How do I get my child baptized?
Baptism is the Sacrament by which we are made children of God, members of Christ’s body, the Church, and heirs of His Kingdom.
Adults or older children will meet with the pastor for better understanding of the significance of Orthodox Christian baptism. In infant and younger baby baptisms, the parents or sponsors, on behalf of the child, will meet with the pastor to get to understand the significance of this holy sacrament.
How do I get married?
The Sacrament of Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship; God’s blessing enables spouses to love and support each other in their love during both happy and challenging times. For Orthodox Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together with Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between two people and celebrated in the presence of God before the pastor and often surrounded by the Christian community.
The Sacrament of Marriage is available for a man and woman who seek recognition and blessing of their union. Persons seeking to be married must, of course, meet the legal requirements of their residence. At least one of them must be Orthodox. If local law does not specify an age for marriage, we require both persons to be at least 18 years old.
How do I arrange a Funeral or Memorial Service?
In the Holy Liturgy for a christian funeral or memorial we pray, "Life has changed, not ended". We support this with our clear theology and attitude toward life after death. This is shown by the respect the church has for the human person in both body and soul.A christian funeral or memorial provides condolence and comfort for family and friends of the deceased, as well as encourages them to pray, along with the church, for the soul of the departed.
Our clergy are available to discuss funeral or memorial plans for your loved one, to mourn his or her loss appropriately and to give hope of eternal life.