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Baptism

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.

 

Theology

  • A sacrament is defined as a visible sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace.  Along with confirmation and Eucharist, baptism is one of the sacraments of initiation that gradually bring us to full initiation with the church. Baptism is the foundation of sacramental life as it ushers us into the Divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community.
  • Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been validly baptized in a Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic Church.
  • The catechism teaches: "The fruit of baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which human beings become adopted children of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

 

 

Baptisms at St. Margaret Mary Church

We are happy to welcome you and your family to the celebration of the sacrament of baptism at St. Margaret Mary Church. Please contact the parish office at (860)644-2411 to begin the process and to enroll in the baptism preparation class.

If you are not currently an active, registered parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church we invite you to complete a Registration Form to join our parish.

FAQs

What are the criteria for godparents?

Deciding who will be your child’s godparent(s) is an important decision. They should be chosen based on their ability to help raise your child in the belief and teachings of the Catholic Church. Please click the here for more information on the specific requirements for godparents.        

What documentation is required?

Sponsor certificates for the godparent(s) must be provided from the parish in which they are registered before the baptism can be scheduled. For your convenience, if your parish is located within the Archdiocese of Hartford, you can print and complete the following form.

Archdiocese of Hartford Sponsor Certificate

When are the baptism preparation classes held?

The classes are held once a month. Please contact the office at (860)644-2411 for more information on upcoming class dates.

When do baptisms take place?

Baptisms are scheduled in advance and are typically celebrated on Sunday afternoons.

Are Photographs allowed?

This is a very special day in the lives of the newly baptized; photographs are allowed and encouraged.

Is there a fee?

There is not a fee. However, to mark this joyful occasion many families decide to give a monetary donation to the parish as an expression of gratitude.

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