Baptism is the rite of initiation for all Christians. Individuals are either baptized as infants (when parents and godparents make vows on behalf of the child), or as a mature expression of faith later in life. The sacrament of Baptism is traditionally celebrated on major feast days (Epiphany, Easter, Pentecost, and All Saint's Day), before the entire congregation.
Confirmation is the public profession of faith, made as an adult, before the Bishop. The profession includes a statement of faith and vows of holy living. If you have been confirmed in another Christian denomination, it might be appropriate for you to be received into the Episcopal Church. Some may choose in life to reaffirm their baptismal vows. A confirmation service is held usually once every other year, in conjunction with the Bishop's visitation.
Sometimes life happens, and talking through an experience with a priest can be helpful tool in reflection and in deriving understanding. Likewise, there are moments in life when we recognize the need to make a confession and receive absolution -- above and beyond the general confession on Sundays. All of this can be arrange with the Priest, and will always be held in the strictest confidence.
The family is the primary icon of God, and marriage is the sacrament where God's grace is conveyed to a couple as they pledge a lifetime of mutual love to one another. If you are interested in getting married, it is appropriate to notify the Priest and schedule an appointment. To be married in the Episcopal Church, couples are required to undergo premarital counseling, which can be facilitated at the Church.
As parishioners near the end of life, the Priest may be called upon to complete the last rites (a series of prayers, confessions, and administration of the Holy Eucharist) before death occurs. After death, the Priest is available to assist in planning the funeral and Celebration of Life. It is also possible to discuss your own funeral, and plan arrangements prior to death, which can relieve an enormous burden off your family. This record would be kept at the parish office for when it is needed.
We keep two concurrent prayer lists: the first is prayed for every Sunday; the second is held by the Prayer Chain Group who have committed themselves to daily prayer for our community.