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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,WEEKEND - Saturday Vigil : 5.30pm  Sunday : 10.00am.  DURING WEEK - Monday : None.  Wednesday & Friday 6:30am. Tuesday : 9.30am,  Wednesday: 6.30am, 9.30am  Thursday : 9.30am & 7:30pm,  Friday : 6.30am, 9.30am Saturday : 9.00am.  (JANUARY TIMETABLE.  Note there will be chapel communion services 9:30am Wednesdays and Fridays.)  St Thomas More Church - 30 Worcester Street, Wilton  Sunday: 8:30 am. Christmas Masses Christmas Eve: Masses 6pm Children’s Mass (Karori), 7pm Children’s Mass (Wilton), 9pm Family Mass (Karori), 12 midnight Christmas Midnight Mass (Karori). Christmas Day: 10am Christmas Day Mass, St Teresa’s, Karori.    Other Mass Centre timetables in our area.  St Mary of the Angels. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Hill Street)  Johnsonville

January 2018.pdf (338.41KB)
January 2018.pdf (338.41KB)

(Holiday Reading) SYNOD OUTCOMES BOOKLET (Available as a PDF - Please click here) "I now ask parishes to start planning how they will implement the Synod outcomes in their particular situation."  Cardinal John Dew. 

Otari Parish Advent Gift Giving;  This year instead of childrens gifts , we are collecting for the Soup Kitchen who will purchase food or gifts as they need for Christmas Day.  Envelopes can be deposited under the Christmas tree at Masses.  Donations can also be made direct to our parish account 02 0536 0392292 00 with the reference SK Appeal. For those families not already on Planned Giving, a receipt will be issued on request to the parish office.

Christmas Food for St Vincent De Paul Society collection at ST Thomas More:Over the next 2 Sundays of Advent there will be a Christmas Box at St Thomas More Church where we are inviting you to donate some spe-cial Christmas food and treats. These can include such things as boxes of chocolates, biscuits, ollies, fizzy drink, tins of fruit, chippies, After Dinner Mints, Short-bread, Christmas Cakes, mince pies or any treats you can spare. These will then be delivered to a number of Elderly Parishioners including those in Rest Homes with the remainder being delivered to St Vincent de Paul

Cardinal’s Care Appeal 2017 This year the Archbishop’s Advent Appeal has been rebrand-ed as the Cardinal’s Care Appeal. Gifts to the 2017 Care Appeal will:   1. Provide food, housing, counselling, security and support to countless men, women and children who need our help through Church agencies, and          2. launch critical initiatives that have arisen from the 2017 Synod.


 Liturgy of the Word:

Today’s Reading: 


2nd Sunday of Advent Dec 10 

Advent is a time of waiting. Each year we walk as a church through the Mystery of God. We never truly ‘get it.’ It is always mystery. We get an inkling here, an inkling there, but we never fully understand. The more we ‘know’ of God, the more we realize just what we don’t know. This will be in the 71st Advent, my 71st journey of the Church’s Liturgical Year. I hope at the end of this new Church year, I will understand the mystery of God just a little more, and that will be true of us as a parish community as well.

We see life in terms of past, present and future. Always moving on. But the Church year is different. It realizes we cannot take in the Mystery of God. So it repeats it again and again. God is eternal. God creat-ed the universe, attempted to show us the way, finally sent his only Son to die for our sins, who rose again, and sent the Holy Spirit to be our Guide. Yes, we can ‘get’ these facts in our heads, but to really begin to understand them takes more than a lifetime, and an eternity to enjoy.  

The journey always begins with Advent. We identify with people of all ages who have yearned for God, especially with the Jewish people whose story we reflect on in the Hebrew (Old Testament) scriptures. At the gateway between the old and the new we meet Zachariah and Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna. Finally John the Baptist, and Mary and Joseph. Mary is the bridge, who bears Jesus, whose birth we celebrate on Christmas Day.  

Advent is a time of reflection on the big things of life. Who we are and where we are going. Who is God and who is God in my life?  

Reflection suggestions:  

Think on the awesomeness of God’s love – that God would become like me to show me the way to Him.  

At Christmas God fills the emptiness of human hearts. Am I letting Jesus be born again in my heart?  

How can I make Jesus alive in the world around me?  

Fr Ron  


 JANUARY TIMETABLE.  Note there will be chapel communion services 9:30am Wednesdays and Fridays.







Synod Recommendations.  

Recommendation 11.  

Support marriage and families:  

The Archdiocese engages with parents, including single parents, to determine how best to support them in educating and involving their children in the faith, and acts on the outcomes.  

The Archdiocese carry out a listening process with di-verse families, prioritising families on the peripheries ("preferential option for the peripheries") to build trust-ing relationships and to enable parishes to better re-spond to their needs.  

Parishes make their worship spaces and liturgies more family friendly, through a process of listening to their people.  

The Archdiocese provides a point of contact for those in a troubled marriage who are seeking professional help.  

Parishes review their support for those suffering grief and loss, including marriage breakdown, health deteri-oration/disability, with the review supported by Catho-lic Social Services.  

Addressing the needs of older people is a priority, with particular emphasis on their social, emotional and spir-itual needs (spirituality of ageing and death).  

That the Archdiocese commission a research project into the relevance, reach and effectiveness of mar-riage preparation programmes, with input from partici-pants married between 2 to 5 years and marriage edu-cators, and drawing on professional research.  

Recommendation 12. Build community:  

Priority is given in the context of implementing the Syn-od outcomes to building community and strengthening connectedness (including across the generations and cultures) in amalgamated parishes.  

Parishes revisit the Archbishop’s letters in the proposal and promulgation documents, "A Future Full of Hope", and align their vision and practices with the spirit of these letters.  

Parishes create opportunities for the development of relationships between parishioners, particularly in amalgamated parishes, through working together on projects and responding to needs  

Continuing to strengthen the relationship and practical cooperation between parish and schools is a priority.  

Seeking out and drawing "the missing" back into the parish community is a factor in all decision making in the implementation of the Synod outcomes.  

In being an inclusive and welcoming people, particular attention is given to those who are disabled and their families, including the mentally ill.





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