About the Sacrament

In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation. "No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit" (Jn 3:5). After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mk 16:16). 

The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means "immersion" and "bath." Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing. Saint Paul sums up this truth when he says, "You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead" (Col 2:12).

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. "He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water" (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634). 

Jesus' immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God's will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. 

By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—Original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.

Baptism Introductory Video


Baptism Day & Time

Baptisms are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 12:00 noon. To arrange for a Baptism and a preparation class, please contact the parish office: (860) 561-4235.

Pray for our Newly Baptized

Dear Lord,

Watch over these children. Send your blessing on them so that they might grow in Christian maturity. Bless the parents, families, friends, and all who nourish these children.  Help them to grow in your grace. We give thanks for the gift of these unique and tiny children who reminds us of your incredible love.

In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen

Finn Bellenoit, McKenna Burke, Thomas Conaghan, Morgan Farrell, Sofia Ferrer, Piper Mastroianni, Benjamin Meo, Andrew Morello, Liam Palmiter, Lillian Schmitz, Ryan Smith, William Snyder, Julia Whitney

Grow with your Child After Baptism

St Peter Claver Playgroup

Come join St. Peter Claver’s Kid Playgroup! Playgroups promote parent support and preschool readiness. St. Peter Claver Playgroup is a relaxed, friendly environment where caregivers come to connect with others while their children learn to play, socialize and just have fun. Bring your child. To join, log in to our Connected Community, go to the communities tab and view all communities, then search for "Playgroup" and follow the instructions to join. You can also send a message to the office by using the contact us button in the top right corner of the Parish Home screen and we are happy to help you get connected.


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