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The Reverend Mary Peterson Johnson
"My goal as a parish priest is to use my strengths in preaching, liturgy, teaching, and pastoral care in a vibrant community of faith with active lay leaders."
The Reverend Mary Johnson comes to us from the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. During her eighteen years of ordained ministry, Mary has served parishes as associate and assistant rector, interim rector, and organizing priest for a newly-formed parish. As she and her husband, Wayne, have raised their family of five children (now ranging in age from 13 to 20 years old), she has also served as a supply priest, instructor in the diocesan School for Diaconal Ministries, spiritual director, quiet day and retreat leader, marriage educator, and pastoral caregiver.
To read Mary's sermons, please click here.
Mother Mary's FAQ'S
Question: How can I become a member of the Church of the Holy Family?
Answer: The following are the rules for being
considered a member of the Episcopal Church: "All persons who
have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. . . and whose Baptisms
have been duly recorded in this Church, are members thereof."
The congregation where your baptism is recorded is the parish
where you are a member. You keep on being a communicant of
that parish if you have received Holy Communion at last three times
in the past year. You keep on being a communicant in good
standing if you "have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for
good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying,
and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God."
Question: What you've said so far only tells me how to
become a member of the Episcopal Church, not how to be a member of
Holy Family. And, by the way, what does it mean to have your
baptism "duly recorded"?
Answer: Every Episcopal parish keeps a Parish Register. It records all baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and burials that take place at the church. It also records the names of any person who joins the church, along with the particulars of his or her baptism, to the extent that these are known. If you move from one parish or church of another denomination to Holy family, you should tell your former parish that you are moving, and ask for a "letter of Transfer" to the Church of the Holy Family. Vickie Hall, our secretary, can help you with this process. If your previous church has lost records, or if you can't get such a letter for other reasons, it's not the end of the world. There are provisions for the Rector of a parish to enter your name in the register.
Question: What does confirmation have to do with this
process? I've heard Episcopalians talk about "confirmed
Answer: The canons state: "It is expected that all adult members of this Church, after appropriate instruction, will have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will have been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or. . . of a Church in communion with this Church." Being confirmed does not make you a member in better standing, although there are some leadership roles in the Episcopal church that require that you be a confirmed communicant in good standing. But you may well benefit spiritually from the process of thinking and praying and learning about your faith in Christ in order to "stand up and be counted" as an adult. Furthermore, at your confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church, the Bishop lays hands on you and asks God's Holy Spirit to strengthen, defend and empower you.
Question: How do I decide if I would like to be confirmed
Answer: I'm so glad you asked! Join our Explorers' Class, for youth age 13 and above AND adults of any age. We will meet for a light lunch and instruction from 12 to 1:30 PM for 8 weeks, beginning January 2, 2005. Bishop Alexander will be at our church on February 27, 2005 to celebrate, confirm, receive, and baptize people in this parish. To sign up for the Explorers' Class, or to make your membership at Holy Family official by formally transferring your membership, please contact Vickie Hall in the parish office, or speak to your Rector by December 15, so we can order materials and match you up with a mentor.
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