We gather as a Christian Community to worship God and receive strength for the journey. This worship takes a variety of forms from our weekly celebration of the Holy Eucharist to our annual Blessing of the Animals and occasional services in response to significant events in the local, national and international commuity.
Every Sunday we celebrate the Holy Eucharist also known as Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper or the Mass. The service has two parts: the proclamation of three readings from the Bible, a Sermon and a general confession and absolution of sin. The second part of the service involves the offering of the gifts of the congregation, the consecration of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ and the distribution of Holy Communion.
Blessing of the animals
Our annual Blessing of the Animals happens on the afternoon of the First Sunday in October either on the Great Lawn of the Church or in the Church building. The event happens on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. We usually collect food for dogs and cats for a local animal support group.
Ashes to Go
On Ash Wednesday, the Clergy and other members of the Church go to the Linden Train Station in the morning and outside the church at dismissal of McManus Middle School to offer ashes to persons who cannot attend usual Ash Wednesday liturgies.