The Parish Church of St. Jerome was established in 1995 as a way to ensure that all people, regardless of gender, marital status, disability, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or age, are embraced and affirmed as full members of Christ's Church.
We gladly welcome visitors to every worship service.
We look forward to greeting you personally, and we hope that the answers
to these frequently asked questions will help you feel at home.
We're glad you're here!
WHAT KIND OF CHURCH IS THIS?
St. Jerome is an open, Inclusive, and welcoming, Anglican-Rite parish following in the Old Catholic tradition and a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. Our basic beliefs are summarized in: The teachings and person of Jesus Christ; The New Testament; The Nicene Creed; The Sacramental & Liturgical tradition; and The Apostolic Tradition and Succession.
We are an open and affirming community recognizing the value and dignity of every person regardless of heritage, culture, financial status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, gender, or marital status.
We celebrate the seven sacraments of the Church; the two major sacraments being Baptism and Holy Communion.
In our Eucharistic Celebration, we recognize that Jesus is the host and therefore all are welcome to the Table of the Lord.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE SERVICE?
As you arrive, we invite you to sign our Visitor Register. You will receive both a worship Missallette and a copy of the Service Bulletin, which includes hymns for the day and other information you will need for worship. The Missallette contains the prayers, responses and details about the celebration of the Mass. If you need assistance in finding your place as we move through the service, a member of our congregation is always willing to help you.
At St. Jerome’s we offer a full worship experience. We customarily stand to praise God (when we sing), sit to learn (when we hear the lessons, the sermon, or announcements), and kneel to pray. We encourage everyone to respond audibly as directed by the Missallette.
During the Exchange of Peace, which is a time to greet each other, we typically do so enthusiastically. Customarily we tend to be "huggers," but shaking hands is just fine, too. Feel free to stand, sit, kneel, and share the "peace" with the congregation as you feel comfortable.
Following the service we invite you to join us for refreshments in the Parish Hall.
MAY I TAKE COMMUNION?
All persons are not only welcome, but encouraged to join us at Christ's Table. Our custom is to kneel or stand at the altar rails, and receive the Bread in our open hands. After consuming the Bread, we receive the Wine, by assisting the server to guide it to our lips. Or, you may receive the Bread and Wine together by intinction. Children who have been baptized may receive Holy Communion. Children and adults who do not wish to receive Communion are still encouraged to come to the altar rail, cross their arms over their chest, and receive a blessing.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
You can learn more about Christianity by becoming involved in our parish community. As you make friends here, you will experience the love of Jesus Christ in action. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions through our Inquirer's Class and other study groups. When you worship with us, please be certain to sign our Visitor Register found in the foyer so that we might be able to email you and let you know more about our parish and the events we have planned. We are an active parish and offer a wide variety of ministry and fellowship opportunities throughout the year. We hope you will join us. Our Clergy, Vestry, and members all want to meet you and they will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE CHURCH?
If you are looking for a church home, or just have questions about our parish or your faith, our clergy will be glad to talk to you. If you are not already baptized, you may join by profession of faith in Jesus Christ, followed by the Sacrament of Christian Baptism. If you have been already been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, your Baptism is valid. You may have a record of Baptism sent from your former Church, regardless of the denomination. If you are interested in becoming a member, we ask that you complete Inquirers and Membership Classes which are offered at different times throughout the year, and prepare to be received or “Confirmed” by our Bishop. If you have already been Confirmed in a similar denomination (such as Anglican or Catholic), you might also be able to join by being received into our branch of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
WHAT TIME ARE YOUR SERVICES?
Our regular worship service is held at 11:00am every Sunday morning. We also offer week night services on Saint's Days and Holy Days as announced.
Throughout the year we hold a variety of special activities and celebrations such as Parish Potlucks, Feast of Title, Mardi Gras Celebration, Bible Studies, Annual Blessing of the Animals, and Confirmation Sunday, just to name a few. (For more information about upcoming services and events, check out our interactive church calendar elsewhere on this site or send an email inquiry to our Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Parish Church of St. Jerome publishes a weekly newsletter called Around the Parish which lists weekly scripture readings, activities, prayers and concerns of the parish and other special features. You can find copies of the Around the Parish on this website. (If you’d like us to add you to our mailing list, please send an email to our Administrative Assistant at email@example.com.) You are always welcome to keep checking our website to learn more about us, our denomination, and our upcoming activities.