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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. 



 See our offertory giving page  for more details on how to contribute to the parish.


Pentecost Sunday 9 June 2019   

 The Birthday of the Church   The beginning of Otari Parish 10am St Teresa’s Church –  Multicultural celebration Mass.  Shared lunch  Cultural celebration. Dress in your National Costume Share your own food Enjoy celebration of our Church and Parish.  Please note NO 8.30AM MASS AT SAINT THOMAS MORE CHURCH on Pentecost Sunday.



The Peace only Jesus can bring
 As the Easter Season approaches its end, we are invited to reflect on the words of Jesus before his Ascension (next weekend), and the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (the weekend after.)   
  As in last week's gospel, we read this Sunday from the words of Jesus at the Last Supper in the Gospel of John, the so-called 'farewell discourse'. The theme of 'love' emerges again, not the love of one disciple for another, but the disciple's love for Jesus. 
 Love for Jesus brings down the love of the Father. This love is shown by 'keeping the word' of  Jesus, and keeping the word of Jesus is keeping the word of the Father who sent him. Jesus draws us into intimacy with the Father. What was stated in the very first chapter of the gospel is explained, that the only-begotten Son has made the unseen God known (1:18). 
Fidelity to the word of Christ is not easy. Aware that the disciples will need assistance to recall and practise his word, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit 'will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said'. To live as Christians requires this remembering of all that Jesus said and did, but also openness to the new insights provided by the Spirit, who is constantly active in the Church.
 The Spirit is given the name 'Advocate', in Greek parakletos, which means one who is 'called alongside', one who is called to assist. John alone uses this term for the action of the Spirit. The final verses speak of 'peace', the peace that the world cannot give. The departure of Jesus to the Father 'who is greater than I' should not undermine the peace of the disciples, for they already know the Father's closeness through Jesus. 
 What does it mean to keep the word of Christ? 
 How do we know the closeness of the Father? 
 We pray for those who preach Christ's word. We pray that we may be receptive to the work of the Spirit, called to assist us by Jesus.
 Fr Ron  

IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK (available here for download)


On 18th February a letter from Cardinal John Dew was circulated to all parishes.  In it, Cardinal John requested a review of each parish’s current  buildings, and their present financial situation. This was with a view of looking to the future. He asked us to prioritize ‘Mission.’  Each parish is required to  present these proposals by October 19th, 2019.   The following is a suggested approach I have run past the Parish Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee and Archdiocesan Offices.
Phase 1: April, May, June: Information gathering.  This is an important phrase as what follows will be based on this.  This includes the current value of buildings and realistic annual maintenance and insurance costs.  These are key drivers of rising cost in  parishes, in the case of insurance largely out of our control, and limit what can be afforded for ministry and mission.  The use of buildings, their  occupancy, whether they are ‘fit for purpose’, who uses them and how often.   Information about mass counts, funerals etc.  The financial situation of the parish, the number of Givers, AP, Envelope, Cash.  The latest Planned Giving Programme results,     especially the number of  Givers in relation to the population of the parish.  The finished document must be clear, precise,    easily read, and communicated to all, via eletter link and in the Parish website.  It must not be too long that people will not read it, or short and vague. 
Phase 2: July, August: A time of discernment.  This is a mixture of prayer and communication. There will be prayer opportunities. Also, a variety (not one) way of communicating. This could be a mixture of meetings, but also emailing of thoughts and suggestions.   This is also a time of communicating with  parishes who touch our boundaries and the  pastoral area we are in, other groups, both  religious and non-religious that use our buildings, or may in the future. Discerning what mission-oriented activity the parish might develop (or build up for the things it is already involved in). This is the reason for the process, to ensure that the parish’s assets and income are not just used to maintain the status quo, but are re-configured in ways which support growth in the parish’s mission to its own poorer people and to those in the wider community.   Phase 3: September. Decision making and proposal formulation.  This brings together Phase 1 and Phrase 2 and makes decisions / recommendations based on them.  Again, an exact process has yet to be developed.   
Fr Ron 

Parish Giving Survey Questions: 
The Parish is preparing for a Planned Giving Programme, our 1st since 1999. 
We would appreciate your answers to these questions: • How do you currently donate to the Otari Parish?  Cash/Envelope/Automatic Payment/Other  • For your chosen donation method:  Why do you choose to give that way?  Is there anything you don't like about giving that way? • Have you considered planned giving through regular direct credit or internet banking donations? • If you are not a planned giver (envelopes/ automatic payments), what prevents from becoming one? • Are you aware that donations to Otari Parish qualify for an income tax credit You can drop your answers off at the Parish Office, or email the Office at

Exposition and Adoration: Is held on the first  Friday of the month in St Teresa’s chapel after 9.30am Mass.

Divine Mercy Devotion: Divine Mercy Devotion is every Saturday night at 5pm at St Teresas.  
Parish Morning tea: Last Friday of the month after Mass in the Presbytery. All welcome.
Rosary at 9:45 am on the  Sundays of May  at St Teresa’s Blessed Sacrament chapel.
 Weekday Masses—9.30am Tuesday to  Friday and  Saturday 9.00am continue.
 Reconciliation: Every Wednesday at 7pm – 8pm at  St  Thomas More Church and St Teresa’s Church.
 Stations of the Cross: 7.00pm Mondays at St Teresas led by CWL. 
 Greenstone Doors, an ecumenical charity for women and children is looking for volunteers

Home of Compassion Nuns have a number of meditation and contemplation events for people to attend at their island Bay compound. Check here on their website, also printed on the back of our newsletter.

Cleaning roster at St Teresas We have a roster for families or individual  parishioners in a team to clean the church, usually on a Friday or Saturday, for approximately one hour around twice a year.  If this is a ministry you are interested in as a way to contribute to the parish, please contact the parish office on 

A Spirituality of Giving   Quotes from the Scriptures.  
Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.(Luke 6:38)
You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
The wicked borrow and never pay back, but good people are generous with their gifts. (Psalm 37:21)
When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret, and he will  reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4)
Command those who are rich in the things of this life not to be proud, but to place their hope, not in such an uncertain thing as riches, but in God, who  generously gives us everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share with others.  (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
But don’t forget to help others and to share your  possessions with them. This too is like offering a  sacrifice that pleases God. (Hebrews 13:16)
I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving. (Acts 20:35)




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