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Cardinal Dew reads the proclamation declaring St Teresas Church, Karori (Otari Parish) to be the pro cathedral of the Archdiocese at the 5:30 pm vigil Mass on December 8 2018. Cardinal Dew also read the consecration of the diocese from 1855 to the Immaculate Conception by Bishop Viard,  after he had proclaimed the newly pronounced dogma, as a specific remedy against any recurrence of the series of severe earthquakes in the region over several months in that year.

The book of the Gospels in carried in to the pro-Cathedral in procession by members of the Tongan community..

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. 


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. St Teresa’s Church: 

Exposition and Adoration: Is held on the first Friday of the month in the chapel after 9.30am Mass. Divine Mercy Devotion:   Divine Mercy Devotion is every Saturday night at 5pm.   Reconciliation and Baptism: by appointment.   St. Mary's Kerala Catholic Community Wellington of the Syro-Malabar rite, have Mass, Catechism and Holy Hour services at St Thomas More Church in Wilton.  WEB LINK

Otari Parish Christmas Masses:
Christmas Eve Children’s Masses: 24th December
• St Teresa’s Church: 5.00pm
• St Thomas More Church : 7.00pm
Christmas Eve Masses: St Teresa’s Church:
• Filipino Mass with Cardinal John: 7.00pm
• Christmas Eve Mass: 9.00pm
• Midnight Mass with Cardinal John: 12.00am
Christmas Day Mass: 25th December
• St Teresa’s Church: 10am

First Holy Communion Celebration Mass 10.00am,  Sunday 25th November:
55 children from Otari Parish and Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish made their First Communion on Sunday November 25th at the 10.00am Mass at St Teresa's Church. 
A large number of children and their wider families attended the Celebration Mass.  


The Altar Servers Xmas Party, some of whom had just received their certificates at the 10AM Mass on Sunday 9 Dec 2018


Advent – A Time of Preparation December 8/9 2018
Recently, I went onto the internet to find out more about progress on Transmission Gully. I had seen parts of it from a distance on various tramps, but I wanted to know how it was progressing, and what the finished product would be like. On the internet I was given a kind of helicopter or bird’s eye view not only of the present but also of the finished product.
Today, Luke’s Gospel paints a fairly negative view of the world at the time of Christ. It is quite a controlled situation. Roman rule and enforcement is everywhere. Several of the leaders mentioned will be involved in Jesus’ death. Not a good place to start a new movement.
Then John the Baptist appears. He is the final bridge from the Old Testament to the New, from the time of waiting to the time of fulfilment. He is the final preparation before the actual event. John is quite definite. It will happen. God is doing something and nothing will stop it. God will have God’s way.
If this is true, why is the world still in such a mess, no better than in the time of John the Baptist. We must change, and accept God more into our lives. Often we think that we have done, but there is (at least for myself) still much to do. There is the contact challenge to ‘Repent and believe the Good News.’
What are these rough patches in our lives? What are the bumpy spots that keep us from focusing on God, and on our faith journey? How do these get smoothed out?
John the Baptist and Advent challenge us to change. One particularly good way is the Sacrament of
Reconciliation. For the next three Wednesday’s a priest will be available at St Thomas More, St Teresa’s, and the Cathedral Chapel from 7pm to 8pm for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As well, there will be the 2nd Rite of Reconciliation celebrated at St Teresa’s on Sunday 16th December at 4pm.
Do come, so that, in our lives –
“Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.”

Fr Ron

A parish leadership newsletter from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre with thinking, links and events.
Leadership Links December 2017.pdf (2.38MB)
A parish leadership newsletter from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre with thinking, links and events.
Leadership Links December 2017.pdf (2.38MB)

 NEW...Latest parish council minutes in the PPC minutes page here

Futuna Chapel Carols Wednesday 12 December 7.30pm. Please come and join the St Teresa's and St Mary's Karori Parish Choirs for an evening of Christmas music and singing at the Futuna Chapel in Friend St. Supper to follow.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?    Read the Sunday Lectionary texts and ask yourself if they have an application to our parish and to New Zealand today?  Discuss it with your fellow parishioners.

Read the today's Mass readings. Today’s Reading:   For more information about our church liturgical calendar check out the national liturgy website HERE 




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