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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 (see contact page)

 May 20


Pentecost Sunday – Birthday of the Church  

"On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you". When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." 

Some points about the reading: 

John’s Gospel does not mention by what means Jesus came into the room, but simply states the fact that he was present among the disciples to indicate the spiritual qualities of the resurrected body of Jesus.  

The greeting that Jesus said to his disciples: "Peace be with you" means more than: "May you be saved from trouble." It means "May God give you every good thing." Peace is considered a divine gift promised in the Old Testament for the coming days of deliverance.

‘He showed them his hands and his side.’ This is the only explicit evidence from the Gospel that Jesus was nailed rather than tied to the cross.

‘He breathed on them.’ This indicates the giving of new life, just as in the Book of Genesis, God created man by breathing life into him.

One Main Point:  

The resurrected Christ confers upon his disciples, hence the Church, the mission to continue his work of bringing God's salvation to all. In order to carry on the task that he had accomplished, Jesus empowered the Church with his Holy Spirit who would be the living force and guidance in propagating God's message.  


Visualize yourself as a disciple in the Upper room, in a state of fearfulness and doubt about what had happened. How do you feel when Jesus appears to you? Visualize yourself there as a disciple, in a state of fear and doubt about what had happened. 

Relive the moment when Jesus breathed his Holy Spirit on the disciples and instructed them to go out and proclaim his Good News. How do we make his love known in our world today?  

Fr Ron



From +John...  

Dear Friends  

In his first major document "Evangelii Gaudium" Pope Francis told us that if we are to evangelize we must start by "renewing our personal encounter with Jesus Christ." (EG 3)

That was in 2013. Pope Francis has written another document called Gaudete et Exsultate, which is on the call to holiness in the world today. In this latest apostolic exhortation, he is telling us how to renew our personal encounter with Jesus.

As far back as 1975 Pope Paul VI wrote an apostolic exhortation called Evangelii Nuntiandi. In that he told us of the need to "deepen, consolidate and nourish" our faith and allow it to mature (EN 54). There is clearly a need for all of us to keep growing in faith, to deepen our under-standing, to come to a greater appreciation of what we believe.

Every one of us is obliged in some way to keep reading, to do some study, to change our ways of  praying in order to grow in our relationship with God. In his exhortation Paul VI suggested that we seek the kingdom, build it up, live it and pro-claim it (EN 8/13).

In this new document Pope Francis tells us that growing in personal holiness cannot be separated from building the Kingdom of God. Our Christian life, our choice to live as disciples of Jesus demands that we live and show in words and deed what we claim to profess. We know that we are not all called to be teachers or preachers, but we need to be able to offer some reasons for the hope that is in us  

(c/f 1 Peter 3.15)  

Last year we had the Archdiocesan Synod with the theme "Go You Are Sent." It was very clear from the discernment and the sharing, before, during and after the Synod, that if we want to respond generously to the call and to be "sent out," if we want to be serious about "mission effectiveness" then we need to grow in our understanding and appreciation of our faith. We need to be holy people. 

Pope Francisnew letter will help us to do this, as it sets holiness in the context of daily life. He gives us "five great expressions" of love of God and neighbour that he considers particularly important.

They are:  

Perseverance, patience and meekness

Joy and a sense of humour

Boldness and passion

In community

In constant prayer

Please make an effort to read, study and pray with Gaudete et Exsultate. There is a link to this on the homepage of the Vatican website.

With every blessing.  

Cardinal John Dew  

Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy. On the contrary, you will become what the Father had in mind when he created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self.  

Gaudete et Exsultate 32

 Cardinal McKeefry School Playground Refresh

We are fundraising to refresh our school playgrounds.  Please go to our 'Givealittle' page and give a little funding for our very important playground.

Thank you so much.  Tania Savage, Principal.


 Engaged Encounter :  

This is a weekend experience for couples intending to be married. Weekends Scheduled for 2018 are; 14-15 July, 3-4 November.Registrations close two weeks before.    Venue: Presbytery, 301 Karori Road,Karori, Wellington. For more details go to the  Website at: or phone Kate and Simon Olsen on 8016192, or email them on



Otari, Sacred Heart and St Mary of the Angels parishes.  Please register your child using either the online form on our website page or the pdf form opposite.  There is a word doc form on the website page.


The Sisters of Compassion and the Catholic Parish of Wellington South invite you to celebrate the 183rd anniversary of Suzanne Auberts birthday. Mass will be celebrated at 6pm on Tuesday 19 June 2018 at St Annes Church, Newtown. Hospitality will follow in the church hall following mass.


Mary Potter Hospice Street Day Appeal: 18 & 19 May. Just an hour or two of your time will help us to keep the Hospice care free in our community. We need volunteers in Wellington to help collect during our 2018 Annual  Appeal. Will you help? Learn more and sign up at volunteer-for-our-street-appeal-2018/ or contact Phillip Harris – Street Appeal Co-ordinator 021 210 7276 or 04 381 0191 or

The Compassion Soup Kitchen is holding its annual Street Day Appeal on Friday 25th of May. We are looking for volunteers who can give a little time to hold a bucket for us in the Wellington CBD, the Hutt City Area or Porirua City. If you can help please contact Paula on: or call/txt 0211811862 

Vinnies Street Appeal – Collectors wanted The St Vincent de Paul Society Street Appeal is coming up June 15. This is the Societies main fundraising event for the year, with the purpose to raise funds to continue providing free welfare services in Wellington. We are on the hunt for people to kindly volunteer an hour or more of their time to collect at one of the many collection points around the CBD and surrounding suburbs. If you are interested in joining the team, please see the SVDP Conference President for your parish or email for more info.


SYNOD OUTCOMES BOOKLET (Available as a PDF - Please click here) "I now ask parishes to start planning how they will implement the Synod outcomes in their particular situation."  Cardinal John Dew."  Otari Parish will definitely be integrating the Synod outcomes into parish planning so please include the Synod outcomes booklet in your reading. 




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