Joining St Michael’s

St Michael’s Church is a family of Orthodox Christians who care for each other, and are cared for by our Bishop and Pastor.

Becoming a member of St Michael’s begins with attending regularly the Mass and other liturgical services. In this way, you get to know us and we get to know you so that we can care for you.

If, after several visits, you decide to become part of our church family, you will be received by one of three routes:

  • If you are an Orthodox Christian, then you simply need to declare your intent to Fr John and offer what you can of yourself or your resources. You will also want to communicate your desire to your previous parish.
  • If you are from another Christian tradition and wish to become Orthodox, you will need to be received by the Sacrament of Chrismation (Confirmation). Instruction tailored to your background and schedule is required. This instruction requires that you join us in at least one of the major fasts (Advent or Lent). Proof of baptism in a previous Christian group is also required.
  • If you have not been baptized, you will need to be instructed in the Orthodox Faith. Instruction tailored to your background and schedule is required. This instruction generally takes one year.

To explain our terminology, those who are visiting and just “checking us out” are known as “Inquirers.” Inquirers may participate in all our liturgical services and activities, but are not permitted to receive the Eucharist or other Sacraments. Additionally, no commitment or obligation is expected or Inquirers.

Those who have decided that they wish to become Orthodox are known as “Catechumens.” As they prepare for their First Eucharist, Catechumens integrate themselves into the parish by making the commitment to attend liturgical services and participate in the life of the parish.


Those interested in the Orthodox Faith are encouraged to attend regularly an Orthodox parish for at least six weeks.

The following books or pamphlets may also be helpful: