Baptism

Here at St. Matthew we love baptisms! If you are considering baptism for yourself or for your child, please join us on a Sunday morning for a worship service. At the end of service Fr. John would be glad to discuss with you the process involved.

Regardless of whether this sacrament is performed early in life, or later on as an adult, the Anglican Church views baptism as the very foundation of the commitment to a new life through Christ. Upon baptism, the person receiving the sacrament vows to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour; to trust in his grace, truth, and love, and to follow and obey him as their Lord.

In the case of infants and young children, who are unable to answer for themselves, these vows are made by their parents, sponsors, or godparents, who promise to raise the child in the Christian faith and support them through prayer and example.

Baptisms are held at different times throughout the year, mainly on special Sundays of celebration for the Church that are meant to add to the joyfulness of this occasion and the promises those who are committing themselves to Christ are making. These include:

The Baptism of Jesus (early January)
Easter (March/April)
Pentecost (late Spring)
All Saints Day (November)

Confirmation

Those who were baptized at an early age have the opportunity to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, to commit to the responsibilities of their baptism, and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.

Weddings

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! We are delighted that you are considering St. Matthew the Apostle, Oriole, as a part of your special day. Should you choose to be married at St. Matthew we will do all that we can to ensure that your wedding day is a happy and memorable one. But even more importantly, we are committed to ensuring that we work with you to build the strongest foundation possible for your marriage as you begin this new life together in Christ.

It is important to us that your wedding ceremony is everything you’d like it to be.

A wedding is a blessed sacrament, an outward expression of the gift of love that God has given us. Here at St. Matthew we love celebrating couples as they unite in the presence of friends, family, and the ever present glory of God!

For more information on the process involved in being married at St. Matthew, available dates and fees, please contact The Rev. Canon John Wilton either by email or phone at  416-494-7020 ext 2. He looks forward to meeting with you and accompanying you on this wonderful journey. Again, congratulations!

Funerals

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who believes in me will never die.”

Death, no matter when it comes, always catches us off guard. No amount of planning can prepare us for the death of our loved ones. Having said that, the clergy and pastoral care team at St. Matthew’s are here to support and journey with you through this difficult time. Pastoral care is available leading up to death, at the time of death and following death. For those anticipating death, we can also offer help with pre-planning some or all of the funeral service. Funeral arrangements are typically made in co-operation with the family as well as a funeral home or funeral service company.

As part of supporting you through this difficult time, Fr. John will meet with you to provide grief support and begin the preparation for a funeral service. This includes helping you to choose a traditional or a contemporary Anglican service, which you’ll be able to personalize with readings, music, and a time of thanksgiving. He can further assist by offering suggestions around appropriate readings from Scripture as well as music. There is also the possibility of a reception at St. Matthew’s.

To arrange for a funeral or to meet with The Rev. Canon John for further information about pre-planning or other pastoral concerns, please contact him either by email or phone at  41-494-7020 ext 2.