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A Sacrament is an outward sign manifesting the grace of God. They are signs of what is promised to all who live a full human life of love, forgiveness and service.

There are seven Sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation (Confession), Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Anointing the Sick and Holy Orders.

The Hibiscus Coast Catholic Community 'celebrates' the conferment of the Sacraments. Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation bring us together to witness and celebrate these outward signs of our Faith.


If you have an enquiry about baptism, please contact Fr John Tollan:
Email Fr John here at the Parish office. He will organise a time to meet with you. Parents who are baptising their first child will need to attend a Baptism Preparation Programme. This is usually held on the third Thursday of every month.

We are blessed to have a number of dedicated, enthusiastic leaders who take it in turns to lead this programme.

The purpose of this programme is to explain the meaning and significance of this sacrament and also to go through the liturgy of baptism so that it is more meaningful for the families on the day of their child’s baptism. Godparents are also very welcome to attend the Baptism Preparation Programme.
Contact Fr John in the parish office – 426 5599.

Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist

Welcome to the 2017 & 2018 Sacramental Programme.

We hope the journey towards the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion will be a time for you and your children to enrich your faith formation

Aims and Expectations
  • As parents are the first teachers of the faith we believe that they also share with their children in preparing for First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. For this reason, the programme incorporates material that needs to be taught at home by the parents and worksheets which need to be completed by the children at home also.
  • The parish supports the child and their families through the sessions held on Sunday mornings from 9 to 10am at St. John’s Church in Orewa. The children MUST attend three sessions for each of the sacraments. This allows families to attend the 10.15am Mass after the sessions. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend the children’s sessions. The more involved the parents are, the more meaningful this programme will be for you and for your child and his/her faith formation.
  • It is compulsory for the children to attend all of the sessions. You will need to contact me at the Parish Office if your child is ill and unable to attend a session. (4265599)
  • There are three compulsory parents-only meetings for this programme. The first one will be held on [ be notified soon...] in the parish hall.
    This will look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The second one will be on [ be notified soon...] (Confirmation) and the final one will be on [ be notified soon...] (Eucharist).
  • Parents are given the resources for teaching their children at home and also given strategies and help to equip them for this task at these parents –only meetings.
  • The children will be confirmed on [ be notified soon...] at St John’s Church and they will make their First Holy Communion at the same time. There will be a rehearsal the day on [ be notified soon...] which is compulsory for you and your child to attend.
  • The total cost of the Sacramental programme is $50 (this includes resources, your child’s candle and photograph).
We look forward to working alongside you and your child as they prepare for the sacraments.
For more information or to register, contact Fr John Tollan in the parish office – 426 5599.

Enrolments for the Parish Sacramental Programme are now open. Enrolment forms can be found in the foyer of the churches and at the Stella Maris School Office. Children need to have been baptised Catholic and be in Year 3 at school. The programme runs from [ be notified soon...] The cost of the programme is $50, which includes course material, a personalised candle, and professional photograph of your child during the ceremony. If you wish to enrol your child please complete the enrolment form and return with payment to the Parish Office. If you have any questions or require more information please contact Claire Buckley, programme coordinator via email: or 09 420 4045.

Print out the Enrolment Form

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Adults wishing to be initiated into the Catholic church participate in an RCIA programme which is held weekly on Thursday evenings for a period of 6 months.
For more information contact Vic Barrington in the parish office – (09) 427 5228 -

RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children)

  is a programme for school age children and teens who desire Baptism and to complete their initiation sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. For more information contact Catherine Cyprian – (09) 426 2486 –

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry

Our Parish is blessed to have a wonderful team of committed and enthusiastic leaders at both of our churches. We offer junior and senior sessions at St. John’s Church in Orewa. Children who attend the junior sessions are typically under eight years of age. Preschoolers are also welcome to attend these sessions but we ask that an adult please accompanies them until they turn five. Once the children have turned eight / have completed the Sacramental Programme, they are welcome to begin attending the senior sessions. At St. Francis’ Church, we offer a combined (junior and senior) lesson.

We are currently looking for new leaders.
Leaders need to be practising Catholics and over the age of 16. They also need to have a strong faith and enjoy working alongside children. The commitment involved is to prepare and lead a lesson once a month.
Training, assistance and ongoing support are available.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this very important ministry, please contact Fr John Tollan in the parish office – 426 5599.

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues and the Spirit enabled them.
Acts 2:3-4

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