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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 

THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST TERESAS IS THE PROCATHEDRAL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE WHILE THE THORNDON CATHEDRAL BUILDING IS BEING EARTHQUAKE STRENGTHENED. 

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

 

MASS TIMES AT ST THOMAS MORE CHURCH, WILTON FOR SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL PARISH 5.30pm (Sat. Vigil)   Sunday 10:30am 

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. 

SCENES FROM TODAY'S CHILDRENS MASS HERE

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PASTORAL WORK - SITUATIONS VACANT.

The Good Companions Club is seeking a new Treasurer and volunteer co-ordinator. Can you spare one Tuesday morning each month plus a couple of hours in your own time? The Club is a long-established Karori institution which provides companionship for a mainly retired and infirm membership drawn from Karori and surrounding areas. The Club is run by an enthusiastic volunteer committee who find dealing with our members to be a real joy. We hold monthly events in St Teresa’s Parish Hall, with each event providing entertainment, lunch and warm social   opportunities for an average of 40-50 members. The Treasurer will keep the Club’s records and the volunteer co-ordinator will ensure everything continues to run like clockwork. 

Māori in Liturgy at Ōtari Parish

Ōtari Parish Liturgy Committee and Priests have set a goal to continue to grow in the use of Te Reo Māori in our liturgies. At the heart of this is the Synod call – Go you are sent to deepen your bicultural relationship.

We have invited Danny Karatea-Goddard, Vicar for Māori in Wellington Archdiocese, to support us on this journey. This weekend he and his wife Maru are joining the St Thomas More community for 8.30am Mass and breakfast. The following workshops run by Danny will be available for us all. Please stay straight after Mass and take up this opportunity. Danny will make this fun and interactive!

Sunday 14 July – Part A after 10am Mass in St Teresa’s Church (11 to Noon approx.)

Sunday 28 th July – Part B after 10am Mass in St Teresa’s Church (11 to Noon approx.)

Sunday 28 th July – Part A/B after 8.30am Mass at St Thomas More in the lounge  (9.30am to 10.30am approx.)

 Welcome! Haere mai! Nau mai!     MORE HERE

SUNDAY REFLECTION 

The Family at Bethany
 
Today’s gospel story is only found in Luke.  However, John’s gospel has 2 other stories about this family, and it is  remarkable how Mary, Martha and Lazarus stay true to form in each account.   It is important to realize that they are all good, even saintly people, growing in their love for Christ in their lives, just like us.
 
 In today’s gospel (Luke   10/ 38-42) Martha welcomes Jesus in her home. She then prepares a meal. All good. Mary sits at  Jesus feet, listening. Lazarus is not mentioned, but it is possible he is there, contemplating the scene. Jesus praises Mary’s contemplative nature. He gently chides Martha on her ‘worrying about many things’
 
In John 11, Martha and Mary send a message to Jesus that Lazarus is ill.  It is Martha only that goes to meet Jesus and gently suggests he could have prevented Lazarus’ death, but adds  ‘‘.. even now, whatever you ask of God he will grant you.’  What faith. They talk and Martha acknowledges Jesus as ‘the resurrection and the life.’ Even greater faith.  Mary, the contemplative, only comes later, when Jesus calls her.  Lazarus, being dead is not too involved until he is resurrected!
 
In John 12/1-11, there is a meal and the home of Simon the Leper.  It is said that Lazarus is there, and that Martha waited on Jesus.  Mary, the contemplative, pours costly ointment over Jesus’ feet. She knows of  Jesus’ approaching death and anoints his body in preparation.  
Both Mary and Martha are remarkable women, ‘in tune’ with Jesus and what he is about.  They and Lazarus are 3 beautiful people, each journeying to come closer to God. They are models for us, as we seek to do the same. 
 
Mary, the contemplative, the prayerful one. She feeds on God’s word and this enables her to discern what is appropriate in different situations.   
Martha, the feisty one, the worker, the doer. Her gentle challenges elicit responses from Jesus and she grows mightily as a result.
 
Lazarus is less clear, since he is not mentioned in one account and dead in another!     He could well be a contemplative person, saying little, just with his eyes fixed on Jesus. All 3 are on a journey of discovery, just like you and me!
 
FR RON
 

IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK (available here for download) PARISH BUILDING REVIEW PROCESS

Congratulations to children in our parish
celebrating their First Communion 
Genevieve Drennen
Terry Farrell 
Sarah Finlayson 
Eryn Guarina
Amanda Joyce
William Moncrieff
Sorcha O’Ceallaigh
William Orsman
Beau Reddish
Evelyn Renwick
Timothy Single,
Freya Sutherland  
Valentina Toma
Edith Ward-Marshall 

More Photos in Gallery Two

  • Towels wanted for the Night Shelter please. There will be a box in the St Teresa's foyer until 30 June, or please phone Mary or Murray on 476 9129.
Life in the Spirit Seminar 2019 God’s inviting YOU to experience a life changing seminar! Topics: God’s Love, Salvation, The New Life, Receiving God’s Gift, Baptism in the Spirit, Growth and Transformation. To be held at St Thomas More Church on 7 consecutive Wednesdays 3 July – 14 August, 7.30 – 9pm. A koha will be taken up each week. Please register by Friday, 22 June 2019. Enquiries /registration: asgwlg.lss@gmail.com


 

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.
Cleaning 
 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. 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. https://compassion.org.nz/

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 office@otariparish.co.nz 

Congratulations: This year's Sacramental  Programme children were introduced to the parish on Sunday and received encouragement from the Catholic Women’s League.

St Teresa’s hall toilets refurbishment: This weekend sees the beginning of demolition and subsequent  refurbishment of our hall toilets which should take about 6 weeks. There will be minimal use of the hall during this time and the rear hall entrance will not be accessible.  Please ensure you keep away from the construction area for your own safety over this period and we look forward to enjoying our upgraded facilities. If you have any queries regarding this project, please contact the parish office. Thankyou.

 

 

 



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