Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church. The image of being blessed with holy water is well-known to all Christians and a beautiful way to begin your life with Christ. We have three age-appropriate programmes to mark the start of your journey.
It is never too late to be baptised!
Baptism for Children – Newborn up to 8 years old
Parents do the preparation for the baptism of a child up to 8 years old. Preparation includes materials and a one-off meeting with our Baptismal leaders. These meetings are usually held in the evening at the beginning of the month. The leaders will also help to arrange for the symbolic momentos of the baptism, including a stole, candle, and certificate. Baptisms are generally held on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Please see our bulletin for the next scheduled meeting or contact us.
Baptism for Children – 8 years old and above
Children 8 years old and above are considered to be able to consent to their own baptism: “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children” (RCIC). St Patrick’s Pukekohe has developed a lovely, 5-session programme to give children and their sponsor/parent a clear understanding of being baptised in Christ. It is designed for a limited number of participants. The programme runs periodically throughout the year. When your child is ready to make this first step, please contact us to register your interest and receive scheduled programme dates.
Baptism for Adults, including Confirmation and Eucharist
For adults seeking Baptism into the Catholic Church we offer the programme “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)”. This initiation programme begins with a formal entry into the programme (catechumenate) and reaches its culmination in a single celebration of the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation is usually set to the time and traditions of Lent and Easter. Our RCIA leaders are ready to guide you. Contact us to begin your journey of faith.