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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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