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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. 

The parish church of St Teresas in Karori is currently the pro (temporary)cathedral of the Archdiocese while the Cathedral roof is repaired. (INSTALLATION DEC 8)

MASS TIMES

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. St Teresa’s Church: 

Exposition and Adoration: Is held on the first Friday of the month in the chapel after 9.30am Mass. Divine Mercy Devotion:   Divine Mercy Devotion is every Saturday night at 5pm.   Reconciliation and Baptism: by appointment.   St. Mary's Kerala Catholic Community Wellington of the Syro-Malabar rite, have Mass, Catechism and Holy Hour services at St Thomas More Church in Wilton.  WEB LINK

First Holy Communion Celebration Mass 10.00am,  Sunday 25th November:
Please remember in your prayers the 55 children from Otari Parish and Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish who are making their First Communion on Sunday November 25th at the 10.00am Mass at St Teresa's Church.
A much larger number of children and their wider families will be attending the Celebration Mass thatday. If you prefer a less crowded Mass, we strongly encourage you to attend another Mass that weekend; 5.30pm Saturday Vigil St Teresa's Church or 8.30am Sunday St Thomas More Church.


WEEKLY REFLECTION

The Widow’s Mite
This beautiful story is only mentioned in Mark’s Gospel. Jesus has arrived in Jerusalem, and has several conversations with Jewish leaders, both inside and outside the Temple. He now contrasts their (mainly) proud and evil ways with the sacrificial humility and poverty of the widow.
It is a dangerous story. It unsettles, disturbs and challenges us about our own lifestyle and priorities.
Perhaps the most amazing part of the story is that Jesus was watching this woman instead of the rich and wealthy. There is something about "it takes one to know one." The woman has given her everything, just as Jesus will give his everything on the cross.
This self-giving withholds nothing from God. By pointing her out, Jesus seems to be saying once again that gaining one's life comes in the letting go instead of the grasping.
The woman is worth watching. Ironically, in her giving all to God, she reminds us that all that we have is God's. In watching her, we can see the gift of life and grace that God provides for us and the whole creation. In this gift we receive all that we need and are freed so that we might give of ourselves to God and to others.
By all appearances, she ought to go unnoticed. She tosses in two copper coins while some of Jerusalem's finest make donations of notable size. Temple operations would scarcely have been affected had she not come at all. Jesus draws attention to that which others might easily have overlooked. He points to a giving of substance, in contract to empty ceremony.
The woman receives no reward for her sacrifice, not even a kind word from Jesus himself. He speaks about her, not to her. She never knew her mite had made such an impact on the hearts of the disciples, even if it had not made an impact on the Temple treasury. She had the right attitude. Giving from the heart is greater than giving from the wallet.
God's math is amazing. One penny is worth more than several large sums. One sheep is worth risking the safety of 99. One day is like a thousand years. Jesus Christ + nothing = salvation.
Fr Ron 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 10th-11th Year B

LATEST (OCTOBER) PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES NOW AVAILABLE DETAILING PARISH COUNCIL CONSIDERATION OF OUTCOMES FROM RECENT PARISH SYNOD MEETING (which reflected on the archdiocesan Synod recommendations) 

PARISH NEWS/EVENTS 


St Teresa’s Church: Exposition and Adoration: Is held on the first Friday of the month in the chapel after 9.30am Mass. Divine Mercy Devotion:   Divine Mercy Devotion is every Saturday night at 5pm.

PPC Minutes Available under Parish Council tab 

Remembrance Mass: Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 7:00pm
We warmly welcome members of our parish pastoral area and school communities to our Remembrance Mass on Wednesday 21st November at 7:00pm at St Teresa’s Church.
This is a beautiful Mass led by our Folk Group and is a celebration for all members of our parish community, but in particular those who have suffered the loss of a loved one over the past year. We will remember those special people and thank God for the time that we have shared with them. We also celebrate the wonderful memories that we hold of our loved ones.
You are invited to bring a photo or memento of your loved one to place on the altar before mass. Please gather in the foyer before Mass so that we can light a candle for our loved ones, which Fr Ron will bless. We will enter the church together to opening hymn, placing our candles on the altar.
Please join us in this special celebration which will be followed with a glass of wine in our church foyer.

Otari Parish Christmas Masses:
Christmas Eve Children’s Masses: 24th December
• St Teresa’s Church: 5.00pm
• St Thomas More Church : 7.00pm
Christmas Eve Masses: St Teresa’s Church:
• Filipino Mass with Cardinal John: 7.00pm
• Christmas Eve Mass: 9.00pm
• Midnight Mass with Cardinal John: 12.00am
Christmas Day Mass: 25th December
• St Teresa’s Church: 10am

Planned Giving:
Thankyou to all the parishioners who joined the planned giving programme this week and of course to all our planned givers. Your contributions are very much appreciated.
We thank those who have moved on to automatic payment as this ensures your donation is received by the parish whether you are at Mass or not. It also means less counting, storing and banking of cash each week and less printing costs. Any other parishioners who may like to join the planned giving programme can contact the parish office on 476 6131 or email office@otariparish.co.nz to make arrangements.

 World Day of the Poor:

The Archdiocese of  Wellington is one of 12 Dioceses throughout the world who have been asked to lead activities for Pope Francis’s World Day of the Poor. Details are available on the notice displayed on the parish newsletter and on the Archdiocese of Wellington website.

Some highlights include:

Archdiocesan Mass for the World Day of the Poor: St Michael’s Taita, Sunday 18th November, 10.30am, if possible please bring a non-perishable item for the foodbank collection.

Better off together-He waka eke noa Gathering: Bishop Viard College, Porirua, Saturday 17th

November, 10am-5pm, speakers, workshops, liturgy led by Challenge 2000.

St Vincent de Paul free pop-up stores:

Newtown, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wairarapa and Levin, Saturday 17th November.

Wellington JPD Commission social analysis

workshop: St Joseph’s church foyer, Upper Hutt, Wednesday 14th November (please register with l.beech@wn.catholic.org.nz)

Carols around the Crib:
Join us on this Family Day on the eve of Advent. At 11am we will put up the crib, followed by carol singing. Throughout the day, get creative with nativity art and crafts. Search out nativity rocks in the Christmas treasure hunt. All are welcome on 1st December, 10am-3pm.

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Financial  Information YE2018 

 Here are the latest parish financial accounts provided for parishioners as stewards of their parish.  Please read them and keep up to date.

 

 

 

 


 

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