Parish Policies

 

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young

Peopleis implemented. Every employee and volunteer

participates in the Virtus Protecting God’s Children for Adults

and families are invited to attend the Child Safety Workshops

once a year. Background checks are completed for all employees

and volunteers of the parish.

 

FAITH FORMATION~ GENERATIONS OF LIVING FAITH

The formal faith formation program is an intentional, lifelong, total

community, and intergenerational catechesis. Beginning formerly

in the 1stGrade the sessions are for ANY parishioners who desire

to “Go Deeper” in their relationship with God, themselves and

with their neighbor. Registration takes place in April and May for

the following September.

 

1ST RECONCILIATION – 1ST EUCHARIST

Any child entering the 3rd grade in the fall may register for

1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist preparation sessions when

registering for Generations of Living Faith. Reconciliation is in

the fall and Eucharist is at a Sunday Liturgy in May or June with

monthly attendance at the Faith Formation sessions, the

sacramental meetings and the retreats.

 

CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the

fall following the candidates’ regular participation and attendance at:

 Mass, preparation sessions, retreats and the Faith Formation sessions.

Candidates must be entering 9th grade in the fall.

 

SPONSOR CERTIFICATES

A person wishing to be a sponsor for the Sacraments

of Baptism or Confirmation must be a practicing Catholic,

at least sixteen years of age, has received the Sacraments of Baptism,

Confirmation, and Eucharist and are registered in the parish where they pray

and worship regularly. Anyone requesting a sponsor certificate from

this parish must meet these requirements.

 

BAPTISM

Couples requesting baptism for their children are to be

registered in the parish for a minimum of six months and

regularly attend Sunday liturgy. A baptism preparation session

must be completed before a baptism date is set. Baptisms normally

 are scheduled at 12:30 P.M. on the first and third Sundays of each

month and any weekend Liturgy by prior arrangement.

 

MARRIAGE

According to canon law, marriages are to be celebrated in the

parish church of the bride or groom. Arrangements are to be made

at least six months in advance.

 

HOSPITALIZED

Be aware that there are strict legal and ethical

guidelines regarding patient information given to clergy.

If you are hospitalized and desire pastoral support,

have your family notify us.

 

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK (Anointing)

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated any time

at home or in the hospital upon request.

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUBSIDY

St Thomas the Apostle Parish pays a subsidy of $250 to

Archdiocesan Catholic elementary schools and Holy Cross and

Sacred Heart High Schools in Waterbury for students whose

families are registered in the parish and use parish offertory

envelopes regularly.