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

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. 

 First meeting of the year will be joining with Onslow at the Regional Meeting Tuesday February 26th 2019 

Looking ahead: Wellington Archdiocesan Council Conference and AGM, Saturday 30 March 2019, Mercy Centre, Thorndon. Start time TBA but finishing with 5.30pm Mass. Cardinal John Dew will be opening and blessing the conference and will be the first Keynote speaker. Watch this space for more details. 

Diane Glynan was unable to speak in September 2018,  about her recent trip to 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, interactions with the children. Diane spoke briefly during supper at the AGM. Will have photos and story to share very soon. Watch this space!

Christmas Raffle: First prize (Christmas Cake) was won by Marion Thompson, St Thomas More and second prize - Christmas Hamper won by Susan Apathy. Many thanks to Vonnie Nunns and family for cake baking/decorating and Diane Glynan for Christmas Hamper. Total result from raffle was $170. 

     November 2018 Car Boot Sale Total: $256.70 Many thanks to all who donated and supported this initiative. 


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) Subscriptions now due $25.00.



Otari CWL had a wonderful day helping the school at the Fair on Saturday 22nd 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 24th 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 (Motor Neurone Disease) and we are gathering all sorts to sell, including left over plants from our plant/garden stall for St Teresa's school fair. If you would like to donate please let us know. KS

Coming up is the Christmas Party we are hosting for the Otari Parish, Wednesday 5th December, 7.30pm, St Thomas More Lounge and the Filipino choir from our parish community will be entertaining us with their Christmas music. 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.

Futuna Chapel Carols for Advent, 

Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm 

St Mary's and St Teresa's Parish Choirs.

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 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)