Marriage, Marriage Support, Baptisms & Funerals

Marriage

The way to start looking at the Cathedral as the venue for your wedding is by arranging an initial conversation with the Dean.

There are some criteria for being married at the Cathedral:
– one or the other of the Bride and Groom need to be baptised (it doesn’t matter what faith they were baptised into)
– the couple need to complete a marriage preparation course
– the service will be an Anglican service presided over by our own Dean Nissa
– the couple will meet with Dean Nissa several times before it is decided whether you can be married at the Cathedral

For more information, call the parish office at 250-762-3321.

Support to Married Couples

The cathedral wants to enhance the quality of married life and couples often arrange conversations with the parish clergy to reflect with them on how their marriage is functioning and whether there are areas where work could be done either by the couple themselves or with a therapist. In our experience, couples who take the time to look at their marriage are those who are working from strength.

When significant tensions are causing problems the couple can be referred to independent counselors whose orientation is towards saving marriages rather than immediately advocating separation and divorce.

A delightful opportunity that the cathedral enjoys sharing is a renewal of wedding vows at a significant anniversary, 5, 10, 25 or 50 years. A renewal of vows can take place in the church or at home and the cathedral staff can provide resources for planning the service and celebration.

Baptism

Baptism is a coming into the Body of Christ, in which we become members of one another and of Christ – it is about who we are in Christ, and whose we are: God’s own. In baptism we are gathered… and sent forth, in the ministry that is God’s own ministry of transformation, reconciliation, healing and salvation of the world. So, baptism is not just about identity and belonging, it’s also about being sent in mission and ministry. The baptismal liturgy speaks of the foundation of that mission and ministry:
“Baptism is the sign of new life in Christ. Baptism unites Christ with his people. That union is both individual and corporate. Christians are, it is true, baptized one by one, but to be a Christian is to be part of a new creation which rises from the dark waters of Christ’s death into the dawn of his risen life. Christians are not just baptized individuals; they are a new humanity.
If you are interested in Baptism please contact the office at 250-762-3321
From the Introduction to the Baptismal Liturgy of the Book of Alternative Services of the Anglican Church of Canada ©The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada 1985.

Funerals

If someone you know has died and you would like the funeral to take place at the Cathedral Church of St Michaels and All Angels please contact the church office at 250-762-3321.

You do not have to be a member to have your funeral or that of a loved one carried out here.