Sacraments

The seven sacraments—Baptism, Confession, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick—are the life of the Catholic Church.  Each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace.  When we participate in them worthily, each provides us with graces—with the life of God in our soul.  In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us the graces necessary to live a truly human life.

Baptism

Baptisms are Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm by appointment. Please contact the Parish secretary during the weekday. Parent’s Baptismal instruction given one Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm is required.

Our parish community is pleased to be able to help your family prepare for your child’s baptism.

Please welcome into our parish family the following children who were baptized at St. Mary Church during the month of April:

Jax Hunter Dean, John Edward Dean 5th, Christina Grace Junio, Benjamin John LoRusso, Timothy Charles Magi, Emma Caroline Naomi Singer, Zachary James Ranges, Olivia Grace Smith, Miller Duffy Washay, Nathaniel Edward Zell.

First Reconciliation (Confession)

First Reconciliation (Confession) is to be celebrated prior to the celebration of First Communion. Preparation for this sacrament is through participation in our school or the religious education program, and parent meetings specifically designed to help parents and their children prepare for this sacrament.

First Holy Communion

wmc_chalicePreparation is through participation in our school or the religious education program and parent meetings specifically designed to help the parents work with their children for this important celebration in their life.  For more information please see the Religious Education section of this website or contact our Director of Religious Education, via email or phone at 203-877-5874.

 

Confirmation (High School)

Click here to see the details on high school confirmation.

Confirmation (Adult)

RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Ever wonder if your neighbor would like to be a Catholic? Have a friend at work who asks about your faith? If you know someone who is searching for meaning in their faith life, refer them to RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). RCIA is a is a process that invites all who are interested on a journey to full membership in the Catholic Church, including those who have never been baptized, baptized Christians who are interested in becoming Catholic, or Catholics who have never completed their initiation.
One of the most important things we do as a Church is to invite others to become a real part of the Roman Catholic faith. The RCIA provides a chance for adults to become a part of something special, as well as to become something better. It is an opportunity to examine one’s faith, to explore one’s direction, and to express one’s commitment to God. It is a chance to come and learn about the Catholic Church and to become an initiated member if you choose.

Top ten reasons to come to RCIA—not in any particular order.
1. You want to become Catholic.
2. You are marrying someone outside the faith and they need to know more about our faith.
3. You are Catholic, and did not receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation—Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation.
4. You have children to teach and don’t know the faith well enough.
5. You have a friend or family member interested in learning more about the faith, who would be more comfortable if you came with them.
6. You have experienced a loss of some kind in your life and need a small faith community.
7. Your spouse is not Catholic, and might be interested in joining our Church as your children are receiving first communion or confirmation.
8. You are Catholic, and would like to learn current Church teaching and practice.
9. You’ve heard it is a great experience.
10. God is calling you.

St. Mary is fortunate to have a knowledgeable and caring RCIA facilitator, who throughout a six month process will reveal teachings and insights about the sacraments, doctrine, and crucial matters of faith to adults who wish to become fully received into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil Mass. For more information, contact Deacon John Hoffman through the rectory office (203-878-3571).

Marriage

At the earliest possible date, you are asked to contact the Parish Office to set up an appointment with the priest to confirm your eligibility to marry in the Church and to receive information about structuring your Mass. One member of the engaged couple must already be a registered Saint Mary parishioner for at least six months before the couple can make a request to be married here. If the couple is not local but wishes to marry at Saint Mary because of its desirable location, they must have the permission of both their Pastor/Administrator and the clergy of Saint Mary and will usually complete their marriage preparation in their parish of origin.

At St. Mary, we take great care in assisting our couples in the selection of the music and readings for their wedding Mass. The engaged couple will be contacted by the Director of Music when your application has been completed and submitted to your presider. At the appointment with the Music Director, the bride and groom will choose from a large selection of appropriate repertoire and create a wedding liturgy that truly reflects their faith and their place in the community of St. Mary.

Click on this form to start the music selection process.

Holy Orders and Religious Life

The call to religious life can be a strong pull from early in life to a gently tug that follows you through your formative years. If you are interested in learning more about leading a professional life as a priest, deacon, sister or brother, each member of the parish staff is willing to assist you. As you consider a vocation, the vocation directors of the Archdiocese of Hartford are also available for assistance in discernment . For more information, contact our Parish Office or the Archdiocese Office of Vocations 860-761-7456.

It is a great blessing to have people come forward to devote their lives to the continuation of our faith. The community of St. Mary fully supports anyone who chooses this path for their lives and we keep those who are studying to become leaders in our faith in our prayers.

Prayer for Vocations
Gracious God, with grateful hearts we welcome the presence of Jesus, our Good Shepherd. We accept the mission of Jesus to bring good news to the world by our baptismal commitment to gospel living. Bless us with discerning hearts. May we have the courage to give our lives in loving service through married life, the single life, the consecrated life, and ordained life. Inspire men and women to respond generously and embrace the gift of a religious vocation. We unite our prayers with the whole Church, with the communion of saints, with Jesus and the Sprit in praise and thanksgiving now and forever. Amen
©2008 NCCV www.nccv-vocations.org

Anointing of the Sick

If you or a loved one is hospitalized or homebound, please contact the rectory to arrange for the reception of the Eucharist and/or for the Anointing of the Sick. The priests, deacons and Eucharistic ministers visit patients at Milford Hospital on a regular basis. If some one is confined at home or in one of the other area hospitals, please call the parish office to notify us.

Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was previously most commonly administered to the dying, for the remission of sins and the provision of spiritual strength and health. In modern times, however, its use has been expanded to all who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, and the Church stresses a secondary effect of the sacrament: to help a person recover his health. Like Confession and Holy Communion, to which it is closely linked, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be repeated as often as is necessary.

For information on funeral Mass preparations, click here.