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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.   


 Teresas school and communitity finished off term 2 with a Caritas Challenge.  The children raised funds to enable Caritas to continue to work in Kiribati, Fiji, with partners the Diocese of Tarawa and Nauru to deliver programmes focused on health, climate awareness, youth leadership and training for women.  The children had a plain lunch of rice and bread prepared by members of the school communitity and then finished the afternoon with a mini fair. More pics in gallery



Liturgy of the Word:

Today’s Reading:

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 22/23 July 2017 YEAR A

The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds  

We are in the 2nd of 3 weeks where the scripture readings from Matthew’s gospel seek to describe the Kingdom of God through parables. This week it is the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.  

The "weeds" were used to refer to darnel, tares or cockle. These weeds are so much like wheat in the early stages that it is very hard to distinguish them from real wheat. They can only be distinguished later when they are grown, but their roots would be too intertwined with those of the wheat so that both would be uprooted. The grain of these weeds is slightly poisonous and can cause sickness if eaten. Sowing weeds into an enemy's field was a common form of vengeance or sabotage at that time. Roman laws punished it as a crime.  

A mustard seed would grow into a shrub-like tree about 10 to 12 feet high. The emphasis is the contrast between the insignificance of the beginning of the kingdom and the unimaginable greatness of the completed kingdom.  

The key point of the parable is that God believes in people. He is patient to give us freedom to discern, spiritual food to grow, and time to transform for the Kingdom of God.  

Thoughts to reflect on:  

To separate rightly the ones from the others is an impossible task for those who can judge only according to appearance. God alone can see clearly what is in the human heart. Contemplate your social and spiritual environments. What do you see of yourself and what do you perceive of others?  

Contemplate your daily life. Like the mustard seeds that grow ceaselessly, what effort have you put in to grow spiritually under the grace of God? Is your faith growing stronger day after day? What should you do to encourage it along?  

Like the yeast that leavens the dough, how have you allowed or used the Words of God to transform your complete being for the Kingdom of God?  

Fr Ron



We know that slogan now, but what about contributing to the process of discovering how we might witness our faith and make the Gospel more relevant in our parish and city?

Cardinal John has asked each of us to help plan a direction for the Archdiocese for the next ten years, to see how "we can influence the society of which we are a part, especially the suffering and injustice that engulfs much of it…" 

Do you have an opinion about how we might find more "leaders" for our Archdiocese? ...Can you contribute to a policy on refugees and migrants? What about our relationship with other Churches, other Faiths? ...How do we reach young people?....What are your concerns regarding marriage and family?....Your reflections will be welcome. They were due yesterday 30 June, but late response may be accepted......The full document is available on line at:

Our parish met at Cardinal McKeefry school on October 29, 2016 and considered the main stewardship topics such as 'Standing On Life Giving ground", "Journey With Respect" and 'Shaping A More Human Society".  The outcomes from those considerations have been printed in three Word docs and are available on our Stewardship Page.  In many ways these considerations covered areas canvassed by the Synod questions document to be workshopped at the Archdiocesan Synod in September so it is worthwhile reading them again.  

Representatives of the Catholic Womens League met recently, including some members from Otari Parish, and looked at SYNOD - Topic Five, "Go, You Are Sent To The Peripheries"  Their recommendations to the Archdiocesan Synod are available here on our website and make helpful reading about the Synod Five topic.   

Cardinal John Dew commissioned Fiona Rammell as a Lay Pastoral Leader at Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday 11 June. Alongside Fr James Lyons, Fiona will serve the parish and school of Sacred Heart Cathedral. She is also part of the Pastoral area team working alongside Fr Ron Bennett and Fr Barry Scannell in Wellington.







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