The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love. Through the sacrament of Baptism we are freed from original sin and are welcomed into the community of the Church, where we have access to the fullness of the means of salvation. Parents, Godparents, and the parish community of the baptized commit themselves to the ongoing formation in faith and knowledge of the traditions of the Church. In order that the parents may be properly disposed to understand and carry out the duties that they accept in presenting their children for Baptism, it is necessary for them to participate in a Pre-Baptismal program. Classes are held on the first Thursday of every month in the Oscar Romero Room at the Rocalli House. Baptisms are on the second and fourth Sundays at 1:00 pm. Please call the parish office for further information (203) 227- 5161.
The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God. Not only does Penance free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. We are liberated to be forgivers. We offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation every Saturday from 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm. Religious Education preparation for the sacrament takes place during second grade. Please call Cathy Romano in the Religious Education Office for further information (203) 226- 5448.
The origins of the Eucharist are found in the last supper that Jesus shared with his Apostles. Jesus changed the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, given now as an offering for the salvation of all people. By Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist the Church both receives the gift of Jesus Christ and gives grateful thanks to God for such a blessing. This thanksgiving is the only proper response, for through this gift of himself in the celebration of the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine Christ gives us the gift of eternal life. The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist is at the heart of every mass. Please see our Mass schedule for times. First Communion preparation is a two year process. It is introduced in First Grade and continues through Second Grade when students receive the sacrament. Please call Cathy Romano in the Religious Education Office for further information (203) 226- 5448.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.Preparation for Confirmation is a two year process. It is introduced in Seventh Grade and continues through Eighth Grade when the students receive the sacrament. The majority of the youth are in the eight grade year, but the program is open to all high school youth. Please call the Religious Education Office for further information (203) 226- 5448.
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. To prepare for this lifelong commitment, couples must contact the Parish Office at least six months before the proposed wedding date. Please call Michelle Hankey in the Parish Office for further information (203) 227- 5161.
Anointing of the Sick and Visitations
The Anointing of the Sick is not just for life threatening illness but for any illness-cancer, pre-surgery,depression etc. The sacrament if for the sick and and prays for healing. If home bound or in the hospital, please let us know and we shall be happy to visit, bring Communion and one of the priests can celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. You can help us by calling the rectory , so we can set a time to visit at your convenience. Due to privacy regulations, we are not able to know who is hospitalized unless you inform us. Please call the parish office for further information (203) 227- 5161.