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

Otari CWL members will be teaching the St Teresa's primary school children the Rosary again this October. The booklet below has been designed by Ethne Wyndham-Smith in 2017, as a teaching tool for the children. Rosaries have been donated by members. 

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

Unfortunately Diane Glynan was unable to speak Wed 19th, due to illness, 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. We plan to reschedule Diane's talk at a later date.  

Next gathering will be the CWL AGM Wednesday 17th October, Church foyer; gathering at 6pm for pizza and glass of wine followed by AGM. All welcome. 

Otari CWL had a wonderful day helping the school at the Fair on Saturday 22nd with the plant and garden stall. We would like to thank all those who grew and donated plants; especially the schoolchildren who grew daffodils, 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 won the raffle, which was a large potted plant of pansies. 

Coming up is the Christmas Party we are hosting for the Otari Parish, Wednesday 5th December, 7.30pm, St Thomas More Lounge.

Futuna Chapel Carols for Advent, Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm with St Mary's and St Teresa's Parish Choirs.

 Looking ahead: Wellington Archdiocesan Council Conference and AGM, Saturday 30 March 2019, Mercy Centre, Thorndon. Start time TBA but finishing with 5.30pm Mass and joining the Cathedral Parish, probably St Mary's College Hall. Cardinal John Dew officiating at Mass and also speaking at the Conference. Watch this space for more details, later this year. 

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. 

Latest News/Submissions

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)