Pastoral Offices


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To discuss any of the Pastoral Offices:  Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony, Visitation of the Sick, or Funerals; please contact the Rector (contact information is at the bottom of the left-hand menu bar).

Baptism

Baptism is one of the two sacraments our Lord gave us to celebrate.  It is the rite of Christian Initiation, a profession of faith that one wishes to become a member of the Body of Christ, the Church.  Baptism is the sacrament that precedes all other sacraments, including the Holy Eucharist (Communion) and Matrimony.  The Church teaches that all baptised Christians may approach the altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord regardless of age.

In the Parish of Tyendinaga, those who wish to be baptised or to have a family member baptised may contact the Rector at any time during the year.  Because the sacrament of Baptism is about being initiated into the household of God (the Church), persons wishing to be baptised must make clear their commitment to being a part of the faith community by worshipping with us on a regular basis for six months before Baptism will be celebrated.  Candidates for baptism (or their parents and sponsors if the candidate is unable to speak for him or herself) must participate in a catechetical process whereby we explore the basics of the Christian faith and the meaning and responsibilities of baptised life in the Church.  Baptisms are performed at four times in the year:  The Baptism of Our Lord (Sunday closest to Epiphany), the Great Vigil of Easter (Easter Eve), Pentecost (50 days after Easter) and the Sunday closest to All Saints' Day (1 Nov).  In exceptional circumstances, alternative dates may be considered.


Confirmation

Confirmation is also part of the Rite of Christian Initiation.  It builds on the sacrament of baptism by allowing for those who were baptised without being able to profess their faith (usually those who were baptised as infants) to make a mature statement of faith.  Confirmation is a sacrament celebrated by the confirmand and the Bishop.  It requires training and instruction.  The Rector requires 120 days notice for those wishing to receive the sacrament of confirmation so that the training may be completed and an episcopal visit arranged.


Holy Matrimony (Marriage)

Both of our churches are available for weddings for parishioners and non-parishioners alike.  Many people, particularly those with a tie to the Territory, use the Chapel Royal as the location of their wedding.  All Saints is often used by those whose family has ties to that particular church.

There are many things to know about planning a wedding.  For example, the Rector must have a minimum of sixty (60) days' notice if you intend to be married in a Tyendinaga Anglican church.  For a complete list of fees and other considerations when planning a marriage in this parish, please click on the appropriate link below.

Fee Schedule
Marriage Information

Visitation of the Sick

The visitation of the sick and shut-in is a primary role of the parish priest and is a ministry that all baptised Christians may undertake.  The Rector routinely visits hospitals, retirement homes, and private homes to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with the sick and those unable to come to church.  Part of the liturgy used when visiting the sick is anointing, where a small amount of holy oil blessed by the Bishop is applied to the forehead or other appropriate place of the sick person and is accompanied by prayers for the healing spirit of God to visit the sick.  This sacramental ministry was central to Jesus' life and is also to ours.  Anyone may be visited by the Rector for Eucharist and/or anointing with oil.


Burial of the Dead (Funerals)

Death is, by its nature, an unplanned event that often brings tragedy to a family's life.  A funeral is an appropriate way for the bereaved to help bring closure and meaning to the death of a loved one.  We are here to work closely with the family and the funeral home to ensure that a meaningful service of celebration of the life and ministry of the dead is undertaken.  The funeral home will generally take care of any fees required for churches or clergy as per pre-arranged agreements.  Please see the Parish Fee Schedule (see button above) for more details.

If your family has experienced a loss (or expects to very soon) and you would like to speak with the clergy or arrange a service of Christian Burial from the church, please contact the Rector.

It is never too early to plan a funeral.  A time of loss is a tremendously emotional and chaotic time and planning details of funerals is something many mourners would rather not do.  Why not take some of the pressure off your loved ones by pre-planning a funeral today?

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