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"You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so, you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring this child up to keep God's commandments as Christ has taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"   (Ritual of Baptism)

Parents who wish to have a child baptized in the Catholic Community of St. Bartholomew's will hopefully share our concern for their child's spiritual life and well-being. It is important to us that their child have every opportunity to grow in faith and as a member of our parish. With this in mind, we'd like to share with you some of the guidelines and expectations of the Church concerning requirements for Baptism.

Participation in a Pre-Baptism class is required. Contact the parish office for the schedule of classes and required registration. Classes are held on Sunday evenings in a group or individually by appointment.

The minimum requirements established by the Archdiocese of Hartford (as these requirements reflect Church Law) are:

With the above in mind, we welcome your decision to have your child baptized at St. Bartholomew Church. Please know that the whole parish family will do all we can to see that your child grows within a warm, caring parish family and will have the best of opportunities for religious training.