Life Events

Holy Baptism

Baptism is the means by which we become members of the community of believers, defined in the New Testament as the Body of Christ.  Just as Jesus was baptized with water by John the Baptist, we include people in the community of faith by baptizing them with water.  Following a series of questions, responses and prayers, the priest pours water on the candidate.  The sign of the cross may be made on the candidate's forehead with blessed oil.  In the Episcopal Church a person is baptized only once.

Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation

Confirmation is when a baptized person, who has been instructed in the Christian faith, makes a mature commitment to God within a worship setting and receives a special blessing and prayer from the bishop.  Reception is for those adults who have been confirmed as members of the one holy catholic and apostolic church.  Reaffirmation is for those adults who have been confirmed in the Episcopal church, but have experienced a renewal of faith or desire to renew their Christian committment and baptismal vows.  Each of these requires some attendance to classes.  

Confirmations, Receptions and Reaffirmations are held during the bishop's visit.

Holy Matrimony

Holy Matrimony is a sacrament of the Church in which a couple enters into a life-long union, make their vows before God, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. In order to be married in the Episcopal Church, one member of the couple needs to be a baptized Christian. All couples planning to get married are required to take pre-marital counseling. 


The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. - Book of Common Prayer pg. 507.

St. Peter's has a Columbarium garden where ashes of loved ones can be interred.  

Death is a part of living; thoughtful Christians acknowledge this and prepare for it. For the Christian, the time to prepare for one’s own death is when one is sound of body and mind. Planning ahead allows family and friends to deal with their own grief at the time of death, and will lighten the burden of the many details to come.  Here is a link to a form that will help you plan. 

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