Baptisms, because they are joyful events joining new members to the Body of Christ, are public events at Holy Transfiguration. Almost all Baptisms take place during the Divine Liturgy on Sunday or another Feast day. Only for extraordinary reasons would we celebrate a Baptism "privately."
We expect that children who are Baptized will be reared as members of the Church, with Sponsors and parents seeing to it that the child is raised in a Christian home and is brought to services and to Communion regularly. To do anything less is a great disservice to the child.
For this reason, Baptisms are typically performed for persons who are members of Holy Transfiguration parish, with Sponsors/Godparents who are known to be practicing, faithful Orthodox Christians.
Fr Michael may refuse to perform a Baptism if these expectations cannot be met.
Fr Michael follows the OCA's Guidlines for Clergy with respect to Baptisms, the text of which is below.
OCA Guidelines for Baptism
The following directions, from the Guidelines for Clergy (Orthodox Church in America, 1998), address various issues surrounding the celebration of Baptism and are considered normative for our practice at Holy Transfiguration.
Baptism and Chrismation must be understood and experienced as corporate acts of worship and praise. The must be communal actions of the Church as the mystical Body and Bride of Christ, common liturgical actions of the whole people of God, witnessed, celebrated and accomplished by all, together in one place, at one time. See: On the Spiritual Life in the Church, Encyclical Letter, Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, 1988.