The Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is offered at both services every Sunday. All baptized Christians are welcome at the table. Our tradition is to receive the host in outstretched hands and then to drink from the chalice. Anyone who wishes to refrain from receiving the bread and the wine may come forward to the altar rail, cross your arms across your chest, and the Priest will give you a blessing instead.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body, the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.
If you wish to have your child baptized, please call the church office to schedule a meeting with the rector (priest). We ask that you attend Sunday Services at St. Anne’s for at least six weeks prior to the baptism date. For adult baptisms, please call the church office and speak with the priest. We would love to welcome you into the household of God.
Holy Baptism in the Episcopal Church takes place within the Sunday Eucharist, at either our 8 am or 10:15 am services. Holy Baptism is most often celebrated on the following feast days: Easter, Pentecost, All Saints' Sunday, the Baptism of Our Lord, and the Bishop’s Visitation.
The sacrament of Holy Matrimony at St. Anne’s is available to those who have made our parish family your spiritual home, have taken an active part in our common life together, and have worshiped with us regularly. In the Episcopal Church, it is required that at least one of the people to be married is a baptized Christian. The ceremony must be witnessed by at least two people. The marriage must conform to the laws of the State and canons of the Episcopal Church. If you are interested in having your wedding at St. Anne’s, please call the office at 574-267-6266 to make an appointment to speak with the Rector (Priest).
Anointing the Sick or Healing
This sacrament exists for the purpose of healing: to restore a person to physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness. When we anoint and pray for people, we ask God to release them from anything that prevents a person from being whole. Christians recognize that there is a difference between being healed and being cured. In the sacrament of Unction, we pray for healing and wholeness, which may or may not include a cure. At St. Anne’s, we have a time set aside for Healing after the services on the second Sunday of every month.
In Confirmation, a baptized Christian makes a “mature commitment to Christ, and receives strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop,” from The Book of Common Prayer, (BCP) p. 857. Confirmation completes the initiation rite that began at baptism by transferring responsibility for the promises made at baptism from the sponsors to the person being confirmed. One can be confirmed whenever he or she is ready to accept that responsibility. Usually this happens during adolescence, if one is raised in the church. Confirmation expresses not only a desire to live as an adult Christian, it also indicates a desire to do so in the Episcopal church and the world-wide Anglican Communion.
In the Episcopal Church, a general Confession is part of our regular Sunday Holy Eucharist service. Penance is not mandatory before receiving Eucharist, as it is in some denominations. The Book of Common Prayer says that, “Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.” BCP pg. 859.
There are times in our lives when things we do (or do not do) block us from growing spiritually and distance us from God. Confession is a way of removing such barriers. If you are interested in the sacramental rite of Reconiliation/Confession, please make an appointment with the Priest.
While God calls all people into a spiritual relationship and gives us gifts with which to live our Christian lives, we believe that everyone has a ministry and is called to serve in some fashion. In the Episcopal Church, some are called to a special ministry within the church to train, equip and empower Christians to be effective. These are the clergy, and ordination is the sacrament by which men and women become members of the clergy.
Although Christian Burial is a Rite of the church, and not actually a Sacrament, it is described here because it is important not only for the Christian who has died, but also for those they leave behind.
Christian Burial Service
One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is to pre-plan your funeral. The church office has paperwork that can help you with this important task.
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all of its meaning in the Resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too shall be raised. The Book of Common Prayer says that this liturgy 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.”
For assistance in planning your funeral service, contact the office and make an appointment to see the Priest.