• 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.
• 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.
There are currently two programmes running this year
- One for Hoon Hay and Halswell.
- One for Sacred Heart and St Peter’s,
The programme is in two parts – First Reconciliation (6 lessons) and First Communion (6 lessons).
Sacraments of First Reconciliation & Eucharist 2020 .
Due to COVID-19 this years Sacrament of First Reconciliation & Eucharist has been delayed. Refer to the amended timetable for dates and times.
- The programme’s 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.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sandra Martin, Coordinator of Sacramental & Liturgical Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Sacrament takes place every second year in this Parish.
The parish will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation next year 2021. Dates yet to be confirmed. Confirmation enrolment 2021
- The usual age in this Diocese is for those of Intermediate school age and up.
- An adult, who has not been Confirmed, may contact the Coordinator of Sacramental & Liturgical Ministries for Confirmation preparation.
- Contact the Coordinator of Sacramental & Liturgical Ministries for further information at email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Marriage Licence: from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This expires after three months, so don’t get it too early.
• OCIA is a process by which adults who are inquiring about the Catholic Faith may become a Catholic if they wish.
Contact the parish office for more information.
The 2020/2021 OCIA new year begins this August 2020. If you would like to enrol or find out more information, please contact Sandra Martin – Coordinator of Sacramental and Liturgical Ministries.
• 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.