Marist Laity News
April 2020
The current New Zealand news is available here in a simple form for printing

For the April news
Click HERE to download the document.


For the March Newsletter
Click HERE to download the document.


Kia Ora Marist friends,

These are strange times but God tells us; “Be not afraid!”

Borders are closed and gatherings have ceased. Sunday Mass, receiving Sacraments, foolish panic buying, social distancing; everything ‘normal’ is impacted by CV19. Lent and Easter will be like no other in my lifetime. Yet we are uniquely placed to go deep with Christ, Mary and the first disciples; they experienced shock, grief, confusion, dislocation, vulnerability, abandonment and fear as the Crucifixion and its aftermath unfolded. One week they celebrated ‘Hosanna’s’, the next - shock beyond their understanding.

These emotions are in our communities. Marists are instruments of mercy and messengers of hope and prayer. Easter faith gives us hope. Mary and the first disciples clung together in fear and prayer and it was right in their fear that the Holy Spirit met them. Because of that we now gather in hope and prayer, trusting God and the power of the Holy Spirit to free us from this pestilence. We can be with whanau, friends, neighbours virtually, and sharing online Eucharist. We are all in this together and God will lead us through.

Mary surrounds us in prayer and care, the fire of the Spirit is with us guiding us to mercy and hope and we are called to look up and to share that faith so others can hear “Do not be afraid.”

Be safe, sensible and kind to everyone in these stressful times. We are all in this together and with Mary we hold the world in prayer. As St Teresa of Avila wisely tells us, "This too, shall pass"

Easter Faith and Hope to all.

Bev.


Wellington Mission Expo.

The day at Viard College was a true celebration of Faith and a joy to be part of. It was wonderful to see a few from the Wellington area groups and to catch up with Jane Langham. I also got to meet the Johnsonville young mothers group and hear about their excellent recent parish promotion.

More pics from the Wellington Mission Expo

Marist Laity Australia write: In 1817 the Trappist priest Jeremiah O’Flynn arrived in Sydney to celebrate Eucharist, Baptisms and Weddings. By May 22, 1818, he was deported as this was illegal in the colony. However, he left a consecrated Eucharist Host in the Davis Family Home on the current site of Marist Parish St Patrick's Church Hill Sydney. Christians would join together at the site to secretly pray. Tradition says that the host was consumed two years later at the first Mass. Incredibly, for the first 40 years of the Sydney settlement Lay people played a significant part in keeping the Catholic faith alive.


Who wants a Visit and /or Parish Reflection day when the lockdown is over? Please contact Bev or Margaret.


Please promote Living the Word They are wonderful for any age, young adult on, and suitable for small groups or individual reflection. In these days when attending Sunday Mass is impossible due to CV19, using reflections like these can nourish our faith.

Go to https://livingtheword.org.nz/ to sign up. There are posters for the parish noticeboard you can print or ask us for them.


 
 
Office Move:

We have moved to 14 East St Auckland City.
This is temporary until a long term home is found. Please keep that search in your prayers. Meantime phone numbers and postal address are unchanged.

P.O. Box 108027, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150


Marist Moment

Prayer is the sap
which feeds the tree
and makes it bear fruit.


Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April
Freedom from Addiction

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.



Pope Francis speaks:

It is essential that we as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for the most vulnerable.May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by victims and make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in
the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary.Mary, the first of the disciples, teach all of us how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice.

You can read the full text of his letter on our home page and also
a link to The New Zealand Catholic Bishops letter is also available there.
CLICK HERE for the homepage.

If any of you need to talk in confidence about any of it you are welcome to ring Bev.

Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Marist Ministry
Marist Weekly BLOG

The Marist Fathers are offering a weekly reflection by weblog as a response to the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si. Links to it can be found on our Facebook page also. There are different articles from Marists around the globe, including New Zealand every week.

Click here to go to the Blog

Prayers for expectant Mothers

We love the feedback we get from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers - usually when difficulties have been overcome, but also in thanks to Mary for the birth of a baby:

"They had a boy, ... The good things and blessings that occurred at the time were overwhelming."

"A girl was born at 32 weeks ... This baby is a miracle baby ... 'Nothing shall be impossible to God'."

Thank you for your prayers at meetings and at home for these mothers and babies.


REQUEST A CARD HERE

PRAYER FOR FR COLIN

This prayer has been issued by the General Administration for use by those who wish to pray to the founder to ask his intercession.

God our Father, in your servant Jean-Claude Colin you gave your people a zealous priest and religious founder dedicated to serving the Church in the spirit of Mary.
We ask you for the glorification of your faithful servant in the midst of your Church and grant us the favour which we ask through his intercession.
This we ask through Christ Our Lord.

Icon of Marist Founder completed

The Studio of St John the Baptist, Auckland, NZ, has finished work on an official icon of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin.
The icon features Fr Colin receiving a script from the Blessed Virgin indicating how the congregation he was to found would live 'under Mary's name' ('Sub Mariae Nomine').
The icon will be used on materials to promote the Cause for Beatification of Fr Colin.
For more details and a high definition copy of the image, see the Australian province web site.

Note about icons:
You will see how in the image, Fr Colin is looking at the Blessed Virgin. It is a convention in iconography that only a canonised saint is pictured looking out at the viewer. Other subjects look in towards the one who is in heaven.


Helping Our Work
Prayer is your most important gift, but finances are a fact of life.

If you have already sent us a donation Thank you!
You may wish to consider a collection at your meetings, every bit contributes to the cost of our production and mailing.

If you wish to make an online transfer please include your group name on the transaction and send a covering email to the office.

New Zealand Bank Account Number:
(BNZ) 02-0585-0079358-00

Thank you.


A Certain Way

This wonderful easy to read book containing snippets of Marist history and spirituality, all combined to form a coherent 'whole' is now available to read on the internet. There is a link from our web site (on the 'Links' page) or you can go there directly.
For those who prefer a 'real' bookwe still have some copies available of this book - cost $30 each, including NZ postage.(extra for overseas or you could obtain a copy from your local Province of the Society of Mary.)