Pastoral Care

If you are in emotional pain or/and spiritual turmoil, do not hesitate to talk to, call or email our clergy.
You do not have to go through rough times by yourself.

Weddings at Holy Innocents

We are delighted that you are considering getting married or having your union blessed at Holy Innocents. We have a beautiful sanctuary space, and a hospitable parish hall available for receptions.

If you are interested in have a ceremony at Holy Innocents, we invite you to contact Jane McDougle, our Vicar, to make an appointment to discuss your plans.

Funerals and Memorial Services

Of all human events, death concerns us the most deeply. When death approaches, whether it be our own or that of someone close to us, it immediately becomes our principal and overriding concern. When people die, their family and friends suffer loss, shock, and grief. Grief is like a wound that requires time and care if it is to heal. Nevertheless, God’s love continues through our loss.

Memorial services express our close relationship with God and with one another. The clergy takes care in selecting what is suitable for such an occasion. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life and that there is renewed life, in Christ, after death. God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God.

Adapted from the New Zealand Prayer Book.

Part of our ministry at Holy Innocents is to provide for such occasions when called upon.   We invite you to contact the Vicar, Jane McDougle.

The Reconciliation of a Penitent

The ministry of reconciliation which has been committed by Christ to his Church, is exercised through the care each Christian has for others, through the common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship, and the priesthood of the Church and its ministers declaring absolution. The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to times of sickness. Confessions can be heard anytime and anywhere. The content of a confession is not normally a matter of subsequent discussion. The secrecy of a confession is morally absolute for the confessor, and must under no circumstances be broken. Taken from the Book of Common Prayer, p.446. In the Episcopal Church, our attitude to this sacrament is very much “All may, none must, some should”. So, no pressure, but if you desire it, we can offer it. Arrangements may be made in person, or by phone

Baptisms

“Being marked as Christ’s own, for ever” Book of Common Prayer, p.308

We welcome all ages to consider baptism: ‘the full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the church’. We baptize on Sunday mornings, four times through the year, in a joyful celebration with the congregation.

Confirmations

Confirmations and receptions into the Episcopal Church are offered regularly with the Bishop of California either at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, or on the occasion of his visit to the parish.

 

Prior to Baptism, Confirmation or Reception, Holy Innocents offers preparatory conversations and materials. If you are interested, please be in touch with the Vicar, Jane McDougle