The Episcopal Church welcomes you to All Saints Episcopal Church in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We take this welcome seriously; everyone is welcome! You are welcome regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. Worship Services are Sundays at 10:30 AM. Whether you are just exploring a new spiritual direction, curious about the Episcopal Church, or are ready to find a new church home, you may find the following information about The Episcopal Church to be helpful.
All Saints Episcopal Church in Brighton Heights is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, and of the Episcopal Church of the United States. The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Church, but the structure and liturgy of the Episcopal Church has many similarities to the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, many Roman Catholics feel right at home on their first Sunday in an Episcopal congregation.
We proclaim the central tenet of our faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. We profess our faith using the ancient creeds of the church: the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in the communion of saints, including a special place for Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Historically, our beliefs have also been influenced by the Protestant Reformation and affirm that salvation is by grace though faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Old and New Testaments contain all things necessary to salvation.
The Episcopal Church has deacons, priests, bishops who are ordained in apostolic succession and who derive their spiritual authority through the historic church. A major difference between the Roman Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church is that clergy can be married, and women can be ordained.
Our liturgy and sacraments:
The Book of Common Prayer contains our liturgy and expresses our doctrine. We celebrate Holy Baptism and the Eucharist as the two main Sacraments of the Church. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated during our weekly Sunday worship service. During that service, we proclaim the Gospel both by Word and Sacrament. Preaching and the Eucharist are central to our worship service. In addition, we also offer the sacramental rites of confirmation, marriage, reconciliation (confession), unction (healing), and ordination.
The Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion):
All baptized Christians, regardless of age or church affiliation, are welcome to receive Holy Communion.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. Each candidate for Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.
Parents and godparents with an infant or child baptism are to be instructed: in the meaning of Baptism; in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God; and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.
If you are interested in Holy Baptism for yourself, or your child or infant, please contact the priest.
The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage:
Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between the couple and God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church.
If you are interested in a celebration or blessing of marriage at All Saints, please contact the priest.
Rules on divorce:
Divorced persons are welcome at the altar rail to receive the Holy Eucharist. Children in a divorced family can be presented for Baptism. This does not mean that divorce is taken lightly in the Episcopal Church. We consider divorce to be a grave reality, and your Episcopal priest will want to talk and pray with you. But we recognize that sometimes marriages break down, and we try to make God’s love known in these painful situations. Our hope is that the sacraments of the church can bring peace and strength, especially when life is challenging.
Divorced persons are permitted to remarry in the Episcopal Church, and the church does not require an annulment. However, the priest will want to make sure that each person understands the issues that lead to the divorce with hope, that the new marriage will last a lifetime.
If you are divorced, and would like to remarry, please contact the priest.
Funerals and Burials:
The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to the priest. Funeral arrangements should be coordinated between the funeral director, priest, and the family. Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church, and the service should be held at a time when the congregation has the opportunity to be present.