Baptism and First Communion

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Holy Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.

To arrange for the baptism of a child or adult, contact the Parish Clergy. Baptisms are usually celebrated in the context of a principal Sunday service on certain major holy days (The Great Vigil of Easter, Pentecost, All Saints’ Day, The Baptism of Our Lord), but other arrangements may be made depending upon the circumstances.


Adults and youth who have not been confirmed should inquire with the Parish Clergy about preparing for confirmation.

Communion for the Sick or Homebound

The Parish Clergy are happy to bring the Eucharist to those who are ill or disabled. Please contact the Parish Clergy to set up a time. Please do not be shy in asking for this service. That you receive the Eucharist is a matter of great importance for us. These visits need not take long, and require no preparation on your part.


To begin making arrangements for a wedding at the Church of St. Edward the Martyr, please contact the Parish Clergy.

Annointing of the Sick

Please contact the Parish Clergy if you or a loved one would like to receive the Anointing of the Sick at the Parish, at a nearby hospital, or at home (for those who are homebound). You may also approach any of the Priests after Sunday Mass. We usually have the Oil of the Sick available at that time. We recommend receiving the Sacrament if you are facing a major surgery, if you have been diagnosed with a serious illness, or if you feel you have reached a new plateau in the process of aging.


The Parish Clergy are available to answer questions and familiarize you with options for the liturgy.

House Blessings

It is customary to bless a new home, and to bless any home during the seasons of Epiphany and Easter. The Parish Clergy are happy to do this. Please contact the Parish Clergy to arrange a time. The visit need not take long, and does not require preparation on your part.

Requesting a Sacramental Certificate

To receive a copy of a sacramental certificate, please write a request with as much information regarding the sacrament as possible: date, year, parents’ names, sponsors/witnesses, the address where the certificate should be sent, your phone number, a $10 check made out to Church of St. Edward the Martyr, as well as a copy of your photo ID. All of this should be mailed to:

The Church of St. Edward the Martyr
14 East 109th Street
New York, NY 10029