do not affirm the infallibility of the Pope. We trace our modern roots to the emergence of the “Old Catholic” and "The Orthodox West" movements, which began in 1870 due to the First Vatican Council’s pronouncement of Papal Infallibility and the primacy of papal jurisdiction.
When we say “all are welcome,” we mean the priests as well. We affirm a genuine call to priesthood that includes single men and women and men with spouses and families (married priests) and those of the LGBT+ community.
We believe communion sacrament is not earned but a gift; Christ calls all of us into a relationship with him. “All of us” includes the divorced, the remarried, those discovering or affirming nontraditional gender identities, and people that just no longer feel comfortable with the Roman Catholic Church on certain social issues.
That’s it in a nutshell. You need to experience Saint Matthew to understand. But you may want more information; if so, we urge you to contact us.
Yes, I’m Christian but not Catholic. Why would I be interested in anything “catholic”?
While Ekklesia Iwiga Orthodox Church is an authentic Catholic Church, we are independent of Rome. What that means is that we are free of the mandates of the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, we are steeped in the liturgy, history, and traditions that make historic Catholicism so spiritually enriching.
We are called the Ecumenical Catholic Church. “Ecumenical” basically means “all are welcome,” and that includes our brothers and sisters from one of the many Protestant Churches. We believe in the real presence of Christ in communion, and you are invited to join us on your very first visit. We practice open communion.
Many of our most on-fire members at Ekklesia Iwiga Orthodox Church are former non-Catholic Christians that were seeking a more sacramental and liturgical worship experience. Catholicism has a vibrant worship history. It takes a little getting used to, but the Catholic Mass's depth and mystery are fulfilling and spiritually enriching. We’ll be happy to hold your hand and guide you through the process!
Many non-Catholics have heard that Catholics don’t believe in the Bible. Nothing can be further from the truth. Each mass actually has three scripture readings! We have Wednesday Bible Studies and Sunday adult education.
In truth, the Catholic Mass is something that needs to be experienced. If you seek “something deeper,” or your life in Christ has somehow grown dry, and you are looking to reengage your heart, Catholicism may be as fulfilling for you as it is for us!
PS: Our founding Pastor was not raised Catholic, but American Baptist!
I’m not a churchgoer. I’m spiritual, not religious.
Our friends that feel “I’m spiritual, not religious” are often meaning “I know there’s more to life and existence than what my eyes can see. I don’t need to belong to an institution or have some person tell me what to believe”. We feel that way too!
We have formed a community that seeks to understand our place in the universe in a relationship with God. We have found that the practices, the mystery, and the spiritual depth of 2000 years of Christian development, lead to a vibrant path that offers a fulfilling relationship with God and our fellow creatures.
Saint Matthew is an Ecumenical Catholic Church. “Ecumenical” basically means “all are welcome.” Whatever your beliefs, wherever the path of life has taken you, you are welcome if you are seeking more.
We are called “Catholic” (or “universal”) because we base our worship practices and priorities on those of the earliest Christian communities that have come down through time to us today. And because we are independent of Roman Catholicism, we are free of the Roman Catholic Church's mandates and the Pope. Although we offer no ill will and seek communion with all communities of faith, that means we are truly welcoming to all.
Ekklesia Iwiga Orthodox Church is a community that needs to be experienced. If you are seeking “something deeper” or your life has somehow grown dry, and you are looking to reengage your heart, we hope that the spiritual practices and communion we share may be as fulfilling for you as for us!