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This is the website of the Catholic parish of Otari, Wellington New Zealand and is part of the Wellington Archdiocese. 

The parish has two churches,  St Teresas 301 Karori Rd, Karori and St Thomas More 30 Worcester St, Wilton

Mass times: Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm Karori,  Sunday: 8.30am Wilton and 10.00am Karori.

 Weekdays: Tue-Fri 9.30am, Saturday 9.00am Reconciliation: Saturday 9.30—10.00am

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Love is a word that is used a lot these days, and yet we don’t seem to be especially loving as individuals, as a group, a nation, or as a world. It has become a trite word, almost meaningless. Love needs to start with God, who is Love itself. ‘God loved the world so much that he gave us his only son.’ (Jn 3/ 16). Today’s readings offer the opportunity for a profound and transcendent reflection on love. Love is such a powerful and profound emotion in human beings that it is easy to perceive of it as being rooted in ourselves. That is why the reading from 1 John is so striking: ‘this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us’. For Christians, God’s love for humankind is the foundation of all human experience of love. Theologically all love has its origin in the mutual love of the three persons of the Trinity, and that love invites all to enter into, and share of, that love. A human child learns love by being loved, and if deprived of love as an infant, the effect can be devastating. Even more so human beings are able to love simply because they have been loved first – loved into existence. God manifests love through our love for each other. But we cannot ‘just do it.’ We need to experience love if we are truly to give love! The best way is to experience and be part of God’s love. That is a gradual process. We can do that especially through prayer and just spending time in God’s presence. The joy of nature, the goodness of people, gratefulness for all we have received, are also pathways to God’s love. Reflecting of the scriptures, learning from others, are also important. Today, Mother’s Day, we think of how God has first love us through our own mother’s. That began well before we were born and has continued as long as our mothers have been alive. We thank God for the gift of our own mother, all mother’s, and the gift of motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day. Fr Ron


The readings from the Acts of the Apostles during the Easter season show the early church in action – spreading the Good News of Jesus to a hungry world.

 We are in that same position wanting to spread the Good News that Jesus bring to a hungry and disillusioned world.

As a Stewardship Parish,  our mission has 4 pillars.

If you are interested in any of these ways please let myself or the Office know (just pressed ‘reply’ to this email.  We would like to form 4 groups that could look at each of these 4 areas of our parish life.

To read about the four groups click here to go to our stewardship page.

I am the Vine. You are the branches” Last Sunday’s Gospel inspired a little ritual at St Thomas More. We were each given a paper leaf and pencil and were invited to write down our cultural origins. Each parishioner read aloud their ancestral connections before adding their leaf to the tree. After the Mass, this led to some great conversations at our sit-down breakfast together: as we were practising “Hello” in one of the languages of our Ōtari parish family. Let’s keep searching for fresh ways to keep alive this spirit of Pentecost during the whole year, as we celebrate our cultural diversity, all one in Christ. by Helen Fisher 

Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Suzanne Aubert

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us that as often as we show compassion to the least of your brothers and sisters, we show it to you. Hear our prayers that the intercession of Venerable Suzanne Aubert, who supported the Māori people and devoted her life to the poor, the sick and the underprivileged, and whom the Church has declared to be one of your true and humble followers, will be recognized in a miraculous healing by the Church and will lead to her beatification. Amen.



Take Action to Care for Our Common Home Together 

"Human ecology and environmental ecology walk together." Laudato Si' 

We can undertake to live more sustainably. A Carbon Footprint Calculator is a powerful tool you can use to understand your household’s impact on global warming. It tracks the amount of CO2 (carbon dioxide) your activities create. The TOITŪ Calculator is easy to use. It calculates – Home Energy, Travel, and Waste  To learn more about this EJD initiative, please download the parish newsletter.

Did you know that you can drop off your old batteries, bulbs, paints, pesticides and their containers, old cylinders and smoke alarms etc FREE at the Wellington Southern Landfill (Rubbish Tip).  The limit is 20 KG.   Check it out. 

The Altar servers and young people of our parish community walked down to Karori cemetery and tended the graves of the Archdiocese of Wellington Clergy.  Great work thanks to Pat and Estelle. 


Donation receipts for tax rebates year ended 31 March 2021 Donation receipts not claimed: We have received donations from people we have no email or physical address for and are therefore holding these receipts in the office. If this could be you as you have yet to receive a YE2021 receipt, please contact the parish office at or phone 476 6131. Planned Giving Envelopes 2 May 2021 Sets of giving envelopes will be available for weekly envelope givers in the church foyers next weekend. If you donate via Automatic Payment or credit card, you will not receive “special “ envelopes this year partly as a cost saving exercise but also because we are encouraging more on line transaction collections rather than cash. The following collections will be published in advance of their collection date to enable parishioners to give. 29 June Peters Pence – for support of Pope and his works of charity 22 August Maori Pastoral Care 24 October – Mission Sunday 25 December Christmas Dues –for support of archdiocesan priests 15 April 2022 – Holy Places –supports charities in the Holy Land. 17 April –Easter dues –for support of Archdiocesan priests If you would prefer a set of special envelopes, contact the parish office and we will arrange.

Lectio Divina

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).