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  Enquiries: Karen Saunders, Secretary, Otari CWL, 04/476 0044,

This  essay written by Christine Cheyne was first published in 'Women Together:a History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand' in 1993. It was updated by Anne Lumb in 2018. A good read even if it is just to see the fab 1970 photo of the Upper Hutt CWL singing group.

Rosary Booklet
Rosary Booklet.pdf (1.09MB)
Rosary Booklet
Rosary Booklet.pdf (1.09MB)

This booklet has been designed by Ethne Wyndham-Smith, together with the expertise of Catherine in the office, in 2017, as a teaching tool for the children attending St Teresa's. Rosaries have been donated by parishioners from 9.30am weekday Mass. 

 Stations of the Cross Mondays in Lent 7pm

Looking ahead: Wellington Archdiocesan Council Conference and AGM, Saturday 30 March 2019, Mercy Centre, Thorndon. Start time 8.30 and finishing with 5.30pm Mass, Cathedral Chapel. Cardinal John Dew will be opening and blessing the conference and will be the first Keynote speaker. 


CWL AGM Wednesday 17th October 2018, committee re standing: Ethne Wyndham-Smith-President, Vonnie Nuns-Vice President, Diane Glynan-Treasurer/Minute Secretary, Karen Saunders-Secretary and Anne Lumb will be Mission Convenor.  Pictured left to right: Christine Paterson (Archdiocesan President), Diane Glynan, Sam Walker (Regional Rep), Anne Lumb, Ethne Wyndham-Smith, Vonnie Nunns, Monica Smith, Delia McCaffrey and Margaret West. (Photo: Karen Saunders) Diane spoke briefly about her trip and shared some photos and video clips, of the Tamariki Learning Centre, a school in the slums of Nairobi, totally funded from NZ. The main focus was visiting the school and taking as much equipment for the school in the luggage. 





Otari CWL had a wonderful day helping at the 2018 School Fair with the plant and garden stall. Altho' a tad cool in the southerly corner! Anne Lumb wrapping up well. We would like to thank all those who grew and donated plants; especially the schoolchildren who grew daffodils (donated by The Warehouse) small cactus plants and Mondo Grasses. California Home and Garden (the Lowe family) Lower Hutt; Palmers Garden Centre, Miramar and Tamara Presland for their donations to our stall. Fay Bastion was amused to win the raffle, a large potted plant of pansies which she also donated, along with many other plants. We raised about $400 from our stall and overall the school raised about $20,000 for the new refurbished playground.  

Car Boot Sale Saturday every November, Cardinal McKeefrey school playground. Pictured left, fellow partners in crime from 2015: Karen Saunders, Diane Glynan, Anne Lumb and Ethne Whyndham-Smith (red hair) hiding behind the board. This is the CWL National Mission At Home Appeal fundraiser (2019 is Tourette's Association of NZ) and we are always gathering all sorts to sell. If you would like to donate please let us know. 2018 total was $256.70, many thanks to those who supported and donated.KS

Big huge thanks to the Filipino choir who entertained us at the Christmas Party we host for the Otari Parish, December 2018, St Thomas More Lounge. Filipino Christmas celebration is colorful, lively, full of traditions, bright and definitely twinkling. One of the most iconic symbol of  Filipino Christmas spirit, is the Christmas lantern or locally known as “paról”. The star-shaped lanterns are displayed hanging outside the house, along the busy streets of the cities and even in provincial towns and small villages. May it be a parol with simple or intricate designs, for Filipinos it is an expression of shared faith and hope. It also symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness and Filipinos’ goodwill during Christmas season. Image from Internet TMC Website/Imelda.

2019 Colours of Futuna Concert Series coming soon 

National Conference, Brentwood, Kilbirnie, July 25 - 28th 

Sam Walker, Wellington Regional Representative, welcomes members to Wellington.


The Best Bus on the Home of Compassion Pilgrimage on Friday afternoon July 27th. 75 conference attendees had a wonderful afternoon visiting the newly refurbished Heritage Centre.

Minutes, Homily Opening Mass, Keynote speaker Anne Dickinson, Reports and Photos from conference. More reports are available on request. 


St Josephine.doc (209.0KB)
St Josephine.doc (209.0KB)

St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), a Sudanese woman who was sold into brutal and abusive slavery as a young girl in the Darfur region of Africa, eventually transported to Italy to work for a friend of her owner’s family, and, when she resisted returning to Africa in favor of joining the religious order who taught the young daughter of the family for whom she worked, was set free because of the dictates of Italian law. After professing eternal vows, she lived out the remainder of her life as a Canossian Sister of the Institute of Catechumens in Venice, Italy. St. Josephine was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2000 and is recognized as the patron saint of Sudan. According to the existing accounts of her life, there are two prominent bits of biographical history that are attributed to St. Josephine. One is this beautiful quotation: “Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know him. What a great grace it is to know God!” The other is that, amongst the Canossian Sisters in Venice, St. Josephine’s mission was carried out in the services of “cooking, sewing, embroidery and attending the door.” To read more click on above document. 


The story behind the Wellington Archdiocesan report is sort of explanatory as you go.

However, the Paraparaumu Branch donated $300 to Viard College, when they realised that girls were not attending classes because families could not afford to buy sanitary products and were missing ¼ of classes each term.  

Interestingly enough the supermarkets have now also recently reduced the prices. 

St Margaret Clitherow, Patron Saint

Upper Hutt Branch hosted a very successful gathering of CWL Members from all Branches in the Wellington Archdiocese. Starting with Mass 11.15am at St Joseph's Church, 1 Pine Avenue, Upper Hutt, on Friday 31st August followed by a shared lunch. At the end of lunch there was a short discussion led by the CWL Archdiocesan President, Christine Paterson on continuing theme Care for Creation and how we as 'Women Welcoming Change' (the new theme) continue to help the environment. 50 people in attendance. 

At our Margaret Clitherow Archdiocesan Celebration on Friday, we talked about Laudato Si, and the ways in which we can learn to live with minimal use of plastics.

Also, Pope Francis has invited us during the current Season of Creation, to look to the gift of water, and how we might conserve it.


Social Issues Officer, Kath Cain has forwarded on the attached booklet that Christine Paterson (Archdiocesan President) gave to each of our branches on Friday. Needless to say, it would be a very big print job to provide a booklet for every member, so here it is online for you to read, and maybe to print for yourself and your family. It covers both of the topics mentioned above, and many more.

  As you see, it was designed for children. This makes it simple, clear, and readable - suitable for our simple clear brains to absorb, and also suitable for sharing with children. Very good for keeping this vital conversation going.

  Page 8 gives water conservation ideas - see if you can find the relevant plastics section. 😜

Gifting Sunday 15th July 

Otari CWL acknowledges with thanks the 2018 generous donations ($427.10) from parishioners. 


Otari CWL submission to NCW regarding the Law Commission Abortion debate



Regional Meeting 2018


Archdiocese AGM hosted by Levin branch 20 March 2018 

Levin AGM photos
Members attending AGM
2018 Levin AGM.pdf (981.04KB)
Levin AGM photos
Members attending AGM
2018 Levin AGM.pdf (981.04KB)