The Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism opens the door to a new life in Jesus Christ - a life that extends beyond death and into life eternal in heaven. Baptism is the sacrament of salvation: an encounter with God that cleanses us from sin and makes us true children of God, sharing in his very own divine life.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the beginning of a journey of lifelong commitment to God and his church. Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
The pre-Baptism program at Holy Family involves the staff and clergy in welcoming parents and preparing them to have their child baptized. Parents are required to attend a pre-Baptism class prior to the sacrament being administered. Godparents are highly encouraged to attend with the parents to fully understand sponsorship and ceremony requirements.
Parents preparing to have their child baptized should contact the parish office at 203-336-1835 as early as possible to register for the Baptismal Catechesis class. This mandatory class is conducted on the first Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. in the parish center.
The sacrament of Baptism is held on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in the Church. Godparents (sponsors) from outside the parish must submit an original Sponsor Certificate to the parish office from their respective home parishes one week prior to the Baptism ceremony. If you are a registered parishioner at Holy Family and need to obtain a sponsor certificate, please contact the parish office for an appointment. A sponsor certificate must have a church seal.
If you need help deciding who should be a godparent or sponsor for your child please please view these requirements to help with your decision.
RCIA (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults)
For adults joining the faith, instruction concerning the Sacrament of Baptism can be arranged through the RCIA program. Please contact Mary Jane Perry, our Coordinator of Religious Education, at 203-579-4540 (to leave a message) or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.