They are the means of grace by which God touches us. They cleanse us, strengthen us and empower us to love and serve the Lord.
The Christian life begins when a child or adult receives the Holy Spirit in baptism. In this expression of faith in Christ, a person is adopted as a son or daughter of God, receives the forgiveness of sins, and the grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 4:6) (Act 2:38)
Marriage was given to us by God in creation and is a sign of the unity between Christ and His Church. It is the life-long and exclusive union of husband and wife in heart, body and mind. In Holy Matrimony, a husband and wife vow that they will love each other deeply, in good times and in bad, and because of this marriage is a sign of God's unconditional love. (Mark 10:6-9) (Ephesians 5:32)
At St. Laurence, weddings are for our members because we know how important community support is for a couple, not just on the day of their wedding but all of their days. If you'd like to pursue getting married at St. Laurence, we would love it, and invite you to join us on Sunday morning to worship God with us.
Confirmation is the sacrament of renewal. Every year at St. Laurence, we have both adults and teenagers who participate in Confirmation Sunday with the Bishop, expressing their desire to take a step forward in their journey with Christ. (Hebrews 6:1-2)
We have two tracks toward Confirmation, one for adults and one for teenagers.
For adults, we encourage them to attend our Life of Faith series of classes. They begin in the fall and run to the spring and cover the fundamentals of Christianity. The goal of the series is true formation, moving Christians from being passive recipients of the Faith to a more active and ministering role in the Body of Christ.
For teenagers, we encourage them to attend our youth confirmation series of classes. They run throughout the spring and also explore the fundamentals of the Faith, tailored to a teenager's experience.
Every Saturday at 10:00am in our Lady Chapel a priest is available to hear your confession. In this ancient and biblical practice, the people of God are assured of their forgiveness by the words of comfort given by a trusted priest. (John 20:23) (James 5:16)
If you'd like to know more about Reconciliation at St. Laurence, take a look at our booklet here. Please also feel free to talk about confession with any of our clergy.