The Clergy are always ready to minister to those in sickness or any other adversity and should be called in the event of illness or a death. In addition, the clergy are available to meet with parishioners concerning other pastoral issues, and welcomes requests to provide home Communions to those who are unable to attend the public service of the Church. Individual appointments and arrangements for Baptisms, Marriages or Funerals may be made by contacting the Church Office at 215-297-5135.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, except in an emergency, is normally administered in the Church on a Sunday at a service during worship. At Trinity, Baptism is administered on four special Sundays: Baptism of Our Lord, Easter Vigil, Pentecost, and All Saints Day. Parents (and Godparents if possible) and child, or adult candidates and sponsors are asked to attend a program of Baptismal instruction prior to the day of Baptism. In order to fulfill their obligations, sponsors in Baptism must be able to take their vows in good conscience as active Christians.
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is normally solemnized in the Church. There must be at least two witnesses present, and at least one party to the marriage must be baptized. A minimum 30-day notice is required by Church Canon. This provides adequate time for pre-marital counseling. If either party in the marriage has been previously married, a minimum six months notice is required.
The Sacrament of Christian Burial
The Sacrament of Christian Burial, if possible, should always be preceded by a service held in the Church. One simple arrangement of flowers is allowed in the sanctuary. The clergy on duty will sit with the family and discuss the service prior to the funeral. The casket or urn is to be closed and covered with a pall, symbolizing the equality of all under the love of God. Contributions may be made in the name of the departed to Trinity's Memorial Fund to provide a fitting memorial for a friend or loved one. If you wish more information on memorial funds, please call the Church Office.
The Sacrament of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
The Sacrament of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows are for those baptized Christian and those who desire to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church. Candidates for this sacrament may participate by making a mature affirmation of faith and receiving the laying-on-hands by the Bishop at a Confirmation service, which is usually held each year at Trinity. Those who have previously made an adult affirmation of faith in a Christian Church of another denomination may be received into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop at a Confirmation service.
Membership at Trinity
Membership at Trinity is for those who would like to join our parish family officially. We will be very happy to welcome you. Call the Parish Administrator in the Church Office to receive further information about membership programs such as the Newcomers Orientation Dinner. Confirmed Episcopalians entering or leaving the parish are requested to obtain a Letter of Transfer in order to transfer membership to or from the parish.
Wills and Health Directives
Counseling for Wills and Health Directive are handled by the clergy. "They will instruct the people, from time to time, about the duty of Christian parents to make prudent provision for the well-being of their families, and of all persons to make wills while they are in health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses" (page 445 of the Book of Common Prayer). Please remember Trinity Church in your will.