of the sacraments
The Sacrament of Baptism welcomes new members
into the Roman Catholic faith. Baptism services take place on the second
fourth Sundays of each month at 12:00 p.m.
A pre-baptismal program
for parents and godparents is required. Please call the Parish Office,
(203) 235-3822, for an appointment well in advance. Godparents/sponsors
must receive certificates of sponsorship from their own parish priest.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is administered on Saturdays
from 3:00-3:30 p.m. EST (4:00-4:30 p.m. DST), and by appointment.
In this Sacrament, we are reunited with God, our sins are forgiven
and God's grace is strengthened within us. This Sacrament is received
for the first time
by second graders with the consent and judgment of their parents.
The Church has determined that this Sacrament be received before
First Holy Communion.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Parents who present their child for this Sacrament should enroll him/her
in the Religious Education program when the child is in the first grade. At Holy Angels,
this Sacrament is given to children in the third grade during
the spring each year. Parents are to make the final judgment when they
believe their child is prepared to receive the Sacrament.
Confirmation completes Christian initiation.
Students in grades 9 and 10 meet every Sunday morning from 9:30-10:45
a.m., following the school
calendar, as part of a two-year program leading to the Sacrament of
Confirmation. In grade 9 a review of the faith is given, bringing
together what the students have learned in previous grades on
a more adult level, leading them to make responsible decisions
as Jesus would. In grade 10, they learn to apply Christian principles to
solve everyday problems, as well as focus on the theology
of the Sacrament of Confirmation itself. Participation in various church
functions is mandatory to help the Confirmation candidates become active
members of the parish family. Sponsors must receive certificates of sponsorship from their own parish priest.
Couples wishing to schedule a wedding are asked
to contact the Rectory at least six months in advance. Since the commitment
made in this Sacrament
is probably the most important commitment in life, the Church asks
that adequate preparation be made in the reception of this sacrament.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK AND VISITATION
Please call the Parish Office
whenever a family member is confined to the home, hospital, or a nursing
home for communion calls or Anointing
of the Sick. We would be happy to visit.