"The Church has also been called the building of God. The Lord Himself compared Himself to the stone which the builders rejected, but which was made into the cornerstone. On this foundation the Church is built by the apostles, and from it the Church receives durability and consolidation. This edifice has many names to describe it: the house of God in which dwells His family; the household of God in the Spirit; the dwelling place of God among men; and, especially, the holy temple. This Temple, symbolized in places of worship built out of stone, is praised by the Holy Fathers and, not without reason, is compared in the liturgy to the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. As living stones we here on earth are built into it. John contemplates this holy city coming down from heaven at the renewal of the world as a bride made ready and adorned for her husband." Lumen Gentium, 6
Soon after the expansion, the church received a new pastor - the Rev. James P. Sinnott - whose Celtic cross-marked grave lies in the rectory yard. St. Charles changed drastically under Sinnott's direction, and his tenure was considered a high point in the church's history.
Since its inception, St. Charles Parish has had an innate ability to reach out to new members of the community, which now consists mainly of African Americans.
"We primarily serve African-American Catholics now, although it wasn't founded as a black church," said Father Watson, who has been pastor since 2003.
Special causes/ministry: St. Charles has an active Religious Education Center, skating rink, senior center, family services center and thrift shop, as well as weekly brunches, youth activities, summer camp and a mentoring program.
"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:18-19