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Our  church buildings are closed until further notice. All Masses and liturgies are suspended, and no Sacraments will be celebrated during this time.  The parish office is closed but the parish email  office@otariparish.co.nz is being monitored.  Please keep safe and follow the home isolation directions as announced on the Covid 19 website

The website will also continue to be updated with parish and archdiocese news as it comes to hand. WEBMASTER

Greetings all, Today is Day 9. For many the novelty has worn off and we are beginning to feel the pinch   

Dear Friends,

The structure of the Liturgy today has a significance for those taking part. We hear the account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem of the Lord, and with palms and singing in the procession we can really identify with the crowd who welcomed Jesus.  

Likewise, the Gospel of the Passion finds us identified as the crowd who shout not ‘Hosanna’ but ‘crucify him!’  Both Gospel readings have real drama and action and invite our involvement something difficult with coronavirus and churches closed.

This year in Matthew’s Gospel the opportunity to contemplate our involvement is particularly striking. We can note Matthew’s sense of drama (the reluctance of Pilate and the hostility of the crowd, and the powerful account of the events accompanying the moment of death) and also the striking language, elements of which (thirty pieces of silver, washing his hands) have carried over into secular language, so powerful is their resonance. 

The Passion challenges us to reflect on our own relationship to Christ, and can challenge that relationship: Is it just following the crowd? Is it betraying for gain? Is it abandoning the one who seems to have failed? Is it washing hands for convenience?

Matthew also brings unique elements to his account of the Passion; we hear the fate of Judas and his contrition; we are told of Pilate’s wife – a Gentile who (like the Magi at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel) recognises the significance of Christ when those who should know fail to do so. 

The readings from Isaiah and the letter to the Philippians are also powerful comments on the Passion account and again invite us to reflect on what we hear and challenge us to recognise in it the Mystery we celebrate every time we come together to ‘proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes’

Let us reflect on the readings today, by ourselves, or in our ‘bubble  Fr Ron


IN REVERSE     Prayer in a time of isolation

New Zealand is in “Lock Down”.  Life as we have known it is completely changed as the nation, along with the rest of the world, wages war against an invisible but deadly enemy, Coronavirus, or COVID-19.  You may have already been “self-isolating”; the “Lock Down” extends that directive to nearly everyone.  Only essential services remain open.   

You are a person of faith.  Prayer is an important part of your life.  Worship normally engages you with others and with large gatherings banned, church services, along with concerts, meetings, sporting events and large social celebrations, cannot be held.

We are in a very strange and unfamiliar environment, backpedalling to escape infection and limit the spread of a disease for which there is still no cure.  This means minimal or no contact with others, no touching, no sharing, keeping our distance from one another and keeping everything clean.

It’s like we’re living “in reverse”, backing away from what we’ve regarded as normal.  Indeed, as social beings, we need contact with others.  Reversing what is natural and necessary is unnerving and extremely disruptive.

So here is a package of reflections to take you through this time of being locked down!  Whether on your own or at home with family, I hope you will find here something to ease the isolation and to let you know you are still connected.  Let the spirit be our touchstone and our bridge to one another.

They explore the “In Reverse” title, accepting that while it is unnatural to be apart from others, this time on your own can help you to place more value on community, to become more mindful of those without friends or contacts, and to nurture seeds of kindness and compassion.

Prayer in a time of isolation offers a spiritual bond that will remove loneliness from your time alone and strengthen your appreciation of “togetherness” when you return.

James Lyons         March 2020  

Fr James' reflections can be found below in a downloadable word doc

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THE LATEST DOCUMENTS FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE, BISHOPS AND PARISH

PALM SUNDAY LITURGY
Palm Sunday Fr Patrick Bridgman, Liturgy Adviser Archdiocese of Wellington Each year we gather to commemorate the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem. For our prayer today we could go into our gardens and cut a small branch in readiness for the blessing.
Palm Sunday Liturgy.docx (120.56KB)
PALM SUNDAY LITURGY
Palm Sunday Fr Patrick Bridgman, Liturgy Adviser Archdiocese of Wellington Each year we gather to commemorate the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem. For our prayer today we could go into our gardens and cut a small branch in readiness for the blessing.
Palm Sunday Liturgy.docx (120.56KB)
PALM SUNDAY LITURGY
N. The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew N. One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, O. What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you? N. They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.
Passion Gospel in parts_.docx (23.13KB)
PALM SUNDAY LITURGY
N. The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew N. One of the Twelve, the man called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, O. What are you prepared to give me if I hand him over to you? N. They paid him thirty silver pieces, and from that moment he looked for an opportunity to betray him.
Passion Gospel in parts_.docx (23.13KB)


IN REVERSE
here is a package of reflections to take you through this time of being locked down! Whether on your own or at home with family, I hope you will find here something to ease the isolation and to let you know you are still connected. Let the spirit be our touchstone and our bridge to one another. They explore the “In Reverse” title, accepting that while it is unnatural to be apart from others, this time on your own can help you to place more value on community, to become more mindful of those without friends or contacts, and to nurture seeds of kindness and compassion.
IN REVERSE combined_ (1).docx (97.52KB)
IN REVERSE
here is a package of reflections to take you through this time of being locked down! Whether on your own or at home with family, I hope you will find here something to ease the isolation and to let you know you are still connected. Let the spirit be our touchstone and our bridge to one another. They explore the “In Reverse” title, accepting that while it is unnatural to be apart from others, this time on your own can help you to place more value on community, to become more mindful of those without friends or contacts, and to nurture seeds of kindness and compassion.
IN REVERSE combined_ (1).docx (97.52KB)
Suggestions for Prayer at Home over Holy Week Fr Patrick Bridgman, Liturgy Adviser Archdiocese of Wellington In these days as we approach Holy Week, we are like our ancestors not having the full rituals of the Church available. How we remember the Most Holy of Weeks will be by our own choice personally or as a family; yet we know that we are in communion with the faith community of our parish and the local Church; our diocese, and the Church world-wide.
Suggestions for Prayer at Home over Holy Week 2020 (1).pdf (836.09KB)
Suggestions for Prayer at Home over Holy Week Fr Patrick Bridgman, Liturgy Adviser Archdiocese of Wellington In these days as we approach Holy Week, we are like our ancestors not having the full rituals of the Church available. How we remember the Most Holy of Weeks will be by our own choice personally or as a family; yet we know that we are in communion with the faith community of our parish and the local Church; our diocese, and the Church world-wide.
Suggestions for Prayer at Home over Holy Week 2020 (1).pdf (836.09KB)
Greetings to all of you in the Dioceses of Wellington and Palmerston North. In my lifetime I have never experienced anything like what New Zealand and the rest of the world is currently dealing with. I don’t think that even a week ago any of us would have imagined that we would be at Alert Level 4 for the COVID-19 virus. Alert Level 4 is serious, we are all called to do our bit to stay safe and to protect others.
Cardinal John.docx (367.66KB)
Greetings to all of you in the Dioceses of Wellington and Palmerston North. In my lifetime I have never experienced anything like what New Zealand and the rest of the world is currently dealing with. I don’t think that even a week ago any of us would have imagined that we would be at Alert Level 4 for the COVID-19 virus. Alert Level 4 is serious, we are all called to do our bit to stay safe and to protect others.
Cardinal John.docx (367.66KB)
Dear Parishioners In the current COVID-19 emergency it is very important that we play our part as good citizens. It is our Christian duty to do everything we can to protect ourselves and others from harm.
Cardinal John 2.pdf (190.36KB)
Dear Parishioners In the current COVID-19 emergency it is very important that we play our part as good citizens. It is our Christian duty to do everything we can to protect ourselves and others from harm.
Cardinal John 2.pdf (190.36KB)
When you cannot receive the Sacraments because of Quarantine
NZ Bishops.pdf (161.82KB)
When you cannot receive the Sacraments because of Quarantine
NZ Bishops.pdf (161.82KB)
28 March 2020 Pastoral Letter to the Catholic People from the Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand regarding Covid-19 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As we begin these weeks of lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand,
Bishops' Pastoral Letter to Parishioners March 28.pdf (214.7KB)
28 March 2020 Pastoral Letter to the Catholic People from the Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand regarding Covid-19 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, As we begin these weeks of lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand,
Bishops' Pastoral Letter to Parishioners March 28.pdf (214.7KB)
MAKING A PALM SUNDAY FLAX CROSS
Passion (Palm Sunday 5th March) Harakeke (NZ flax) is unique to New Zealand and one of our oldest plant species. If you have access to a flax bush make a flax cross for all the people in your lockdown bubble and maybe you can walk to some other bubbles and drop some flax crosses into others letterboxes or use one to make an Easter card for someone special
Lockdown Flax Crosses (1).docx (56.93KB)
MAKING A PALM SUNDAY FLAX CROSS
Passion (Palm Sunday 5th March) Harakeke (NZ flax) is unique to New Zealand and one of our oldest plant species. If you have access to a flax bush make a flax cross for all the people in your lockdown bubble and maybe you can walk to some other bubbles and drop some flax crosses into others letterboxes or use one to make an Easter card for someone special
Lockdown Flax Crosses (1).docx (56.93KB)


MAKING A PALM SUNDAY FLAX CROSS FOR YOUR BUBBLE. Estelle Henrys has shared her info (word doc and pdf) on how to make your own flax cross for Palm Sunday (April 5)
How to make a Flax Cross (1).pdf (96.25KB)
MAKING A PALM SUNDAY FLAX CROSS FOR YOUR BUBBLE. Estelle Henrys has shared her info (word doc and pdf) on how to make your own flax cross for Palm Sunday (April 5)
How to make a Flax Cross (1).pdf (96.25KB)



KARORI FOODBANK.  THE FOODBANK HAS BEEN SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF CRAMPED CONDITIONS AT THE DISTRIBUTION ROOM BUT THE WELLINGTON CITY MISSION IS MEETING EMERGENCY FOOD REQUESTS FROM THE OTARI PARISH AREA.  ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON THE KARORI FOODBANK LINE (TEL -4 476 3455) OR TO THE CITY MISSION ON 0800 245 0900.  THE CITY MISSION HAS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS ABLE TO DELIVER FOOD PARCELS.  IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE IN NEED REACH OUT TO THEM AND ADVISE THEM THAT HELP IS AVAILABLE.  

DONATIONS     As we cannot take cash or envelope donations during this time, we ask that you make your donations via internet banking. Receipts for donations received for year end 31 March 2020 will be distributed as soon as possible after the lockdown.

Our details are as follows:

Bank:                   BNZ
Bank Account:   02 0536 000392292 00
Account Name: Otari Parish       

Reference:   [your planned giving number]
Code:                  [your surname]

If you are unsure of your planned giving number, or are interested in signing up for our planned giving programme, please email the parish office.s & Resources





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