Christian Initiation

Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is the beginning of the process in becoming a Catholic Christian.

Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation and introduces a person into the community.  The Covenant into which the child is being initiated brings the child, not only to Christ, but to others who share the same faith commitment.

Parents wishing to have their child or children baptized at St. Matthew Church are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Class prior to the Baptism. Grandparents and Godparents are also invited to attend if they wish. Registration for a Baptism Preparation Class can be made by contacting the Parish office and should be made prior to the birth of the child if possible. All Baptism Preparation Classes are held once a month in the Chapel at 7PM.   The dates for 2017 are as follows:   April 11th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 5th, October 10th, November 14th and December 12th.

Baptisms for children are celebrated on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of the month.  Adult baptisms are celebrated at the Easter Vigil. Call the Parish office at (860) 872-0200 for Catechumenate information.

For more information, please contact Deacon Ronald F. Freedman at 860-478-4539.

Eucharist

Christ promised his followers that he would feed them here on earth and welcome them to a banquet in Heaven. He fulfills his promise through the sacrament of the Eucharist by offering His own body and blood to feed the faithful both physically and spiritually.

The Eucharist is the most eminent sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received. As children reach 2nd grade or above, we extend them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist. This is done through participation in our parish Religious Education program.

Confirmation

For Young Adults in Religious Education:

During Confirmation, seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are given and received. These gifts are accompanied by fragrant chrism oil. The feel and the smell of the oil remind the newly confirmed that the Holy Spirit has conferred blessings and sacred gifts.

There is a two year formation process to prepare candidates for Confirmation.  The formation process includes two years of classroom instruction as well as spiritual formation supported by service and retreat.

All components must be completed before Father Rick will declare the candidate ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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.