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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 (see contact page)

  • Tonga Next Sunday there will be a special collection for the devastation in Tonga.
  • Early morning Masses: During Lent and Advent there will be an early morning Mass every Wednesday and Friday., beginning this coming Wednesday, Ash Wednesday. But it may not be possible to have the Mass right through the year. As happened last year.


Reflection: 2nd Sunday of Lent, 25 February 2018, Year B


In common speech the word hopefullyhas been downgraded so that it expresses little more than a vague wish: Hopefully, it will be fine tomorrow,or Hopefully, it wont be too busy.

A novelist describes what it is to live hopefully. One of her characters is a young woman named Sally who has cancer and knows that she is dying. She has two young children. She is determined not to leave her husband and children with the memory of her dying being a drawn-out horror story as she wallows in despair. She wants her children to remember her as a fun-filled, kind and loving person. As long as she has strength, despite the illness that threatens to overwhelm her, she resolves that she will find purpose and meaning and as much enjoyment as she can in each day. Even though she knows her time on earth is limited she is full of hope that counters despair.

Charles Pinches, a professor of religious studies, says that, unlike optimism, genuine hope is formed in the darkness. This was Sallys experience.

During Lent we keep company with Jesus as he trod the path that would lead to the cross. The happiness he pursued was not a passing fancy but the true blessedness that comes from a life of overflowing commitment to the way and will of God. Nothing would turn him aside. This is what it is to live hopefully. Living hopefully is grounded in the faithfulness of God and is always linked to action.  

Living hopefully is one of the key notes of the gospel that we are called to proclaim throughout Lent, the Easter season and all that lies beyond.  

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that [life] makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), first

President of the Czech Republic who spent years imprisoned during the Soviet era.  

Extract from editorial by John Meredith in Word and Worship [Autumn 2018] Used with  



50 year  Anniversary of the Opening of St Teresa's Church on February 17.

Short Video here

Construction of the Church in 1967

Wall and roof frames

A thousand people attended the opening on Feb 17 1968

Submissions on End of Life Choice Bill:

This weekend after the 10.00am Mass at ST Teresas there will be people to assist parishioners if they would like to write a submission.   You can read a catholic factsheet about this bill at the Bishops Ethics Centre, The Nathaniel Centre, Please click here  And you can read the Bishops statement about this issue by clicking here  You can access the video used in the parish on the weekend (27/28 Jan) here


Otari, Sacred Heart and St Mary of the Angels parishes.  Please register your child using either the online form on our website page or the pdf form opposite.  There is a word doc form on the website page.

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 will definitely be integrating the Synod outcomes into parish planning so please include the Synod outcomes booklet in your reading. 



Otari Parish Ministries…..can you help?

Reading: Some training is required but you would be rostered to read at a Mass of your choice several times throughout the year. In particular, more readers are needed on a Saturday evening at St Teresas. If you are interested in undertaking this ministry please let Catherine at the office know.

Altar Servers: For children who have made their First Communion and are interested in becoming an altar server the parish will be having a training session on Sunday 4th March at 2pm in St Teresas Church.

At this meeting there will be current altar servers talking about their experiences and there will be an opportunity for new altar servers to put their name onto the church roster for serving.

Good Companions Good Companions is on Tuesday 27th February in the St Teresas Hall from 11am-2pm. All are welcome.

Otari Parish Justice Peace and Development Group If you are interested in Social Justice issues come along to the first meeting of the Otari JPD group  On Wednesday 7th March at 7.30pm in the St Thomas  Moore Lounge. All are welcome. 


Engaged Encounter Is a weekend experience for couples intending to be married, Weekends scheduled for 2018 are: 17 - 18  March, 14 - 15 July, 3 - 4 November 2018. Registrations close two weeks before. Venue: Presbytery, 301 Karori Road, Karori, Wellington. or for more details go to the website at: or phone Kate & Simon Olsen Telephone 801 6192, or email Simon and Kate at

Marriage Encounter: Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed for loving couples. It's a chance to look deeply into their  relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. 

The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and  tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to  focus on each other and their relationship. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention!  The next weekend will be at the Silverstream Retreat Centre, on 11-13 May. For more information, go to





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