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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 

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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


Exposition and Adoration: Is held on the first  Friday of the month in St Teresa’s chapel after 9.30am Mass and will begin again in February. Divine Mercy Devotion: Divine Mercy Devotion is every Saturday night at 5pm.  Reconciliation and Baptism: by appointment.  

1st Sunday of Lent
In Cycle A of the Sunday readings we are presented with the three great Johannine Gospels used for the scrutinies of the Rite of  Christian Initiation of Adults. It is recommended that they also be used in Years B and C if there are people present preparing for baptism or reception into the Church. These three Gospels are the classic texts for catechesis and so provide the opportunity for the whole congregation to ponder their faith. They are profound accounts of the encounter between Jesus and persons who come to faith – the Samaritan woman, the man born blind and the sisters of Lazarus – and are an invitation to us to be like them in  acknowledging Jesus as Lord. The first two weeks of Lent offer us the usual Lenten sequence of the temptation of Jesus in the desert followed by the Gospel of the Transfiguration – displaying both the real humanity of Jesus, and his real divinity. 
Today’s readings focus on beginnings. The passage from Genesis is part of the creation account and the first encounter of the human beings with evil; an event that Paul turns into a theological treatise. Paul’s understanding of the significance of the Fall (as he calls it) enables him to offer his profound reflection on the reality of the mystery of salvation in Christ. 
The Gospel is also a beginning – it marks the start of the ministry of Jesus. That beginning – like the first reading today – is also marked by temptation – but like the passage from Romans is marked by the contrast between the first Adam and the New Adam. Christ identifies with humanity in being tempted, but decisively rejects the devil. Matthew, with his deep immersion in the Hebrew Scriptures, portrays this battle with the devil through the use of scriptural texts, a reminder to us who accompany the Lord into the (Lenten) desert that Scripture is an essential means of  discerning our calling. 
The tremendously rich diet of Scripture during Lent can be a significant resource in making this great season one that draws us deeper into the mystery of Christ and enables us to receive the free gift of being made righteous.      Fr Ron


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Wellington Central Pastoral Area   Sacramental Programme 2020 See page 
Registration forms for the 2020  programme are available on the website and from the church foyers.  
1. Child must be at least 8 years old  before November this year. 2. Child must be already baptised and provide a copy of his/her certificate with the registration form. 3. Parent/caregiver and child must commit to the programme schedule. Full attendance at these meetings is expected. 4. A $60 fee should be paid on line or attached to the form.  
The first Parents Meeting will be held at St Thomas More on 18th February at 7.00pm. A full timetable of meetings and classes will be distributed at this meeting. 

 Otari Parish are helping Catholic Social  Services and Red Cross with a Refugee House set-up in late February. Wanted: A few items  required for a single male   If you would be able to donate any of the following items please contact Estelle Henrys by email as soon as possible (They do not have to be brand new as long as they are in good condition with no stains)  1 Single Blanket suitable for a male adult Single duvet inner  2 bath towels  Thank you for your support.

 Weekday Mases in Lent: SMOA: Monday to Friday 7.30am,12.05pm,5.15pm. SHC: Monday to Friday 8.00am and 12.10pm in chapel. St Teresas: Tuesday to Friday at 9.30am. Wednesdays and Fridays at 6.30am.  Reconciliation: SMOA: Reconciliation held half an hour before weekday Masses. SHC: Monday to Friday 11.50am to 12.05 pm  St Teresas: Saturdays at 9.30am or by appointment.  2nd Rite of Reconciliation St Teresa’s 22 March 4pm; 

Lenten activities in our Pastoral Area Ōtari parish Lenten series for Wellington West Pastoral Area

Whakarongo ki te tangi a Papatūānuku: Listen to the cry of the earth, We can make a difference.  First session speakers: Danny Karatea-Goddard and Catherine Gibbs.  Tuesday 3 March 7.30-9.00pm, Thursday 12 th March, Thursday 26 March at St Thomas More , All welcome

Wellington Cathedral of St Paul and the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be partnering in a mission focussed on Lent. This will be supported by Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Bishops Justin Duckworth and Eleanor Sanderson. It provides an opportunity to build relationships between the Cathedral communities and neighbouring parishes to grow together in our faith.  The Lent Programme will run on subsequent Wednesdays throughout Lent in either Connolly Hall or the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul - meeting at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start.  Wednesday 4 March - Connolly Hall;  Wednesday 11 March - Connolly Hall;  Wednesday 18 March - Wellington Cathedral of St Paul;  Wednesday 25 March - Wellington Cathedral of St Paul;  Wednesday 1 April - Connolly Hall;  

Stations of the Cross:  Every Wednesday evening at St Teresas Church at 7.00pm 4th March -1 April;  Friday evenings at Sacred Heart Cathedral Chapel at 7.00pm beginning 6th March – 20 th March;  Combined community Stations of the Cross 3rd April at St Thomas More at 6.30pm; 



Flax Cross making for Palm Sunday at St Thomas More;   After Stations of the Cross on 3 April 6.30pm. Shared meal. All welcome.


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