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The Sacrament of Baptism

Congratulations on the birth of your child!

The parish family of Most Holy Trinity Church extends its warm wishes and prayers as your prepare to have your child Baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. The Priests and Deacons of Most Holy Trinity Church are here to assist you in this process.  There are certain requirements surrounding the Sacrament of Baptism that must be followed.

Any practicing Catholic who is a registered member of Most Holy Trinity Parish can have his/her child baptized here.  Please note, if you are not registered, you may register as a parishioner by contacting the parish office and completing a registration form.  If you have not been attending Mass weekly, we ask that you please begin to do so immediately.  The Sacramental Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Hartford state the following concerning the Sacrament of Baptism:

"Prior to Baptism, the priest or deacon must be convinced that there is reasonable hope that a proper religious education will be arranged for the child in the future.  There should be a solid founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic Faith, thus, where both parents have been totally neglectful of Mass attendance, it is recommended that the Baptism be postponed."

Therefore, the Sacrament of Baptism can be celebrated if:

  1. There is evidence of regular weekly Mass attendance.  If this has not been a practice of the family, they are asked to begin at this time.  (With a parish of this size the family use of the envelope system is the easiest indication that the family is attending Mass.)
  2. The commitment of the godparents and their practice of the Faith are sufficient enough to assure the Church that the child will be raised in a regular practice of the Faith.

If a lax practice of the Faith has been the norm, then a sincere desire for change is welcomed, but must be visible. It is hoped that this time of grace in your child’s life will an opportunity for conversion and spiritual renewal.

 

Baptismal Preparation Class

Parents of children to be Baptized at Most Holy Trinity Parish must attend the Baptismal Preparation Program, which is held here at the parish.  This is an Archdiocesan requirement for parents having children Baptized in the Catholic Church.  We ask the father, mother, and when possible, the godparents to attend this program.

The program will consist of an explanation of the Sacrament of Baptism as well as an overview of the Baptismal Ceremony.  Your responsibilities as Catholic Parents and raising your child in the Catholic Faith will also be discussed.  The program is held the last Wednesday of every month in the church (with the exception of December).

Please call the parish office at 203-269-8791 to register for the program.  If you have had a child baptized at Most Holy Trinity Church within the last five years, you are exempt from attending the program.

The Role of Godparents

A Godparent/Sponsor:

A.    Must be a practicing Catholic at least 16 year of age.

B.     Must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation.

C.     If married: He/she must be married according to the laws of the Roman Catholic Church.  Please read “Guidelines for Choosing Sponsors” for detailed information.

D.    If not married; must be living a chaste lifestyle.


According to the laws of the Catholic Church, godparents for Baptism must be examples and models of the Faith for the Child. 

If the sponsor is not a member of Most Holy Trinity Parish he/she must present a Sponsor Certificate from the parish at which he/she is registered.  Sponsor Certificates are then brought to our parish office as soon as possible.
If the sponsor is a member of Most Holy Trinity Parish, he/she must contact our parish office at 203-269-8791 as soon as possible to complete a Sponsor Request Form.
Schedule a date for Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of the month at 1:30 P.M.

In order to schedule a date for Baptism, three (3) requirements must be met:

  1. You have attended the Pre-Baptism Program on the last Wednesday of the month.
  2. You have completed and submitted the Registration Form for Infant Baptism.
  3. You have submitted the signed sponsor certificates for Godparents.

A date will not be scheduled for your child’s Baptism until these requirements are met.  There is a limit of six (6) that can be baptized on any given Sunday, so completing the requirements quickly and well in advance will ensure that you can schedule the date you would like before it fills up.

Baptism Documents
 Title Description
MHT - Baptism InformationDownloadInformation about the Sacrament of Baptism at MHT
MHT - Choosing SponsorsDownloadGuidelines for choosing Sponsors/ Godparents for Baptism
MHT - Baptism FormDownloadThis form is to accompany the copy of the child's birth certificate.
Church of Most Holy Trinity

Most Holy Trinity Church 

Wallingford, CT

Rectory: 68 North Colony Street.
Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone: (203) 269-8791
Fax: (203) 269-0880
htrectory@snet.net

church@mhtwallingford.org

Rectory: 9:00 A.M. - 3 P.M.

Church Hall: 84 North Colony Street


Office Hours

11 North Whittlesey Avenue

Wallingford, CT 06492

Phone: 203-265-6300

Fax: 203-294-4983

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Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday-Friday: 1 P.M. - 6 P.M.

Tuesday:1 P.M. - 8 P.M.

Saturday: 8:30 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.

Mass Times

Monday through Saturday: 8:30 AM

Saturday Evening: Saturday 4:00 PM

Sunday Masses: 7:30 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM

Mass in Spanish: Sunday 12:00 Noon, Tuesday 6:00 PM

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