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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 

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.  

Provisional parish survey results

Thank you for all who participated in the recent Parish Survey. There were 139 responders from our roll of approximately 500 which is considered a good number for a survey of this kind. A sub -committee summarised the results of each of the 13 questions. The results have now been referred back to the Parish Council, who are to collate them further. The survey is really the ‘finger-print’ or DNA of our parish. It will be the key part of our submission to the Cardinal’s directive of February 2019, which is due at the end of this month. It will also be the driving force for the parish vision into the future. 

Living by Faith Last week in Luke’s Gospel we learned a lesson on prayer from a tax collector; this week another tax collector teaches us about faith. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus talks about faith in various situations. To the woman who anoints him he says: ‘Your faith has saved you’ (Lk 7.50); to the men who bring the paralytic to Jesus through the roof of the house, we are told Jesus forgives the man of his sins: ‘seeing their faith’ (Lk 5.20). Both the woman and the friends – like others throughout Luke and the rest of the synoptic Gospels – are commended for their faith, which Jesus recognises. There is no mention of Jesus commending Zacchaeus for his faith, and yet when Jesus says to him ‘I must stay at your house today’, that is precisely what Jesus is doing. Zacchaeus is a tax collector and – as the crowd are quick to point out – a sinner, but because of his short stature, he is unable to see. Jesus though he wants to. To achieve his aim, he literally goes out on a limb. This wealthy man, a senior tax collector, risks being ridiculed and perhaps injuring himself, because he wants to see the Lord. That is surely an act of faith – when Jesus sees him up a tree, he knows that and so makes the pronouncement: ‘Today salvation has come to this house.’ The reality of Zacchaeus’ faith is seen in his actions, and the fruit of that faith is the generosity that he then shows through his conversion. In some ways, what we have in this passage is an example of what James writes in his Epistle: ‘Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’ As people who profess our faith every time we gather for the Sunday Eucharist, it is important that we live out that faith in action – like Zacchaeus. The passage from the Book of Wisdom is one of great hope – the greatness of God does not prevent his concern for each person, and his desire for conversion. God’s mercy is expressed in the way he treats his people and offers aid to bring back those who have strayed – this passage is offered as a reflection on the Zacchaeus story – the faith that the tax collector reveals in his actions comes from the mercy and grace of God. Fr Ron   

IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK (available here for download) 

Pope Francis has designated October as the Extraordinary Missionary month. The Parish  Leadership Team is hoping to offer a  six session programme Developing a  Spirituality of Service in every parish in  October. We need to gauge the interest level so please register now with Chris Walkerdine at  

Check out the Mission website CLICK HERE

Religious Diversity: Encountering other  religions. A workshop, interactive, fun, and challenging for Jewish, Christian and Muslim young adults. Thursday 31 October 2019  4-9pm, at Wellington Islamic Centre,  7 Queen’s Drive, Kilbirnie. Limited space, tickets from Eventbrite. 

National March for Life. You’re invited to love them both by attending the third annual National March for Life in Wellington on Saturday 7 December. Join Kiwis from all over NZ in a family-friendly celebration of life which also peacefully protests the practice and legality of abortion. Gather at Civic Square from 12pm for family-friendly entertainment, sausage sizzle and stalls. March to Parliament Grounds begins at 2pm. Concludes at 4pm. Learn more about this important event at a critical moment in NZ’s history: Mass for Life. You’re invited to pray for babies, mums, dads and families at a Mass for Life on Friday 6 December, 7pm at St Mary of the Angels, 17 Boulcott Street, Wellington. Cardinal Dew will be the principal celebrant. Eucharistic Adoration will follow for one hour after Mass to pray in readiness for the National March for Life. For more information visit or Clare 021 231 7954. 

Cathedral Re-opening Up-date: The detailed design work by engineers for the roof and earthquake remediation is now complete. LT McGuiness, the construction firm, are expected to deliver a tender for the project by the end of October. The continued challenge is to secure the funding to enable work to commence. Much work is underway on fund raising with nearly $1 million funding available, but we will need a lot more. The actual commencement date depends on our success in raising funds. Our hope and expectation is that the Cathedral will be able to re-open in the second half of 2020.

Marist St Pats RFC – 50TH Jubilee You are invited to join with past and current players, coaches, managers and supporters over Queens Birthday Weekend. Friday 29 May to Sunday 1 June 2020. To register, and for more information, check out the webpage 

Suzanne Aubert Tertiary Scholarship. Tertiary students in the Archdiocese of Wellington and the Diocese of Palmerston North who are entering into their third year or more of study are invited to apply for a Suzanne Aubert Tertiary Scholarship. Each student selected receives $3,000 towards their third year of tertiary study. For more details contact Kevin Crighton at To apply – https:// Applications close on 31 October 2019. 

 Seasons for Growth teaches that change and loss are part of life, and grief is a normal  response to this. Based on scientific research, it assists people in managing grief and stress around life changing  situations.  There will be a 4 session-programme for adults on  Sundays: 10th, 17th 24th November and Sunday, 1st December  2-5pm.  Catholic Centre, Thorndon.  Registrations close on Monday, 4th November.  Cost is $30, covering workbooks and other materials.  Katrin Eickhorst Catholic Social Services T: (04) 385 8642   M: 021 374 405

LUNCHTIME GATHERING AT PARLIAMENT to OPPOSE THE EUTHANASIA BILL Submissions on David Seymour's euthanasia bill have been written. People from all walks of life have spoken up in record numbers and said NO. Still, a majority of MPs have been voting it through. Wednesday 13 November is when Seymour's bill is due for its third and final reading. At 12pm, we will be gathering peacefully on the Parliament lawns to show MPs how many New Zealanders say NO to this bill. IT IS IMPORTANT WE TURN OUT IN NUMBERS – PLEASE SUPPORT THIS GATHERING WITH YOUR PRESENCE Save the date, book leave & organise transport. Share this message with people you know! WHERE: Parliament Lawn, Wellington WHEN: Wednesday 13 November, 12pm

Remembrance Mass Wednesday 20th November 2019 at 7:00pm We warmly welcome members of our parish pastoral area and school communities to our Remembrance Mass on Wednesday 20th November at 7:00pm at St Teresa’s Church. This is a beautiful Mass led by our Folk Group and is a celebration for all members of our parish community, but in particular those who have suffered the loss of a loved one over the past year. We will remember those special people and thank God for the time that we have shared with them. We also celebrate the wonderful memories that we hold of our loved ones. You are invited to bring a photo or memento of your loved one to place on the altar before mass. Please gather in the foyer before Mass so that we can light a candle for our loved ones, which Fr Ron will bless. We will enter the church together to opening hymn, placing our candles on the altar. Please join us in this special celebration which will be followed with a glass of wine in our church foyer.

Seasons for Growth teaches that change and loss are part of life, and grief is a normal response to this. Based on scientific research, it assists people in managing grief and stress around life changing situations. There will be a 4 session-programme for adults on Sundays: 10th, 17th 24th November and Sunday, 1st December 2-5pm. Catholic Centre, Thorndon. Registrations close Mon, 4th November. Cost $30, covering workbooks and other materials. Katrin Eickhorst Catholic Social Services T: (04) 385 

November is the month of the Holy Souls, a time to remember our loved ones who have died. From this weekend you will be able to register the names of those you wish to be prayed for during this month, together with offering you would like to make. See baskets and forms in the foyers.

Charismatic Mass All are welcome to attend a Charismatic Mass which will be held at on Wednesday 13 November at St Theresa`s Parish Church Plimmerton at 7.00pm. Prayer Teams and Supper to follow. Celebrant: Fr Kevin Connors

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Maori in the Mass: Recently Deacon Danny Karatea Goddard, Vicar for Maori in the Archdiocese, has been talking after Masses in both Churches about the importance of Maori in the Liturgy.  We would like to introduce Maori at the beginning and end of Masses at St Teresa’s (St Thomas More parishioners have done this for some time). It will simply be the Sign of the Cross and the Greeting at the beginning of Mass, and the Final Blessing and the Sending Forth at the end of Mass. It will begin next week. For a time, these will be printed in the newsletter, and will always be on the Overhead at  Masses.
Introductory Rite  Priest: 

Ki te ingoa o te Matua,    In the name of the Father
o te Tamaiti,                      of the Son
o te Wairua Tapu.             of the Holy Spirit
People: Āmene                Amen
Priest:     Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.                                   The Lord be with you

People:    Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.                                             And with your spirit 

Concluding Rite  Priest: Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.        The Lord be with you

People: Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.                                              And with your spirit
Priest:  Kia whakapaingia koutou  e te Atua kaha rawa,     May Almighty God bless you
e te Matua, e te Tamaiti                                                            The Father and the Son
e te Wairua Tapu.                                                                        and the Holy Spirit
: Āmene     Amen
Priest: Haere koutou i runga i  te rangimārie                      Go in peace
People: Whakamoemiti ki te Atua                                         Thanks be to God

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