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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, Wellington 6012     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  Friday : 6.30am, 9.30am Saturday : 9.00am     St Thomas More Church - 30 Worcester Street, Wilton  Sunday: 8:30 am.   

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Liturgy of the Word:

Today’s Reading:

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 13 Aug 2017 YEAR A

Why did you doubt?

We all remember hearing the story of today’s Gospel. The disciples are by themselves in a storm-tossed sea. It’s panic stations. Then Jesus is seen coming towards them, walking on the water. They are scared, but Jesus calms them saying, ‘Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid.’ Peter answers him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water." Jesus replies, "Come." So Peter gets out of the boat and begins to walk on the water towards Jesus. At first Peter is confident, but then he becomes fearful when he sees the dangerous waves around him, he loses trust and begins to sink. Jesus immediately reaches out his hand and catches him, gentle chiding him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?" The scriptures were written for the people of the time, but also for us, many centuries later. So what is the message for us in today’s gospel? I think it is very much a story of faith and trust. Peter is often the impulsive one in the gospels, and he certainly does have faith. But here his faith is tested and he fails. What changed? In taking his eyes off Jesus, Peter became preoccupied with distractions – the wind, the stormy sea, the seeming impossibility of it all – and they became paramount in his mind at that time. Sometimes also we need people to ‘hold us up’ on the water, gently calm our worries, our distractions, and tilt our bodies towards Jesus again and help us to walk towards him. I have experienced some of that this week, as my family and myself are coping with our mother’s death. Loving words and support assure me that I am not alone as I walk a path that I have often walked with others, but now walk with my brothers and sister at our own mother’s death.

Some thoughts for prayer and reflection:

How much faith do I have in Jesus the Lord? What experiences do I have that bring me to the conclusion "Truly Jesus is the Son of God."

What were the storms in my life?

Did they affect my loyalty to the Lord?

What storms am I afraid of now?

Cry out to Jesus, "Lord, save me." What is Jesus' response?

Fr Ron



 Cardinal John talks about parish leadership this week



 Syro-Malabar Masses at St Thomas More on Sundays 

Welcome Syro-Malabar Rite 

In 2006, a group of about 27 families from Kerala, India, formed the St Mary’s Wellington Kerala   Catholic Community under the spiritual leadership of Fr Joseph Akkara, the then parish priest of St  Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hamilton. One of the main goals of forming SKCCW was a  desire to preserve and hand on the faith and ancestral traditions of the St Thomas Catholic Christians to the next generation, the most important of these being the celebration of the Divine Liturgy or Qurbana in the Syro-Malabar rite, which is one of the Eastern Catholic rites.

The NZ government’s recruitment drive in health care over the past years has seen a steady influx of Kerala Catholics from India and other parts of the world. Today the St Mary’s Wellington Catholic Community is a vibrant community of about 250 families in the Wellington Archdiocese. Many members of the community are professionals working in Healthcare and Information Technology. There are 22 Eastern Rite Catholic Churches are in full communion with Rome; attendance at any of these, and reception of the Holy Eucharist fulfils the Sunday obligation. For many years, Masses for the Syro-Malabar Rite have been held St Andrew’s Church, Newlands. As that Church has now being closed due to problems with their roof, the Syro-Malabar Rite community have asked, through Cardinal John, if they could use St Thomas More Church Wilton on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 5pm. The 1st of these Masses will be this Sunday at 5pm.


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