WEBSITE OF OTARI PARISH, WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND WHICH COMPRISES TWO CHURCHES , ST TERESAS KARORI (ALSO PRO-CATHEDRAL) AND ST THOMAS MORE WILTON.
St Teresa 301 Karori Rd. Karori and St Thomas More 30 Worcester St, Wilton
Mass times: Saturday Vigil: 5.30pm Karori Sunday: 8.30am Wilton and 10.00am Karori Weekdays Chapel: Tue-Fri 9.30am, Saturday 9.00am Reconciliation: Saturday 9.30—10.00am
NEW: Level Two restrictions will continue this week. The decision about returning to Level 1 will be made on Monday 21st September.
There are are weekday masses in the chapel at St Teresas Karori, but no Sunday (or Vigil) mass services. Cardinal John advises the following: for weekday masses.
"Keep the social distance of two metres in each direction, and if needed the number of people present must be restricted to allow this to happen. The ability to track and trace MUST be available, either electronically or manually. Hand sanitiser must be available. Communion is to be the Body of Christ only and it is only to be received on the hand. There is to be NO sign of peace and NO holy water.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation can be provided as long as social distancing or a physical barrier is in place. Baptisms are to be delayed until we are at Alert Level One. Communion can be taken to the sick, but I strongly encourage the use of masks and sanitizer.
Requiem Masses and funerals can take place under Alert Level Two, with up to 100 people present and all other Ministry of Health conditions met. With the aid of the funeral director the number of people and the conditions should be able to be controlled, although the capacity of the church with social distancing will determine the actual number present." + John
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO MASS FOR SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT ST TERESAS CHURCH.
The Cathedral Campaign Mass— Sunday 27th September 2020
The return into Covid-19 Level 2 forced the postponement of the Campaign Mass. The new date for the joint parishes Mass
being held at St Teresa’s pro-cathedral is 10.00am Sunday 27th September. Please mark this date in your diaries. At the end
of the Mass Fr James Lyons, Cathedral Campaign Chair will outline the Fundraising campaign followed by morning tea. At
the Mass campaign prayer cards, pictured below, will be blessed by Cardinal John and available for all to take home. A new
Campaign brochure will also be available. Father James will use these resources as he goes around parishes seeking support
for the Cathedral Campaign. From the Cathedral up date newsletter.
Please note that daylight summer saving starts 2AM on Sunday September 27
Forgiveness and forgiving When Peter initially suggests that he might be called to forgive seven times – he is being very generous – seven after all is a considerable number. But when Jesus retorts with his ‘seventy-seven times’, we know we are being asked to go beyond anything that is reasonable. The reading from Ecclesiasticus offers a fairly standard interpretation of the Law – which is challenging enough. Jesus takes it much further. The key phrase in today’s Gospel is ‘he had no means of paying’. The debt the servant had accrued is astronomical – something like the national debt – totally impossible for an individual to meet. But the master cancels the debt: he doesn’t just give him more time or let him pay a bit of it – he cancels it; the debt is wiped out. It is just impossible for him to pay. The debt is cancelled. Rather than be grateful and to change one’s life as a result, the servant doesn’t learn from the situation, but is instead hard on another fellow servant. The point here is that when we come before God with our ‘debts’ we are totally unable to pay them – there is literally nothing we can do to put ourselves at rights with God. All our good works, and prayers and penitence are themselves the fruit of the grace given to us. If we take this seriously, it can lead us to a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary gift of redemption. That is the extraordinary gift that is offered to those who ‘belong to the Lord’. Our debts are simply cancelled – they are wiped out as if they had never existed. That is what we celebrate at the Eucharist: ‘the blood of the new covenant poured out for the forgiveness of sins’; that is how our debts are cancelled. Fr Ron
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DAILY READINGS FOR LECTIO DIVINA UNIVERSALIS READINGS OF THE DAY LINK (CLICK)
CKICK HERE FOR ON AN ONLINE, DAILY LECTIO DIVINA SITE. Order 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 email@example.com for more
Ōtari Parish Zoom Liturgy this Sunday September 20 9am-10am
Ōtari Parish invites you to a Liturgy of the Word for the this Sunday in Ordinary Time by Zoom.
Join with the Community to worship with Prayer, song, scripture, discussion of the Word and as much participation as is possible through Zoom. Some tips. Mute your microphone when you are not speaking/singing, Ear/headphones maximise your sound experience, particularly music, Manage your mute/audio/video on the zoom settings and volume settings on your computer, You are welcome to have a candle/matches at the ready to light at the Gathering time. This helps set a sacred space feeling. To Join Zoom Meeting use the link (Not available yet) or please email Estelle for the zoom link invite.
END OF LIFE CHOICE REFERENDUM - A LIVESTREAM PRESENTATION VIA THE CARE ALLIANCE FACEBOOK PAGE. (Please search facebook search box for their page) But here is a link to their advert poster - Tuesday 22 Sept 7:00pm
SHINE TV, SUNDAY 2PM Freeview Channel 25 and Sky Channel 201
Cardinal John's Sunday recorded masses online https://www.youtube.com/c/MCSHWellington
Auckland Diocese Sunday service online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb7o1XYfQet-mOW1mJSzfow
Start – Cabbage Tree Lawn, Wilton Entrance to Ōtari/Wilton bush next to the Wilton Bowling Club Finish – Bring kai to share for an afternoon tea picnic on the Cockayne Lawn at approx 3pm This Ecumenical service has been prepared by members of the Wadestown Presbyterian Church, St Luke’s Anglican, St Anne’s Anglican and Ōtari Catholic Parishes
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.
CATHEDRAL STRENGTHENING PROJECT GETS A BIG FUNDING BOOST
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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL IN THORNDON AND SHIFT TO CONNOLLY HALL DURING CATHEDRAL WORK Blessed Sacrament Chapel
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.
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