All Saints/Todos los Santos is a new family of faith.
We may be new, but many of us have been worshiping together for several years. When you join us, you will quickly see that we are people from diverse backgrounds. All Saints/Todos los Santos welcomes folks regardless of age, race, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation and marital or economic status. We come together to worship God. Our worship is offered bilingually in English and Spanish.
Our community of faith is a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Mid-America, which is part of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. As Ecumenical Catholics, our faith is rooted in the Apostles' and Nicene Creed and we adhere to the doctrines of the universal Church's first seven ecumenical councils. We do not affirm any doctrines beyond these foundational teachings.
We affirm the apostolic tradition and our apostolic heritage is through the Old Catholic Church. Our worship follows an ancient tradition, and yet, we are progressive - understanding that each generation must interpret scripture faithful. What that means is that while we faithfully adhere to the teachings and tradition handed down to us from the Apostles, we seek to live out our Anglo-Catholic identity in a contemporary way.
Following the Old Catholic Ecclesiology, we affirm that the local church is an icon of the larger church. The church is made manifest whenever the people are gathered together with the Bishop and Clergy around the altar. We are nurtured by the Word and the Sacraments, we are sent forth from the altar to be the embodiment of Christ in our broken world.
How Can I Participate?
We believe that Worship is not a spectator event!
As you arrive, we invite you to sign our Visitor's Register. You will receive both a worship Missalette and a copy of the scripture readings. (If you do not have a mask, we will be happy to provide you one.) The Missalette contains contains the prayers, responses and details about the celebration of the Mass. Our Missalettes are printed bilingually, with English on the left and Spanish on the right. If you need assistance in finding your place as we move through the worship, a member of our congregation is always willing to help you.
At All Saints/Todos los Santos, we offer a full worship experience. We customarily stand to praise God (when we sing or pray) and sit to learn (when we hear the lessons, the sermon, or the announcements). We encourage everyone to respond audibly as directed in the Missalette. Everyone is welcome to respond in whatever language is most comfortable to them.
During the COVID 19 epidemic, we refrain from hugging during the Exchange of Peace. Normally though, we tend to be huggers and exchange the peace with one another enthusiastically. If you do not wish to hug, that is OK - simply nod when greeted by others.
Following worship we often share food and drinks together. We hope you will join us!
May I Receive Holy Communion?
We affirm that Christ is the one who bids us to Communion.
All baptized Christians are not only welcome, but encouraged to join us at Christ's table. We affirm that Christ is fully present in the species of bread and wine. We understand that the gathered community become a manifestation of Christ in our world. Our custom is to receive the body of Christ in the cupped palm of our hands and to sip from the common chalice. If you prefer, the body of Christ in the form of the bread can be dipped (intincted) into the wine and served on your tongue.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, only the body of Christ is offered.
Adults or children who do not wish to receive Holy Communion are still invited to participate with us. Simply come forward with your arms folded across your chest in the shape of an "X" and the clergy will offer you a blessing rather than feed you.
How Can I Join the Church?
We make membership easy!
We do not have heavy rules and regulations that are required for membership. The core of our faith is summed up in the Apostles' Creed.
All those who have been previously baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are eligible for membership once we have recorded their baptisms in our church records. Those who have not yet been baptized are automatically made a member upon receiving this important sacrament.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please speak to Fr. Dewayne.