The Catholic Parish of Otaki and  Levin

Faith Communities of Otaki, Levin and Kuku




Meeting “Flyer

11 August 2018

Dear Parishioner(s)

Subject: Pukekaraka St Mary’s - Change in Mass Times

This year we have been blessed to have two Priests to provide services to our communities in Levin and Otaki. But that is changing, and we must re-visit the matter of Mass times to enable the Parish to function with just one Priest in residence.

The position is that the Pastoral Team been asked to address as a priority, one of the most challenging issues, “What time works best for our community to meet to worship on a Sunday?” The critical drivers for the need to reconsider this matter again being: the lack of a supply of Priests; non-availability of retired Priests and the need for a single Priest to serve the two communities with adequate travel times on a Sunday.

What’s proposed?

Candidate Mass time changes have been identified in principle:

Sunday - 10:30 am and 5:00 pm or alternatively Sunday 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, or 5:00 pm only or do nothing and have Liturgy of the Word and communion.

How can you help?

The Pastoral Team need your feedback, and to hear your views, on the best way forward. We want to hear from each of you on the way we can best support our parish community to worship.

Please join us, Sunday 26 August at 3:30 pm here at the Church, to plan the future together. Your views, each of you, are important to us.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

Kind regards and Pax

Pukekaraka - St Marys Parish Pastoral Team


Members of Pukekaraka St Mary's Parish - at the 26 August meeting 

Dear Parishioners,


As our school roll has grown we have become aware of two ways we would be able to give very practical support to both the Staff and families.


These are:

□     Support for Attendance Dues (School Fees) and other costs associated with having children at school that families regularly face.


□     Helping to prepare healthy food and breakfast for some children.


The cost of sending a child to the school is nearly $500.00 per year. For a family of four, this can be very demanding, and we have several such families in attendance. There is now no longer discounts for families as there was in the past.


The Parish Leadership Team together with the St Vincent de Paul Group from our parish wants to ensure that all families have the opportunity of a Catholic education and that no one is deprived of this simply because of finances.


Our aim is not to remove the responsibility from parents, but to simply give a helping hand when justly needed. If you can help or would like to support a child please place your donation in a clearly marked envelop an address it to


St Vincent de Paul Society, (SPC School), and place in the parish collection Or Pay Online to: St Vincent de Paul Society, Otaki.

Bank No: 031 532 0028658 00 and mark (SPC School) with your name.

We welcome one off payments or small regular amounts to support our school.


Please note – The Principal of the School together with the Parish Priest will decide who gets this assistance from your donations in a confidential manner.


A yearly Tax receipt can be issued for all donations over $5 by the St Vincent de Paul Society


For more information contact the St Vincent de Paul President Peter Mohan on 021 026 74100 or email



MEAL HELP: If you would like to be on a roster to help prepare breakfast for some of the students at St Peter Chanel, please contact Stephanie Harris- Stevens Ph 364 0650 or email . The requirement would be 3 Volunteers Monday & Wednesday, 8.15am – 8.45 a.m. All Volunteers will need to be police vetted, for the safety and protection of the children and so not to bring the School or the Society of St Vincent de Paul into disrepute. SUPPORTING THE CHILDREN OF ST PETER CHANEL SCHOOL, OTAKI. HEI TAUTOKO MO NGA TAURIA O TE KURA O HATO PETERA KANIERA OTAKI.


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Parish Budget 2019


Dear Parishioners


A copy of this year’s approved budget for the 12 months to 31/3/19 is enclosed with the parish newsletter. You will note that this is essentially a break-even budget, with similar collections and expenses to last year. Notable differences are lower car expenses of $7,000, down $9,262, and budgeted church maintenance $10,000 which represents a catch up on the little spent last year.


As you are aware the parish council is now working on “Our Parish Vision”. As this is likely to require additional expenditure to support the ideas and initiatives for our parish vision, the Finance Committee respectfully requests that all parishioners review their giving with a view to increasing by a few dollars a week. Even a dollar a week increase from each parishioner would be very helpful. Planned giving automatic payment forms or envelopes are available for those recently arriving to the parish.


Thank you so much for your generosity.


Sts Mary & Joseph Finance Committee.

Link for Budget
Parish Budget 2019B.docx (446.91KB)
Link for Budget
Parish Budget 2019B.docx (446.91KB)

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