Sacraments & Rites

For Christians, the Church is the center for life’s passages. From birth to death, the St. Thomas’ community offers loved ones support during life’s celebrations and its sorrows.

Baptisms

Welcoming the new into a life with Christ —whether they be babies or adults —is among the most important sacraments of the church. As Christ Himself was baptized, so may all be who wish to enter into a new relationship with him.

Holy Baptism is administered in the presence of the congregation on specified Sundays throughout the year. In the Episcopal Church there is no specific age at which you should have your child baptized; however, we have found that 3 to 9 months of age works well.2015-03-29 08.59.13

Infant and adult baptisms are held throughout the year. Parents should contact the Office Manager at (585) 442-3544 or via email to schedule a date.  She will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding godparents, times of services, Saturday preparation, etc.

The Rector will lead parents in “Preparing for Baptism,” a personalized session held before each planned baptism.

Adults who have not been baptized in another denomination and who wish to be baptized at St. Thomas’ must also contact the Office Manager to schedule an appropriate date. We ask that all adults seeking baptism participate in our membership classes. Adults may be baptized at any of the scheduled baptisms throughout the year.

Confirmation

At St. Thomas’, youth are typically confirmed in between their 8th-grade and 12th-grade years. Adult confirmation classes are held annually. Click here to learn more about Confirmation at St. Thomas’.

Weddings

With few exceptions, persons being married in St. Thomas’ Church must have been a member of St. Thomas’ Church for a year or be the child of one who has been a member for at least a year. Due notice must be given to the clergy, and dates arranged well in advance, to allow sufficient time for premarital preparation.

Couples wishing to marry must first contact the Office Manager, who will schedule a meeting with the Rector. Couples may not set a date until after that initial meeting. Click here for more information about weddings at St. Thomas’.

Funerals

Christian burial is a service of blessing and celebration of the life of the deceased. Our clergy and pastoral care team are available for counseling and pastoral care in times of need. If a loved one dies, it’s important to notify the church, so we can provide you with care and support. The Office Manager will work with the family and clergy to determine a date and time for the service. Clergy will discuss the details of the service with the family and can arrange for committal in the St. Thomas’ columbarium.

The Columbarium at St. Thomas’

The columbarium in our Crown of Thorns Chapel provides a permanent resting place for cremated remains. Parishioners may reserve space for urns in the columbarium.  For more information, contact the Office Manager.