The Marists are to take over the combined parishes of Otaki and Levin as part of a major amalgamation exercise Archbishop John Dew is proposing for the archdiocese.
The planned reduction in the number of Wellington parishes is based on an two-year review where two or more parishes in each pastoral area would combine to create a completely new parish, with shared council and finance committee.
The administration would be set up in one building, with most existing churches retained as ‘mass centres’.
The Society of Mary has administered Otaki since its foundation in 1844 and offered to take on pastoral care of Levin as well making a new combined parish.
Marist provincial Fr Brian Cummings says in practical terms, there is no change to the province’s present arrangement – it will continue to have a three-man community based at Otaki.
At Levin, a vigil Mass is celebrated at 5pm on Saturday, and a 9am Mass on Sunday morning. A Mass in Samoan is offered at 11am on the third Sunday of each month and a Maori Mass at noon on every third Sunday at Kawiu Marae
Mass is celebrated in the parish church in Otaki at 5pm on Saturday night and 10am on Sunday. Mass in Māori is celebrated at St Stephens at 8.30am; Kuku Miha (Māori) at 8.30am; and Wehi Wehi (Māori) at 10.30am.