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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 

You can view this website on your mobile phone simply by entering in the website address into your phone google search  otariparish.co.nz

2020 Sacramental Programme Registrations are now open. See page. 

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.  

CHRISTMAS and HOLIDAY MASS TIMES 2019 - 

Tuesday  24 DECEMBER  

5:00pm Children's Mass St Teresas 

7:00pm Children's Mass St Thomas More (Wilton) 

7:00pm Filipino Mass St Teresas 9:00pm Mass St Teresas 

11:15pm Office of Readings with carols followed by Midnight Mass with the Cathedral Choir and Orchestra. St Teresas 
CHRISTMAS DAY   _  10:00am Mass St Teresas
NEW YEARS DAY   -   9.00am Mass St Teresas
Weekday Masses will only be held only on  Wednesdays and  Fridays at 9.30am in the chapel at St Teresas from 27 Dec through to 31 January. Normal weekday Mass schedule resumes 4 February (Tuesdays to Fridays).

During January, Fr Ron will be away but Fr Tikoua and Fr Sanele will be in residence.

The parish office will be open intermittently .



SUNDAY REFLECTION
Third Sunday of Advent
 
One of the reasons for the ‘success’ of some of the great  televangelists is that they look like what people expect to  see – smart, articulate and full of empathy. Jesus makes the point that John the Baptist does not look like what people necessarily  expect to see in terms of a successful leader, but there are clues in his dress to his being a prophet – ‘and much more than a prophet’. People are called to discern at a deeper level if they are to  recognise the one who has come to announce the kingdom. And not only do they need to discern, but they need to be patient as James tells them. That can be an uncomfortable message for us, living in a culture where so much is available instantly at the touch of a button. We would like some assurance and clear evidence – and we would like it now – as even John in his prison seeks an  answer. Jesus does not dodge the question, but he offers an answer that does not satisfy the instant demand, but which invites reflection – and faith.
 
The wonderful prophecy from Isaiah that is our first reading is one of great encouragement and promise – it calls for rejoicing (hence Gaudete Sunday), and it assures the people of deliverance. It is also marked by clear signs – ‘the eyes of blind shall be opened ... the lame shall leap like a deer’, and that is precisely the results of Jesus’ healing ministry. 
 
So, there is evidence and there are clear signs – for those who look, for those who are patient, for those who have faith. 
 
Advent is a time for pondering – pondering the mystery of the Incarnation to be celebrated shortly, pondering the mystery which is the second coming and pondering the mystery which is Christ with us – present in Word and Sacrament and in the community of faith. It is pondering these realities and looking for the signs they offer that will enable us ‘not to lose heart’ but be those who are called to have ‘everlasting joy on their faces’.
 
Fr Ron 
 

IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK (available here for download) 

Christmas Food Appeal 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 special Christmas food and treats.  These can include such things as boxes of chocolates, biscuits, lollies, fizzy drink, tins of fruit, chippies, After Dinner Mints, Shortbread, Christmas Cakes, mince pies or any treats you can spare. These will then be delivered to  families in need within our community,  Elderly Parishioners, and supporting the hampers delivered by Challenge 2000

KARORI FOODBANK The foodbank is looking for volunteers who can work between 10 and 11.30 am on Tuesdays and/or Fridays. The work consists of packing food parcels which have been sought in advance by clients of the foodbank. It is clean work and involves no heavy lifting. Volunteers are rostered over a 12-week period and might be required 2 or 3 times during the currency of one roster. For  information please contact Angela at 476 6963 or email pachyderm@werren.nz. 

 Altar Server’s Christmas Party 2019 



The Altar servers finished the year with a party at St Teresas on Sunday.  Thanks to Pat Gee and Estelle Henrys for their efforts.  We said thanks and goodbye to four of our regular altar servers, Sophia, Emma, Maggie and Anna.  Contact Pat if your child wants to do their part as an altar server to join the roster.

Pilgrimage to Hiruharama Saturday 18 January and Sunday 19 January 2020 A pilgrimage to Jerusalem on the Whanganui River. An immersion in the story of Suzanne Aubert, founder of the Sisters of Compassion and an  invitation to experience the Wairua of this historical site. Enquiries and registration  spirituality@compassion.org.nz  (04) 383-7769 

2020 50th Jubilee Year 2020 promises to be an exciting year for Cardinal Mckeefry School as we celebrate 50 years of  Catholic Education in Wilton. On the 15th of     February 1970 the school was officially opened by its namesake, Cardinal McKeefry. With Block A being the only building, it quickly grew and the  second block was added. 270 boys arrived each day, which must have been quite a sight.  The school wants to make the whole of 2020 a celebration of their past, present and future. The first event will be a 1970's dress up day held on Friday the 14th of February, where the tamariki will go to school in the 1970's - no computers, no   photocopiers, no problems!  We would love some 70's technology to share with the tamariki so if you have some you can share please let the school office know ph 4753262. If you'd like to register to be part of the jubilee or know of some former    students please contact the school:  admin@cardinalmckeefry.school.nz

 Memorial Mass for Kraft D’Souza  12pm Saturday 21st December at St Mary of the Angels, Boulcott St followed by light  refreshments in the  Church Hall.  2.30pm departure to Makara Cemetery for   unveiling of the headstone. All welcome. 

Are you interested in Zero Emissions and  Laudato Si?  What do they have in common, and what can Ōtari Parish do together to help?  This will be our 2020 Lenten focus. Let Father Ron know that you would like to help by phoning or emailing him.


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CATHOLIC READING SITES - NZ

Wel-Com     (Wellington and Palmerston North monthly diocesan paper) 

Tui Motu       (Independent Catholic magazine, published in Dunedin monthly) 

NZ Catholic  (Nationwide newspaper.  Published fortnightly) 

CathNews     (Online news - twice a week. Subscribe to receive via email) 

Marist Messenger (National Catholic Monthly published by the Society of Mary) 

Te Kupenga - Catholic Leadership Institute.  Interested in lay ministry courses, take a look at the national Catholic Institute website which provides lay ministry courses.

ABOUT FAITH

Listen to Catholic stories - testimonies from Catholics about faith struggles - from the Diocese of Hamilton.  (Video)   VIEW HERE 

FAITH JOURNEY  Support resources for Catholics about faith, prayer, spirituality and being Catholic.  CLICK HERE

Encountering the Divine - Catholics share their deep faith stories (text) CLICK HERE

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