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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 

THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST TERESAS IS THE PROCATHEDRAL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE WHILE THE THORNDON CATHEDRAL BUILDING IS BEING EARTHQUAKE STRENGTHENED. 

St Teresa’s Church, 301 Karori Rd, Karori.   Mass Times: Saturday 5.30pm, Sunday 10.00am.  Weekdays: Tuesday - Friday 9.30am;  Saturday 9am. Exposition: 1st Friday of the month. St Thomas More Church, 30a Worcester St, Wilton. Mass Times: Sunday 8.30am

 

MASS TIMES AT ST THOMAS MORE CHURCH, WILTON FOR SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL PARISH 5.30pm (Sat. Vigil)   Sunday 10:30am 

Exposition and Adoration: Is held on the first  Friday of the month in St Teresa’s chapel after 9.30am Mass and will begin again in February. Divine Mercy Devotion: Divine Mercy Devotion is every Saturday night at 5pm.  Reconciliation and Baptism: by appointment.  

PALM SUNDAY PHOTOS IN GALLERY TWO

SUNDAY REFLECTION

HE IS RISEN

Easter Sunday 
For over forty days and nights we have been on a desert journey. Today, Easter Sunday, as the sun rises we have put the most difficult part behind us, and we are given something to hold on to for the rest of our life’s journey. 
The way we see the desert of life is now transformed. We see the same things, life’s routines  continue as before, the trees and clouds are what they were before, the busy world around us  continues.  The pilgrimage of life carries on.   
But Christ’s resurrection has changed the way we see life. The words of St Paul echo “If Christ had not risen our faith would be in vain’ (1 Cor 15/14).  But Christ has risen, and everything is different because of that.  
If we still are afraid, we do not need to be. If we are still clinging to resentment, we do not need to. To fully change, we need only to be with him. Not hear about him or talk about him but be with him.  
Easter tells us that we are not alone. The Risen Lord is with us, walking beside us, listening to us, correcting our blind spots, showing us the way. 
We are truly an Easter people, and Alleluia is our song! 
Fr Ron

Easter in the Scriptures: 
Jesus said: I am the       resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die...-John 11:25-26  
"He is not here; he has risen..." - Luke 24:6 
Jesus is alive! God is, and never will be, dead. No one can ever kill Jesus Christ, our Lord God, or the Holy Spirit. They will always live on to encourage us,    commune with us, help us and stay by our sides for the rest of our days.  
"Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father too. From this   moment you know him and have seen him." - John 14:6-7  
"After Jesus had taken the wine he said, 'It is fulfilled'; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit." - John 19:30 
"The veil of the Sanctuary was torn right down the middle." - Luke 23:45

IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK (available here for download)

PARISH BUILDING REVIEW PROCESS

On 18th February a letter from Cardinal John Dew was circulated to all parishes.  In it, Cardinal John requested a review of each parish’s current  buildings, and their present financial situation. This was with a view of looking to the future. He asked us to prioritize ‘Mission.’  Each parish is required to  present these proposals by October 19th, 2019.   The following is a suggested approach I have run past the Parish Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee and Archdiocesan Offices.
 
Phase 1: April, May, June: Information gathering.  This is an important phrase as what follows will be based on this.  This includes the current value of buildings and realistic annual maintenance and insurance costs.  These are key drivers of rising cost in  parishes, in the case of insurance largely out of our control, and limit what can be afforded for ministry and mission.  The use of buildings, their  occupancy, whether they are ‘fit for purpose’, who uses them and how often.   Information about mass counts, funerals etc.  The financial situation of the parish, the number of Givers, AP, Envelope, Cash.  The latest Planned Giving Programme results,     especially the number of  Givers in relation to the population of the parish.  The finished document must be clear, precise,    easily read, and communicated to all, via eletter link and in the Parish website.  It must not be too long that people will not read it, or short and vague. 
 
Phase 2: July, August: A time of discernment.  This is a mixture of prayer and communication. There will be prayer opportunities. Also, a variety (not one) way of communicating. This could be a mixture of meetings, but also emailing of thoughts and suggestions.   This is also a time of communicating with  parishes who touch our boundaries and the  pastoral area we are in, other groups, both  religious and non-religious that use our buildings, or may in the future. Discerning what mission-oriented activity the parish might develop (or build up for the things it is already involved in). This is the reason for the process, to ensure that the parish’s assets and income are not just used to maintain the status quo, but are re-configured in ways which support growth in the parish’s mission to its own poorer people and to those in the wider community.   Phase 3: September. Decision making and proposal formulation.  This brings together Phase 1 and Phrase 2 and makes decisions / recommendations based on them.  Again, an exact process has yet to be developed.  
  
Fr Ron 

Parish Giving:                

Thankyou to all those who  have donated this year to the parish. Your receipts will be available in the church foyers in mid April.
 
As we come to the end of the tax year (31 March), it is a good time to review your financial commitment to the Parish. If you are not part of the Planned   Giving programme you are very welcome to        contribute to the parish in this way preferably by Bank Direct Credit (AP) or weekly envelopes. 
 
By registering your donations with the Parish you could be eligible to claim a tax rebate of up to 33.3% at the end of the financial year. Contact the parish office for more  information:  office@otariparish.co.nz   

Exposition and Adoration: Is held on the first  Friday of the month in St Teresa’s chapel after 9.30am Mass.
 
Divine Mercy Devotion: Divine Mercy Devotion is every Saturday night at 5pm at St Teresas.  
 Parish Morning tea: Last Friday of the month after Mass in the Presbytery. All welcome.
 Weekday Masses—9.30am Tuesday to  Friday and  Saturday 9.00am continue.
 Reconciliation: Every Wednesday at 7pm – 8pm at  St  Thomas More Church and St Teresa’s Church.
 Stations of the Cross: 7.00pm Mondays at St Teresas led by CWL. 
 Greenstone Doors, an ecumenical charity for women and children is looking for volunteers  www.greenstonedoors.co.nz

Home of Compassion Nuns have a number of meditation and contemplation events for people to attend at their island Bay compound. Check here on their website, also printed on the back of our newsletter. https://compassion.org.nz/

Anzac Day Mass 25th April  9.30am St Teresa’s Church.
 Anzac Day Memorial Service: 10.30am Karori 


 

 

 



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