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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 

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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


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.  

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The focus of today’s scriptures - liturgically and symbolically – is on light. We see that in the Isaiah reading quoted in the Gospel by Matthew: ‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.’ It is seen also in the psalm and the gospel. The readings of Christmas and afterwards are all about the coming of God light into our world.
The first four chapters of Matthew’s Gospel are marked by constant quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures which the Evangelist sees as pointing directly to Jesus. What  certainly strikes us and what picks up Matthew’s genius for the dramatic is the image of light and darkness    (a contrast that John’s Gospel plays with repeatedly). 
Today’s quotation may aim to explain why the promised Messiah begins his ministry in Galilee, rather than in Judea (after all Matthew has very deliberately told us that Jesus is of David’s line). 
Jesus as the Light shines more brightly in Galilee, the land of darkness, an unlikely place for a Jewish       Messiah, because it has a mixed and pagan culture. And it is here, in this melting pot that Jesus begins calling his disciples, and the wonder is that they abandon everything and come, because they recognise the one who brings light into their darkness.  It is in Galilee that Jesus reveals himself by his teaching and by curing all kinds of sickness. 
It is sad then that sometimes there are factions and tensions in the Church.  The Church is the body of Christ – it is holy because Christ is in it, it is sinful because we are in it!  The 2nd reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians tells of Paul’s struggle to unite the Churches he visited. Corinth,    being a cosmopolitan seaport, was a sort of melting pot of peoples and cultures – and this even extended to its Christian faith as Paul found out. He is scandalised to find warring factions in the Church community there. That leads to his call for unity and agreement, for Christ.

Normal weekday Masses at St Teresa's resume on Tuesday 4th February at 9.30am including Waitangi Day on the 6th.


Fr Ron will be away during January walking another Camino.  You can follow his updates on his camino blog 


LATEST NEWSLETTER  (available here for download) 

Wellington Central Pastoral Area   Sacramental Programme 2020
Registration forms for the 2020  programme are available on the website and from the church foyers.
1. Child must be at least 8 years old  before November this year. 2. Child must be already baptised and provide a copy of his/her certificate with the registration form. 3. Parent/caregiver and child must commit to the programme schedule. Full attendance at these meetings is expected. 4. A $60 fee should be paid on line or attached to the form.
The first Parents Meeting will be held at St Thomas More on 18th February at 7.00pm. A full timetable of meetings and classes will be distributed at this meeting.

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.

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  (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:

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.


Friends and companions of religious orders Religious orders, who may be attracting fewer members to vowed life, are drawing significant numbers of people to live in relationship with them, sharing dreams and working towards common goals. To read more click here


Ministry news, resources, links from the Pastoral centre and from around the Archdiocese.
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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.


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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