Life Events & Pastoral Care

 

At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, as well as within the Anglican/Episcopal Tradition, we endeavor to be present to and available for people throughout the human life cycle. Our priest would be delighted to speak with you about any of the pastoral resources and responses which we describe below:

 

Birth or Adoption

We are delighted to visit parents and babies in the hospital or at home. We have liturgical resources for celebrating a birth or an adoption – in the hospital, at home, or in church. Do not hesitate to call the church office for more details and assistance. 

 

Becoming Baptized at St. Marks

Episcopalians have traditionally practiced infant Baptism, typically in a child’s first year. Certain  Sundays of the year are the recommended times for Baptisms, but we try to work with the scheduling needs of families. Normally Baptisms occur as a part of the 10 am Holy Eucharist service on Sunday morning. If you would like to have a child baptized or you are an adult who wishes to be baptized, please contact the church office to make arrangements. 

 

 Receiving Communion at St. Marks

If you are already Baptized in any Christian tradition, you are welcome to receive Holy Communion at St. Mark’s and in the Episcopal Church at large. If you are the parents of children already Baptized, those children of any age are welcome to receive Holy Communion – we have several infants who do so regularly. If you are parents who prefer to have their children receive First Communion Instruction prior to their receiving Holy Communion, please contact the church office.

 

Becoming Confirmed or Received at St. Marks

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We offer opportunities to be Confirmed in or Received into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop, for those teenagers and adults who wish to make a mature and serious commitment to the faith. If you are interested in Confirmation or Reception, please contact the church office. Generally a separate Inquirers’ Class is offered about once a year for both teenagers and adults.

 

 

 

 

Seeking Confession or Reconciliation

Individual Sacramental Confession is available in the Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer includes a Service for the Reconciliation of a Penitent. Please contact any of our clergy for more details. 

 

Getting Married at St. Marks

If you are interested in getting married at St. Mark’s Church, please call the Parish Office and wedding photoschedule a meeting. It is very desirable to begin this process, whenever possible, nine or more months before the anticipated wedding date. At the time of your call, the Parish Secretary will send you further information about getting married at St. Mark’s, including application forms and fee schedules. Four sessions of pre-marital counseling are required before a marriage can take place, and if either party to the marriage previously has been divorced, our clergy will need to apply to the Bishop of New York for permission to officiate at the Wedding. Click here for a slideshow of recent weddings at St. Marks.

 

 

 

Pastoral Care for the Sick

Short, Long, and Chronic Illnesses can be a source of pain, spiritual distress, and personal disruption in the lives of families and individuals. Healing Prayers with the Laying on of Hands is offered at the end of every Sunday Eucharist in the Chapel. The Prayer Network of St. Mark’s prays regularly for those who are ill. Mary Lynn Windsor coordinates that ministry. If you wish to be added to the Sunday Intercessory Prayer List, please call the Parish Office. Our clergy regularly visits Northern Westchester Hospital Center and other area hospitals, as well as shut-ins in their homes or in nursing homes. He is not able to visit you if you or someone you know does not notify him of your need. 

 

When a Loved One is Dying or has Died

If someone is dying, our Clergy stands ready to visit the hospital or the home to offer spiritual support to the patient or his or her family. When someone has died, it is generally very helpful to speak to a clergy member before you begin making funeral arrangements. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church makes every effort to offer a respectful and sensitive funeral for any family that turns to us for help. That service may be at the church, at a funeral home, at the cemetery, or elsewhere. We believe that the ritual acknowledgement of a death is very important for the survivors.

 

Addressing Life Crises

If you have a serious personal crisis of any kind, our clergy is ready to meet with you to offer spiritual and emotional support and to assist with problem solving. We do not do long-term counseling with parishioners, but we are able to assist with appropriate referrals to other qualified professionals or agencies when there is a need.

 

Seeking Spiritual Counsel

Our Clergy would be glad to meet with you to hear about and discuss your prayer life, sense of vocation, or spiritual journey, and to offer counsel and support. He would be glad to point you towards spiritual directors, retreat centers, books, and electronic resources which might assist you in your journeys.

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