We may not be able to cure all that ails our friends and neighbors, but as Christians we are called to the work of healing — of entering into one another’s pain, anointing it as holy and sticking around no matter the outcome. An anointing is an acknowledgment. In a culture of cure-alls and quick fixes, the sacrament of anointing the suffering is a powerful, countercultural gift the church offers the world.
This gift, sometimes called "unction," is described in the Book of Common Prayer as "the rite...by which God's grace is given for the healing of the spirit, mind, and body." (859) Our Priest is available to administer this sacrament to any in need. If you would like an anointing or blessing, please contact the parish office and we will schedule a time in which the clergy can stop by and visit you in the hospital, nursing center, or in your home.
As Baptism represents the beginning of a commitment to Christ, Marriage is the beginning of a commitment to another person. In the Episcopal Church, we welcome all couples, gay or straight, to have their relationship celebrated and blessed in the Church.
The Liturgy used for marriage is found in the Book of Common Prayer, a similar liturgy for same-sex couples (using non-gender specific language) is available as well. This liturgy recognizes the great commitment that the couple is about to enter into, and celebrates the gift of companionship given to us through creation.
If you would like to be married at St. Mary's Church, please contact the parish office by visiting our Building Use Page.
When it comes to Baptism & Confirmation there are many of us who tense up and begin to feel anxious. After all, "Conversion" is a scary concept. However, we try to remind people that it's God who lead's us to the Church, to baptism, and towards a fulfilling life of discipleship. Baptism is a mark of the relationship we have with God, it is the beginning of a new commitment to live as "Christ's own."
Confirmation is a reaffirmation of that relationship, and constitutes one's formal entrance into the Church. In the Episcopal tradition, a Bishop is responsible for welcoming new Christians into the Church. This happens during a Bishop's Annual visit to the Parish. If you are interested in being confirmed or baptized please talk to the priest-in-charge.