Life Events

Life's big events like birth, marriage, or death are often marked by sacraments in The Episcopal Church. Sacraments are "outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace." The two great sacraments given by Jesus to his friends are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist, sometimes called Holy Communion or Mass. The other rites are confirmation, ordination, marriage, confession, and anointing those who are sick or dying.

St. James offers special instruction to help participants (and in the case of infant baptism, parents) prepare for baptism, confirmation, and marriage.


Holy Baptism is offered to infants, children, and adults, most often on a Sunday morning.


Marriage is a glimpse of the love God has for each of us and a way of ordering our lives to be more faithful servants of Christ.


At confirmation, Christians baptized at an early age recommit to the promises made on their behalf.


At St. James, funerals are "Easter" services, full of hope of new and unending life.