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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. 

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Offertory Giving Pogramme

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         Scenes from Pentecost Sunday  9 June 2019 

      The Birthday of the Church   The beginning of Otari Parish 10am St Teresa’s Church –        Multicultural celebration Mass. There was a shared lunch and  Cultural celebration. 


 There are many other photographs from our Pentecost Sunday on our Facebook Page (see below for a link to the page.)  A big shoutout to our photographers,  Andrew Gee and Ramon Illana

SUNDAY REFLECTION 

Feast of the Blessed Trinity
 
Recently, Brother Guy, known as "The Pope's Astronomer," visited New Zealand.  He was here to discuss his vision of God and our  universe.
 
Br Guy believes in the need for science and religion to work together.  His talks looked at humanity’s venture on to the other planets in the  solar system, the unimaginable size of the cosmos and the need for us to understand the universe created by God.
 
The God we believe in is too small.  We just have no idea of who God really is!  We are only a small speck in the hugeness  of the universe. Perhaps the psalmist was thinking something similar when he said: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour.”
 
So who is this God who has created all of this? We can feel a little like Job when God challenges him to  explain the workings of the universe. Why would God want to be involved with us, as fickly as we are?
 
Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Trinity. The Catechism calls the Holy Trinity  “the central mystery of the Christian faith.” 
 
Pope St. John Paul II talked of the Holy Trinity as a Divine Family. The teaching on the Divine Family presents God as a family, Father to Son, and Son to Father, and the Holy Spirit as the Love between them. As in a marriage, the love between two spouses brings forth life in a child, so the Holy Trinity exists as this Love between the Father and Son. As three family members are equal in dignity, so the Persons of the Holy Trinity are equal in divinity and splendour.
 
As an expression of its superabundant love, the Divine Family sought to share the love it already possessed within itself. And so, God the Divine Family created the heavens and earth and crowned this creation with the human person, made in the divine image, male and female, he created them.
 
As members of the human family, therefore, we are all welcomed into this Divine Family. No one is excluded or left out. The door is always open.  What a privilege to be part of God Divine Family. Fr Ron

IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK (available here for download) PARISH BUILDING REVIEW PROCESS

Stewardship Breakfast with the Cardinal:  Come and enjoy fellowship, hospitality and hear inspiring speakers. Venue: Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon, Wgtn. Date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Time: 7.00am-9.00am. Speakers: Cardinal John & ? Cost: $20.00 Please deposit your money to the following bank acct 02-0536-0003306-000  with Reference:  Stwdship  Code: B-Fast. Any questions please ring Chris (04) 496-1706 
CWL hosting Winter series 
 
Wed June 19th 10am after Mass in the Chapel led by Spiritual Director Susan Chrisp. The theme for the morning will be practising the  Presence of God.  All welcome.
Sunday 23rd at 10.00am is First Communion in the  Parish. If you are coming down to the hall after Mass to join in the  celebration, could you please bring a small plate of finger food to share.
Collect for St Vincent de Paul! Do you have an hour or more to spare on  Friday 28 June? The Vinnies Street Appeal is back and we are looking for people to collect on Wellington's streets in support of the Vinnies welfare services. As a self-funded organisation, this appeal is vital for the future of our services which include:
- A choice based food bank. - A full-time social worker. - Supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Access to free furniture, homeware and clothing. - Clothing and bedding packs to new mum’s and their babies. - Companionship to those in rest homes, hospitals and isolated residencies.  - An inclusive sustainable sewing studio providing meaningful activity for the community. With your support, we can continue providing these invaluable support services to those that need it most. We have collection points throughout the central CBD and surrounding suburbs.  To sign-up or to find out more information, please call 04 389 7122 or email Millie at marketing@vinnieswgtn.org.nz
 
 
Thanks to all who organised and participated in the wonderful   Pentecost Multi-Cultural Mass and     celebration last Sunday.
 
Check out our website for photos taken by Ramon Illana and Andrew Gee.
Towels wanted for the Night Shelter please. There will be a box in the St Teresa's foyer until 30 June, or please phone Mary or Murray on 476 9129.
Life in the Spirit Seminar 2019 God’s inviting YOU to experience a life changing seminar! Topics: God’s Love, Salvation, The New Life, Receiving God’s Gift, Baptism in the Spirit, Growth and Transformation. To be held at St Thomas More Church on 7 consecutive Wednesdays 3 July – 14 August, 7.30 – 9pm. A koha will be taken up each week. Please register by Friday, 22 June 2019. Enquiries /registration: asgwlg.lss@gmail.com


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.
Rosary at 9:45 am on the  Sundays of May  at St Teresa’s Blessed Sacrament chapel.
Cleaning 
 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/

Cleaning roster at St Teresas We have a roster for families or individual  parishioners in a team to clean the church, usually on a Friday or Saturday, for approximately one hour around twice a year.  If this is a ministry you are interested in as a way to contribute to the parish, please contact the parish office on office@otariparish.co.nz 

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Otari Parish has an elected Parish Pastoral Council, elected by parishioners for four years, with  5 members elected every 2 years.
Our parishioners who accepted nomination are:  
Patricia Bennett, Liz Bergin, Kathryn Flynn, Lourdes Gittus, Lydia Marshall, Des Tiller, Falakiko Tu’amoheloa, Gunther Tutuilai, Myrna Umali. 
 A short bio and photo of each candidate will be    displayed in the foyers over the next few weeks.   Voting will take place on 15/16 June. 

Congratulations: This year's Sacramental  Programme children were introduced to the parish on Sunday and received encouragement from the Catholic Women’s League.


 

 

 



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