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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  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)  

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Liturgy of the Word:

Today’s Reading:

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 17 Sept 2017 YEAR A  

  Synod Weekend 15 – 17 September 

This weekend we have our Archdiocesan Synod. A synod helps to establish the ‘communion and mission’ of a diocesan community – both indispensable aspects of the Church’s pastoral activities.  

Diocesan synods have been held approximately every ten years in the Archdiocese of Wellington following a tradition established by Cardinal Tom Williams. ‘If we follow this pattern it is the time for another synod,’ says Cardinal John Dew. ‘But more pressingly, Pope Francis is re-shaping our priorities and attitudes, and we need to respond at the grassroots level to his vision.’

‘The last two archdiocesan synods focused on liturgy, youth and young adults, family, welcoming communities, adult education, social justice. These are all essential parts of the life of the Church but are mostly internal matters with fo-cus on ourselves rather than on our mission.’

‘The parish amalgamation process has required us to have a strong internal focus over the last few years. There is more work to be done within parishes to further the amalgamation at a practical level, and to deepen communion in our parishes. But that communion must extend further, because Pope Francis is challenging us strongly to ‘go out’.  

‘In both his words and actions, Pope Francis consistently challenges us to rethink our approach and priorities. He re-turns to certain themes again and again: the peripheries of society; our own peripheries; refugees and migrants; care for creation; ecumenism; interfaith relations; accompanying the young. Our own archdiocesan themes include: leadership; ethnic diversity in the Archdiocese; prayer and discernment.  

Pope Francis has brought new emphases and new ways of thinking to many areas of Church life in the three years since he was elected. His words and actions challenge us to think about how we are Church.  

‘Pope Francis is charting directions for us which many people in our parishes may know little about. The 2017 Synod is a unique and timely opportunity for us to reflect on how we can be a Church that is at the service of the world around us. For this reason I believe that themes such as those above need to be put before the people for their consideration in the parish consultation process, in order to widen people’s thinking beyond what they currently experience in their parish.’  

Topics covered by the Synod are: The peripheries of society, Our own peripheries, Refugees and migrants, Care for creation, Ecumenism, Accompanying the young, Marriage and family. In addition there are two topics which reflect the particular needs in the Archdiocese: leadership and bicultural and ethnic diversity.  

Please pray for the success of the weekend.    Fr Ron



More on our parish stewardship

What are the four pillars of Stewardship the Parish Council has been focusing on? And what are the nine points of parish hospitality, (the first pillar of stewardship), which the parish council came up with? 

Click Here for our Stewardship page to find out. 

Eucharistic Ministers:

The Parish Liturgy Committee is look-ing for More Eucharistic Ministers, either to be Ministers at Mass, and / to take communion to those in Rest Homes (Thursday) or those in their own home (Sundays). Training and support will be given as fol-lows:

Reflection and Training Day:

A day of reflection and training will be held for Eucharistic Ministers (Altar, Rest Homes, own homes), on Sunday 29th October at 2pm at St Teresa’s Church, Karori.

This is for those who are already ministers and those who would like to know more, with a view to becoming a Eucharistic Minister.

   Refugee Family Reunification Trust Movie Fundraiser

Hosted by Otari Parish Justice Peace and Development Group
Sunday 1st October 4.40pm, Penthouse Cinema Brooklyn - Tickets ($20 per ticket) can be purchased and paid for online below and picked up at Church or the Parish Office.   Raffles will be sold prior to the Movie $5 for one, $10 for three.

Another Mother's Son is a British war drama film directed by Christopher Menaul and written by Jenny Lecoat. The film is based on a true story from the German occupation of the Channel Islands, about a Jersey woman named Louisa Gould (played by Jenny Seagrove), who takes in an escaped young Russian war prisoner (played by Julian Kostov), hiding him from the German forces.  (click on pic to buy a ticket)

 Update on St Teresa’s Church Roof 

Parishioners would have noticed we have had some significant roof leaks in the church this winter especially in the sanctuary corner.  To date, we have had our roofers come and patch and seal the affected areas where they think the leaks have occurred. We have been advised the roof itself is in reasonable condition .  We have had confirmation that the ceiling does not  contain asbestos.

We now wait and watch for leaks after heavy rain events and when we can establish there is no leaking, the contractors will repair the ceiling and flooring. This remedial work will be covered by insurance. Please let the office or Fr Ron know if you notice any new leaks or maintenance issues  in the churches!

Thank you. Parish Finance Committee.








 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. The 1st of these Masses will be this Sunday at 5pm.

Grace Anointing Retreat  

A Catholic spiritual (English) retreat day led by Fr  Dominic Valanmanal - International Catholic Preacher.  Wednesday 27 & 28 September at St Teresa’s Karori.  On Wednesday 27 Cardinal John will celebrate Mass at 9.30am.

  Published on Feb 14, 2017

This video is a part of the program Parudeesa(meaning Heaven) which is telecasted through the Malayalam television channel Shalom. Fr.Dominic Valanmanal is an Indian Catholic priest belonging to the diocese of Kanjirapally in Kerala.He is the director of Marian retreat centre, Anakkara( He is known for his preaching of the word of god and deliverance sermons.He also leads bible conventions in many parts of the world.


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