At each worship service we read aloud the names of those known to the congregation who need our prayers. Whether for yourself, or someone you know, your request for a name to be placed on the Sunday prayer list will remain in effect for a month. In addition to Sunday prayers, groups such as the Daughters of the King, the staff of St. Clare’s, and individuals pray for those on the prayer list throughout the week. Please submit your prayer request using the prayer request form. If you or a loved is in need of prayer, please let us know. Click here to send a prayer request to the church office.
Even if you are not yet a member of the congregation, you can arrange to have yourself, your child, or a family member baptized in the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism and it is the foundation for all church participation. Baptisms are held regularly at St. Clare’s and full details are available through the church office. All interested persons should fill out the baptism form and return it to the office. For more information, please contact the church office.
Marriage blessings are happily performed and celebrated at St. Clare’s. The ceremony is a solemn public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church, at least one of the couple must be a baptized Christian, and there must be at least two witnesses for the ceremony at which the Rector presides. Marriage counseling is non-negotiable and when one of the parties has been previously married and divorced, the consent of the diocesan bishop must be obtained, prior to the solemnization of the marriage. Click here for our wedding booklet.
Confirmation is an opportunity for a young person or adult to own for themselves the vows made on their behalf at baptism. Confirmation classes are typically offered during Lent at St. Clare’s, with confirmation itself held at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the church office.
Pastoral Visits and Special Needs
If you are very sick, in the hospital, or home bound:
Let the church know by calling the church office at (925) 462-4802 so we can keep you in our prayers. We can bring you communion along with a visitation by either a parish priest or a Lay Eucharistic Visitor. While limited, we do have a ministry offering meals, child care, etc. Please contact the church office to discuss your needs. The clergy or LEV’s are happy to visit with you, pray with you, and offer support. Just let us know!
Emergencies and Last Rites
Should you need a priest in an emergency, please call the church office at (925) 462-4802.
The death of a member of the church should be reported to the parish office and the family should immediately arrange to meet with the Rector. No final plans should be made before this consultation. Only after a consultation with the parish clergy should funeral notices be written, readers invited to participate in the service, or reception arrangements be made. A priest at St. Clare’s normally presides at the service. Visiting clergy, after consultation with the parish clergy, may assist in the celebration. If a family invites a visiting cleric, they are responsible for travel and other cost to include honorarium.
There are three types of services for the departed:
- A funeral is the liturgy for the Burial of the Dead with the body present either in a coffin or as ashes in an urn. It is usually held with days of a person’s death.
- A graveside service is a brief liturgy that usually follows the funeral directly, but can take place sometime after if circumstances require it. The same liturgy is used for the casting of ashes or burial at sea.
- A memorial service is a liturgy without either the body or ashes. It can be held anytime from a few days to a few weeks after death.
All services are either according to The Burial of the Dead set forth in The Book of Common Prayer, or they are designed to conform to the intent and pattern of it.