The first sacrament that Christians receive is Baptism, a welcoming into the family of Christ. This sacrament involves the pouring of water to symbolize both the washing away of sin and also the living water which Christ promises to deliver to those who follow him.
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated by appointment. Parents wishing to have their child baptized at St. Philip's must first be registered at St. Philip's Church. Click here for a registration form if you are not already registered.
At least one Godparent must be a Confirmed Catholic and provide a copy of their Confirmation Certificate before scheduling the Baptism.
Parents are asked to call the rectory at 860-429-2860 and arrange to participate in the Baptism program.
For Adults: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process in which a person who is not baptized or baptized in another faith denomination, has not received instruction, first communion, or confirmation, journeys with others like them and other Catholics to be fully initiated in the Catholic faith. It is a process of formation. There are four steps in this formation process which culminates at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The parish community, through its prayers, witness, worship, service, and catechesis, offers the invitation and support for the men and women to be initiated into the Catholic Church. Weekly meetings are held beginning in September and ending in May.
For more information contact the Church office.