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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 Raphael Lobo.
Baptisms take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month at St Johnís Church, Orewa at 11am.
Parents are required to attend a Baptism preparation programme before the Baptism, if it is their first child being baptised or they have not attended a programme before.
This usually takes place on the Saturday prior to the baptism at St Johnís Church at 2.00pm.

Contact Fr Raphael Lobo on 021 114 6879 at the Parish office.

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 John Reardon - 021 609 096

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 Fr Raphael Lobo on 021 114 6879 Ė email Father here

Childrenís 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. Johnís 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. Francisí 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

St Johnís - Selina Limrick - 021 104 1309
St Francis - Ann McConachy - 424 3116

Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist

Children 8 Years and over are eligible. Children and parents participate in a preparatory programme led by the Sacramental Team.
Usually candidates make their first Reconciliation in the first term, and Confirmations and first Eucharist take place as close as possible to Pentecost.
Contact Theresa Fouche 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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