Baptisms

Our sacramental program is designed to welcome the newest members of our parish into our parish family in a friendly and helpful manner. There are two aspects to this program. One is the preparation phase, and the second is the celebration phase.

I. PREPARATION

Parents should call the rectory (203-265-1694) at least 3 months before the anticipated date of the Baptism. Information will be taken at that time.

Note: Baptisms are usually held on the first Sunday of each month at 12:00PM. However, Baptisms may be held at other times if the first Sunday is not convenient for your family.

Before the child���s Baptism, first-time parents are required to attend a Pre-Baptism meeting. Godparents are encouraged to attend too. The purpose of this meeting is to review the Baptism Rite, discuss the responsibilities surrounding the sacrament, and exchange ideas for making this event both joyful and meaningful.

Members of the Baptismal Committee will run this meeting. The meeting will last approximately one hour.

To avoid problems or hurt feelings among family and friends, make sure that before you choose Godparents that they are at least 16 years of age and have made the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If they are married, the marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church. One person can be a non-Catholic Christian (they would be called a Christian Witness).  Godparents need to obtain a certificate of eligibility from their parish.

II. CELEBRATION

The Sacrament of Baptism is usually celebrated in our parish on the first Sunday of the month at 12:00PM and lasts approximately 45 minutes. However, Baptisms may be held at other times if the first Sunday is not convenient for your family. Parents and Godparents should arrive at least 15 minutes before the ceremony and take their places in the pews reserved for them.

A member of the Baptismal Committee will assist you on the day of Baptism. You are encouraged to invite as many people as you want to this ceremony.

Photographs are encouraged and welcomed.

There is no fee for Baptism but a donation may be given to the church.

 


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