The Holy Eucharist, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Mass, is the central act of worship in the Episcopal Church. At St. Catherine’s, the Eucharist is celebrated at least three times every week: twice on Sunday mornings and once on Wednesdays at noon. At the Eucharist, we hear God’s Word proclaimed in Holy Scripture and participate in the sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood, present in bread and wine. In the Episcopal Church, all baptized Christians are welcome and encouraged to receive Holy Communion, including those who have been baptized in other denominations. If you have not yet been baptized or if you would rather not receive Communion, you are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing. You may indicate your preference for a blessing by crossing your arms over your chest. If you would like to learn more about the sacrament of Holy Baptism or if you would like to learn more about the Episcopal tradition, please speak with the Rector.
Children’s Chapel is offered weekly on Sunday mornings during the Eucharist. Children, ages 4-11, begin the service with their parents and remain in church until shortly before the readings begin. At that time, the children are welcome to move to our downstairs worship area for a program specifically designed for them. At St. Catherine’s, we use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum for our children’s chapel. The children return upstairs during the Peace to sit with their parents during Communion.
Morning Prayer is read each weekday, Monday through Friday, and includes prayers, readings from Holy Scripture, at least two canticles (Biblical hymns), and the Lord’s Prayer. The office of Morning Prayer is rooted in the monastic cycle of daily prayer that developed in the 4th century.
Evening Prayer is offered every Wednesday evening. Like Morning Prayer, the office of Evening Prayer includes prayers, readings from Holy Scripture, two canticles, and the Lord’s Prayer.