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.

• 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.

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).   

  Sacraments of First Reconciliation & Eucharist 2020  
This will take place in Term 1 2020.  View the programme timetable here: 1st Recon and HC Enrolment & Timetable 2020

.  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.

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 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.

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 Order of Christian Initiation of Adults - OCIA
This programme was formally known as RCIA.

• 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 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.