"Parishes should be close-knit communities, without bureaucracy, people-centered - a place where the gift of the sacraments can be found.
They have to become once again schools of service and generosity, with their doors always open to those who are excluded."

Sacramental Life

The Sacraments are central to the life of our parish – and to us as Catholics. Here are some guidelines to help you to plan for baptisms, weddings and funerals, all important moments in our life as Catholics. Mass and Reconciliation times are noted elsewhere on this website. The Sacramental Programme takes place each year to prepare the children for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and for First Communion. (Separate ceremonies are held, in St Mary Immaculate Church and at St Joseph’s.)

Baptism in the Parish of St Thomas Aquinas

Baptising your child is an important step – in fact, the first step in your child’s faith journey. It is therefore important that you, as parents, be fully informed and prepared. Baptism is one of the most precious gifts you can give to your child – the promise of eternal life, the gift of becoming a child of God and a beloved member of God’s family.

The parish of St Thomas Aquinas is pleased to welcome your enquiries for the celebration of your wedding

A Church is not merely a picturesque or traditional place in which to wed. People who choose to be married in a church are actually choosing to make their commitment to each other publicly, in the presence of God, their families and friends. We in the Parish of St Thomas Aquinas regard this aspect of marriage with reverence and great importance.

Catholic Funerals in the Parish of St Thomas Aquinas

Celebrating the life of someone close to us is a very important aspect of our honouring their memory. The Catholic Church offers very beautiful liturgies to farewell the dead and commend them to God – either through a Requiem Mass or a Funeral Service. While our own funeral is not something that we would necessarily like to think about, we strongly recommend that you do take the time to plan key elements of your own funeral, and leave specific instructions for family and the parish priest.

Reconciliation Times

Friday’s 7.30am St Joseph’s Te Puna

Friday’s 11.15am – 12.00pm St Mary Immaculate

Saturday’s after the 9.15am Mass at Omokoroa

Become a Catholic - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Ever thought of becoming a catholic? “Come and See” (John 1:39)