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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

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.  

  

SUNDAY REFLECTION
The Parable of the Dishonest Steward
 
Today’s parable from Luke’s Gospel tell us of Jesus’ attitude towards money and those who have it.   Earlier, in Luke’s version of the beatitudes, Jesus says ‘Happy are you who are poor: yours is the  kingdom of God’ (6.20) - the rich always come off badly in Luke’s Gospel, as they do in the Book of Amos.
 
Amos is the great profit of Social Justice. He prophesied in the Northern Kingdom of Israel somewhere between the years 760-750 B.C.  He denounces those who take advantage of the poor and needy to increase their own profits – something that continues to happen  today.  The words of Amos were adapted by Martin Luther King, Jr., whose famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. in August 1963 brought a new meaning to the words of Amos: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24).
 
Like Amos before him, Jesus in Luke gospel makes the not unlikely connection between wealth and dishonesty. It is interesting that the rich man in the Gospel, who has been  cheated by his steward, commends the man for his astuteness – it would suggest that he too is someone who recognises the profit to be made from dishonesty!
 
 Readings such as these today are important for us to hear. Living in a world where wealth and power are held in great esteem, we can all easily adopt the attitudes and culture of the world we live in. 
 
Luke and Amos with the whole Judeo-Christian tradition insist we name dishonesty and  deceitful practice for what it is. Importantly the lesson is also that such practice is corrupting – it becomes a form of idolatry whereby something less than God becomes the focus and object of life. As Paul emphasises – there is only one source of salvation and life – Jesus Christ. Fr Ron 

IN THE NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK (available here for download) 

Liturgy Committee Ministries Formation Days 
Greeters at St Teresa’s  We would also like to introduce a Greeters  Ministry at St Teresa’s Masses starting in  October. This ministry is already in place at St Thomas More. Greeters arrive 10 minutes  before Mass starts, hand out Parish newsletters and greet parishioners as they arrive. They  especially keep a look out for newcomers/ visitors and introduce themselves. This Ministry could be carried out by a whole family, parent and child, young adults or individuals. To volunteer yourself/family as a greeter just sign up against the time and date of your choice and we will be in touch.    


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  c.walkerdine@wn.catholic.org.nz  

STEWARDSHIP  Please join us for the Stewardship Network  Meeting at Sacred Heart School Hall, Petone.  1-4pm on Saturday 21st September. Three dynamic speakers including Cardinal John Dew, Afternoon Tea followed by small group discussion. Please  register by September 18th with Chris Walkerdine at  c.walkerdine@wn.catholic.org.nz or telephone 04 496-1706.  

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TWO PASTORAL EVENTS FOR YOU.

Eucharistic Ministry workshop with Fr Pat Bridgman
October 24 @ Sts Peter Paul Lower Hutt
Liturgy of the Word with Communion 5 (1).pdf (173.43KB)
Eucharistic Ministry workshop with Fr Pat Bridgman
October 24 @ Sts Peter Paul Lower Hutt
Liturgy of the Word with Communion 5 (1).pdf (173.43KB)
Sr Laurie Brink OPProfessor of New Testament Studies Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Did Jesus really mean “ love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you ”? How are we to proclaim the gospel message in a world fractured by violence, hatred, and natural disasters? Oct 15 at St Bernards Hall NaeNae
Mission for a Fractured World (1).pdf (349.15KB)
Sr Laurie Brink OPProfessor of New Testament Studies Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Did Jesus really mean “ love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you ”? How are we to proclaim the gospel message in a world fractured by violence, hatred, and natural disasters? Oct 15 at St Bernards Hall NaeNae
Mission for a Fractured World (1).pdf (349.15KB)

Household items required for family of 3 (2 adults & 12 yr old daughter)  (St Teresa’s and St Thomas More)  Catholic Social Services and Red Cross are preparing for the October intake of former  refugees arriving for resettlement. Ōtari Parish has been asked if we could possibly provide Household items. To manage this we are once again asking all the Mass communities at both churches for donations. One of the city Rotary Clubs is providing Pantry items for the whole intake so there will be no food required.  21/22 and 28/29 September Sign-up lists will be available after all Masses. Just place your name beside one item that you choose to provide. Household items do not have to be brand new but must be in good condition.  5/6 October Please bring your donated item and place it in the labeled boxes or beside them in the church foyer. The goods will be delivered on the afternoon of 6th October.  Thank you for your support.  From the Otari Parish JPD Group (Justice Peace and Development Group)

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.   

Chapel Eucharist:  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. 

Children’s Sacramental Programme 2020 Registration is now open for the 2020 programme which begins this coming Term 4 with the  Sacrament of  Confirmation, followed by First Reconciliation in Term 1 and First  Communion in Term 2 of 2020. For your child to be eligible, he/she must already be baptised and be at least 8 years old at the beginning of Term 4. First parent’s session is on October 17, 7pm at St Thomas More Church in Wilton. For  registration and/or further enquiries contact  • parish office email: office@otariparish.co.nz • School principal; St Ts: Mary-Angela Tombs 939 1725 or CMCK: Tania Savage 4753 262 • Parish Priest: Fr Ron Bennett rbennett@otariparish.co.nz 

SEASON OF CREATION

Last Sunday at the 8.30am and 10.00 am Masses we welcomed Bella Sutherland and Bella Chait,  representatives of the environment group from St Catherine’s College. They shared a short  presentation about their concern for the environment, actions they are taking, and ideas for us to think about. This Saturday Xyryll and Ana from St Mary’s College will speak at the vigil Mass. We thank these students for giving of their time and sharing their  concern about this most important issue facing us all. The Season of Creation is a wonderful time to reflect on how our lifestyles affect the environment and to make a commitment to more sustainable ways of living. Here are some ideas from last week to continue to discuss with fellow parishioners, family and friends.  What can you do to help?  Switch to renewable energy,  wind turbines, solar panels etc Eat less meat. Eat locally sourced food. Reduce energy use. Use public transport or walk when you can.  Shop less and at more environmentally friendly alternatives.  Get politically active by demanding climate change action and solutions this election  Vote for those who will protect your children, grandchildren, family, friends and future generations by creating laws and policies that create climate action and solutions. Also mark in your diaries the Climate Strike Day – Friday 27th September and consider joining this march to Paliament. Look for more details in next week’s newsletter.    Visit: https://livingthechange.net/ for ideas about how 
 St Ninian’s Uniting Parish  ‘A List in Time’ Proactive Planning  for the Ageing Process How health and community services can help  What legal decisions are helpful in senior years How to prepare for our celebration of life Wednesday 16 October 7.30pm – 9.30pm or  Sunday 20 October 2pm – 4pm with Diana Minnee - Clinical Nurse Specialist with CCDHB Community Older Persons Service. Eoin Cameron - Lawyer  Rev Ross Scott  - Wellington Hospital Chaplain Keith Newell - Funeral Celebrant Steve Haddock - Lychgate Funeral Care Refreshments will be served. A donation will be gladly received to help cover costs. Please RSVP before Wednesday 9 October 2019 St Ninian’s Uniting Parish Corner Newcombe Crescent and Karori Road stnup@xtra.co.nz  04 476 7137 
 

 

 


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
 
People
: 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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