Sacraments are outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace and celebrated as rites and rituals of the Church. The two Great Sacraments instituted by Christ are Baptism and the Eucharist which, along with Marriage, Confession and the Sacraments of the Sick are the most widely celebrated within a Parish context. The Sacraments of Holy Orders (Ordination) and Confirmation may only be celebrated by a Bishop.
Holy Baptism is the Sacrament that celebrates our entry into the Christian Community and commissioning for ministry to the world. If you desire to be baptized or have your child baptized, please contact Philip Tschopp at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting with a priest. For more info on Baptism, please click here.
Confirmation is the final part of Baptism usually celebrated with those making an adult commitment to Christ and the Church. During the rite, the Bishop lays hands on the one being confirmed and prays for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be imparted so that the newly confirmed can be an outward and visible sign of Christ for the world. This Sacrament is also administered to those coming into the Episcopal Church from a non-Catholic Tradition and celebrated their full membership in the Church.
The Sacrament of Marriage is made available to all seeking to enter into a lifelong covenant of mutual love and respect. Marriage is open to both opposite and same gender couples. You may contact our Parish Administrator, Philip Tschopp, at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting with a priest. For more info on Marriage, please download our Guidelines for Christian Marriage at St. Clement's Church and Declaration of Intention documents.
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
St. Clement's Church offers Sacramental Confession to all who wish to celebrate this Sacrament. Confessions are heard by appointment. Either of our Priests is available to celebrate the Sacrament with you. You may either email one of them or call/email the Parish Office to set the appointment. For more information about The Sacrament of Reconciliation please click here.
THE SACRAMENTS OF THE SICK
Sacraments of the Sick are available for those who are sick and/or nearing death. The Sacrament of Anointing with Oil is not a guarantee of immediate restoration of health but rather relies on the will of God to define “health,” “wholeness,” and “healing.” The Sacrament is offered with the intention that the sick person is conscious of God’s care and the care of the Christian community during a difficult and painful time.
The Last Rites are administered near the time of death and prepare both the dying and his/her loved ones for that final moment. Prayers are offered for both, praying that the transition from this live to the next may be gentle, kind and peaceful. If requested, the “Viaticum” or food for the journey – the last Holy Communion is administered to the dying.
For the administration of these Sacraments, please contact a priest as noted below.
Fr. Kevin Smith
Fr. Tom Bigelow