We are all at different stages in our lives and on our faith journeys. You may be celebrating, you may be grieving... wherever you are, we will meet you there. The pastoral ministries listed here are ways that St. Paul’s Clergy and community can care for and support you.
Congratulations on your engagement! We'll be honoured to help you celebrate your special day. If you would like to meet with a member of the clergy to talk about getting married at St. Paul’s you would be most welcome to make an appointment.
Couples are required to undertake a marriage preparation course prior to the wedding, and will be encouraged to attend some services at St. Paul’s so that a relationship between the church and the couple can be formed. At least one partner is required to have been baptized, but this should not stop a couple from making an initial enquiry. We would encourage you to make an appointment to come and meet with a member of the clergy and to see the church.Contact the Church Office
Through baptism a person is made a child of God, becomes a member of Christ’s Body, and is cleansed and reborn in the Spirit. At St. Paul’s both adults and children are baptized, in the belief that God’s love extends to everyone, regardless of their age. Adult candidates and the parents or guardians of child candidates for baptism must participate in a series of meetings with a member of the Clergy to prepare for this life-changing sacrament. Usually the whole community of St. Paul’s witnesses the baptism, and also makes promises to support the child or adult as they join the family of Christ.Contact the Church Office
As described in The Book of Common Prayer, “The liturgy of the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.” In this sense, a funeral service can be a source of comfort to grieving families and friends. St. Paul’s Clergy will support and assist the bereaved as they plan the funeral of a loved one. The Cathedral’s Director of Music will be available prior to a funeral to help as well.
Parishioners are welcome to pre-plan their own funeral so that the service will reflect their wishes, including prayers, readings and music.
Welcome to St. Paul’s Cathedral Confirmation program! Confirmation is an exciting step in our faith journey as Christians. It's a process of asking questions, delving deeper into scripture and worship and growing into a stronger relationship with God and our church. It's a time to consider what has come before, and what possibilities are ahead.
Confirmation is a sacrament, taking on the Baptismal Covenant as your own promise to God, and being welcomed as an adult member of the faith community. Classes which are run every two years are upbeat and interactive, involving lots of games and discussions.Contact the Church Office
When offered, this sacrament of Healing and Laying on of Hands is offered in St. Aidan's chapel at the 10:00am Eucharist during communion time. A great part of Christ's ministry involved the healing of the sick. He commanded this ministry continue in and through his Church.
Anointing with oil (Unction) and the Laying on of Hands is also offered in hospital or at home upon request.
The early Church often worshipped in people’s homes. In modern times, communion is normally celebrated as part of a formal worship service. However, if you or a loved one is unwell, St. Paul’s Clergy can bring Communion to you, either at home, in hospital or in a nursing home.
For more information contact the Church Office.
Card, Telephone & Flower Ministry
The Card, Telephone & Flower Ministry functions as part of the overall outreach ministry of the Cathedral. We have a number of more senior members within our parish, several of whom are actually shut-in. We make contact through a card sent, a telephone call, or flowers delivered. We also recognize specific situations for all our members such as hospitalization, anniversaries of baptisms or losses, and other milestones or situations in people’s lives.
If you are interested in helping with this ministry, contact The Rev’d Dr. Virginia C. Lane by email or call (519) 434-3225 x204.
Our congregation has a long history of parishioners providing support to fellow parishioners and their families during times of sickness, isolation, daily struggles, grieving and loss, crisis or transition, family changes, and stressful events.
If you have the talents of listening, prayer and compassion, or if you or someone you know would benefit from this ministry, please contact The Rev’d Dr. Virginia C. Lane by email or call (519) 434-3225 x204.
The Rev'd Deacon Pat Henderson has special responsibilities for outreach ministry in the community at St. Paul’s Cathedral and on behalf of the people of the Diocese of Huron. Her ministry is to provides pastoral visits and if desired to bring communion to “out of town” Anglican patients at the London Health Sciences University Hospital Campus in London, Ontario.
Knowing that someone is praying for you can be immensely comforting. If you have a health concern, a worry, or a loved one in need, St. Paul’s is here to support you. You can make a prayer request by calling a member of our Clergy team (519-434-3225 x 204). To maintain your privacy, you’ll only be asked for your first name, or the first name of the person in need. That name will be included on our Intercessions list for three months. These names are read aloud during the Prayers of the People each Sunday morning, are printed in the bulletin, and are provided to members of the Alongsiders prayer group, whose members are committed to pray daily for those in need. Should you wish for the Clergy or Alongsiders to pray more specifically for a particular illness, injury or upcoming event, you are welcome to provide more detailed information, which will be shared with this group only and will be kept in strictest confidence. If you would like a member of the Clergy to speak with you or pray with you for a particular concern, please also provide your contact information, which will likewise be kept confidential.
You do not have to face difficult times on your own.
The ministry of reconciliation, committed by Christ to his Church, is exercised through the care of Christians for each other, through the common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship, and through the priesthood of the Church in its ministers declaring absolution.
The Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Confession, is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to a time of sickness. Confessions may be made at any time and in any suitable place. To arrange an appointment, please contact one of the priests in the Cathedral.Contact the Church Office