We share the delight of couples who announce their intention to marry and we warmly congratulate them. We therefore aim to give every couple marrying in the parish some knowledge and skills that will help make their marriage the best possible. We aim to establish the concept of lifelong relationship education, recognising that the transition from single life or a cohabiting relationship is only the first of many exciting changes which will occur over the lifespan of a marriage. If you are preparing for a second time marriage there are specific issues you will be facing. An experienced couple can work with you in your marriage preparation to address these issues - contact the Parish Office firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 388 6953 to start this process
We have three churches in the parish for your special day - contact the Parish Office email@example.com or 04 388 6953 to make a booking and arrange a time to discuss your wedding plans with one of our priests
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as a son or daughter of God. In Baptism we become members of Christ and are incorporated into the Church, becoming sharers in her mission. While it is an important event in the life of a family, it is more than just a private family celebration. When a child becomes a member of God’s family through Baptism, the Church community commits to supporting the parents and the child in their faith journeys - contact the Parish Office firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 388 6953 to arrange your child's baptism
Holy Cross PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
For parents and their pre-schoolers it is great to get together to have a play and get to know one another, leading to all important school familiarisation trips when school time approaches. Contact Holy Cross to find out days and times - office 04 388 7189
Preference forms are available at each of our three primary schools. Collect and complete the form from the school in preparation for your meeting with the parish priest and bring a copy of your child's baptism certificate - contact the Parish Office 04 388 6953 when you are ready for your meeting with the parish priest
We cover first reconciliation, confirmation and first communion in the same year. Each of our church communities initiates their own annual programme. If your children are in a parish school you will get to hear about it. Otherwise please notify your interest at the parish office and you will be put forward for the programme in your area when it starts - contact the Parish Office email@example.com or 04 388 6953 with any enquiries or if your children aren't at a parish school.
SUPPORT Society of St vincent de paul (seatoun & miramar conference)
The Society is based on the Church’s teaching, spirituality and prayer. Our mission in the Miramar, Seatoun and Strathmore suburbs assists the poor, sick, aged, lonely and disconnected of our community. Our members strive to show love and compassion, humility, common sense, and a practical approach for those we assist through personal contact. No problem is too small or big. We are people helping people. New Zealanders have a good and generous heart and would love to help others but don’t quite know how to go about it. Our Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides a practical way of connecting up those who want to help with those who need assistance. Please get in touch with us today if you would like to help.
Holy Cross area Miramar contact Clare Maddock 04 388 8548 or Trish Herzog 04 366 3842
St Anthony's/Good Shepherd areas Seatoun/Strathmore contact Brendan Quirk 04 388 9708 (pictured), John Woods 04 388 9062, Katie Hill 04 938 9292
Our communities have activities for seniors. Holy Cross has seniors friendship group first Wednesday of each month and St Anthony's the Thursday group every Thursday. You are most welcome to join any of these groups, to enjoy the activities they offer - for Holy Cross contact Margaret Mansell 04 388 2840 and St Anthony's contact Julie Marshall 04 388 8644