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)
OTARI parish holiday Masses
Summer weekday Masses will be held at 9.30am on Wednesdays and Fridays from 30th Dec to 29 January.
Weekend Masses as usual: 5.30pm Vigil St Teresas, 8.30am St Thomas More and 10.00am St Teresas.
The normal weekday schedule of Tuesday to Friday Masses resume on 2 February 2021.
CATHEDRAL Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.00am Mass at Conolly Hall
St Thomas More Lounge and St Teresa’s Hall in January The lounge at St Thomas More and the hall at St Teresa’s will be closed from Christmas until 31 January as we carry out annual cleaning and maintenance work. Normal bookings and morning teas can resume from 1 February. Thank you, Parish Office.
Please Note: Father Tikoua will be away from the Parish from Boxing Day until the 16th January then Fr Ron will be away until 8 February 2021. The Office will only be occupied intermittently but you can leave a message on 4766 131 or email: email@example.com
NEW ARCHBISHOP ANNOUNCED FOR WELLINGTON ARCHDIOCESE
The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Paul Martin SM, Bishop of Christchurch, as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington.
My 1st Christmas as a priest was at Petone in 1972. I was helping in my home parish before taking on my 1st appointment in a months’ time.
A feature at that time was the number of Tokelauan people who were coming to New Zealand from Tokelau and settling in Petone, Porirua and Rotorua. The late Fr Pat Greally and the Hutt Valley Housing Trust spent a lot of time finding accommodation and setting them up for a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand.
At that time there were no vigil Masses on Christmas Eve, but a Midnight, and the normal Sunday Masses of 7.30am, 9am and 10.30am.
At 10pm that Christmas Eve there was knocking at the presbytery front door. An excited group of Tokelauan people were outside. Their request was simple ‘Please, open the Church, we want to see the baby Jesus!’ They were referring of course to the beautiful Christmas crib in the Church.
Many years later, I have never forgotten that moment. There was an innocence, a certain simpleness, even naivety about the request. But as well, they had hit the nail on the head!
Think of a young baby – how they are continually excited about the things around them, whereas we often see it all as ‘Ho hum.’ We forget the beauty around us. Familiarity breeds contempt or at least a taking of things for granted.
I especially love 2 verses in John’s Gospel, viz “God loved the world so much that he gave us his only son” (John 3/16) and “The word became flesh and pitched His tent among us.” (John 1/14).
This Christmas is a time once again to have that sense of wonder and excitement about all that God has done for us in Jesus. To be able to say, “Open the doors of my heart Lord, I want to see Jesus.”
DAY OFF FOR ALTAR SERVERS
Altar servers spent a few hours today (Jan 13) on the waterfront doing a scavenger hunt mounted on crocodile bikes. Finished the day at the beach by Fryberg Pool. Thanks to Pat Gee and Taron Montcreif.
XMAS EVE THURSDAYDEC 24 AT ST TERESAS CHURCH, CHILDRENS MASS
Thank you from Father Sanele
Thanks to Father’s extended family he reports he is now happily ensconced within his Auckland family. He sends his heartfelt gratitude for the generosity and kindness shown to him over the past four years. He misses Karori but is resting and recovering with the help of his sister and nephew. His hope for the Otari Parish is that you all have a truly Blessed and Peaceful Christmas and you extend this to all you meet.
The Otari Parish Altar servers finished their 2020 year with some training for new servers and a Christmas lunch on Sunday 6 December.
CARDINAL JOHN INVOKES THE PATRONAGE OF MARY
ON THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (dec 8).
Since 1850 our Archdiocese has been privileged to have the Immaculate Mother as patron. Each year we re-consecrate ourselves, our families, our nation and our world to her protection, asking especially that she keep us safe from the destructive power of earthquakes This year the special liturgy took place at the pro-Cathedral at St Teresas church in Karori .
Cardinal John prays the liturgy of invocation asking for the protection of Mary the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8) against earthquakes for the Archdiocese of Wellington.
Congratulations to all those children who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation last weekend. Special thanks to Lei and her team of parents who did a fantastic job of preparing the children teaching and making the Mass such a special occasion.
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.
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.
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