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The clergy and pastoral team of St Matthew - St Aidan would be honoured to respond to your pastoral need. 

  • Baptism (and Confirmation)
  • Marriage
  • Healing Ministry - Anointing, Confession and Absolution, Laying on of Hands
  • Pastoral visits in hospital
  • Funeral -- Thanksgiving and Celebration for the Life of a Loved One
  • plus other pastoral ministries in response to your particular need


Become baptized


Baptism is the universal ritual of initiation into the fellowship of followers of Jesus Christ known as the Church. Christians, whether adults or infants, are baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is one of the two holy acts mandated by Jesus—the other is the sacred meal known as the Eucharist.

While people are baptized as individuals, they are baptized into a community of faith that promises to:

  • persevere in resisting evil,
  • forgive one another as God has forgiven them,
  • seek and serve Christ in all persons,
  • strive for justice and peace among all people,
  • strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation and renew the life of the Earth.

Parents bringing children for baptism make a commitment to nurturing them in the faith and life of the Christian community.

Get married


Blessings and congratulations to you. A wedding is a happy occasion to celebrate with family and friends. It is also a spiritual occasion and it is a Sacrament of the Church.

The best way to explore a wedding at St Luke's is by contacting the parish office and arranging to meet with our parish priest well in advance of your proposed wedding date. He will be happy to explain the process and to discuss your hopes for your special day.

In the Diocese of Toronto weddings are performed in the church. Under special circumstances, alternate settings may be possible. At least one of the couple to be married must have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

Receive Ministry to the Sick


Various Ministries of Healing are available in the Sacraments, rites, and ministry of the Church. These have been traditionally known as Ministry to the Sick. They include:

  • Ministry in response to critical or emergent needs
  • Healing Ministry - Anointing, Confession and Absolution, Laying on of Hands
  • plus other relevant pastoral ministries

The parish also provides pastoral care through its various team ministries. You may also arrange to meet with our parish priest for any personal or pastoral matter.

Arrange a funeral


Christians believe that the end of this life on earth is the beginning of a glorious new life in Christ. Anglican funerals try to balance the grief of the living with a celebration of the life of the deceased, and faith in the hope of the resurrection. If your loved one is approaching death or has died, the clergy of St Luke's would be honoured to walk with you and support you in this difficult time.

The Anglican Church offers various forms of service from the prayer books of the church. These services offer different opportunities for family and friends to participate.The parish priest and family together arrange the service structure. The prayer books assume the presence of the body or ashes at the funeral. Services may also be at the graveside, in a funeral home. A memorial service may also be requested.

Next steps


The Sacraments and Ministry of the Church are available to you for the steps in life that mark major Life Events. They are in fact also available at all times. We invite you to speak with our parish priest.

Or to find out more, please be in touch:

Telephone 705-657-9898 to leave a voicemail message

Email our Parish Priest, The Rev'd Glenn Empey

We will be pleased to respond and to connect with you. Blessings.

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