Baptism

The sacrament of baptism begins our Journey of Faith sacramentally, uniting us to Jesus Christ, thereby making us children of God, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. Baptism is the foundation for the sacramental life.

Each new member and each loss of a member affects the whole church.  We have the power to build up the church in some way or to tear it down.  each person is gifted in ways that can contribute to the life of the whole community.

Baptism of Children - Each baptism is an important event for the entire church.  Each new member is another reason to hope in the future.  Each person starting on the journey of faith joins us and offers a promise of faithfulness to us as we offer the same promise to them.

Infant baptisms are wonderful times for renewal of family and personal spiritual life.    Whether parents are already active or not, baptism is a time to get connected to the parish, to become wholehearted members, or to renew membership.

Parents and godparents are asked to attend two meetings with one of our Pre-Baptism couples to help couples understand their responsibility in having their child baptized.  Please call the office (203-797-0222)  or email for additional information.

Please fill out our Baptism Registration form.  

Baptism of Adults - Those wishing to enter into the Roman Catholic Church do so by the process of the R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism call to mind the death and resurrection of Jesus.  As a person enters the water (s)he sacramentally enters into the very death of Jesus, as the person emerges from the water (s)he enters into the very resurrection of Jesus.  Although a small amount of water is placed on the head of a child, the Sacrament calls us to see the entering into and emergence from the water....entering into the death and resurrection of Jesus, thereby becoming one with him.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.”  The oil is the indelible mark of our God choosing us to be His very own in His Son, Jesus.
  • Light – At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment is a reminder of the dignity that is given to us through Baptism - we enter into the very family of God.   The white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls the dignity that is given to us with the right to enter the church as a child of God.

 

 

 

Call the office for additional information or to register for a Baptism (203-797-0222).

 

Baptism Registration Form.

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