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WELCOME to the website for the Catholic Parish of Otari which covers the areas of Karori, Wilton and Northland.  The parish has two churches, St Teresas in Karori and St Thomas More in Wilton.            

MASS TIMES       St Teresa’s Church  -  299 Karori Rd, Wellington 6012     WEEKEND - Saturday Vigil : 5.30pm  Sunday : 10.00am    DURING WEEK - Monday : None  Tuesday : 9.30am,  Wednesday: 6.30am,9.30am  Thursday : 9.30am  Friday : 6.30am, 9.30am Saturday : 9.00am     St Thomas More Church - 30 Worcester Street, Wilton  Sunday: 8:30 am.   

Note: There is no 8.30am Mass at St Thomas More on 4 June. Instead there is our parish cultural Mass at St Teresas at 10.00am

FROM THE PASTORS DESK

6th Sunday of Easter:  Psalm Response: “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.”   Today’s Reading: Acts 8/ 5-8, 14-17, 1 Peter 3 /15-18, John 14/ 16-21.   Next Sunday: Act 1/ 1-11, Ephesians 1/ 17-23, Mt 28/ 16-20.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments

Imagine you are dying and are on your deathbed with your family and friends gathered around you. You want to give them some final words to live by when you are no longer with them. What would those words be? This is really the scene in the gospel for today. Although Jesus has promised to return, until that happens he wants to give them some final words to live and remember him by. He tells them that if they love him, they will keep his commandments (all that he has taught them), and secondly, they will not be alone. He will send an Advocate who will lead them.   Keeping his commandments means not just obeying certain rules laid down, but living the life of a disciple, following the way of living that Jesus has taught.   A counsellor/ Advocate/ Paraclete (v.16) can mean a spokesman, a mediator, an intercessor, a comforter, a consoler or a helper. Another permanent Counsellor is in contrast with Jesus' departure. The Counsellor may be seen as continuing the functions of Jesus' earthly ministry for the disciples. Of course there are many ways of living a Christian life. In our Archdiocese, Cardinal John has seen stewardship as a way of doing that, To be conscious that all is gift, that all comes from God, and giving the best of our Time, Talents, and Treasure to God.

Here are some points for reflection on the Gospel:

1. Do I love Jesus? Is it a luke-warm love or a passionate love?

2. What are the commandments that I find it hard to keep? What can I do about this?

3. When do I most feel the presence of God (the Holy spirit) within me?

3. When do I feel like an orphan, abandoned by God. Has God moved or have I?

Fr Ron

 

 

 


 GO YOU ARE SENT FORTH SYNOD PARTICPATION DOCUMENTS

Cardinal John Dew has convoked an Archdiocesan Synod, to take place from 15-17 September in Wellington.  The topics for discussion have been made available by the Archdiocese for group use.  For those who won't be at the Synod this is a chance to respond to the Synod topics.  There is a 5 MB pdf document outlining the Synod topics and a Word Document to enter responses and send to the Archdiocese.

SYNOD 2017 PARTICIPATION BOOKLET
ASY_ArchdioOfWgtn-booklet-d4.pdf (4.79MB)
SYNOD 2017 PARTICIPATION BOOKLET
ASY_ArchdioOfWgtn-booklet-d4.pdf
(4.79MB)

 

SYNOD RESPONSE WORD DOCUMENT
Synod-Participation-Response.doc (62.5KB)
SYNOD RESPONSE WORD DOCUMENT
Synod-Participation-Response.doc
(62.5KB)


 

 

 

Good Companions for Senior Citizens  

Next get-together on May 23 (meet each month), in St Teresas Hall. Come along and enjoy the friendly company, entertainment and lunch from 11am 1pm. There is a koha of $5.

Click link here for photos from their 50th birthday celebrations

https://goo.gl/photos/8fDycTrJq1YYr2868

 

 


 

 

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