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According to The Book of Common Prayer, “the sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” (p. 857). While Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist are considered the two great sacraments of the Gospel, the Catholic tradition of the Church has conventionally acknowledged Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, Holy Unction, and Reconciliation as sacraments.Baptism is “the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.” (BCP, p. 858). At St. Paul’s, baptisms occur appropriately within the context of the Holy Eucharist, when the Body of Christ is assembled for worship, on the days recommended by the Book of Common Prayer. The Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) is celebrated daily at St. Paul’s and is available to all baptized Christians. Communion is also available for those unable to attend Mass. In order to receive communion in special circumstances, please contact the parish clergy. Marriage is available for St. Paul’s parishioners. If you are planning to be married and considering St. Paul’s for your wedding, talk to a member of the clergy to learn about the requirements for marriage in this parish.
Reconciliation or Confession is available for all who desire it. Confessions are heard by appointment with any of the clergy.
Confirmation occurs each year at the Great Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday. Adult candidates for Confirmation are prepared through the nine-month catechumenate, Pilgrims in Christ. Youth candidates are prepared through Ponticus.
Healing rites, also known as Holy Unction, are available in the context of worship every Thursday. St. Paul’s also provides ministration at the time of death or for those who are ill or about to undergo surgery (also known as extreme unction). Please contact the parish clergy for more information.
Funerals and Services for the Burial of the Dead are offered upon contacting the parish clergy.
Other services and rites, such as the Celebration of a New Ministry and Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child, are celebrated from time to time. For more information, please contact the parish clergy.