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This is the website for the Catholic Parish of Otari, Wellington, New Zealand. 

Mass times: (Full Mass schedule with Level One has resumed)

St Teresas,Karori Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm, Sunday: 10.00am.  St Thomas More, Wilton 8:30am.  Karori Weekdays: Tue-Fri 9.30am, Saturday 9.00am Reconciliation: Saturday 9.30—10.00am

St Teresas church is also the pro-Cathedral, and used for Cathedral Liturgy services while the Cathedral Church building in Thorndon is being upgraded, a project thought to take about three years from 2020 

Some Cathedral Parish Masses are at St Thomas More Church Wilton, others in the Cathedral Blessed Sacrament chapel and St Mary's School Hall.  For an up to date list of these masses  Click Here  (Link is to Cathedral parish website) 


Feast of Christ the King Matthew’s gospel is rich in parables, and we have heard a lot of them these few weeks. They often speak of the Kingdom of God. This Sunday, the last Sunday of the Church’s year, ends with a rather graphic parable of the Last Judgement. The Son of Man comes ‘in glory’; he is ‘escorted by all the angels’; he sits on ‘his throne of glory’, and ‘all the nations’ are assembled before him. Then comes the judgement – or rather the separation of sheep and goats – this is given quite a different tone from the comfortable and encouraging shepherd scene from Ezekiel which is our first reading. Here we have a stark judgement. Two striking points are stressed in the parable. Firstly, we will be judged on our treatment of those in any kind of need. Not on our prayer-life. Not on our piety or penances undertaken. Only on our respect for others, how far we look to see what they need and what we can give. Each of the 10 Commandments and the 8 Beatitudes can be summed up in this: telling the truth, being honest, honouring father and mother (or children), hunger for justice, peace-making. The second striking point is the reason for the first: that Christ dwells in each person. What we do to others, we do to Christ. Finally, as the Church year ends, perhaps it is a good time to review the year and our Christian journey. Covid 19 has made it a strange year indeed. It is important not to beat ourselves up. We often look on the negative and forget the good. Let us give thanks for opportunities given and accepted and for good things that have happened on our Christian journey. To acknowledge failing. Then, to put that aside, and resolve to find Christ more in the new Church year, beginning next week!

On Monday November 30 the Catholic Church will come under the scrutiny of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Faith-Based and State Institutions.  Survivors of criminal sexual abuse in the church will give public evidence and the Church will respond next March.  Cardinal John has made a statement about the hearing;

"This could well be a tumultuous and difficult time for the Church in New Zealand, however I ask you to remember that we as the Church asked to be involved in the Royal Commission. The preparation has not been easy. It has cost us an enormous amount of time in preparation of material, it has been difficult financially, but we knew that we needed to be involved. Many people all around the country have been working hard to prepare and provide the material the Commission needs to do its work.  Please pray for all of us who are involved. Our hope is that this will make us a better Church, that we will be able to find out why abuse has occurred and how we can truly become a church at the service of all."  Complete statement here  

If you have been affected by abuse within the church there are survivor group help available and there is information on our safeguarding page. You can also contact the Royal Commission directly through their website here.  There is also information about the Church's Safeguarding office and the protocols and pastoral rules that have been established for the safety of everyone on our safeguarding page, and you can read about the latest information about this directly on their website here.

Enrolments for the 2021 Sacramental Programme are now open.  Please see the Sacramental Programmes page for more information.

Futuna Chapel Carols with St Teresa’s and St Mary’s Karori Parish choirs. Monday 7th December 7.30pm All welcome. 

Otari CWL welcome all parishioners to the Parish Christmas Party, Wednesday Dec 2nd, 7.30pm St Thomas More. Back by popular demand ‘The Good Time Gang’ will be entertaining us. 

Christmas gifts for children The St Vincent de Paul Society is holding its successful Vinnies Christmas Shop experience in December. The Pop-up Shop enables parents of families in real need to have the pleasure, dignity and choice of selecting and wrapping Christmas gifts for their children.Ōtari Parish JPD Group invite you to donate a gift/gifts in new condition for a child aged 0 to 16 years. Please put your gift, unwrapped, in the container in St Teresa’s or St Thomas More Church foyers in the boxes labelled ‘Christmas Gifts’ by Saturday 28th / Sunday 29th November. Nothing will be collected after this date. Christmas wrapping paper and decorations are also welcome. Alternatively, if you wish to make a financial contribution to this outreach project please visit the Vinnies GiveaLittle page at 

Congratulations to these Candidates who received the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation this weekend.  Alexander Abenoja, Quinn Aldred, Markus Angeles, Mark Braganza, Klyde Hermo, Khloe Hermo, Jayden Jones, Moses Laccay, Sibylla Laccay, Joseph Orsman, Dylan Paloma, Alice Renwick, Evelyn Renwick, Eugene Rhee, Ellie Stephens, Rory Summerhays, Olivia Wilson.


Prayers for protecting God's handiwork.

Ecumenical walk and service  prepared by members of the Wadestown Presbyterian Church, St Luke’s Anglican, St Anne’s Anglican and Ōtari Catholic Parishes.  Held Sunday 20th at 2PM

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First Communion 2020 - Sunday 20th,The Otari First Communion Mass was held on Sunday under Level 2 guidelines for our 15 candidates and their families. Many thanks to Lei Encarnado and her team for preparing the children and making the Mass one to remember. 


To personally study the word of God for each Sunday in advance go to the Readings site page for  at Universalis (which displays readings for the week so choose Sunday) Reading the Gospel and commentary in advance each week will help in preparation for Sunday mass.  


For an explanation of those Sunday and Daily Mass Readings in advance use this very good Carmel site  CLICK HERE FOR THEIR COMMENTARIES  

The Carmel site provides reading commentaries for the current week via pdf (english download).  

Letter from Cardinal John Regarding Otari Parish Property Review   Cardinal John has responded to the parish property review submission asking the parish to retain St Teresas Church and Hall, and the flats at Cardinal McKeefrey school. However he has asked that the Parish sell St Thomas More Church once the Cathedral is reopened.

The Cathedral was to have re-opened in July 2021 but the new shovel ready grant from Government allowing for more earthquake strengthening work over three years has changed that timeline.  St Teresas church will remain the pro-Cathedral during that time.  It is expected that St Thomas More church will also remain open during that time.       The full letter is available here in pdf format.   


The Cathedral strengthening and restoration fund has been boosted by an $8.5M grant from the Shovel Ready Infrastructure Fund.The  application for funding outlined a project scope that included the current works and base isolation.  This funding now allows for the beginning of the design work for base isolation.The strengthening work on the Cathedral will take about three years meaning  St Teresas church would remain the pro-cathedral during that time and St Thomas More church in Wilton would remain open.