pastoral Counseling, Spiritual direction and visitation
We care for one another as we seek God's presence, healing, and peace. Pastoral care at St. Francis provides both spiritual and practical support through programs that serve the sick, the home-bound, the elderly, and anyone in need. If you need pastoral services or if you feel called to serve and would be interested in helping, please contact the office at 408-292-7090.
Details for St. Francis pastoral care programs follow.
The clergy are available for providing pastoral support, spiritual counseling, and visitation with those in need. Please notify the office if you desire these services. If it is an emergency, please call the office at 408-292-7090
St. Francis has Lay Eucharistic Visitors who are trained and licensed to take Communion to those who are unable to attend church. Please notify the office if this is desired. Clergy are available if needed.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. Parents and godparents are instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church. Each candidate for Holy Baptism is sponsored by one or more baptized persons. At St. Francis, we celebrate Baptisms of children and adults with the entire parish. Please speak to the rector if you are interested in Baptism. An application form for Baptism may be downloaded here
A wedding at St. Francis is a uniquely beautiful and Spirit-filled event celebrated with the traditional and profoundly elegant Anglican liturgy. And with the adjacent parish hall and kitchen, the logistics of the wedding and reception are easily accommodated. If you are considering marriage at St. Francis, please call Carrie in the office at 408-292-7090.
Burial from the church is most appropriate, but accommodation can be made for services at a funeral home if that is desired. Funerals in this church conform to the Book of Common Prayer and the canons and traditions of The Episcopal Church. The rector presides at all services in the church. Visiting clergy may participate at the invitation of the rector. Simply notify the office to arrange an appointment with the rector for counseling and funeral planning. Advance funeral planning is available to all members of the parish.
St. Francis has a columbarium for interment of the ashes of cremation if the person or family desires burial in the church. Contact the office for information and costs involved. Reservation of niches in advance is normally limited to the members of the parish or persons with a relationship to St. Francis Church.
The power of prayer in our lives, both for those praying and for those being prayed for, is a significant part of our religious experience. Our mission of the Prayer Chain is to bring together the faithful to share in prayer with those in need. The members of the Prayer Chain Ministry pray daily for those who are sick, healing, jobless, terminally ill, lonely, home-bound, traveling, on dangerous assignment, or experiencing other life challenges and crises. In addition, the Prayer Chain Ministry will joyfully offer up thanksgivings for special blessings. Prayer requests should be directed to Prayer Chain Request
. Your prayer request will be shared with all members of the Prayer Chain Ministry. All requests and prayers are handled in a confidential manner.
MINISTRY TO THE TERMINALLY ILL
If you find yourself in a temporary situation whereby providing meals is difficult, arrangements can be made for meals to be prepared and delivered to you.
For those needing a ride to church or an important appointment, transportation can be arranged.
The priests will offer prayer, anointing, and ministry to the dying and their family members anytime it is desired.