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 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 Reconciliation & Eucharist 2018  

 First Reconciliation preparation will begin on Sunday 5th August at both Sacred Heart and St Peter’s.  If you would like to enrol your child, please do so before Friday 3 August.  •  Download an Enrolment form here:  ENROLMENT FORM and dates 2018   OR collect one from the parish office.

A copy of your child’s baptism certificate is required with the enrolment form. This can be obtained from the parish where the baptism took place.

.  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 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 next will be in 2019.

• 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


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:

• 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 the parish priest.

• 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.

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.