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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 




A pastoral letter (dated February 15, 2019) from Cardinal John Dew to all parishioners about his Directive requiring parishes to review the number of churches and presbyteries taking into account their mass count and the availability of priests and lay leaders. The Directive requires parish pastoral teams and leadership to meet in the near future and to look at how they might carry out this process, and to consult parishioners about the review. The reviews with developed proposals must be submitted to the Cardinal’s office by the end of October 2019.

The full letter in PDF format is available below.  

New Additional mass times for St Thomas More Church. 

There will be two new masses for STM church (in addition to the Sunday 8:30AM)

 from February 2.  Saturdays Vigil 5;30PM  - Sundays 8:30AM and 10:30AM.  

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. (New additional masses as above)

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

 Eucharistic Ministry at Residential Homes:

 Otari Parish needs more parishioners to  undertake  this ministry during weekdays.  It takes about 1 to 2 hours and involves leading communion services. If interested please contact David Ross Training will be given. 


Blessings and Woes
For the 1st few weeks of this year, the readings have been about ‘beginnings’ as Jesus begins his mission.  That works in well for us, as we begin a new year.  After choosing his twelve apostles,  Jesus teaches about the nature and demands of discipleship. We have to make a choice. 
The 1st reading is from Jeremiah. It’s about choices also. God curses those who rely only on  themselves, who think they can make it on their own steam.  God blesses those who ‘put their trust in the Lord, with the Lord for their hope.’  We are either self-centred or other-centred. One is  enriching, the other kills. Today’s psalm echoes that same theme of dependence on God, rather than oneself.
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians gets to the nub of the matter. It’s the resurrection that matters.  As Paul said, "If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have died..." (1 Cor 15.19). In fact, as Jesus himself promised, "Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh" (Lk 6.21.)
Luke’s beatitudes reading may seem strange to us, as most often we hear Mathew’s account.  Luke incorporates part of the material Matthew had included in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:1-12). Luke's version is shorter.  Unlike Matthew's nine blessings and no woes, Luke has four each, set in parallels: poor-rich, hungry-full, weeping-laughing, and rejecting-accepted.  If we fail to pay enough attention to such words of blessing, perhaps it is because we are aware of the associated woes, "Woe to you who are rich, ... who are full now." Those bring God's care for the poor into sharp relief. Or perhaps, childishly, we simply want to wish away realities like poverty, hunger, death.   The scriptures challenge us. This is especially true of Luke’s Gospel, the gospel for this year. The writer of Luke’s Gospel had a real heart for the poor, the disposed, the downtrodden, and was able to show Jesus’ concern for these people. 
We need to carry on this concern in our own lives and situations. This coming Wednesday 20th  February at 7pm the Abrahamic Group are sponsoring a public meeting on ‘Homeless in our  Community: What can we do together?’  It is at the Wellington Islamic Centre, 9 Queens Drive,  Kilbirnie All welcome. Food and refreshments will be provided. You may like to come. For more  information, email or ring Dave Moskovitz on 027 220 2202.   Fr Ron 

 Otari Parish Picnic:
Sunday 24 February at Wahine Park, Seatoun.
Save the date and more information will follow.


This We Believe: Music for Sacraments of Initiation with Children. Songs for the preparation & celebration of Baptism, Confirmation & First Communion and Reconciliation for children. Tuesday, 26th February, 7pm9pm in SS. Peter & Pauls Church, Lower. Hutt. Please register before Monday, 26th February with Ann       Williams Entry by Koha. 

This will be an interactive workshop, with Fr Patrick Bridgman, Archdiocesan Liturgy Advisor, on Thursday, 14th March, 6.45pm-9pm in the Catholic Centre, Thorndon. Fr Patrick will help us unpack the symbolism and rituals associated with Good Friday. Everyone   welcome. Please register with Ann Williams before Friday 8th March at 

'Stronger together for action on climate - Porirua'

This series runs over three weeks each Thursday 7, 14, 21 March from 7.30 - 9pm. St Theresa’s parish hall,  210 St Andrews Rd, Plimmerton.  All welcome. Each week there will be a special guest speaker followed by the opportunity for questions and reflection. There will be time for people to consider realistic action they could take in response to the challenge we all face.

7 March             Climate change - What is it? What’s happening?

14 March           We are all connected: the Christian response to the ecological challenge

21 March           How can we make a difference locally? What actions must we take?

             Contact: Catherine Gibbs or phone the parish office 04-2331279

PASTORAL CARE COURSE  Richard Black presents a course on Pastoral Care 101

Topics include: • The purpose of pastoral care• The power of the relationship.• Self-awareness• Chauffeuring and journeying with a person• Listening Well - 5 types of listening• Turning a chat into a pastoral conversation • How to ask great questions• Working with those with higher needs or at risk • Caring without drowning • Tying it together.

This is a Karori Anglican Pastoral Care course

Venue:  St Mary's Karori, 8 Fancourt St, Karori, Wellington Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 AM – 5 PMCost: $150 (incl GST)
To register:

Lorraine McCarthy (Aust) w/shop Feb 27, looks at welcoming people back into the parish. @ St Josephs Mt Vic.
Alpha.pdf (159.55KB)
Lorraine McCarthy (Aust) w/shop Feb 27, looks at welcoming people back into the parish. @ St Josephs Mt Vic.
Alpha.pdf (159.55KB)

A file of links from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Office with information about parish and ministry leadership.
Leadership Links December 2018_1.pdf (2.1MB)
A file of links from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Office with information about parish and ministry leadership.
Leadership Links December 2018_1.pdf (2.1MB)

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

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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