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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.            

MASS TIMES       St Teresa’s Church  -  299 Karori Rd, Wellington 6012     WEEKEND - Saturday Vigil : 5.30pm  Sunday : 10.00am    DURING WEEK - Monday : None.  Wednesday & Friday 6:30am. Tuesday : 9.30am,  Wednesday: 6.30am, 9.30am  Thursday : 9.30am & 7:30pm,  Friday : 6.30am, 9.30am Saturday : 9.00am     St Thomas More Church - 30 Worcester Street, Wilton  Sunday: 8:30 am.   

Other Mass Centre timetables in our area.   St Mary of the Angels.  Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Hill Street)  

 A smartphone version of this website is available using the same URL

SYNOD OUTCOMES BOOKLET (Available as a PDF - Please click here) 

"I now ask parishes to start planning how they will implement the Synod outcomes in their particular situation."  Cardinal John Dew.  

OTARI PARISH CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE:  ELEVEN NEW DOCUMENTS UPLOADED 16/112017 (Various national and local reports, letters and photos) on the CWL page.  See opposite for your page link.

 Liturgy of the Word:

Today’s Reading: 

32nd Sunday in ordinary time. Nov 12  



World Day of the Poor  

Pope Francis has named the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary time the World Day of the Poor.  

"It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on 19 November, the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance. They can invite the poor and volunteers to take part together in the Eucharist on this Sunday ...  

This Sunday, if there are poor people where we live who seek protection and assistance, let us draw close to them: it will be a favourable moment to encounter the God we seek."  

— Pope Francis  

Those who are poor, whether financially, intellectually or spiritually, invariably feel powerless to effect any change. Those who are rich in resources can easily overlook or ignore the poverty of others. This first World Day of the Poor is an opportunity for a meeting of minds and hearts, regardless of circumstance.  

Poverty and richness can each contribute to the welfare of both, joining hands to understand need, to respect dignity, to work together. Every one of us is poor in spirit. It is the love of God that gifts us with life. It is our love for each other that enriches life.


 This is a video from Caritas featuring Cardinal John Dew speaking about the World Day of the Poor.





Synod Recommendations.  

Recommendation 6.  

As members of the One Body  

The Archbishop reviews the place and scope of ethnic chaplaincies in the Archdiocese.  

The role of ethnic chaplaincies is fully defined and communicated.  

Consideration is given to having "mixed" chaplaincy teams that include both younger person and older people.  

Opportunities are created for migrants to tell their stories.  

Parish leadership and mission statements reflect the ethnic diversity of the community.  

Parish liturgies and activities involve and reflect their ethnic communities.  

Recommendation 7:  

Your own peripheries  

Formation in spirituality of service includes deepening understanding of the ‘law of gradualness’ and its pastoral applications for those who perceive themselves to be on the peripheries of the Catholic community.  

The Archdiocese provides greater resourcing for programmes that address the needs of separated and divorced Catholics, and works with parishes to identify the barriers to their participation.  

The Archbishop provides formation and pastoral guidelines for priests and pastoral leaders in the pastoral care of the separated, divorced, and divorced and remarried.  

The people of the Archdiocese collectively deepen their understanding of those who are on the peripheries of the Catholic Community – where, what, who and why – and actively creates pathways for their inclusion (without creating "silos") and which support them in their healing  

The Archdiocese, involving Catholic Social Services and other appropriate bodies, supports parishes in dealing with suicide amongst parishioners and their families.  

Parishes and schools work closely together to - identify barriers to accessing Catholic Schools - reach those on the peripheries in the Catholic community - develop or strengthen local solutions.




Thanks to our Filipino Parish community who provided the morning tea for our parish birthday on the Feastday of St Therese of the Little Flower, Sunday October 1. 

4 Pillars of a Stewardship Parish – Hospitality, Prayer, Service, Formation of Gifts.

The Parish Council has been studying one of these at each meeting. At the September Meeting, Father Ron asked the council members to think about what prayer means to them and what it looks like, or could look like, in our parish. Here is a summary of those ideas;

Traditional, Meditation ,Saying the Rosary in May & October, Pray the Rosary 10 minutes before mass in October, Novena, Scripture groups, Charismatic mass, Children’s mass, Prayer requests, Taize songs service (John 14-16), Prayers of the faithful said from the body of the church, Music, Bible study groups, Annual retreats on specific topics,  Homily to be relevant to today’s world, Prayers of the week, Prayer themes, Family Groups.







 Syro-Malabar Masses at St Thomas More on Sundays 

Welcome Syro-Malabar Rite 

In 2006, a group of about 27 families from Kerala, India, formed the St Mary’s Wellington Kerala   Catholic Community under the spiritual leadership of Fr Joseph Akkara, the then parish priest of St  Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hamilton. One of the main goals of forming SKCCW was a  desire to preserve and hand on the faith and ancestral traditions of the St Thomas Catholic Christians to the next generation, the most important of these being the celebration of the Divine Liturgy or Qurbana in the Syro-Malabar rite, which is one of the Eastern Catholic rites.

The NZ government’s recruitment drive in health care over the past years has seen a steady influx of Kerala Catholics from India and other parts of the world. Today the St Mary’s Wellington Catholic Community is a vibrant community of about 250 families in the Wellington Archdiocese. Many members of the community are professionals working in Healthcare and Information Technology. There are 22 Eastern Rite Catholic Churches are in full communion with Rome; attendance at any of these, and reception of the Holy Eucharist fulfils the Sunday obligation. For many years, Masses for the Syro-Malabar Rite have been held St Andrew’s Church, Newlands. As that Church has now being closed due to problems with their roof, the Syro-Malabar Rite community have asked, through Cardinal John, if they could use St Thomas More Church Wilton on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 5pm.

Recent scenes from the Kerala Church community retreat at St Teresas Church, Otari Parish, September 27-28. Up to 800 members of the community attended.

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