Sacraments

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

The Baptism of an infant is the beginning of a child’s faith life and journey with the Christian community. It is therefore an important decision for parents to make on behalf of their child. For a child to be Baptised a Catholic it is essential that one parent is a Catholic and that both parents agree to nuture the faith life of the child as much as possible. It is also essential that Godparents are baptised Christians, and one is a Catholic. A brochure has been prepared for parents on the Sacrament of Baptism. Baptism Preparation Brochure

Baptism of infants is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at either:

  • Sacred Heart Church, Addington or
  • Sts Peter and Paul, Halswell.

Parents are required to attend a preparation session before their child’s Baptism. These sessions occur on the fourth Sunday of each month at Sacred Heart Church, Addington at 2pm.

If you would like your child Baptised please complete the Application form Sacramental Enrolment Form – Baptism If you have any questions please email secretary@christchurchsouth.org.nz

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

It is customary to make a donation to the Church 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 on 338 8395 or secretary@christchurchsouth.org.nz or a Priest of the Parish.

First Reconciliation and First Communion

First Reconciliation and Holy Communion 2021

The programme is in two parts – First Reconciliation (6 lessons) and First Communion (6 lessons).

  Sacraments of First Reconciliation & Eucharist 2021  

  • The programme is 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 the parish office secretary@christchurchsouth.org.nz

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. 

The first meeting for the confirmation programme will be on Sunday 1st August 5pm.  We will begin with Mass for all parents and children at  Sacred Heart Church. We will then have a catechesis session for parents and children, we aim to finish by 7 15pm.

If you child is interested please register using the Confirmation Enrolment form Confirmation enrolment 2021

For further information please contact the the parish office secretary@christchurchsouth.org.nz

  • 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 parish office for further information at secretary@christchurchsouth.org.nz
Marriage

Congratulations on your up-coming marriage. The Church rejoices with you and wants your wedding day and married life to be richly blessed.

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

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

When you contact the Priest, he will arrange for you to complete Pre-Marriage Forms. The Officiating Priest for your wedding will go through the Marriage Liturgy with you.

You will be required to:

  • go through a Pre Marriage Course. This is required and beneficial. Contact Mike Stopforth 027 536 9407 / Email: mstopforth@chch.catholic.org.nz.
  • Obtain a Marriage License from the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. This expires after three months, so don’t get it too early.

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.

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults - OCIA

Want to be a Catholic?

OCIA: Order of Christian Initiation of Adults . Want to be a Catholic? Curious about the Catholic Church? OCIA is a programme which gives adults a pathway to become Catholic and strengthen their commitment to God and His Church. OCIA will begin in August 2021.

Many adults find themselves wanting to explore the possibility of baptism or becoming a member of the Catholic Church. Each year our parish OCIA program starts in August and leads up to Easter the following year, where candidates are Baptised, Confirmed and make their First Eucharist, or are received into the Church, depending on their situation. This wonderful celebration is the culmination of quite a lengthy and formative process.

You are welcome to come along and ask questions – there is no pressure to commit.

If you are interested, please register using the link below.
https://chchsouth.elvanto.com.au/form/f1c98a4c-5017-46eb-b625-9e75f28991a2

If you have any questions please contact the parish office 338 8395 or email the secretary secretary@christchurchsouth.org.nz for more information. Cost – free!

Communion to the Sick and Anointing of the Sick

Communion for those who are sick or unable to attend Mass

At any time, a number of our parishioners are absent from parish life for an extended period or unable to attend Mass because they are sick, recovering from surgery, undergoing treatment, or homebound because of diminished mobility or other physical challenges. If you, or a family member are in this position, please know that you are still valued members of our community and we have a number of extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist who are available to visit and bring you Communion at home or in an aged-care facility.

If you would like a visit from one of our pastoral care team, or  to receive Communion at home, please contact our Coordinator of Pastoral Care pastoralcare@christchurchsouth.org.nz

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 of Anointing gives one grace as strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties associated with illness, disease or dying. It is a reminder of God’s healing love at a time when you are facing great difficulties in your life; bringing comfort, hope and confidence in God’s loving presence.

This sacrament is available to you at home at your request. If you or a family member are ill, elderly, preparing for surgery, dealing with a serious diagnosis, or close to death, it is quite in order to ask a priest for Anointing.

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 anoint you if it is appropriate.

If you would like a Priest to come and anoint you please contact the Parish Office on 338 8395.

Funerals

Arranging a Funeral

In the emotional event of the death of a loved one, our parish offers you consolation and support. The priests and members of the parish community familiar with the Christian meaning of death and the Church’s funeral rites can assist the family as they grieve and make the many decisions which are needed after the death of a loved one.

The Catholic Church’s celebration of the Order of Christian Funerals is a dignified journey of days, leading to the 3-fold rite of Christian burial – the vigil, the Funeral Liturgy and the Rite of Committal.

Please contact the Parish Priest or ring the office on 338 8395 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.