In the name of every member of the Parish community here at St. Matthew, I offer our congratulations and prayerful best wishes. The great event of birth was a spiritual experience in its own way, an encounter with God’s wonderful plan of creation. To see and hold new life – that you have created in cooperation with God – is a tremendous privilege.
You come now to prepare for the great Sacrament of Baptism that celebrates your child’s new life. The Sacrament of Baptism takes place in the Chapel, located in the Parish Center at St. Matthew. Beginning in February 2022, there will be semi-private Baptisms (two families at a time) held at half hour intervals on the Third Sunday and Fourth Saturday of each month. Online registration is required. Please read and follow these instructions carefully:
1. Complete and submit the Baptismal Registration Form choosing one of the days mentioned above.
PLEASE NOTE: You may register here at any time. HOWEVER, the Baptism Office is only open Tuesday through Thursday. An e-mail confirming the date and time of Baptism will go out one of the following two days that the office is open. (If you register on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday, a confirmation will go out on the following Tuesday or Wednesday. If you register on a Tuesday or Wednesday, a confirmation will go out on Wednesday or Thursday.)
YOU MUST WAIT FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL. IF you do not receive one within the period of times above, please call 631-499-8520 ex. 126.
Baptisms will be scheduled in the order they are received.
Available dates for Baptism now begin in February 2022.
2. FIRST TIME PARENTS are required to register and attend the Preparation for Baptism Class. Beginning in January 2022, the class will be offered on the last Sunday of each month at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel in the Parish Center. (No class in December.) During this meeting, you will come to know better the meaning of Baptism, where and when it will take place, your role as parents and the role of the child’s Godparents. The Godparents are not required to attend. You must register for one of the classes prior to the Baptism date you have scheduled.
3. Print 2 copies of the Sponsor Testimony Form. They are to be given to each one of the Godparents (Sponsors) you have chosen for your child. All requirements and instructions are printed on the forms themselves. See the forms for further details.
4. There is no fee for the baptism, however, any offering or donation is greatly appreciated on the day of the baptism.
The Baptismal Certificate will be mailed to you within four to six weeks after the Baptism.
I offer my personal prayerful best wishes and blessing on you and your child.
Reverend Robert S. Hewes