Life is a pilgrimage, and the pilgrimage can include notable milestones, including Baptism, Marriage, and Death. In each of these life transitions, God accompanies us in our joy, our anxiety, and our sadness. The Church makes present God’s grace at these important life moments. For a brief introduction of what St Mary’s Church offers, please see below.
Baptism (also known as Christening) is basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism gives us new birth to become adopted sons and daughters of God, and thus become members of Christ and his Church. Babies and young children, as well as adults, are welcome to receive the sacrament of Baptism. Adults (and older children) usually are baptized with the sacrament of Confirmation by a bishop. Young children and babies are presented by parents and supported by godparents. For the Baptism of young children, parents need to demonstrate that they will raise the child in the Christian faith through regular worship in church, a commitment to prayer in personal life, and the following of Christian teaching. For enquiries about Baptism at St Mary’s, speak with one of the clergy or lay ministers after a Sunday or weekday Mass. Parents who are seeking baptism for their children should download and become familiar with this Baptism Leaflet.
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of the wedding feast of the Lamb. Marriage is a holy way of life, and one which the Church celebrates as a means in which God’s love is revealed. A wedding is the starting point of this holy way of life, and thus it is fitting to have weddings in the presence of God in church. For enquiries about getting married at St Mary’s – or for having Banns of Marriage read at St Mary’s – contact the church at 020 8842 3783.
Death is never an easy time for surviving friends and loved ones. The Church recognizes each individual as having innate dignity and infinite value. For this reason, St Mary’s Bereavement Ministry always offers compassionate support to the dying, the deceased, and those who mourn. Funerals can be arranged in the church, or if preferred, the clergy from St Mary’s can officiate at local crematoria and cemeteries. To enquire about support from St Mary’s, contact the church at 020 8842 3783, or speak with a funeral director about making arrangements with St Mary’s, South Ruislip.