The Community of Sts. Sergius and Bacchus is a Parish of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America (CACINA), a spiritual descendant of the Catholic Apostolic Church in Brazil. In the mid-1940's, the late Brazilian Roman Catholic bishop Carlos Duarte-Costa was separated from the Roman church after disputes with the Vatican over issues of the social justice and pastoral ministry. Along with others, bishop Duarte-Costa founded the Catholic Apostolic Church as an alternative for Christians who wanted to retain their catholic identity but who had problems of conscience with Roman Church authorities.
Is CACINA recognized by the Roman Catholic Church? We are recognized by Rome in the same manner as other religious communities that broke away, such as the Anglican and various orthodox groups and the old Catholic Church. We are valid but independent. Valid because we were founded by a Roman Catholic bishop and share Apostolic succession, but independent because we do not report to Rome.
Born in the midst of conflict and division, we are a Catholic community that honors the dignity of your search for God's will in community with other pilgrims. Our parish patrons are the early Christian martyrs, Sts. Sergius and Bacchus.
These openly gay lovers served with distinction in the Roman military. They chose torture and death rather than to deny the faith which had taken them deeper and closer to God and to each other. Sergius and Bacchus symbolize that grace and holiness we are all called to as baptized children of God. This grace is available to all God's children regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation or marital status.
* As spiritual images or icons of God, all people are to be treated with dignity and respect. Prejudice against anyone has no place in the Christian community.
* As Jesus would never turn anyone away from His table, so it is time for His Church on earth to gather those who feel pushed away, rejected or alienated.
* As a Church within the Catholic tradition, we honor the seven ecumenical councils, the seven sacraments and the Holy and True Presence of Christ in the elements of bread and wine.