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This is the website for the Catholic Parish of Otari, Wellington, New Zealand. 

Mass times: (Full Mass schedule with Level One has resumed)St Teresas,Karori Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm, Sunday: 10.00am. 

St Thomas More, Wilton 8:30am.  Karori Weekdays: Tue-Fri 9.30am, Saturday 9.00am Reconciliation: Saturday 9.30—10.00am

Fratelli tutti a profound Papal call to see everyone as brothers and sisters. Pope Francis’s new encyclical Fratelli tutti is a call for everyone to see the world as being without borders and view everyone as their brothers and sisters, says Catholic Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew. “Fratelli tutti is a profound document,” says Cardinal Dew, vice-president of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference. “It can change minds and hearts. It can be one avenue to do nothing less than ‘renew the face of the Earth.’ Take it and pray.” Pope Francis signed Fratelli tutti at the weekend after celebrating Mass at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi. It is the third encyclical of his pontificate and focuses on friendship and human solidarity at this time of international pandemic and polarisation. The title has been translated from the Latin as Brothers and Sisters All, a key phrase in the document. Cardinal Dew says Fratelli tutti is not about making adjustments here and there to our personal and community lives. “Rather it is very much about a way to re-read and to live the Gospel for our times. The Pope writes about the need for us to survive not only the coronavirus pandemic, but the many other things our contemporary world needs to do to survive. It is that serious. It is that compelling. It is that demanding.” Fratelli tutti pleads on behalf of the world’s poor, the handicapped, the infirm and the elderly – people who often live on the margins of society but who ought to be at the centre, says Cardinal Dew. “This is an invitation for everyone to broaden our perspective to view a world without borders and to view every single person on the planet, and yes, the planet itself, as brother and sister.” Pope Francis wants to offer “a new vision of fraternity and social friendship that will not remain on the level of words,” says Cardinal Dew. “As we would say today, he wants us to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. It is a primer on the Catholic Christian way of viewing life and living life in dialogue among all people of good will.” Read Fratelli tutti in full here: papa-francesco_20201003_enciclica-fratelli-tutti.html Message from Catholic Bishops 

Enrolments for the 2021 Sacramental Programme are now open.  Please see the Sacramental Programmes page for more information.

Karori FoodBank stocks are running low in some key items:
Tinned fruit, Canned peas, corn or beetroot, Jars of jam, honey or peanut butter, Tea, coffee, Biscuits and crackers. Donations either in the basket in the church foyer or the donation bin at the Community Centre would be very much appreciated.


Prayers for protecting God's handiwork.

Ecumenical walk and service  prepared by members of the Wadestown Presbyterian Church, St Luke’s Anglican, St Anne’s Anglican and Ōtari Catholic Parishes.  Held Sunday 20th at 2PM

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First Communion 2020 - Sunday 20th,The Otari First Communion Mass was held on Sunday under Level 2 guidelines for our 15 candidates and their families. Many thanks to Lei Encarnado and her team for preparing the children and making the Mass one to remember. 


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CKICK HERE FOR ON AN ONLINE, DAILY LECTIO DIVINA SITEOrder of the brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel

Scripture Study Group at Otari: We hope to begin a scripture study group (or groups) in the parish very soon. St Jerome famously said ‘ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.’ The ICPE (International Programme for Catholic Evangelisation), operating out of St Gerard’s Monastery, have been running a successful programme for many years, and are happy to come and run one in parish for us. It will be a 12 week programme, beginning approximately mid September and finishing mid-December, after which new programmes can begin in the New Year. If you are interested please let the Parish Office (476 6131 know or Fr Ron (021 065 8997.)

Calling all Mask-makers
The Friends of St Teresa's School are holding a bake sale and sausage sizzle on Election Day, Saturday 17 October. We would also like to sell reusable fabric face masks. If you think you could make 5-10 masks for us to sell at our stall on the day, please contact us at for more

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Election Statement  LINK  Please click

Our Bishops ask us to think about what kind of nation we want and speak to the referendum topics of Euthanasia and cannabis.

In both English and te Reo.

Letter from Cardinal John Regarding Otari Parish Property Review   Cardinal John has responded to the parish property review submission asking the parish to retain St Teresas Church and Hall, and the flats at Cardinal McKeefrey school. However he has asked that the Parish sell St Thomas More Church once the Cathedral is reopened.

The Cathedral was to have re-opened in July 2021 but the new shovel ready grant from Government allowing for more earthquake strengthening work over three years has changed that timeline.  St Teresas church will remain the pro-Cathedral during that time.  It is expected that St Thomas More church will also remain open during that time.       The full letter is available here in pdf format.   


The Cathedral strengthening and restoration fund has been boosted by an $8.5M grant from the Shovel Ready Infrastructure Fund.The  application for funding outlined a project scope that included the current works and base isolation.  This funding now allows for the beginning of the design work for base isolation.The strengthening work on the Cathedral will take about three years meaning  St Teresas church would remain the pro-cathedral during that time and St Thomas More church in Wilton would remain open. 


After discussions with the contractors we have made the decision to vacate the chapel permanently for the duration of the restoration. It was hoped that we would only need to vacate the chapel temporarily, but as the extent of the work and the disruption to the contractors in keeping the chapel open unfolded it became clear that moving to a temporary chapel is in the best interest of the parish and contractors. From Sunday 13th September all weekday, Saturday morning and Sunday evening Masses will be held in Connolly Hall. The hall will be set-up as a permanent Mass centre and prayer space and will not be available for hire or social events until the end of the restoration. It is envisaged that the Hall chapel will be open between 11.00am and 1.30pm Monday to Friday for prayer and adoration, with Guardians there to greet you. Access to the Hall chapel will be via Guildford Terrace and from Hill Street via the outside back staircase directly into the Hall. Notices will guide you to the Hall chapel.