Baptism

The sacrament of Baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

Pre-Baptismal class is held the first Sunday of every month at 1PM. Pre-registration is required. Baptisms are celebrated 1:15PM on Sundays.

Download the Baptism Godparent Form here.

For more information email Kathleen Donnelly in the Parish Office or call her at 203-255-6134.

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water: The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil: At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light: The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment: The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

If you are not Catholic or a Catholic adult who did not received the Sacraments of Initiation when you were younger, learn more about our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program.