Sacraments

Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism marks the beginning of our life of faith. In Baptism we are welcomed into God’s family.

• Baptism of Children: Parents presenting their first child for Baptism are required to have a preparation session with the priest.

If you live in another Parish, please approach your local Priest first.

Baptisms  ~September 2017.
We welcome into our parish family:
Anthony Gopu, Aliyah Molina, Gon Gonzales,
Tessa & Anahera Lancaster-Gowland, Britta Gowland,
Charles Regalado,
Evelyn White, Meighty Tamayo

• Download an application form here or collect one from the Parish Office. Baptism application form

• It is customary to make a donation (about $25) on the day of baptism. This is not retained by the priest personally, but goes to support the Priests of the Diocese.

• For Adult Baptism and Baptism of older children please contact the Parish Office or a Priest of the Parish.

First Reconciliation and First Communion

This programme takes place each year – one is run at St Peter’s Church and one at Sacred Heart Church.  The programme is in two parts – First Reconciliation (6 lessons) and First Communion (6 lessons). 

  • On 17/18 June this year,  45 children made their First Holy Communion, the first of many during their lifetime. The children were in two groups, one at St Peter’s and the other at Sacred Heart. We congratulate them on their decision and the dedication to Jesus Christ in their preparation and presentation. We thank Brigid Ladley, Catherine Fitzpatrick and Joan Carroll  for tutoring and guiding the candidates; also Marilou Crequer for photos. Photos can be viewed under the Latest News tab.

• The programmes are parish based and involve parents or caregivers taking responsibility for teaching their children.

• The preparation programme is for the instruction of adults (i.e. parents and caregivers). Simple material is provided for you to instruct your child.

• A copy of your child’s baptism certificate is required. This can be obtained from the parish where the baptism took place. If you don’t know the address, then contact this Parish Office. Maybe we can help.

• Prayer in the home with your child and attendance at Mass each Sunday are very important.

• Download an Enrolment form here.  Enrolment form for Sacramental Programme

Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation communicates to us the same fullness of the Holy Spirit that the disciples received at Pentecost. It perfects what was begun in Baptism, deepens our bond with the Holy Trinity, strengthens our bond with the Church and missions us to witness to Christ.

• The Sacrament takes place every second year in this Parish.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on September 9th:
Karylle Abad,  Jamela Arganda, Chrystal Barnezo, Olga Bautista, Mia Chapman, Kristine Corpuz, Ronan Davidson,  Jonathan Derwahl, Ferlyn Dosdos, Leoj Ebuen, Neve Enright,  Amelia Fairlie, Malia Fasi-Smith, Luka Fields, Gabrielle Fields, Reese Firme, Jack Gormley, Aisling Grimes, Kirsten Hendroff,  Connor Holdorf, Daniel Lovegrove, Jan Genesis Pablo,Rudie Premacio, Noah Pupos, Harvey Scott, Niamh Stopforth, Joe Lebron Suedad, Maddison Sutherland, Taliyah Taugofie, Phoebe Tecson, Jasmin Torralba, Marc Valencia, Sarah Ventura, Lawrence Ventura, Amelia Williams, Nathan Yap, Janelle Yu, Owen Canacao.

Photos can be viewed under the ‘Latest News’ tab.

• The usual age in this Diocese is for those of Intermediate school age.

• An adult, who has not been Confirmed, may approach a Priest of the Parish for Confirmation preparation.

• Contact the Parish Office for further information.

• Download the enrolment form here. Confirmation enrolment form

Marriage

Contact the Parish Office, or the Priest you wish to officiate at your wedding at least six months before the intended wedding date.

• If you are getting married overseas you’ll need to be in contact with one of the Priests here to arrange for the Church papers to be completed and sent away.

• You will require a recent copy of your Baptismal Certificate. This can be obtained from the parish where you were baptised. With this you will need the Parish of your Baptism to include a declaration of your freedom to marry in the Church.

• Pre-Marriage Forms: see your Priest.

• Marriage Liturgy: arrange this with the Officiating Priest for your wedding.

• Pre Marriage Course: this is required and beneficial. Contact Mike Stopforth 027 536 9407 / Email: mstopforth@chch.catholic.org.nz.

• Marriage Licence: from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This expires after three months, so don’t get it too early.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - RCIA
This is often called the RCIA or Adult Catechumenate. [See Latest News tab for RCIA news].

If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about how to become a Catholic, please call 021-298-5017 or talk with Fr John. 

• It is a process by which adults who are inquiring about the Catholic Faith may become a Catholic if they wish.

• The process is run annually. Provision is made for those with particular needs (e.g. travel, or Marriage overseas).

• Contact the Parish Office or one of the priests for more information

The Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is one of the Seven Sacraments of the Church. As Jesus healed people both spiritually and physically while he was on earth so he carries on the work through the Sacrament of Anointing.

• The Sacrament is given where there is some gravity to a person’s illness, or a person is to undergo serious surgery, or is elderly.   The Sacrament is administered when there is a fresh occasion of illness.

• It is quite in order to ask for a priest to anoint a sick or elderly person in their home.

• If you are a patient in hospital, let the hospital know that you are Catholic at the time of admission so the Chaplain knows you are there. A priest will give Anointing of the Sick if it is appropriate.

Funerals
Contact the Parish Priest or Parish Office to arrange a Funeral.

• For Catholics a Requiem Mass is usually celebrated.

• The night before the funeral it is good to have a prayerful Vigil Service.

• It is necessary to meet up with the Priest Celebrant, through the Parish Office, as early as is convenient, to arrange the Mass, or Service and Vigil.