• 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.
• Download an application form here: Baptism application form or collect one from the Parish Office.
• 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.
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).
Sacraments of First Reconciliation & Eucharist 2019 .
Enrolments are now closed. View the programme timetable here: 1st Reconciliation and Holy Communion Enrolment & Timetable.
. 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.
• Prayer in the home with your child and attendance at Mass each Sunday are very important.
• The Sacrament takes place every second year in this Parish.
The parish celebrated this Sacrament at Sacred Heart Church on 15th September 2019. Confirmation Enrolment form.
• The usual age in this Diocese is for those of Intermediate school age and up.
• An adult, who has not been Confirmed, may approach a Priest of the Parish for Confirmation preparation.
• Contact the Parish Office for further information.
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: email@example.com.
• Marriage Licence: from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This expires after three months, so don’t get it too early.
The next meeting for OCIA is Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 7.00pm at Sacred Heart hall meeting room. For information, contact Sandra at slc.sanctamaria.@xtra.co.nz, ph 338 8395.
• OCIA is a process by which adults who are inquiring about the Catholic Faith may become a Catholic if they wish.
• 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.
• 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.